dahi vada

Dahi vada recipe with step by step photos. This tasty snack consist of fried urad dal dumplings dunked in a creamy whipped yogurt topped with spicy and sweet chutneys.

It is a popular North Indian snack that is made during special occasions and festivals.

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dahi vada, dahi vada recipe

Dahi vada are a craze at home and I do make them at times as they require some prep work to be done beforehand. Like making both the spicy green coriander chutney and sweet tamarind chutney, preparing the vada etc.

The North Indian dahi vada is made slightly differently than the South Indian version. In the North Indian version of dahi vada, we just add the green chutney, saunth chutney (tamarind chutney) sprinkled with some spice mixes.

In the South Indian version, the curd (yogurt) is spiced with a coconut+green chilli paste and then tempered. The South Indian dahi vada is called as thayir vada. At home we prefer both the versions and the dahi vada get over really quickly.

In north India, there is another version of dahi vada And they are called as dahi bhalla.

Dahi bhalla are again slightly different from dahi vada. In dahi bhalle, papdis (fried flour crispies), boiled potato cubes and cooked chickpeas are added which add different textures, taste and flavor to the dahi bhalla.

Both dahi vada and dahi bhalle are popular North Indian snacks as well as street food. They can also be served as a starter dish. They are also made during festive time like Diwali or Holi or any other special occasion.

dahi vada recipe

How to make dahi vada

1. Soak the urad dal overnight or for at least 4-5 hours. Drain them.

urad dal for dahi vada recipe

2. Grind the urad dal, green chilies, ginger, cumin and asafoetida with little water to a smooth fluffy batter.

making dahi vada recipe

3. Take the ground batter in a bowl. Stir in chopped raisins & cashews. Optional ingredients and you can just skip them if you want.

making dahi vada recipe

4. Briskly & vigorously stir the batter for a minute or two with a spoon or spatula. This makes the batter more fluffy and light. As a result, you get softer and porous vada. A pic showing the consistency of the batter. Add salt also.

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Preparing vada

5. Heat oil for deep frying. Either drop the batter with your hands or with a spoon in medium hot oil. Fry the vada in batches till crisp and golden.

making dahi vada recipe

6. Drain the vada on paper towels.

making dahi vada recipe

7. When they are still warm, add the vada in water (at room temperature) and let them soak for 18-20 minutes.

preparing dahi vada recipe

8. You can see from the pic, that the vada has increased a bit in size as well as their color has changed.

preparing dahi vada recipe

9. Press each soaked vada between your palms to remove water. Gently press or else you might end up breaking them.

press soaked vadas for dahi vada recipe

10. Press all the soaked vada this way and keep them aside in a plate.

preparing dahi vada recipe

11. Beat the chilled curd/yogurt till smooth.

curd for dahi vada recipe

Making dahi vada

12. In a large serving bowl, arrange the vada.

vada for dahi vada recipe

13. Pour the beaten curd.

curd for dahi vada recipe

14. Pour the green chutney and sweet tamarind chutney.

chutney for dahi vada recipe

15. Sprinkle with red chili powder, roasted cumin powder, chaat masala and black salt.

dahi vada recipe

16. Garnish with coriander leaves & then Serve dahi vada immediately or you can refrigerate and then serve them.

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Tips for making dahi vada

  • To get a good soft urad dal vada, remember to soak the lentils overnight. Grind the batter really well with little water.
  • Also remember to use fresh yogurt. I used homemade yogurt.
  • The chutneys can be made at home or brought ready made.
  • You can also make the dahi vada with just the sweet tamarind chutney and yogurt. The leftover green chutney and tamarind chutney can be refrigerated and served with other Indian snacks.
  • To make a no onion no garlic version dahi vada, just skip the garlic & onion in the green coriander chutney.

