Dahi vada recipe | Dahi bhalla recipe | How to make dahi vada

Dahi vada recipe is one of the popular Indian street food where fried urad dal vada garnish with thick yogurt, sweet and sour tamarind chutney, spicy green chutney, sprinkle with some Indian spices . In north India this soft and fluffy homemade dahi vada recipe also known as dahi bhalla recipe in other part in india.In this post, you will learn how to make dahi vada?dahi vada recipe , dahi bhalla recipe

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Though there is the various dahi vada recipe available like the north Indian version dahi vada or dahi bhalla recipe and south indian version of dahi vada or thayir vada which is usually tempered with green chili,hing, mustard seed, and a few fresh curry leaves, this homemade dahi vada is very tasty which can easily be made at home with using only a few ingredients.

If you want to know how to make dahi vada at home then must follow below step by step instructions.


What is dahi vada?

Dahi Vada ” is nothing but soft and fluffy fried lentils fritters soaked in thick yogurt, garnish with sweet and sour tamarind chutney, spicy green chutney garnish with a few Indian spices including roasted cumin powder, chaat masala powder, red chili powder, and amchur powder.


How to serve dahi vada?

You can serve this soft and fluffy dahi vada as your snack or it can be served as your side dish to your meal. 


How to store dahi vada?

You can safely store dahi vada in the refrigerator for at least 1 to 2 days.

But if you want to assemble dahi vada later you can follow the below process.

After making fried vada you first cool them at room temperature then keep them in a zip lock bag or in an air-tight container and safely store them in the refrigerator for at least 4 to 5 days.

Before assembling dahi vada make sure you re-boil those vada in a sufficient water for at least 15 to 20 min, then gently squeeze water from it and follow the rest of the process of assembling as mentioned above.


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What is the difference between dahi vada and dahi bhalla?

Though both of the recipes is followed the same process the main difference between them is in dahi bhalla recipe some moong dal is used with urad dal to make batter but in dahi vada recipe it is not used.


Tips to make soft dahi bhalla recipe


  • Fluffy Batter : For soft urad dal dahi vada, soak urad dal for at least 8 to10 hours then blend it by adding a dash of water and beat continuously in a circular direction until it becomes soft and fluffy.


  • Soft Vada : For preparing soft vada, immediately pour hot fried vada in cold water and soak them some time until they become larger in size.


  • For Chutney : You can prepare all the dahi vada chutney in advance and store it in a refrigerator which saves your time.


  • Cooking Temperature : For perfectly cooking dahi vada recipe, fry the vada only in medium flame, don’t fry in a low flame which will make them hard, also if you fry in a very high flame that will make your vada golden brown from outside but uncooked from inside.


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How to make dahi vada?

Here, the complete recipe of dahi vada preparation classified into four simple categories first one is preparing green chutney for dahi vada

the second one is preparing tamarind chutney for dahi bhalla recipe, the third one is making soft and fluffy vada and the last one is making dahi vada recipe.

so, let’s make it now.


Green chutney for dahi vada


1. At first, preparing green chutney for dahi vada recipe in a blender pour 200 grams fresh coriander leaves,50 grams pudina leaves,2 to 3 chopped green chili, and 3 tbsp chopped onions if want to use.


add chopped green chili,coriander leaves,pudina leaves,onion in a blender.


2. Now, add 1 tbsp of chopped ginger garlic.

a tablespoon of chopped ginger garlic


3. Next sprinkle some powder spices including 1 tsp of cumin seed, 1/2 tsp amchur powder(dry mango powder), and a pinch of salt.

a teaspoon of salt,coriander powder,amchur powder


4. After that pour a dash of water to blend everything together.

pour dash of water


5. If water required add a little amount of mix together and set aside this green chutney for later usage.

green chutney in a bowl


Note : If you don’t use onion to prepare this green chutney ( because onion gives pungent flavor after 2 days in the refrigerator ) you can safely store this in an air-tight container in a refrigerator for up to seven days. 


