Dahi Vada

Dahi vada is soft lentil dumplings dipped in sweet yoghurt flavored with spices. It is a snack that originated in India ; but it is popular through out South Asia. It is one of the popular street food dishes.

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Dahi Vada:-

Preparation time : 15 minutes

Cooking time : 15 minutes

Makes : 32 vadas

Ingredients :

For vadas:

  1. urid dhal – 3/4 cup (soaked for 5-6 hours, preferably overnight)
  2. green chilly – 1
  3. ginger – a small piece
  4. curry leaves – a little
  5. salt

For dahi : (for 16 vadas)

  1. Thick yoghurt – 1- 1.5 cups
  2. chat masala powder – 1 teaspoon
  3. chilli powder – 1/2 teaspoon
  4. jeera powder – 1/4 teaspoon
  5. sugar – 5-6 teaspoon
  6. salt – to taste

For Tempering :

  1. Mustard seeds – 1 teaspoon
  2. jeera seeds – 3/4 teaspoon
  3. hing – a pinch
  4. curry leaves – a few


Step 1: Grind together all the ingredients required for making vada with little water. Heat enough oil in a kadai. Drop a spoonful of batter (size of a small lemon )into it and fry till it turns golden on both the sides. Keep it aside.

Step 2: Mix together all the ingredients mentioned under ‘dahi’ and make the yoghurt ready. Dip the vadas in the prepared yoghurt.

Step 3: Heat a teaspoon of oil in a pan. Crackle mustard seeds, jeera seeds. Add hing and curry leaves. Pour it to the prepared Dahi Vada.

Note :

  • Soak the Fried vadas in water for a few minutes (3-4 minutes) to make it soft . Squeeze out the excess water before dropping the vadas into the yoghurt / dahi.
  • The vadas tend to absorb dahi . So before serving ,you may again prepare some dahi as mentioned above and pour over the vadas.

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