Dahi Vada Recipe

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Fluffy, tender, tangy and sweet dahi vada are a combination of all your favorite flavors and textures in one tasty snack. They consist of homemade fried lentil dumpling fritters, dunked in creamy whipped yogurt and topped with both spicy and sweet chutneys. Try my heirloom and classic dahi vada recipe with step-by-step photos for a fun appetizer or shareable party treat.

top shot of assembled dahi vada in a light green rimmed cream shallow plate topped with white curd, reddish tamarind chutney, green coriander chutney, pomegranate arils, chaat masala, cumin powder and coriander leaves

What is Dahi Vada

Dahi Vada are a popular street food from North India. “Dahi” means yogurt and “Vada” means deep fried fritters or dumplings, and the recipe is about as straightforward as it sounds.

Fluffy, melt-in-your-mouth dumplings are coated in a simple creamy yogurt, and topped with classic Indian chutneys.

Dahi vada are often made for special occasions and festivals, but can also be enjoyed anytime for a party snack or appetizer.

A perfect dahi vada recipe starts with tender and puffy homemade fried lentil fritters that are soaked in water, drained, and then covered in tangy whipped yogurt.

These fluffy fritters are traditionally made with the ivory colored skinned urad dal, also known as black gram or urad bean or matpe bean.

Generous helpings of both spicy green coriander chutney and sweet tamarind chutney are beautifully drizzled over the top before serving.

The result is an impressive and delicious snack that includes just the right balance of sour, sweet, savory, and spicy flavors in every bite.

While dahi vada do require some time to make, you’ll quickly see with one taste how very worth every bit of effort they are. And, much of the prep work – like making both of the chutneys and yogurt – can be done well in advance.

Follow my step-by-step instructions with photos below to learn how to make the best traditional, authentic dahi vada recipe from scratch, with tips to ensure they turn out terrific every time.

You can also check the salty and savory South Indian variation of dahi vada called as Thayir Vada which has a complete different taste and flavor profile.

top closeup shot of assembled dahi vada in a cream tray topped with white curd, reddish tamarind chutney, green coriander chutney, pomegranate arils, chaat masala, cumin powder and coriander leaves
Step-by-Step Guide

How to make Dahi Vada

Soaking Lentils

1. Soak 1 cup heaped urad dal (200 grams husked and split black lentils) overnight or for at least 4 to 5 hours. Later drain all the water using a colander or strainer. If you prefer, you can rinse the soaked urad dal.

soaked lentils being shown with a silver spoon

Grinding Lentils

2. Then add the drained and soaked lentils in your trusted blender or mixer-grinder.

drained lentils placed in a blender

3. Add in ½ teaspoon chopped green chilies or serrano/thai chillies, 1 teaspoon chopped ginger, 1 teaspoon cumin seeds, 1 pinch of asafoetida (hing) and salt as needed.

Note: For a gluten-free version, use a gluten-free asafoetida or skip it.

add spices, herbs and salt to lentils in blender

4. Blend or grind adding ¼ cup to ½ cup water in parts to a smooth fluffy batter. Depending on the quality, age of lentils and soaking time the water amount can vary from ½ to ¾ cup. Keep in mind that the batter has a thick to medium-thick flowing consistency.

Grind in two batches or one batch depending on the capacity and size of your blender or mixer-grinder.

TIP 1: Adding a lot of water will make the batter thin which will result in a flat vada that absorbs more oil. A thin or runny batter will always absorb more oil while frying.

TIP 2: If the batter becomes thin or watery, add some rice flour or sooji (rava, semolina) to the batter and mix thoroughly to thicken it. Do not add too much of sooji as it can make the vada have a dense texture.

TIP 3: To check if the batter has the right consistency, place a few drops of batter in a bowl of water. The batter having the right consistency will float on top of the water surface. If the batter has become thin, it will sink or dissolve in the water.

lentil dumpling batter

Aerating the Batter

5. Take the ground batter in a bowl with a help of a silicon spatula. Then briskly and vigorously whip the batter for two to three minutes with a spoon, whisk or spatula.