Few more tasty recipes for you

  • Sev puri – a spicy, sweet and tangy street snack from Mumbai.
  • Bhel puri – popular chaat snack made with puffed rice mixed with onions, tomatoes, assorted chutneys etc
  • Papdi chaat – popular North Indian street food recipe made with papdis, boiled chickpeas, potatoes, pakoris and curd
  • Pav bhaji – a popular street food recipe from Mumbai consisting of spiced smooth mashed mix vegetables, served with lightly toasted buttered bread.
  • Aloo tikki – a popular North Indian snack of spiced, crisp potato patties.
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Dahi Vada

4.84 from 42 votes
Dahi vada is a popular North Indian street food snack made of lentil dumplings in yogurt, spiced with chutneys and spice powders.
dahi vada recipe
Author:Dassana Amit
Prep Time:9 hrs
Cook Time:45 mins
Total Time:9 hrs 45 mins
Cuisine:north indian
Servings (change the number to scale):5 to 6
(1 CUP = 250 ML)


for making vada - makes about 35-38 small vada

  • 1 cup urad dal
  • 1 green chili - chopped
  • ½ inch ginger - chopped
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 pinch asafoetida (hing)
  • 3 tablespoon water for grinding the batter or as required
  • ½ tablespoon raisins
  • 8 to 9 cashews - chopped
  • salt as required - i added ⅔ teaspoon rock salt (sendha namak)

other ingredients

  • 2 to 2.25 cups curd (yogurt) - i made homemade curd made from 500 ml organic milk
  • ½ to 1 teaspoon chaat masala or as required
  • ¼ to ½ teaspoon red chili powder or as required
  • 1 teaspoon roasted cumin powder
  • black salt or regular salt as required

for tamarind chutney

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

for green chutney

  • 2 cups coriander leaves

    (cilantro leaves)

  • 1 or 1.5 teaspoon anardana (dry pomegranate seeds) or ½ to 1 teaspoon amchur powder (dry mango powder)
  • ½ tablespoon chopped onion (optional)
  • 1 or 2 garlic cloves
  • salt as required
  • water as required


making sweet chutney

  • Soak tamarind in water overnight or for 4-5 hours in a small bowl or pan.
  • With your hands, squeeze the pulp from the tamarind in the same bowl or pan. strain the pulp and keep aside.
  • Heat oil in a small pan. lower the flame & add cumin seeds and let them crackle.
  • Add ginger powder, red chili powder, asafoetida.
  • Stir and add the strained tamarind pulp. cook for 2-3 mins.
  • Add the jaggery and salt and cook for 4-5 mins more. the mixture would thicken. let the saunth chutney mixture cool.
  • When cooled, store the saunth chutney in an air-tight dry jar or container.

making green chutney

  • Grind all the ingredients mentioned under the green chutney list with little water.
  • Remove and keep aside in a small bowl.

making batter for dahi vada

  • First pick and then rinse the lentils for 3-4 times in water.
  • Soak the lentils in enough water overnight or for 4-5 hours.
  • Drain and add the lentils in a wet grinder.
  • Also add chopped green chilies, chopped ginger, cumin seeds and asafoetida.
  • Add water in intervals and grind to a smooth batter.
  • I used about 3 tbsp of water added in intervals while grinding the lentils.
  • Take the ground batter in a bowl. stir the batter briskly for a couple of minutes. this makes the batter more light and fluffy.
  • Add the raisins and chopped cashews along with salt. stir and keep aside.

frying vada

  • Heat a kadai or pan with oil for deep frying.
  • When the oil becomes medium hot, add spoonfuls of the batter in the oil.
  • Don't be in a hurry to turn them.
  • When you see the vada becoming pale golden from the base and sides, you can turn them.
  • Fry the vada till they become golden and crisp. drain on paper towels.

making dahi vada

  • In another bowl take water. and add the vada to the water. soak them for 18-20 minutes.
  • Take each vada and flatten and press between your palms to remove excess water.
  • Place these vada in the serving bowl.
  • Whisk yogurt till smooth. pour the yogurt over the vadas.
  • Top with the green chutney and tamarind chutney as required.
  • Sprinkle the red chili powder, roasted cumin powder, chaat masala and black salt.
  • Garnish it with chopped coriander leaves.
  • Serve dahi vada immediately or refrigerate and serve later.
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Dassana Amit

Dassana Amitnamaste and welcome to vegrecipesofindia.com which i started in feb 2009 and is a pure vegetarian blog. i have been passionate about cooking from childhood and began to cook from the age of 10. later having enrolled in a home science degree greatly enhanced my cooking & baking skills and took it to a different level which i now share as foolproof recipes. i was formally trained both in mainstream indian as well as international cuisines.

