Dahi Vada – Lentil dumplings in Chilled Yogurt

Dahi Vada
Dahi Vada- sweet and spicy snack

Dahi vada or Dahi bhalla is a popular Indian street food snack also known as Chaat. Dahi means ‘yogurt’ and vada or bhalla mean ‘dumplings’.The lentil dumplings are soft and melt in the mouth and served with chilled and seasoned sweet yogurt. The dish is topped with sweet red chutney and hot green chutney.

This nutritious and cool snack is also relished during Iftar in the holy month of Ramadan in almost every Indian home. The recipe is almost the same everywhere, except that I like to stuff the dumplings with raisins, because kids like the sweet surprise inside.

Dahi Vada

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Difficulty: medium
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Ingredients

  • 200 g Split black gram skinless(Urad dal) 
  • 750 ml yogurt
  • 1 tsp. chopped ginger
  • 2 tbsp.Gram flour (besan)
  • salt to taste
  • 1 tsp.Rock salt 
  • a dozen raisins (optional)
  • 1 tbsp.Sugar
  • 1 tbsp.sweet red chutney
  • 1 tbsp.green chutney
  • Oil for deep frying
  • 1-2 tsp. Roasted cumin powder
  • 1-2 Green chilies chopped
  • 1/4 cup chopped coriander leaves

Method:

  1. Wash and soak the black gram overnight in enough water.
  2. The following morning, drain the water and grind to a smooth paste.
  3. Add salt, raisins, ginger, green chilies and gram flour to the batter and whisk for ten minutes.
  4. Heat oil in a wok/deep bottomed pan.
  5. Take a tablespoon of batter and drop the batter in the hot oil and fry until golden.
  6. Fry all the dumplings similarly.
  7. Drop the fried dumplings in a pot of water.Let them soak for two minutes.
  8. Meanwhile, whisk the yogurt with some rock salt and sugar.
  9. Now remove the dumplings from water and squeeze them gently to remove excess water.
  10. Place them in a serving bowl/plate with the whisked yogurt.
  11. Spoon some sweet red chutney and some hot green chutney(if desired)
  12. Sprinkle coriander leaves, roasted cumin powder and/or red chili powder
  13. Serve chilled.

Sweet Chutney:For a sweet chutney, boil equal quantities of tamarind pulp and jaggery. When the concoction is caramelized season with black salt(or salt), Red chilli powder and Cumin powder. For a cup each of jaggery and tamarind add a teaspoon each of spices. Chill it in the refrigerator.

Green chutney:  Pulse together Coriander leaves 1 cup ,            Mint leaves 1 cup,Green chilies 2,salt to taste and a dash of lemon juice

washed,soaked,drained black lentils
washed,soaked,drained black lentils
lentils grinded to a smooth paste without water
lentils grinded to a smooth paste without water
dumplings being fried in hot oil
dumplings being fried in hot oil
fried dumplings soaking in water for 2 minutes
fried dumplings soaking in water for 2 minutes
delicious dahi vada
delicious dahi vada

Some more Chaat (Indian street food) ideas:

Recipe:Golguppas/Paani puri with a twist

Scrumptious Golguppas
Scrumptious Golguppas

Recipe;Sandwich fritters

Sandwich fritters
Sandwich fritters

I am taking all these tasty snacks to Angie’s Fiesta Friday.This week lovely Loretta@Safari of the mind and Caroline@Caroline’s cooking are co-hosting the party. I am sure every one will love these mouth watering Indian fast foods…

 

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36 Comments Add yours

  1. Trust me when I say this, your recepie is so mouthwatering 😋 I so wanna eat these Dahi Bhalle right now!! :))

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    1. skd says:

      Thank you dear Shweta. There is something in chaats which is so irresistible 😉

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      1. That’s truly irresistible!! :))

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  2. Who would have thought lentils could look so good?