Whipping the batter aerates it and makes it more fluffy and light. As a result, you get softer and porous vada. A photo showing the consistency of the batter.

batter being whisked with a spoon

6. Stir in 1 tablespoon raisins (chopped) and 12 to 15 cashews (chopped roughly). These are optional ingredients and you can skip them if you want.

chopped raisins and cashews added to batter

Checking oil temperature

7. Heat oil as needed for deep frying in a kadai (Indian wok) or pan. Heat oil on medium heat. The oil should reach a temperature of 180 to 190 degrees celsius.

To check without a thermometer, add some droplets of the batter with a spoon. It should sizzle and come up on the surface of oil swiftly and gradually.

If the batter droplets stay at the bottom of the pan, the oil is cold. If it comes up very quickly and becomes too browned or burnt, the oil is very hot.

a few batter droplets being fried in hot oil

Frying Vada

8. Once the oil has reached the correct heat or temperature, now you can either drop the batter carefully with your fingers (without touching the hot oil) or with a spoon in medium hot oil. Fry the vada in batches until crisp and golden.

I prefer to use a spoon. You can moisten the spoon with a bit of water, so that the batter slides easily from it.

Make the vada having more or less the same size. If you end up making different sizes, than the smaller sized vada will fry quickly and the larger sized vada will take more time. So do take a note of it and remove the smaller vada when they look golden and crisp all over.

Do not overcrowd the pan or kadai. Overcrowding the pan will lower the oil temperature and as a result the vadas will soak more oil. The vada also expand a bit while frying.

In the photo below, it looks as if the pan is overcrowded with the vada, but actually it is not – blame it on the macro photography!

frying vada

9. Let the bottom side become light golden and crisp. Then only turn these or they will break in the oil.

lightly golden vada frying in hot oil

10. Flip again and for a couple of times more while frying. This ensures even cooking and you should see a uniform golden color all over.

golden fried vada in hot oil

11. Place the vada on paper towels. This way fry the remaining vada in batches using up the entire batter. If you want use half portion of the batter, then refrigerate the batter for a couple of days or freeze it for a month.

fried lentil dumplings place on kitchen paper towels

Soaking Vada

12. Wait for 2 to 3 minutes and while they are still hot, add the vada in water (at room temperature) and let them soak for 12-15 minutes. The vada will release some of the oil and absorb water increasing a bit in size with a color change.

vada soaking in water in a red rimmed white bowl

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

pressed vada in palm

14. Press all the soaked vada this way and keep them aside in a plate or you can arrange them in the bowl or tray that you will be serving dahi vada.

tray of dumplings or vada on a steel plate

Assembling the add ons for Dahi Vada

15. Beat 2.5 cups chilled curd (yogurt) until smooth. Check the taste of the curd before you assemble. The curd should not taste sour, bitter or acidic. It should be fresh with a pleasant sweet-sour taste. I suggest to use Homemade Curd.

yogurt being whisked with a wire whisk

16. Keep your chutneys ready. Here is the photo of the spicy coriander (cilantro) chutney and this is how it is made.

Take the following listed ingredients in a small blender or mixer and blend until smooth.

  • 2 cups coriander leaves (cilantro)
  • ½ to 1 teaspoon amchur powder (dry mango powder)
  • ½ teaspoon chopped garlic
  • 1 teaspoon green chillies
  • ½ teaspoon cumin seeds or cumin powder
  • salt as required
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons of water or as needed
green coriander chutney in a blender

17. Below is the photo of sweet and tart tamarind chutney and you can get its recipe here – Tamarind Chutney. You can prep the chutneys a day earlier before making dahi vada. Refrigerate both the chutneys.

tamarind chutney in a bowl with a spoon inside

Making Dahi Vada

18. In a large serving bowl or a tray arrange the vada which you had set aside after squeezing the water.

vada placed in a tray

19. Pour the beaten curd evenly all over the vada covering them completely.

yogurt over fried lentil dumplings

20. Pour the green coriander chutney and sweet tamarind chutney as you like.

dahi vada topped with chutneys

Serving Suggestions

21. Sprinkle dahi vada with a few pinches of red chili powder or cayenne, roasted cumin powder, ¼ cup pomegranate arils (optional), chaat masala and/or black salt.