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118 comments/reviews

  1. I like pictured illustration of recipes. When in hurry, I can directly jump into the images and I get idea of ingredients and process to make it while travelling back home from work. I pick up ingredients which are not home and start with the process. You have made it so easy. Thank you Dassana. 🙂5 stars

    • thank you nivedita. so glad to read your comment. feels nice to know that the images help in the cooking process. as a web user, even i prefer images to videos. thanks again and welcome.

  2. I prepared it today & it turned out to be delicious! Thank you for sharing the recipe.5 stars

    • welcome sneha and thanks for sharing the feedback. glad to know. happy cooking.

  3. I have been following your blog for more than a year now and always refer to your recipes when i need to cook veg items. Your measurements and procedures are so perfect! They have never failed me. I just made dahi vadas. Thank you so much! Please keep writing.5 stars

    • thank you shashwati. so glad to read your feedback. thanks also for the review and rating on dahi vada. sure, i will keep adding recipes.

  4. Dear Dassana,

    I used your recipe yesterday for a potluck party at a friend’s place. The vadas turned out perfect and delicious and the whole ensemble was a very big hit!!! The only change I made was added a bit of yellow moong dal to the urad dal. It made the vadas even lighter! Everyone raved about the dahi vada, young and old alike! Your step by step pics are mighty helpful and the recipes are great!! Thank you so much and keep up your good work!!!

    • hi manjari, glad to read your review. loved it that everyone liked this dahi vada recipe at the potluck party. definitely, yellow moong dal can be added. welcome and thank you.

  5. Hi can I use whole urad daal instead of split one ?

    • yes you can. but after soaking rub the whole urad dal in your palms so that the peels come out.

  6. Your recipes are just awesome… please keep posting and keep rocking with ur posts .. please post kanji vada recipe… thank you.

    • thank you ankita. will try adding kanji vada recipe. have taken a note of the recipe request.

  7. Perfect and so easy. The explanation is awesome.
    I love dahi vada and this one just hit the spot. Though it seems lik many steps its very quick and simple. Thank you. I regularly try your recipes. And jalebi turned out perfectly too5 stars

    • thank you dinah. glad to know. yes it does look like many steps but easy to make. happy cooking.

  8. Simply outstanding is what one of my guests told me when I served dahi vada, prepared using your recipe on Holi! Though I cook a lot as cooking is one of my hobbies, this was the first time I was making dahi vada at home. Thank you very much! I will keep coming back to you for more!5 stars

    • thank you jhilik. that’s nice to know and i am glad that the dahi vada recipe worked so well. most welcome and happy holi to you.

  9. Tried today..amazing recipe..loved it..
    Recipe explained in detail

    • thanks jacinta. glad to know and happy cooking.

  10. Nice recipe4 stars

  11. So I made these for my birthday last week when my parents were coming over. My dad loves dahi vada. I whisked the batter a little more than a few minutes. I was on the phone and kept on mixing it (you know b’day excitement). When I fried the vadas, it felt like I was frying cotton balls. They were so light and fluffy! Everyone loved them and they were super soft. Thank you so much for your lovely recipes and great tips 🙂5 stars

    • thats great jinal and thank you ???? when vada batter is ground well and nicely aerated, then while frying, the vadas become light and fluffy. thanks again.

  12. Hi
    Your recipies are awsome. Now a days if I think to prepare any veg dish for my family then i find the solution from. Your tips, step by step clarification makes it easy to follow. I am a bengali but you made me punjabi and south indian also. Till nowadays , we used to visit resturants to eat north and south indian dishes. But now I can prepare those at home.

