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Dahi Vada
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Dahi vada recipe

Dahi vada is a great appetizer for parties.Much loved by one & all.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time55 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: dahi bada, dahi bade, dahi bhalla, dahi vada
Servings: 4


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


  • 1 cup urad dal split black lentils,soaked for 4 hours
  • 8-10 black peppers crushed coarsely
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds/jeera
  • Salt as per taste
  • 1 tablespoon rice flour optional
  • Oil for frying
  • 1 cup yogurt beaten with ½ cup water
  • green chutney date chutney,pomegranate seeds


  • Grind the urad dal in a blender with minimal water to form a smooth batter.
  • Add cumin,pepper and salt,mix well
  • In case, batter is too watery,add rice flour to it
  • 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.
  • Remove the excess water by pressing them out in your palm.
  • Dip it in beaten yogurt for 1 hour atleast.
  • In a plate place 2-3 dahi bhalle. Garnish it with mint chutney, date or tamarind chutney, chopped coriander leaves, pomegranate seeds. Sprinkle some roasted cumin powder, red chilli powder.

Air fryer method

  • In the air fryer basket, line all muffin liners and add a big scoop of the batter in each.
  • Air fry the vada for 10 minutes at 190 deg C.
  • Brush oil and air fry the pieces for 7-8 minutes or until light brown.
  • 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.