Garnish with 2 tablespoon coriander leaves and serve straightway. Or you can refrigerate for a couple of hours before serving.

servings of homemade dahi vada with coriander and tamarind chutney, pomegranate arils, coriander leaves, ground spices and salt

How to store homemade Dahi Vada

Wrap the dish in plastic cling wrap or transfer to a container with a lid, and keep leftover dahi vada in the refrigerator overnight or for a day only. Any longer and the taste of the yogurt changes.

My recipe makes for 60 vada. The lentil dumplings can be made in advance and frozen before assembling the complete dish. Make the fritters per the recipe instructions, soak in water, and thoroughly squeeze out the water.

Then place in an airtight container and keep in the freezer for up to 1 to 2 months. Defrost overnight in the fridge, and then continue making the complete dahi vada recipe.

Tips

Expert Tips

Ingredient Notes

  • Lentils: It is best to make dahi vada recipe with skinned urad dal. You can add about ¼ cup of moong lentils. Soak them with the urad lentils and then grind adding water as required to a smooth consistency.
  • Yogurt: Always make dahi vada with fresh yogurt and not sour curd. I always use Homemade Curd, but store bought is just fine.
  • Chutney: Both the Coriander Chutney and Tamarind Chutney can be made at home up to a week in advance, or bought ready made. Any leftover green chutney can be refrigerated for a couple of days. The tamarind chutney can be refrigerated in an airtight container for up to a month, and is great to serve with other Indian snacks.

Recipe Notes

  • Soaking lentils: To get a good soft urad dal vada, remember to soak the lentils for 4 to 5 hours or overnight. Grind the batter really well.
  • Aerating batter: Whisk the lentil batter briskly for 2 to 3 minutes. This incorporates air into the batter making the vada fluffy and soft.
  • Topping Variation: You can make the dahi vada with only the sweet tamarind chutney and yogurt, and leave off the spicy green coriander chutney, if you like.
  • No garlic version: To make a no-garlic version of dahi vada recipe, simply skip adding the garlic in the green coriander chutney.
  • Vegan options: Use cashew yogurt, almond yogurt or coconut yogurt.
  • Scaling: For a small batch, simply halve the recipe. For parties or get-togethers, double the dahi vada recipe.

Frying Notes

Fry the vada at just the right temperature in the oil. The oil should reach a temperature of 180 to 190 degrees Celsius, or 350 to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. To check without a thermometer, add some droplets of the batter with a spoon in the hot oil.

The batter should sizzle and come up on the surface of oil swiftly and steadily. If the batter droplets stay at the bottom of the pan, the oil is cold. If it comes up too quickly and becomes dark browned or burnt, the oil is too hot.

Do not overcrowd the pan while frying. Overcrowding will lower the oil temperature, and as a result the vadas will soak more oil.

FAQs

What is the difference between Dahi Vada and Dahi Bhalla?

Though usually both Dahi Vada and Dahi Bhalla look same, there is some difference. They are not the same dish.

Dahi Vada is made with the vada or fritters coated with curd and assorted chutneys only. While Dahi bhalla in addition to the curd and chutneys has additional ingredients like papdi (fried flour discs), boiled potato cubes and chickpeas added to it.

These ingredients makes a great difference to the flavor and taste of a dahi bhalla. Chickpeas, potato cubes and papdi are never added in a dahi vada. Dahi Bhalla has a taste like that of a chaat snack.

