Quick Dahi Vada

When we want to have something cool and comforting … dahi vada fits the bill perfectly! It is one of our favorites as a chaat.

I usually make the vadas with the traditional soak and grind method (recipe already posted). This time, I wanted to make dahi vadas at short notice and with lesser oil – so just tried this twist. It came out really well and yummy. This is the north-indian sweetish dahi vada. 

This is my entry for the Fun and Sun event hosted on the Simple Indian Food blog.


Black gram skinned and split (Dhuli udad dal): ½ cup (You may also use udad flour if you find it in your Indian grocery store.)
Green chillies: 2 chopped finely
Ginger: about ½ teaspoon chopped finely
Asafoetida (Hing): a pinch
Curry leaves: 3-4 chopped finely
Salt to taste
Oil: About 3-4 tablespoons
For the dahi vadas:
Curd/Yoghurt: 1 cup
Salt: a pinch
Sugar: 1 teaspoon or to taste
Red chilly powder: a pinch
Roasted cumin (jeera) powder: a pinch
Coriander (cilantro) leaves: a handful chopped finely
Green chillies: 1 chopped finely
Tamarind sweet chutney: to taste – to pour over the dahi vadas 

Here’s the method in pictures:


  1. Finely powder the udad dal in a chutney mixer jar or in a coffee/spice grinder. You can powder larger amounts and store to be used for making the vadas in a jiffy – can also be used for quick dosas when mixed with rice flour.
  2. Make a thick paste of the udad flour with water – it should be of dropping consistency (e.g like melted chocolate) but not flowy/runny like a batter. In the paste, mix the green chillies, ginger, curry leaves, and salt to taste. Beat well with the ladle to incorporate some air and make fluffy vadas.
  3. You can make vadas immediately, but if making the batter in advance, refrigerate as soon as the batter is ready – so that the batter does not turn sour or become runny. Refrigerating the batter also helps the vadas hold shape 🙂
  4. When you want to make the vadas, heat the oil in a small frying pan (kadhai). When the oil is hot, turn the heat to medium and drop teaspoonfuls of batter carefully into the oil – about 2-3 at a time. The vadas might not be completely immersed in the oil – they will be kind-of shallow fried 🙂 – but this way I feel I use less oil.
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  6. With a perforated ladle, carefully spoon over the hot oil over the vadas so the top surface starts cooking as well.
  7. Turn over when one side is golden brown and fry the other side as well.
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  9. When golden brown on both sides, remove from the oil and drain on tissue paper to remove excess oil.
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  11. The vadas could be be enjoyed as is – garma-garam!
  12. For dahi vadas, soak the vadas in warm water for about an hour or till the vadas are spongy and well-soaked.
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  14. In the meanwhile, prepare the dahi. Beat the curd/yoghurt in a bowl. The dahi should be smooth. You may add about 2-3 teaspoons of water/milk as well.
  15. To the dahi, add the spice powders, green chillies, coriander leaves, salt and sugar. Mix well to blend the dahi nicely.
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  17. Prepare the vadas by draining the water. Then, squeeze the excess water out by gently pressing between your palms.
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  19. Place the soaked vadas in a bowl and pour the spiced dahi over it. Cool for at least an hour so the dahi flavors enter the vadas.
  20. Serve topped with sweet-n-tangy tamarind chutney.
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6 Responses to “Quick Dahi Vada”

  1. Amazing ! I love the idea!

    From skribles: Thanks for the compli – glad to know you liked the idea. Do try it out and let me know.

  2. yummy! they look delicious.

    From skribles: Thanks. 🙂

  3. looks mouth watering!

    From skribles: Thanks 🙂

  4. looks very delicious.. fantastic idea…. great click….

    From skribles: Thanks for the compli. Do try it out and let me know if you like it 🙂

  5. Mouthwatering…I just love all kinds of chaats and this is among my favourites, thanks for sending in this lovely post to the event

    From skribles: Glad you liked it. Thanks for hosting the event!

  6. dhahi vada… summer food Wow great idea.

    From skribles: Thanks 🙂 Do try it out and let me know if you like it

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