Dahi Wada

dahi bhalle or vade
Dahi Wada has many versions just like Chaat.  In South Indian cuisine, a tempering/tadka of mustard seeds and curry leaves is added for Dahi Wadas.  Either only urad dal is used or both mung and urad are used.  Here is my version of Dahi Wada.

Urad Dal/Split Black Gram - 3/4 cup
Mung Dal/Split Green Gram - 1/4 cup
Curd/Yogurt - 2 cups
Green Chillies - 8
Ginger - an inch piece
Cumin/Jeera seeds - 1 tsp
Cilantro/Coriander leaves
Chat Masala

1. Soak 3:1 urad dal and mung dal in water overnight or for 4 - 5 hours.  Wash the soaked dals well.  Grind green chillies, cumin, ginger, soaked dals to a fine paste.  Use very little water.  Add salt to the paste and mix well.
2. Mix 2 cups yogurt with about 1 cup water.  Add little salt, about 1/2 tsp sugar, finely chopped cilantro leaves and beat/whisk the yogurt well.  If you like thick yogurt, do not add water.  Refrigerate the yogurt for about an hour.
3.  Make small balls of the ground paste and deep fry in hot oil.
mosaru wada
4. Drop the fried wadas in cold water for 10 - 15 seconds, gently squeeze the water.  (You can skip this and directly soak the wadas in yogurt as well.  Soaking time depends on how soft you want the wadas.)
5. Add the squeezed wadas in yogurt, sprinkle some chat masala and Dahi Wada is ready.  Add some red chilli powder/Cayenne pepper or black pepper powder if you like. 


  1. Dhahi vada one of my fav...Like the ingredients u used ...

  2. This is my favorite.making me hungry.

  3. Wooow,,dear dahi wada looks fabulous and my faaaav tooo. I like crispy vada before soaking in yoghurt like both ... thanks for sharing n take care.

  4. my fav too....looks mouthwatering.....

  5. இனிய தமிழ் புத்தாண்டு நல்வாழ்த்துக்கள்.

  6. Happy tamil new year

  7. mmm Looks very very tempting. Wish u a very happy Tamil New Year.

  8. Thanks Premalatha, Madhura, Sathya, Swapna, Ammu, Suhaina, for stopping by.

    Ammu, Thanks for the wishes and for translating the comment for me. Thanks Suhaina for the wishes.

  9. My version is almost the same :-)this looks perfect and tempting,Uma

  10. looks delicious uma, its my fav too

  11. Am ready to have those tempting dahi wada rite now..looks yum!!

  12. Dahi wada one of my fav chaats.Simply delicious.

  13. What a lovely recipe with all the yogurt. Yum!!

  14. LOvely dahi bara...my all time favourite...

  15. It does look delicious and as usual, you've used ingredients that I want to learn more about. I love your blog--love learning about different spices and ingredients I wouldn't normally use. :>)

  16. Yum Yum, can I have a plate. Its my favourite. And Happy Tamil new year greetings

  17. Hey Uma
    I used to have dahi wada from our local chaatwala and this reminded me of those days,looks yummy!

  18. Vadai looks excellent and my fav. too. Thanks very much for your wishes and wish you the same

  19. yummy dahi wada. u are right, by soaking we ensure softer wadas and also we get rid of unnecessary oil.

  20. Thanks Harman, Gulmohar, Sushma, Priya, Simply.Food, Michele, Kamalika, LBTurner, womenwisdom, B, Krishnaveni, Kshipra for the encouraging comments.

    Thanks WomenWisdom for the wishes.

    Kshipra, very true! Some oil is lost while soaking in water, I skip this step sometimes, next time I wont. Thanks for the info.

  21. it is my fav! looks so tempting!

  22. Thanks Shahana for stopping by.

  23. for the first time i have been into your blog,we call it thair vada or avada.good recipe and colourful.Feel free to visit my blog.http://myworld-kitchen.blogspot.com

  24. Thanks Kanthi for stopping by! Hope to see you more often :)


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