Wednesday, 5 October 2011

Dahi Vada

Dahi Vada
During Holi festival after having sweets in every house people visited they wanted some thing cold and spicy. So I always used to make soft juicy Dahi Vada... and everybody enjoyed eating it and used to come to my home in the end so they could eat with leisure :) :). And oh boy!! my son!!! He can eat Dahi Vada made by me any time and any amount. And the expressions on his face while he eats are worth watching!!! :)

Preparation time:  10 min.
Cooking time: 30 min
Servings: Total number of Dahi Vada made from above material 30- 35.

Ingredients required 
  • 250 gm. Urad dal.
Urad dal
  • 750gm. Curd.
  • Water
  • 250 ml. Cooking oil.
  • Salt to taste.
  • Pinch of Asafoetida.
  • 1/4Tea spoon of Turmeric powder.
  • 10 gm. of Sugar.
  • 1 Tea spoon of Red chilly powder.
  • 2 Tea spoons of finely chopped coriander leaves.
  • 50 gm. Roasted Cumin powder
Directions To Prepare Dahi Vada
  • Wash and soak urad dal for 4-5 hrs.
  • Drain the water and grind the dal to thick paste.
Urad dal paste
  • To the above, add the following and beat with fingers or a wooden spoon till it becomes fluffy:
    • Asafoetida
    • Salt 
    • Half the quantity of turmeric powder
  • Heat oil in a wok till it is smoking then lower the flame.
  • Keep a bowl full of water ready near by.
  • Apply little water to your palms and place spoon full of batter on it and make a hole in the center .

  • Slip carefully the the round batter with the hole in the oil.
  • Fry on low flame till it is golden color from both sides. Keep turning the vada while frying.
  • Remove the vada from heat and put it in water.
  • Repeat till the batter finishes.
  • The vadas will soak water and will swell and become soft.
  • Beat the curd to smoothness.
  • Add sugar and salt to taste and mix thoroughly.
  • Press the soaked vadas to remove excess of water.
  • Wrap the vadas  in the curd gently and place a layer in the serving bowl and pour curd on it.
  • Decorate by making designs using your artistic skill :) with: 
    • Red chilly powder
    • Turmeric powder
    • Cumin powder 

    • Coriander leaves.
Dahi Vada
 Serve the delicious Dahi Vadas with sweet tamarind chutney. The recipe of sweet tamarind chutney is available at
  • Make sure that while grinding water is added little by little as per the requirement.
  • Keep applying water to your palms every time after putting batter in oil for frying.
  • Removal of excess of water from soaked vadas should be done very gently.

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