How do I fix watery vada batter?

Simply add some rice flour or sooji (rava, semolina) to the batter. Mix very well. A combination of both sooji and rice flour also works well. Take care not to add too much of sooji as it can make the vada have a dense texture.

Can we store dahi vada batter in the fridge?

Yes, you can store the batter for a couple of days. Do not store for more than 2 to 3 days as the batter becomes sour. For a longer storage, keep the batter in a freezer for a month.

Why does urad dal vada burst?

If your batter is runny or thin, it will burst in the oil when frying. Too much of water in the batter causes the vada to burst. A thin batter will also make the vada oily.

Can I freeze vada?

Yes you can freeze the vada after you have drained all the water from them. Place them in a covered container in the freezer. When you want to make dahi vada, remove and thaw them or keep in your refrigerator overnight. Later assemble with the beaten curd and the chutneys.

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top shot of assembled dahi vada in a light green rimmed cream shallow plate topped with white curd, reddish tamarind chutney, green coriander chutney, pomegranate arils, chaat masala, cumin powder and coriander leaves

Dahi Vada Recipe

4.86 from 47 votes
Fluffy, tender, tangy and sweet dahi vada are a combination of all your favorite flavors and textures in one tasty snack. They consist of homemade fried lentil dumpling fritters, dunked in creamy whipped yogurt and topped with both spicy and sweet chutneys.
Prep Time 8 hrs
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 8 hrs 45 mins

Cuisine North Indian
Course: Snacks, Starters
Diet: Vegetarian
Difficulty Level: Moderate

Servings 60 dahi vada
Units

Ingredients

For vada batter

  • 1 cup urad dal (heaped) – 200 grams
  • ½ teaspoon chopped green chili or serrano or thai chili or 1 green chilli
  • 1 teaspoon chopped ginger or 1 inch ginger
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 pinch asafoetida (hing)
  • ¼ to ½ cup water or add as needed
  • 1 tablespoon raisins – chopped
  • 12 to 15 cashews – chopped
  • salt as required – or ⅔ teaspoon food grade edible rock salt (sendha namak)

Other ingredients

  • 2.5 cups Curd (yogurt) – chilled
  • ½ to 1 teaspoon chaat masala or as required
  • ¼ to ½ teaspoon red chili powder or cayenne, add as needed
  • 1 teaspoon roasted cumin powder
  • black salt – add as required, optional
  • ¼ cup pomegranate arils – optional
  • 2 tablespoons  chopped coriander leaves (cilantro)

For tamarind chutney

  • ½ cup tamarind – tightly packed (seedless)
  • 1.75 cups water
  • ½ teaspoon ginger powder (saunth)
  • 1 pinch asafoetida (hing)
  • ½ teaspoon cumin seeds
  • ¼ teaspoon red chili powder or cayenne
  • 7 to 8 tablespoons jaggery or sugar, add as required – adjust as per your taste
  • rock salt (edible and food grade) or black salt or regular salt as required
  • 1 teaspoon oil

For coriander chutney

  • 2 cups coriander leaves (cilantro)
  • ½ to 1 teaspoon dry mango powder or 1 to 1.5 teaspoons dried pomegranate seeds
  • ½ teaspoon chopped garlic or 1 to 2 small to medium garlic cloves
  • 1 teaspoon green chillies or serrano pepper
  • ½ teaspoon cumin seeds or cumin powder
  • salt as needed
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons water or as required

Instructions

Making sweet chutney

  • Soak tamarind in water overnight or for 4 to 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 set aside.
  • Heat oil in a small pan. Lower the heat and add cumin seeds and let them crackle.
  • Add ginger powder, red chili powder, asafoetida.
  • Stir and add the strained tamarind pulp. Cook for 2 to 3 mins.
  • Add the jaggery and salt and simmer for 4 to 5 mins more on low to medium-low heat. The mixture would thicken. Let the tamarind chutney mixture cool.
  • When cooled, store the tamarind chutney in an air-tight dry jar or container.

