Dahi vada – lentil dumplings in yogurt.

I made this snack for some guests few weeks ago and it was a huge success. Its so very easy to make and less time consuming too. So it can be easily prepared for a dinner party as a side dish when you have a large number of guests . This snack is especially divine during the hot summers.I referred for the recipe here.

One can even make the vadas/dumplings and store it in refrigerator for a week. Just before use, they have to be immersed in hot water and then added to the yogurt. I used a combination of udid dal and mung dal. But it can be made using just udid dal. But addition of mung dal reduces the absorption of oil, as told by one of my friends. But I am not too sure whether that is the reason. If someone knows , you can share it with us.

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Dahi vada - lentil dumplings in yogurt. Yum

Cuisine indian
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Course brunch
Cuisine indian
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
  1. Soak both the dals overnight. Next day, add green chillies and grind them to a smooth paste. Then whip the batter with a spoon for sometime. To check whether you can start with the frying, just drop a spoon of batter in a cup of water. If its is intact, you are ready for the next step. Otherwise, whip for sometime. Add little salt and asafoetida. Heat oil in a pan. Drop a spoonful of batter in the oil and fry till golden brown. Repeat the process with rest of the batter.
  2. Take the yogurt in a large vessel and whip till it is a uniform.
  3. Immerse the vada in water for sometime and then squueze and put them in the yogurt.
  4. While serving, keep around 4 to 5 vadas on the serving plate. Sprinkle salt ,red chilly , cumin powder and chaat masala. Add a little tamarind chutney on the top for better taste.
Recipe Notes

Some info on commercially available yogurt for those who are not aware. I found this information in Diana shaw's "The essential vegeterain cookbook, so thought of sharing with you all.

Yogurt is a type of milk which is infused with a culture of two types of bacteria,heated , then left in an incubator to curdle. When the non fat milk is used, the manufacturer may add non fat milk solids to thicken the final product, which also increases the calcium and protein content of the yogurt.

Another thing is in case you are lactose intolerant, you can still eat the yogurt because the bacteria that curdles the milk create lactase, the enzyme that help in digestion of milk solids.

Also the bacteria in yogurts labelled "with active culture"helps maintain a healthful balance of good bacteria in your intestines, which is good for your digestion overall. Check the yogurt cartons as per your requirement.

I am sending this to easycraft's Wyf party food event.

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  1. I love thayir vadais. It looks absolutely inviting and delicious.

  2. Wow looks so yummy…delicious Dahi Vada

  3. Looks yummy.. One of my favorites. I make this with hole in the center.. Havent had a chance to blog about it yet.. Probably for diwali.. Hey BTW, why dont you send this over to the events ?

  4. Dahi wada rocks, the pics look appealing, want a plate or two right now! Thks for the info on yoghurt too! (my mom started adding moong daal for dahi wadas for fluffy/soft wadas, a colleague of hers had informed her. Now I know of yet another reason from u! Thanks for the same!)

  5. Dahi vada looks very nice and inviting sowmya….Love to eat it anytime..Nice useful info on yogurt..

  6. Oh that’s a good tip abt the mung dhal.. dahi vadas are my absolute favorite. Looks so good Sowmya.

  7. dahi vadas are an instant hit always….nice pictures sowmya

  8. WOw i love these and your looks so yumm.

  9. Looks very yummy, I never added moong dhal 🙂

  10. Divya Vikram

    This is for sure perfect for parties..I love the toppings after adding the curd.

  11. Lubna Karim

    Wow looks awesome. It is one of the easy way to pamper our taste buds. Tamarind chuntney must have added extra flavour. Informative info on Yoghurt.

  12. Mahimaa's kitchen

    lovely vadas… can have it anytime of the day.. i will refer this vada recipe when i make it next time.

  13. Good information. And I make vadais like you too, without the holes. Can’t seem to get it!

  14. Love thair vadais…never used moong dhal in it wonder why that helps…yours looks delicious 🙂

  15. Sukanya Ramkumar

    Dahi vada is my fav. Urs sound different from what I do. Urs looks so good. Nice recipe…

  16. Priya Suresh

    My fav …. urs looks delicious…

  17. srikars kitchen

    I love dahi wada… looks yummy Dear & awesome… nice click,,…

  18. i love dahi vada .. looks delicious

  19. wow!!, looks so yummy. will try it shortly.
    thanks for the recipe

  20. Whenever we make vadas for festivals, half of them are converted into dahi vadas..looks yummy, thanks for participating


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