Dahi Vada

Posted: April 1, 2011 by incidentalcooksuman in Indian Food, Snack
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I can’t stop myself from writing about Wednesday’s win and really excited to watch the finals. India really did great and played wonderfully well.I know every Indian is crazy about World Cup Final, I hope they do the same what they did on wed’s match and wins the WORLD CUP. Lets keep our fingers crossed and hope for the best!…GO INDIA GO….

Coming back to the dish of the day…

Dahi Vada is served as an appetizer usually at the time of festivals like holi, diwali and so on. Dahi is hindi word for yogurt and vada is like a dumpling or fritters made out of urad dal without skin/polished urad dal.

This appetizer has to be served chilled, chilling the dish brings more flavors and deliciousness to the dish. This is also served with tamarind-date chutney which really makes the difference in the dish. The soft, soaked vada with a spoonful of dahi mixed with chutney, ahh..sounds complete bliss to me!


Dahi Vada

Dahi Vada


For Vada

  • 1 cup urad dal without skin
  • 1 inch fresh ginger, grated
  • 1 green chillies, chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh coriander leaves, chopped
  • Oil for frying the vadas
  • salt to taste

For Dahi batter

  • 1 cup yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon roasted cumin powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon red chilli powder
  • salt to taste
  • coriander leaves for garnishing
  • Tamarind-date chutney
  • 1/2 cup sev for garnishing
Urad dal dumpling/fritters

Urad dal dumpling/fritters


  • Soak urad dal in about 2 cups of water for overnight.
  • Drain the water and grind the soaked urad dal with very little water just enough to keep the motor running to make smooth batter.
  • Add grated ginger, green chillies, coriander leaves, red chilli powder to the batter.
  • Beat this batter well in order to avoid any lumps and also for a fluffy vadas.
  • Heat oil in a flat frying pan, do not use more than 1/2 inch oil or else your vada will absorb most of the oil and it will be soggy.
  • Once the oil is heated enough, check by dropping a little of batter in oil and if it comes on the surface expanding, your oil is ready for frying the vadas.
  • With the help of a spoon, drop the batter in form of vada in the oil.
  • Fry the vada on both the sides until golden brown. Drain excess oil on paper towel.
  • Repeat to complete the rest of the batter, fry in batches.
  • Now dip this fried vadas in luke warm water for about 20 minutes.
  • After 20 minutes, squeeze out excess water from vadas and keep them aside.
  • Mix 1 cup of yogurt with 1/2 cup water, roasted cumin powder, red chilli powder and salt to taste. Keep aside.
  • In a deep dish, layer the fried vadas and pour the above yogurt mixture over them to cover completely.
  • Garnish with chopped coriander leaves, red chilli powder, roasted cumin powder and chill in the refrigerator for few hours before serving.
  • To serve, take 2 or 3 vadas in a plate with some yogurt, sprinkle with red chilli powder, roasted cumin powder, tamarind-date chutney and sprinkle some sev on top…Enjoy!
Dahi Vada

Dahi Vada

  1. anjelina says:

    Yum and mouth watering DAHI VADA. I simply like it.

  2. chitra says:

    Hi , thnx for ur comment for the vegetable vada. About ur query, for getting holes :The urad dal batter should be very stiff & firm. we shud not add more water while grinding.suppose If we have added more water , we can add rice flour to make the batter hard. In vegetable vada, as we r adding veggies, it makes the batter firm and easy to shape :)No need of rice flour too. Hope i’ve cleared ur doubt. 🙂

  3. Shobha says:

    Hi suman,
    Congrats on the World Cup Victory….
    yummy recipes..

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  4. Smita says:

    looks yumm !!… first time on your blog.. you have lovely space.Happy to be here !!

  5. one of best starters, can hit them any time of the day 🙂

  6. What a tempting and delicious snack! Your click makes me craving for them now…

  7. kshipra says:

    vadas look so delicious. yum yum !!

  8. Nandini says:

    Wow, this is my favourite snack! Looks very droolworthy!

  9. nammi says:

    Yumm that looks like a nice snack.

  10. RS says:

    An award is waiting for You at my blog. Please accept it .

    Lip smacking Dahi Vada 🙂

  11. Mary says:

    What a lovely appetizer. It really looks delicious. Have a wonderful day. Blessings…Mary

  12. leena says:

    Love dahi vadas,looking delicious Suman…

  13. Priya says:

    Yummm, irresistible dahi vadas..

  14. Dahi Vada look super tempting and refreshing.Thanks for stopping by my space because of that I discovered this wonderful space of yours.Glad to follow you.

  15. Panchpakwan says:

    Wow Suman u r tempting so much with your dahi vada…delicious..
    Waiting fro super summer so that I too can enjoy these!!

  16. Harika says:

    Hmm mouth watering very tempting vadas.

  17. Swathi says:

    Dahi vada looks awesome delicious, urad dal vada is my favorite.

  18. Vada seems similar to falafel except its made with urid. I would love to try this.

  19. Joanne says:

    I don’t think I’ve ever had anything like this! But with that tamarind-date chutney, I am absolutely sure it must have been delicious!

  20. Rosa says:

    A fantastic dish! Wow, really something special.



  21. Deepa says:

    Dahi vada looks to be amazingly delicious and mouthwatering. Great preparation.

    Hamaree Rasoi

  22. Raksha Kamat says:

    Hi Dear,

    Collect some awards from my blog 🙂


  23. very nice dish..so great

  24. Priti says:

    Looks delish …yum …Wed’day was indeed fun ..waiting for tmr

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