Wednesday, 11 July 2018

Dahi Vada Gujarati Style

How to make Dahi Vada | Dahi Vada or Dahi Bhalla is a popular Indian dish. In this dish, deep fried lentil fritters are doused in lightly sweetened yogurt and topped with various types of sweet, spicy and tangy chutneys and sensational Dahi Vada Masala.

Dahi Vada or Dahi Bhalla is a popular Indian dish. In this dish, deep fried lentil fritters are doused in lightly sweetened yogurt and topped with various types of sweet, spicy and tangy chutneys and sensational Dahi Vada Masala.


Although throughout India, Dahi Vada/Bada or Bhalla is considered as a snack as chaat dish, you'll be surprised to know that in Gujarat Dahi Vada is served as a Farsan and is considered as a savoury treat for a complete Gujarati thali. Melt in your mouth vada served with crunchy boondi create riots of colour and texture. I only prepare this recipe during warmer weather but it can be prepared any time, for parties or any other festivals such as Diwali, Holi, Raksha Bandhan or Sitla Satam ( for satam prepare vada previous day )




I am not a huge fan of Dahi Vada, I don't dislike it, but I wouldn't miss if I didn't eat for years, but that doesn't mean that I would keep my family away from it too. My family make a meal out of it, so whenever there is a Dahi Vada on the table, it has to be made in large quantities, that is the reason I only prepare Dahi Vada once in a year and that too when days are hot.

More lentil recipe:- Tangy yellow lentil salad | Massor daal halwa ( Red lentil pudding) | Gujarat na daal vada ( Spicy deep fried fritters )

Dahi Vada or Dahi Bhalla is a popular Indian dish. In this dish, deep fried lentil fritters are doused in lightly sweetened yogurt and topped with various types of sweet, spicy and tangy chutneys and sensational Dahi Vada Masala.

Ah, here I am again talking about the weather, can't help it. When your country has almost everything perfect and you can't fault at it or moan about it, you do pick up on the weather because that's the only thing we don't have perfect in this country. So there is no relief for us since I posted in my last post ( Avocado Gelato ) about the sweltering summer, and whenever I am in the kitchen I feel like a toasted marshmallow. If I have to say something good about this summer, laundry dries up in no time, I get my vitamin D fix and I am making non-stop yogurt without any fuss. Luckily evenings are not so bad, you can sit in your back garden and enjoy fresh air and can indulge in dishes such as Dahi Vada.

Dahi Vada or Dahi Bhalla is a popular Indian dish. In this dish, deep fried lentil fritters are doused in lightly sweetened yogurt and topped with various types of sweet, spicy and tangy chutneys and sensational Dahi Vada Masala.

According to experts consuming a good amount of live yogurt during summer, is a good habit to keep. So during the summer days, we do consume lots of yogurt and I try to make dishes where yogurt is kept cold and not cooked and one of the dishes is Dahi vada where you can eat plenty of yogurt through this dish.

More yogurt recipes:-  How to make homemade set yogurt at home | Yogurt and herb summer sandwich | Sugar-free Cashew, Date and Yogurt Popsicle | Shrikhand ( Gujarati style Yogurt dessert )

Dahi Vada or Dahi Bhalla is a popular Indian dish. In this dish, deep fried lentil fritters are doused in lightly sweetened yogurt and topped with various types of sweet, spicy and tangy chutneys and sensational Dahi Vada Masala.


While daughter was here for 2 weeks, we planned to make Dahi Vada and she learnt to make this dish. She was so amazed to see vada fluffing into a double size while frying, and said to me 'Mum, wish I could make dahi vada just like yours, please can you post a recipe on our blog? My response was faster than lightening :)

This recipe needs a bit of patience and time. Once you have both on your hands, you can create this recipe easily. Now let me tell you that I make mean Dahi Vada, yes and I mean it! Always turns out so soft and spongy without adding any baking soda or fruit salt or without soaking it in the water. Yes, without soaking them in the water as sometimes water soaked vada releases the water and make the yogurt runnier.

Dahi Vada or Dahi Bhalla is a popular Indian dish. In this dish, deep fried lentil fritters are doused in lightly sweetened yogurt and topped with various types of sweet, spicy and tangy chutneys and sensational Dahi Vada Masala.


So let's look at the recipe

Notes:-
In Gujarati Dahi Vada recipe, sugar is added to the yogurt.
Gujarati Vada made smaller as we serve in a thali.
To get a softer vada to make sure you soak the lentils at least 8-10 hours.
Once lentils ground, beat the mixture vigorously for 5-6 minutes just before you fry the fritters.

