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Dahi Vada | Dahi Bhalla | Curd Recipes

Dahi Vada | Dahi Bhalla | Curd Recipes

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Simple dahi vada recipe made without using cooking soda. A curd-based recipe that can be a pretty neat snack idea for parties and occasions.
Servings 5 people


  • 1 cup urad dal preferably organic
  • 1/2 cup moong dal preferably organic
  • 1/4th tsp hing asafoetida
  • Approx 3 cups curd
  • Approx 2 cups buttermilk
  • salt to taste
  • Oil for frying
  • Approx 1 tsp powdered cumin seeds jeera powder
  • sweet chutney made using tamarind and jaggery
  • chopped coriander for garnishing


  • Wash the lentils (urad dal and moong dal) thoroughly, and then soak them in water for at least 5 hours. (I soaked them overnight.)
  • Drain water from the lentils and grind them to make a thick paste. Don't add water while making a paste. You can always add a little water later if you feel the batter's too thick. Keep the batter aside and allow it to ferment for 4-5 hours.
  • Add salt and hing, and mix it well. You should be able to move the spoon around freely; if you can't add very little water. If you are making dahi vadas for adults or older kids, you can add lightly roasted cumin seeds at this stage.
  • Add a little salt to buttermilk and set it aside.
  • Heat oil in a pan, and drop vada-sized portion of the batter in it using a spoon. I used two spoons; I scooped out batter using one spoon and then used the second spoon to push the batter from the first spoon into the oil. Note: Don't let the oil get too hot before dropping the batter. Otherwise, the vadas will start to brown from outside too fast without being cooked properly from inside.
  • Fry the vadas until they turn golden brown and then soak them in warm water for 2-3 minutes.
  • Squeeze out the water and put vadas in salted buttermilk. I saw this cool tip in one of the videos on YouTube. The chef put the vadas in buttermilk directly. When I tried that for the first batch of vadas, I felt the vadas tasted slightly oily. So from the next batch onwards I soaked them in warm water first to squeeze out oil and then transferred them in buttermilk.
  • Repeat the above 3 steps till you use up all the batter.
  • Take a bowl and whisk curd in it, add some salt and mix it well. (You can use chilled curd for older kids and adults.)
  • Place the vadas in a plate, pour curd on top, and then sprinkle some jeera powder. (For older kids and adults, you can also sprinkle chili powder and black pepper powder.)
  • Pour sweet tamarind chutney on top, and then garnish with chopped coriander. (You can omit adding coriander for toddlers as they find it difficult to chew raw coriander.)


Recipe serves 4 adults and one child.