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popular north indian snack of dahi bhalla papdi chaat.

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dahi bhalla recipe with step by step photos – dahi bhalle is a popular snack in north india, particularly in delhi and punjab.

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the method to make dahi bhalla is same as preparing dahi vada. in dahi bhalle, papdis (fried flour crispies), boiled potato cubes & cooked chickpeas are added which are not added in dahi vada.

i make dahi vada or dahi bhalla usually during festive occasions like diwali or holi or when we have a get together at home. this recipe serves 20 to 22 people, if each person is served two vadas. this recipe can be halved also.

in the recipe i have used both urad dal and moong dal to make the vadas. use fresh thick curd. i used homemade curd. this recipe is also a no onion no garlic version, as in the green chutney, i have not used any onions or garlic.

making dahi bhalle takes time. you can make the sweet imli ki chutney and green chutney a day before. you can also prepare the vadas a day before. soak them in water, squeeze out the water from the vadas and refrigerate. the papdis can be made at home or brought from outside. the chickpeas also can be cooked a day before and refrigerated.

serve dahi bhalla chilled as a snack or a starter with any north indian meal during this diwali festive season.

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dahi bhalla recipe

popular north indian snack of dahi bhalla papdi chaat.
course snacks, starters
cuisine north indian, punjabi
prep time 5 hours
cook time 30 minutes
total time 5 hours 30 minutes
servings 20 to 22
author dassana

ingredients (1 cup = 250 ml)

for bhallas

  • ½ cup urad dal or 125 grams urad dal
  • 4 tablespoon moong dal
  • 1.25 to 1.5 cups water for soaking
  • 6 to 7 tablespoon water for grinding or add as required
  • ½ teaspoon cumin seeds (jeera)
  • 1 pinch asafoetida (hing)
  • salt as required
  • oil for frying
  • enough water for soaking the dals

other ingredients for dahi bhalla

  • 2 cups fresh curd (dahi or yogurt) or curd made from 500 ml milk
  • 1/3 cup pomegranate arils
  • 1/3 cup sweet chutney
  • 1/3 cup green chutney
  • 20 to 25 papdis
  • ½ cup cooked chana or white chickpeas or ¼ cup safed chana - pressure cooked till done
  • 1 large potato - boiled, peeled and chopped
  • chaat masala as required
  • roasted cumin powder (bhuna jeera powder) - as required
  • red chili powder (lal mirch powder) - as required
  • black salt as required
  • 2.5 cups water for soaking vadas

for green chutney

  • 1 cup coriander leaves (dhania patta)
  • 1 or 2 green chilies (hari mirch)
  • ½ inch ginger (adrak) - chopped
  • ½ teaspoon lemon or lime juice
  • salt as required
  • 1 to 2 teaspoon water for grinding chutney

for sweet tamarind chutney

  • ½ cup seedless tamarind (imli) - tightly packed
  • 1.75 cups water
  • ½ teaspoon ginger powder (saunth)
  • 1 pinch asafoetida (hing)
  • ½ teaspoon cumin seeds (jeera)
  • ¼ teaspoon red chili powder (lal mirch powder)
  • 7 to 8 tablespoon jaggery or as required - adjust as per your taste (gud)
  • rock salt or black salt or regular salt as required
  • 1 teaspoon oil

how to make dahi bhalla recipe

making sweet tamarind chutney for dahi bhalla

  1. soak tamarind in water overnight or for 4-5 hours in a small bowl or pan.
  2. with your hands, squeeze the pulp from the tamarind in the same bowl or pan.
  3. strain the pulp and keep aside.
  4. heat oil in a small pan. lower the flame & add cumin seeds and let them crackle.

  5. add ginger powder, red chili powder, asafoetida.
  6. stir and add the strained tamarind pulp. cook for 2 to 3 mins.

  7. add the jaggery and salt and cook for 4 to 5 minutes more. the mixture would thicken.

  8. let the saunth chutney mixture cool.
  9. when cooled, store the saunth chutney in an air-tight dry jar or container.

making green chutney for dahi bhalle

  1. grind all the ingredients mentioned under the green chutney list with little water.
  2. remove and keep aside in a small bowl.

making dahi bhalla batter

  1. rinse ½  cup urad dal and 4 tbsp moong dal in water a couple of times. then soak both the lentils overnight or for at least 4 to 5 hours.