Making green coriander chutney

  • Blend or grind all the ingredients mentioned under the green chutney list with water.
  • Remove and set aside in a small bowl.

Making batter

  • First pick and then rinse the lentils for 3 to 4 times in water.
  • Soak the lentils in enough water overnight or for 4 to 5 hours.
  • Drain all the water and add the lentils in a blender or mixer-grinder.
  • Add chopped green chilies, chopped ginger, cumin seeds, asafoetida and salt.
  • Add water in parts and grind to a smooth thick or medium-thick flowing batter.
  • Take the ground batter in a bowl. Stir the batter briskly for a couple of minutes. This aerates the batter making it more light and fluffy.
  • Add the chopped raisins and cashews. Combine well and set aside.

Deep 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 until they become golden and crisp. Place on paper towels.

Making dahi vada

  • In another bowl take water. Wait for 2 to 3 minutes and while the vada are still hot, place the vada in the water. Soak for 12 to 15 minutes.
  • The vada will release some of the oil and absorb water increasing a bit in size with a color change.
  • Take each vada and flatten and press between your palms to remove the water.
  • Place these vada in a serving bowl or tray.
  • Whisk curd (yogurt) until smooth. Pour the curd over the vada evenly all over covering them.
  • Top with the green chutney and tamarind chutney as needed.
  • Sprinkle a few pinches of red chili powder or cayenne, roasted cumin powder, chaat masala and black salt.
  • Garnish with pomegranate arils and coriander leaves.

Serving suggestions

  • Serve dahi vada straightway. Or you can refrigerate for a couple of hours before serving.

Storage

  • Wrap the dish in plastic cling wrap or transfer to a container with a lid, and keep leftover dahi vada in the refrigerator overnight or for a day only. Any longer and the taste of the yogurt changes.
  • The lentil dumplings can be made in advance and frozen before assembling the complete dish. Make the fritters per the recipe instructions, soak in water, and thoroughly squeeze out the water.
  • Then place in an airtight container and keep in the freezer for up to 1 to 2 months. Defrost overnight in the fridge, and then continue making the complete dahi vada recipe.

Notes

Ingredient Notes

  • Lentils: It is best to make the recipe with skinned urad dal. You can add about ¼ cup of moong lentils. Soak them with the urad lentils and then blend or grind adding water as required to a smooth consistency.
  • Curd: Remember to use fresh yogurt. I always use homemade curd, but store bought is just fine. Do not use yogurt which has become sour. 
  • Chutney: Both the coriander chutney and tamarind chutney can be made at home up to a week in advance, or bought ready made. The leftover green chutney stays good for a couple of days in the refrigerator. The tamarind chutney can be refrigerated in an airtight container for up to a month, and is great to serve with other Indian snacks.

Recipe Notes & Variations

  • Soaking: To get a good soft urad dal vada, remember to soak the lentils for 4 to 5 hours or overnight. Grind the batter really well adding water as needed. 
  • Aerating batter: Whisk the lentil batter briskly for 2 to 3 minutes. This incorporates air into the batter and make the vada fluffy and soft.
  • Variations: You can make the dahi vada with just the sweet tamarind chutney and yogurt, and leave off the spicy green coriander chutney, if you like. 
  • No garlic version: To make a no-garlic version dahi vada, just skip adding the garlic in the green coriander chutney.
  • Vegan options: Use cashew yogurt, almond yogurt or coconut yogurt.
  • Scaling: For a small batch, simply halve the recipe. For parties or get-togethers, double the recipe.
  •  

Frying Notes

Fry the vada at just the right temperature in the oil. The oil should reach a temperature of 180 to 190 degrees Celsius, or 350 to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. To check without a thermometer, add some droplets of the batter with a spoon in the hot oil. 
The batter should sizzle and come up on the surface of oil swiftly and steadily. If the batter droplets stay at the bottom of the pan, the oil is cold. If it comes up too quickly and becomes dark browned or burnt, the oil is too hot.
Do not overcrowd the pan while frying. Overcrowding will lower the oil temperature, and as a result the vada will soak more oil.
Note the approximate nutrition info is for 1 dahi vada. 

