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Dahi Vada Recipe

Updated on July 13, 2015
Tasty Dahi Vada
Tasty Dahi Vada

Urad Dal Dahi Vada

Traditionally Dahi vadas are a dish of north India. Though it is fried but it doesn’t contain much calories. It is a very tasty dish.

Usually children like it a lot. This dish contains lots of yogurt so it is healthy also. It is not a main dish but a side dish. Usually it is served with sweet tamarind chutney. There are two kind of dahi vadas, one made from moong dal and other made from urad dal. Usually people make the Dahi vadas from the Moong Dal. The Vadas made from moong dal are smaller in size than Urad dal Vadas. Here we are going to make Urad dal vadas. The trick is to make them soft from inside. As the urad dal vadas are quite big in size as compared to moong dal vadas so the chances are that the centre of the vadas may be hard. If you make it exactly the way it is written here, then chances are that you would have very soft vadas from inside too. The ingredients are easily available and not very costly. Though it takes some effort and time to make this dish but in the end it is worth it.


Serves : 8

A. For Vadas

1. Oil: ½ liter or 18 Fl oz.

2. Urad Dal: 500 grams or 18 oz.

3. Salt: To taste.

4. Yogurt 1 Kg or 35 oz.

5. Salted water: 3 Liters or 105 Fl oz.

6. Pomegranate seeds: 15 grams or ½ Oz.

7. Red chili powder: 2 tsp.

8. Roasted cumin powder: 2 Tsp.

B. For Tamarind Sauce

1. Tamarind: 250 grams.

2. Jaggary ( gur): 400 grams.

3. Rock Salt ( kala namak): 1 Tsp.

4. Salt: To Taste

5. Red Chili Powder: 1 Tsp.

6. Cumin Powder roasted and grounded: 2Tsp.

7.Dried Mint Leaves Crushed: ½ Tsp

8. Water: 500 ml or 18 Fl oz.


A. For Vadas:

1. Soak urad dal over night in plain tap water.

2. Now drain it and put in mixer grinder.

3. Grind it to a very fine paste adding no or very little water.

4. Now churn the paste thoroughly so it becomes fluffy.

5. Now take a large pan with a heavy base.

6. Heat oil in the pan on high.

7. Wet your palms.

8. Take a small portion of dal paste, flatten it and give it a round shape. The size should cover your fingers.

9. Now when oil is heated, turn the heat to medium.

10. Now fry the flattened round dal paste till it gets golden brown turning it once or twice.

11. Remove from oil and put it on butter paper and let it cool for 10 minutes.

12. Now make about 16 more with the remaining.

13. Now soak these in the salted water for 3 hours.

14. Now churn the yogurt so it has uniform consistency.

15. Now squeeze each vada between palms so all excess water is drained.

16. Now put them in a big bowl.

17. Pour half of yogurt over the vadas and refrigerate it for two hours.

B. For Tamarind Chutney.

1. Take a large bowl and put 500 ml of water in that.

2. Put jaggery and tamarind in the water.

3. Boil and drain in colander.

4. Now in the strained liquid add rock salt, salt, red chili powder, roasted and grounded cumin powder and crushed

Mint leaves.

5.Mix well.

For Serving:

1. Take two vadas in plate.

2. Pour little more yogurt over them.

3. Put 4 tsp of tamarind sauce or chutney.

4. Sprinkle salt, red chili powder and cumin powder.

5. Garnish with pomegranate seeds.

6. Serve immediately.


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    • Indian Chef profile imageAUTHOR

      Indian Chef 

      9 years ago from New Delhi India

      Jenubouka thanks for reading this recipe. It is not difficult to make when an amateur like me can make it then you being professional can make it very easily. Ingredients are pretty easy to find offline and online.

    • Indian Chef profile imageAUTHOR

      Indian Chef 

      9 years ago from New Delhi India

      Thanks marissa and iruvanti for the comment

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      9 years ago

      This is a first for me Indian Chef, never have heard of it before. Although it does sound amazing and the techniques are very interesting. Once I find the ingredients, looks I will be going online, this is going to be fun to make!!

    • iruvanti profile image


      9 years ago from U.S.A

      I love Dahi vada. I'm so tempted to soak the dal right now.

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      Marissa Buhalog 

      9 years ago

      This one is finger licking,tasty,delicious,nutritious and healthy food for the family.Really great for i hve been developed using traditional indian knowledge in cooking.

      Your great Indian Chef......

    • Indian Chef profile imageAUTHOR

      Indian Chef 

      9 years ago from New Delhi India

      Thasnk Grace, Eliminate cancer, the hunk and sweetie for the comment

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      9 years ago from India

      I really love these Dahi Vadas. The urad dal are new to me and I have never seen this size.

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      9 years ago

      This looks delicious!

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      Eliminate Cancer 

      9 years ago from Massachusetts

      Wow - this looks great. I've been wanting to learn to cook more Indian foods - looking forward to reading more of your recipes!!

    • Grace D. profile image

      Grace D. 

      9 years ago from Missouri

      That looks good. I may try to make that this weekend. Thanks for the great recipe.


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