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    1. skd says:

      Thank you☺ You should see how popular it is with Indian people

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      1. I’m sure of that! Over the years, my Indian friends have entertained me in their homes with an amazing array of flavorful dahls of many colors.

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      2. skd says:

        Isn’t it wonderful that we can get to taste cuisines from different parts of the world.

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  3. One of my fav!! Just the other day I was thinking of making this! 🙂

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    1. skd says:

      The colorful tangy chutneys on top of the sweet white yogurt tantalises the best of taste buds. Thats the beauty of chaats😉

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      1. Yes definitely!!

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  4. story teller says:

    This is without a doubt my favourite-est thing to eat! 😀 Though I take mine with a lot more of chat masala and red chilli powder! 😀

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    1. skd says:

      Thats why your stories are so flavorful and chatpate 😉

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      1. story teller says:

        Haha 😀 Thank you 🙂

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  5. Food For The Soul says:

    Mmmmm…..delicious! bookmarking to make. Thanks!

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    1. skd says:

      Please do. Thank you for the appreciation 👍

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  6. Loretta says:

    Welcome to Fiesta Friday Ana (oops I almost called you SKD), as it still shows up that way :). This is gorgeous, not sure I know what it’s called, but is it like bhel or pani puri? Cos I just love those too. They are Indian snacks right? Quite lovely for sure, I know I’d love it with tamarind chutney 🙂

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    1. skd says:

      Thanks for the warm welcome Loretta. You can call me Ana or skd ,whatever you
      like. I am right now dealing with a copyright issue with a very popular website which borrowed(stole) pictures from my blog and posted as their own. I have contacted them and waiting for a reply. That’s why my user ID is skd to avoid any confusion. But all my friends know my name. So it doesn’t matter what the dp says ☺

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  7. Hilda says:

    Dahi vadas have been a constant favourite of mine since I lived in India and learned to make them there. However, I have never seen two recipes alike. The ones I learned to make were not fried, but now I make both versions. Yours has some very interesting flavours in it different from mine, so I would love to give this a try. Thanks for sharing it with us at FF.

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  8. Fazal says:

    Looks to be Ramzan speacial
    I enjoy and like Indian street food
    They look to attractive and mouth watering

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    1. skd says:

      Thank you. It is found every where from roadside kiosks to restaurants, during Ramzan all over India. Which is your favourite place to eat dahi vada??

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      1. fazal says:

        Gokul Kothi
        Hyderabad

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  9. These look and sound delicious. I love how so many Indian snacks are with flavorful chutneys like this, such great flavors. Thanks for sharing with Fiesta Friday.

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  10. What a delectable dish. In fact, every one of the dishes displayed are mouthwatering. I love your serving dishes as well. 🙂

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    1. skd says:

      Thank you Fae.Chaats by nature set our tastebuds tingling. Especially women in India seem to flock to Chaat counters during parties and weddings 😉

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  11. Your recipes always make me want to just reach out with my spoon and take a bite. The chilled yogurt with the dumplings would be so refreshing and delicious on a warm summer day.

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    1. skd says:

      You made my day with your generous comment Julie 💕

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  12. Harmonie says:

    Oh my gosh! I love Dahi Vada, but I haven’t seen any that looks so tempting!

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    1. skd says:

      Thank you ☺

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  13. I love Indian food and all your Indian dishes look so appetizing and delicious. I bookmarked a few to try in near future.

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    1. skd says:

      Thank you so much. Please do try them and let me know how you like them☺👍

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  14. Being gluten free I am so excited to try this recipe! Thanks so much for sharing 😊

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    1. skd says:

      Thank you for liking it ☺ It is very popular in India.

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  15. Lina says:

    Dahi vadas are like my ultimate favourites ever!!!!!! Great recipe! I would try this cause I completely trust your recipes always☺☺☺

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    1. skd says:

      Thank you Lina. You are such a darling. Thats the kindest thing to say 💕

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