  2. drain them very well. add the lentils to a grinder jar along with ½ tsp cumin seeds and a generous pinch of asafoetida. you can also add 1 tsp of roughly chopped ginger if you want.

  3. add water in parts and grind all the ingredients to a smooth fluffy batter. on touching the batter, it should not feel grainy. i added 6 to 7 tbsp water. depending on the quality of lentils and the capacity-volume of grinder, you can add less or more water. don't add too much water as then the vadas become too crispy and soak a lot of oil.
  4. take the ground batter in a bowl and add salt.
  5. stir the batter briskly for a couple of minutes. this brisk stirring makes the batter more light and fluffy.
  6. the test to a correct consistency of this batter is the floating test. take some water in a small bowl. add 1 tsp of a batter in the water. the batter should float. if it does not float, this means the consistency is thin. add some sooji or rice flour to the batter to thicken it.

frying bhalla and soaking in water

  1. heat a kadai or pan with oil for deep frying.
  2. when the oil becomes medium hot, add a small amount of batter in the oil. it should come steadily and quickly on the surface. this means it is the right temperature to fry. too cold oil will make the vadas soggy with oil and too high will brown them faster from outside, leaving the center uncooked.
  3. add spoonfuls of the batter in the oil.
  4. add according to the capacity of the pan or kadai.
  5. when they become pale golden, then turn them.
  6. fry the vadas till they become golden and crisp.
  7. turn them a couple of times for even frying.
  8. fry till golden and crisp. remove with a slotted spoon.
  9. drain on paper towels. fry all the vadas in the same way.
  10. once all the vadas are done with frying, then take 2.5 cups water in a wide bowl or pan.
  11. and add the vadas to the water.
  12. soak them for 20 to 25 minutes.
  13. take each vada and flatten and press between your palms to remove excess water. do this with all the vadas.

making dahi bhalla

  1. take 2 cups fresh chilled curd in a bowl and beat it till smooth.
  2. now gently place these vadas in the curd.
  3. gently mix if you have used medium sized bowl, like how i have used. now you can keep the vadas with the curd in the fridge and assemble when you want to serve. or use them right away as the curd is chilled.
  4. gather and assemble all your other ingredients like - boiled potato cubes, boiled white chickpeas, green chutney, tamarind chutney, pomegranate arils and the spice powders.
  5. to make individual portions of dahi bhalla, place 4 to 5 papdis in a plate.
  6. place 2 to 3 dahi vadas in a plate. add more curd or dahi if required.
  7. top up with some boiled potatoes and chickpeas.
  8. now add the green chutney, sweet tamarind chutney as required
  9. sprinkle red chili powder, roasted cumin powder, chaat masala and black salt as per taste.
  10. serve dahi bhalla immediately garnished with some chopped coriander leaves. you can also garnish with fine sev.

recipe notes

  1. to veganize, use cashew curd.
  2. the recipe can be halved.
  3. you can add finely chopped onions as a topping, if you want.

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how to make dahi bhalle or dahi bhalla recipe

for ease of understanding, i have divided this post in 3 main steps:

  • step 1 – making dahi bhalla battar.
  • step 2 – frying bhalla (vada) and soaking them in water.
  • step 3 – assembling dahi bhalla

lets begin with step 1 – making dahi bhalla batter

1. rinse ½ cup urad dal and 4 tbsp moong dal in water a couple of times. then soak both the lentils overnight or for at least 4-5 hours.

dal for dahi bhalla recipe

2. drain them very well.

soaked dal for dahi bhalla recipe

3. add the lentils to a grinder jar along with ½ tsp cumin seeds and a generous pinch of asafoetida. you can also add 1 tsp of roughly chopped ginger if you want.

grinding dal for dahi bhalla recipe

4. add water in parts and grind all the ingredients to a smooth fluffy batter. on touching the batter, it should not feel grainy. i added 6 to 7 tbsp water. depending on the quality of lentils and the capacity-volume of grinder, you can add less or more water. don’t add too much water as then the vadas become too crispy and soak a lot of oil.