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Ingredients:- Lentils Fritters ( Vada )

  • 2 cup dhuli urad daal ( husked split black gram)
  • 1/8 cup dhuli moong daal ( split yellow moong daal)
  • 2 Tbsp. Masoor daal ( Split red lentils)
  • Salt to taste
  • 4-5 hot green chillies
  • 2 Tbsp. roughly chopped ginger
  • Oil for deep frying
  • Pinch hing (asafoetida)
Ingredients:- for the topping
  • 1 kg thick yogurt whisked and chilled
  • 4 Tbsp. sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. roasted cumin seeds
  • 2 Tbsp. red chilli powder
  • 1 Tbsp. Chaat masala
  • 1 tsp. Black salt ( sanchar powder )
  • Tamarind and date chutney
  • Coriander and mint chutney
  • Fresh coriander leaves
  • Pomegranate seeds
  • Fried Boondi ( Optional) (Spicy Gram flour pearls)


Method:-
Clean, wash and soak all the lentils in cold water for at least 8-10 hours.
Next morning discard all the water and place the soaked lentils, green chillies, ginger, hing and salt into Froothie Optimum Vac 2 and blend it until you get a texture like coarse semolina. ( You don't need very smooth mixture for the vada)
In a bowl, mix red chilli powder, chaat masala and black salt. Leave it aside.
Take half yogurt in a bowl add 1/4 cup water, add 2 Tbsp. sugar and salt. and leave it in a wider plate.
Heat the oil in a kadai ( don't use thin bottom pan )
Take a handful of mixture in another bowl and beat the mixture vigorously with your hand, you'll see the batter rising ( almost double in size)
Now collect some mixture with your fingers and make the mixture into round shape and drop it into the hot oil. ( Don't keep heat high)
You'll be able to see the vada rising in double size, fry it until light golden.
Remove the vada and drop them straight away into the thinner yogurt mixture.
Prepare all the vada with the same method.
Make sure all the vada are coated in the yogurt.
Now cover the plate and leave it in the fridge for at least half an hour.
In this process, vada will soak all the yogurt and make them even softer.
Once you are ready to serve Dahi vada, take out the plate from the fridge.
Add remaining sugar to the remaining yogurt and mix well.
Once ready to serve, arrange a few vada in a serving plate, and spoon some yogurt on top of the soaked vada.
Add all the chutneys, roasted cumin powder, masala mixture, fresh coriander, pomegranate seeds and boondi.
Enjoy on its own or serve in a Gujarati thali as a farsan.

I used Froothie Optimum Vac 2 to grind lentils, and I was so happy to see that I ground all the lentils in halftime than my previous blender. Definitely, this machine has risen to the challenge of Indian cooking!

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18 comments:

  1. Wow. I am just drooling over here. Amazing capture. Love your style of plating the recipe. It's one of my favorites.

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  2. Delicious and inviting dahi vadas. I want some now.

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  3. Ser me this Dahi vada, i can sit and eat shamelessly without any guilt, its been a while i prepared dahi vada and this vada are seriously tempting to the core. What a breathtaking clicks.

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    1. Hahaha Priya, there is no shame, I would do the same :) Thanks for your sweet words!

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  4. My family loves dahi vada to the core and we too add sugar to the curd. Your dahi vada clicks makes me drool Jagruti !

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    1. Thanks Poonam, yes many of the recipes are very similar.

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  5. Dahi wada is like an oasis in this summer heat. Perfect timing ! I also liked your detailed instructions and photos, Jagruti.

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  6. I feel like picking up one of those bowls and devouring this delicious dahi vada! It looks too tempting!! Been so long since I had some..

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  7. Send it across I am not making dahi vada anytime soon. Trying to stick to a no frying diet. But that will not stop me from drooling over your pics and fantasizing that I will be able to make them soon. I love the mixture of daals you have used.

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  8. We all in the family love dahi Vada. Coincidently, I too have made dahi vadas today. Yours are looking so tempting

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  9. Such a delicious & flavourful dish. I'm sure its a burst of flavours. WIll try it soon!

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  10. The Gujarati dahi vada is almost like we make but we serve it dahi and chutnies only and do not use boondi. This version sounds super soft, crunchy and tasty too.

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  11. Though I like plain vadas..my hubby is a big fan of this dahi vada..now I can impress him by making this..I have to get time and patience in my hand as you said...these vadas looks droolsome

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  12. we are craving for dahi vada since the time we moved to new place. This dahi vada making me to make asap. I love your gujrati recipes.

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  13. Amazing shots Jagruti. The dahi vadas are perfect for warmer weather and its a great party snack.

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  14. A tempting bowl of daho Vadas ... just wonderfully presented and captured. Thanks for the recipe .

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