Nutrition Info Approximate values

Nutrition Facts
Dahi Vada Recipe
Amount Per Serving (1 dahi vada)
Calories 44 Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Fat 2g3%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 1mg0%
Sodium 75mg3%
Potassium 32mg1%
Carbohydrates 5g2%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 53IU1%
Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) 1mg67%
Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) 1mg59%
Vitamin B3 (Niacin) 1mg5%
Vitamin B6 1mg50%
Vitamin B12 1µg17%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Vitamin D 1µg7%
Vitamin E 1mg7%
Vitamin K 2µg2%
Calcium 18mg2%
Vitamin B9 (Folate) 1µg0%
Iron 1mg6%
Magnesium 4mg1%
Phosphorus 14mg1%
Zinc 1mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. It’s wonderful that sharing is caring and you also learn with feedback that is new to you. India is all about integration…I mean culture food and many more things. Wish you continue with this journey successfully.

  2. 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

    1. 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.

  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

    1. 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!!!

    1. 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.

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

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

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

  6. 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

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

  7. 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

    1. 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.

  8. 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

    1. 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.

  9. 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

    1. 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 ????

  10. 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?

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

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

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

    1. 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/

  13. 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

  14. 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 🙂

    1. 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.

  15. 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

    1. 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.

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

  17. 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…

    1. 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 🙂

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

  19. 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.

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

  21. I liked it very much . ur recipes are awesome. Now i dont feel shameful when i dont know something. I just read it and everything is done

  22. Hello Dassana,

    How can I check whether batter is perfect or not? I think you mentioned it somewhere, but unable to find out. Please help…

    Thanks in advance.5 stars

    1. take a small bowl full of water. add 1 tsp of batter on the water. the batter should float and not sink. which means the batter has the right consistency. if the batter falls in the water, this means that the batter is thin. so you can add 1 to 2 tbsp of sooji/rava in the batter and mix it very well.

  23. HI

    I would like to know what is green chutney.wud b making this today evening and if u reply soon

    thanks in advance

    sunita

  24. Hey again, tried the dahi vadas today, though not the chutneys.
    But they’ve turned out really well.
    I must congratulate you on your web site and the way in which you write the recipes, it makes it so simple to follow even for a person like me who finds cooking a little routine.
    Thankw4 stars

    1. thanks again minakshi. with the chutneys the dahi vadas taste more better. cooking is routine. i agree on that. but when you try new stuff, then the routine is not felt 🙂

  25. hi, i usually make dahi bhallas occasionally but the problem it does not come out spongy. Always it becomes hard from centre i always beat the batter also. can you help how i can ressolve it?

    1. possibly could be the batter is too thick. so try adding a few teaspoon of water in the batter.

  26. Hi,

    This recipe looks really nice.
    I have a quetion
    After my dahi vada is ready(added yogurt), can i use it for 2-3 days if i put it in refrigerator.

    Thanks,
    Priti

  27. I tried ur recipe for dahi badas today…bt they became very oily n were breaking when dipped in dahi….wat could be possible mistake…some way to rectify them…i refrigerated them for tomorrow after frying

    1. hi ritu, the batter was thin. hence while frying the vadas absorbed more oil. and this could be also the reason they were breaking up. thin batter does not hold shape while frying.

  28. This recipe looks great. I am going to try it this weekend for 18 people. Can I make Vadas the previous night and use it next day? Will they taste the same?

    1. thanks mikita. squeeze the vadas and then keep in the fridge but don’t freeze it. the taste will be same.