    Thanks a lot.
    Pragnyaparamita Mukherjee

    • thank you much pragnyaparamita. this is a really positive comment from you. glad to know that i could help you in cooking north indian & south indian recipes at home. thanks again and happy cooking ????

  13. hi actually i added soda in batter and the soda is more in quantity so what should i do now?

    • just add some sooji (rava) in it. the soda smell will reduce.

  14. Very easy recipe. Can I save vada after frying it for 3 days in fridge and do rest of the prep on the day I will be serving them?

    • Heena, yes you can do this way.

  15. I tried this recipe n its awesome I also use nylon sev n pomegranates for serving n its delicious

    • Thanks Muskan for sharing your positive feedback.

  16. Hi do we need to add baking soda or eno to make it soft???? Please reply asap
    Thank you

    • anshu, no need. if the batter is properly ground and you beat the batter well, then no need to add baking soda or eno.

  17. Thanks. I tried today,was good in taste as per me…Let see what my family members gives feedback:)5 stars

    • thanks tina. hope your family members like the dahi vada.

  18. What will be proportion for making tamarind chutney with tamarind paste available in market

    • pallavi, you can use 1/4th cup of tamarind paste. if using dates, then just cook the dates with some water, jaggery and the spice powders. then blend and mix with the tamarind paste. if you feel the sourness of the tamarind not coming through in the chutney, then you can add 1 or a few teaspoons of the tamarind paste. jaggery can be adjusted as per the sweetness you want. you can check this step by step post for reference – https://www.vegrecipesofindia.com/tamarind-date-chutney-recipe-sweet-chutney-for-chaat/

  19. Hi,i like ur recipes.because all are very easy.i want to know about mathri recipe.i tried it but not crispy.if we take two cup atta than plz tell me the quantity of oil.plz

    • add 6 tablespoons ghee or oil.

  20. Hey can I keep the vada batter in fridge for a day????

    • yes you can keep the vada batter in the fridge for a day.

  21. Loved the way u describe.. Gonna try this in Eid. Well its just a one confusion in my mind. How to Leave this Vada’s in a pan for frying ?? With hands ? But I think it will get flatten and will not become soft and round Well I am not sure but just asking .. Reply Asap Thanks 🙂

    • thanks alqua. do with a spoon. you can use hands too. i usually use a dinner spoon. a steel tablespoon also works fine. if the urad dal have been nicely ground and the batter is of the right consistency, then no need to worry about the vadas flattening in oil. whether you add them with hands or with spoon, does not matter. they fluff up very well while frying.

  22. Hi Dassana,

    Awesome recipe with great presentation. Can we prepare dahi vada one day in advance & store it in freeze with soaked in dahi ? Will it be a problem?5 stars

    • thanks prachi. you can. only one thing will happen. the dahi will thicken as the vadas will absorb all the moisture from the dahi. but the vadas will be very soft and taste good.

  23. Try adding some pakvans(or papdis if you dont have pakvans) and sev(gram flour vermicelli).
    It will do wonders5 stars

  24. can we make these dahi vada two or three days before ?if yes then should have they to soak in lukewarm water and the water has to be changed everyday or not ?one more question i have seen sometimes these vada are kept on large ice cubes specially in parties but i could not understand the reason behind that plz clear my all doubts…

    • shuchi, avoid making 2 to 3 days before. as the curd can become sour and the taste also changes somewhat. telling you from my experience of making these some days before. they don’t taste that good. though you can make them a day before and keep in the fridge. even i have seen that. i think they want to serve cold vadas along with the cold dahi 🙂

  25. Very delicious and accurate recipe…big hit in todays lunch with guest…must try….super yummyyy5 stars

    • thank you pallavi. glad 🙂

  26. I made yesterday bread pakorda .It came out very well.thanks for your recepi.by the way can I mix sugar in place of jaggery.

    • thanks simmi. yes for the imli chutney, you can use sugar.

  27. Really very good recipe. I like your blog very much because your descriptions are very clear.Thanks a lot5 stars

    • welcome purabi