paste for dahi bhalla recipe

5. take the ground batter in a bowl.

batter for dahi bhalla recipe

6. add salt.

salt for dahi bhalla recipe

7. stir the batter briskly for a couple of minutes. this brisk stirring makes the batter more light and fluffy.

batter for dahi bhalla recipe

8. the test to a correct consistency of this batter is the floating test. take some water in a small bowl. add 1 tsp of a batter in the water. the batter should float. if it does not float, this means the consistency is thin. add some sooji or rice flour to the batter to thicken it.

testing dahi bhalla batter

step 2 – frying bhalla and soaking in water

9. heat a kadai or pan with oil for deep frying.

frying dahi bhalla for dahi bhalla chaat recipe

10. when the oil becomes medium hot, add a small amount of batter in the oil. it should come steadily and quickly on the surface. this means it is the right temperature to fry. too cold oil will make the vadas soggy with oil and too high will brown them faster from outside, leaving the center uncooked.

frying dahi bhalla for dahi bhalla chaat recipe

11. add spoonfuls of the batter in the oil.

frying dahi bhalla for dahi bhalla chaat recipe

12. add according to the capacity of the pan or kadai.

frying - dahi bhalla recipe

13. when they become pale golden, then turn them.

frying - dahi bhalla recipe

14. fry the vadas till they become golden and crisp. turn them a couple of times for even frying. fry till golden and crisp. remove with a slotted spoon.

frying - dahi bhalla recipe

15. drain on paper towels. fry all the vadas in the same way.

fried vadas for dahi bhalla recipe

16. once all the vadas are done with frying, then take 2.5 cups water in a wide bowl or pan. and add the vadas to the water.

vadas for dahi bhalla recipe

17. soak them for 20 to 25 minutes.

vadas for dahi bhalle recipe

18. take each vada and flatten and press between your palms to remove excess water.

vadas for dahi bhalla recipe

19. do this with all the vadas.

vadas for dahi bhalla recipe

making dahi bhalla

20. take 2 cups fresh chilled curd in a bowl.

curd for dahi bhalla recipe

21. beat the curd till smooth.

curd for dahi bhalla recipe

22. now gently place these vadas in the curd.

making dahi bhalla recipe

23. gently mix if you have used medium sized bowl, like how i have used. now you can keep the vadas with the curd in the fridge and assemble when you want to serve. or use them right away as the curd is chilled.

making dahi bhalla recipe

24. gather and assemble all your other ingredients like – boiled potato cubes, boiled white chickpeas, green chutney, tamarind chutney, pomegranate arils and the spice powders.

ingredients for dahi bhalle recipe

25. to make individual portions of dahi bhalla, place 4 to 5 papdis in a plate.

papdi for dahi bhalla recipe

26. place 2 to 3 dahi vadas in a plate. add more curd or dahi if required.

curd for dahi bhalla recipe

27. top up with some boiled potatoes and chickpeas.

potatoes for dahi bhalla recipe

28. now add the green chutney and tamarind chutney.

chutney for dahi bhalla recipe

29. sprinkle red chili powder, roasted cumin powder, chaat masala and black salt as per taste.

spices for dahi bhalla recipe

30. serve dahi bhalla immediately garnished with some chopped coriander leaves. you can also garnish bhalle with fine sev.

dahi bhalla papdi chaat recipe

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i am passionate about cooking from childhood and learnt cooking from my elders. having a home science degree surely enhanced my cooking & baking skills which i now share as fool proof recipes on the blog. i am trained both in mainstream indian as well as international cuisines.


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32 comments/reviews

  1. Dahi Bhalla is one of my favorite,,,, Thanks for sharing…

    • Welcome Priyanka

  2. vry nice recipe

  3. Yammiii recipe, i am always trying your receipies

    • thanks tejal, also do share your views when you try the recipes.

  4. Thanks a lot dassana.we tried ur dahi bhalla recipe first time and it turned out to be awesome.

    • pleased to know this thank you naveen 🙂 and you are welcome.

  5. i made it but bhallas turned hard

    • can you explain a bit more in detail as to what exactly went wrong.

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