  29. Hi,
    Thanks for posting this recipe. I have a question – should I use an electric beater to whip the batter after grinding the dal or should I whip it manually?
    Thanks

  30. My wife was deciding to prepare dahi vadas,we searched it on the web and got the different recipeis for preparing. my wife make the dahi vadas and i liked it. like the recipe of dahi vadas.5 stars

  31. Hey! Just need a suggestion, I have a couple of guests over on the weekend. I was wondering if I could prepare vadas , freeze them and use as required. Will I have to soak them in the water only when am ready to prepare? Will I have to still use water at room temperature for soaking them or warm water would work for these frozen vadas?

    I can’t wait to hog onto them. Also, I prepared papdis yesterday using your recipe, tried both the baked and fried ones. Fried ones definitely taste better. They have come out just sooooo yummy and wonderful. Your recipies are so easy and they make me feel as if am a born chef 😉 Whatever recipe of yours I try, they are a sure shot success!! Thanks for writing this wonderful blog and I love love love the way you present. Super creative!! Keep up the excellent work 🙂

    Please reply to my query soon .
    Thanks in advance!!

    1. thanks a lot mansi. the vadas can be soaked in warm water first, then squeezed and then refrigerated. they keep well for a day. no need to freeze them. if you fry them and then keep in the fridge, then they will become a bit dense. in this case, you will have to soak them later in warm water. then add to the yogurt.

    1. thats because too much water in the batter. less amount of water needs to be added while grinding the urad dal. quick tip to rectify this is to add some sooji/rava or rice flour to the batter. the batter will thicken and the vadas won’t break while frying.

  32. I hv always found your recipes easy to make and extremely tasty to eat. I hv tried making Dosas and Dahi Vada. The Dahi Vadas came out very well and have received many compliments from my family and friends.All Thanks to you. Keep writing and sharing your recipes.5 stars

    1. welcome indrakshi and thanks for sharing your feedback and motivating me with your kind words.

  33. This recipe is really good. I’v made it on Holi n it was so delicious, everybody loved it.5 stars

  34. Looks yummyyyyyyyyyyyyy! I want to try this but little confusion.As per u r recipe soak warm vadas in room temperature water while in other sites soak vadas in warm water. Which one is right?pl help.waiting for your reply.

    1. this is how i have learnt from my family to make these vadas. we always soak the vadas when they are still warm in water at room temperature. i have never soaked vadas in warm water. if the vadas become cold, then it makes sense to soak in warm water.

  35. I tried these today for my kitty.it turned out very awesome.my friends like it very much.thanks.

  36. Can you skip the step of soaking the vada in water? It seems this would make them soggy, but I have never made them before. Just never heard of frying something and then soaking it in water.

    1. it does not make them soggy… meaning they don’t break as we keep for less time in the water. if you add directly then there is a somewhat oiliness in the final dish. soaking in water removes the oil to some extent and makes the vadas soft. traditionally they vadas are always soaked in water or buttermilk. give it try. i would not suggest you to skip this step.

  37. These look great. Can on use 50:50 urad and yellow moong dals?

    Also, whenever I make dahi vadas, the middle core of each vada stays very hard even after soaking. How does one make soft vadas without the hard core?

    Thanks.

    1. you can use half-half of both urad as well as moong dal. some water should be added to the batter. if no water is added the texture becomes a little dense. again whip the batter briskly before you start to make the vadas. this incorporates air and the vadas become soft. while frying also, fry them at medium heat.

  38. Oh wow! I love dahi vada’s… yours is a different recipe, I will try it and send you my feedback 🙂 Thanks for sharing the recipe here:)5 stars

  39. Ahaa after a real long time Dassana I am here and feeling so happy to see a dahi vada post, these little dumplings look mouth watering. I loved the pic with your hands :)!

  40. I wish I could have a spoon from that platter; I also make somewhat like this…and yes!! fresh yogurt is a must!!