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traditional dahi vada recipe | air fryer dahi vada recipe

Dahi vada is a great appetizer for parties. Much loved by one & all. Learn to make traditional dahi bhalle and dahi bhalla in air fryer too in easy steps.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time55 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: dahi bada, dahi bade, dahi bhalla, dahi bhalla in air fryer, dahi vada, dahi vada air fryer, doi bora
Servings: 4
Calories: 151kcal


  • kadai/frying pan
  • or air fryer for low oil version
  • Mixer grinder/blender for grinding batter


For vada

  • ½ cup urad dal split black lentils,soaked for 4 hours
  • 4-5 black peppers crushed coarsely
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds/jeera
  • Salt as per taste
  • Oil for frying

For garnishing

  • 1 cup full fat yogurt beaten with 1 cup water
  • 2 tablespoon green chutney date chutney
  • 2 tablespoon tamarind chutney or date chutney
  • 1 teaspoon cumin powder jeera powder
  • ¼ teaspoon red chilli powder or as per taste
  • 2 tablespoon sev namkeen(optional)
  • 2 tablespoon Pomegranate seeds
  • Salt as per taste


  • Grind the urad dal in a blender with minimal water to form a smooth batter.
  • Add cumin,pepper and salt,mix well

For deep fry vada

  • Heat oil in a kadai/saucepan
  • Take a small portion of dough and lower them slowly in hot oil.
  • On a medium flame, fry them until golden brown.
  • Let it cool and dip them in a bowl of water.

For air fryer dahi vada

  • In the air fryer basket, line all muffin liners ,grease them with oil spray and add a big scoop of the batter in each.
  • In a preheat air fryer(10 mins), air fry the vadas for 10-12 minutes at 190 degree C.Brush/spray oil once in between.
  • Let it cool. Take the paper wrap out and soak them in warm water. Follow the remaining steps from the traditional method to make your dahi bhalla chaat.

For garnish

  • Remove the excess water by pressing them out in your palm.
  • Dip it in beaten yogurt for 1 hour atleast.
  • In a flat bowl,place the dahi vada,pour the beaten yogurt on top,add the chutney and other garnish spices and pomegranate seeds.


You may use low fat yogurt,adjust accordingly with less water. The curd will thicken once the dahi vada is added to yogurt.
The paper of the muffin liner will stick if you try to remove them why they are hot,allow them to cool a bit.
##Nutrition facts calculated based on air fryer method, does not add nutrition due to chutney


Calories: 151kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 8mg | Sodium: 97mg | Potassium: 213mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 1323IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 113mg | Iron: 3mg