Tamarind chutney for dahi bhalla


1. Now preparing sweet tamarind chutney for dahi bhalla recipe add tamarind in a bowl and pour some warm water in it.

pour warm water with tamarind


2. Next gently squeeze each tamarind skin and de seeded them.

squeeze tamarind and remove seed and skin


3. After that pass it through a sieve and make it a smooth tamarind mixture.

smooth tamarind in a bowl


4. Now, pour 100 ml water, tamarind mixture,100 grams jaggery, and salt to taste.

simmer tamarind with water,Jaggery,pinch of salt


5. Also sprinkle 1 tsp red chili powder,1 tsp coriander powder,1 tsp cumin powder in it.

add a teaspoon of turmeric powder,red chili powder


6. Now, mix them properly and let it simmer for 3 to 4 min until it becomes slightly thick.

simmer until mixture becomes thick


7. At this stage checks the taste of tamarind chutney if required add more jaggery and for some time, then transfer this sweet and sour tamarind chutney in a small bowl for later use.

check taste of tamarind chutney


Note : You can safely store this sweet and sour tamarind chutney in a container for at least 7 days.


How to make dahi vada soft


1. Now to make dahi vada soft, soak 200 grams urad dal in the water for at least 8 to 10 hours.

saoak urad dal in sufficient water


2. Then, drain the dal and pour in a blender add 4 to 5 tbsp of water in it and blend it until it becomes completely fluffy.

pour soaked urad dal in a blender


3. Next transfer this batter to a large bowl, add a dash of water,1 tsp of cumin seed, salt,1/2 inch chopped ginger and 2 chopped green chili, if you want to use raisins add it now.

add raisin,cumin seed,salt


4. After that continuously beat the batter in one direction until air goes inside the batter and becomes more fluffy and light.

whisk continuously until it becomes fluffy


5. Finally cover the bowl with a wet cloth and rest the batter for 30 min.

cover the batter and rest for some time


Soaking and frying vada


1. Now frying vada for dahi vada recipe heat 500 ml oil in a pan in medium flame.

pour oil in a pan


2. Then gently pour 3 tbsp of batter for each vada in hot oil.

add 3 tbsp batter to make vada


3. Fry the vada in medium flame until it becomes slightly crisp and golden brown from both sides.

fry the vada in oil


Note : While frying vada you must press the vada with a spatula as you see in the above picture, as it helps to make vada proper shape, it will not increase very big.


4. After that, take the vada out immediately from Kadai and place them in cold water for at least 20 to 25 min.

soak the vada in cold water


Making dahi vada recipe


1. Now for assembling dahi vada recipe gently squeeze each vada and remove excess water from it. 

gently squeeze the vada


2. Then place each vada one by one on a serving plate.

place the vada on serving plate


3. Next in a bowl pour 600 grams yogurt, add 3 to 4 tbsp powder sugar, a pinch of salt, and beat everything until yogurt becomes soft and smooth.

whisk dahi with pinch of salt,sugar


4. Furthermore for assembling dahi bhalla chaat add beaten yogurt or dahi on each vada.

pour dahi over vada


5. Finally our dahi vada recipe is ready, now garnish with dahi vada chutney and dahi bhalla masala including 1/2 tsp roasted cumin powder, 1 tsp red chili powder, 1 tsp chat masala powder, 1/2 tsp black salt, and 3 tbsp chopped coriander leaves.

garnish with tamarind chutney,green chutney,roasted cumin powder,coriander powder


Dahi Vada Recipe Card

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homemade dahi vada recipe

Dahi vada recipe is one of the popular Indian street food where fried urad dal vada garnishes with thick yogurt, sweet and sour tamarind chutney, spicy green chutney and a few indian spices.Must try this dahi bhalla recipe at home.

Prep Time 8 hours
Cook Time 20 minutes
Additional Time 10 minutes
Total Time 8 hours 30 minutes


Dahi Vada Ingredients

  • 200 grams of urad dal[whole black gram]
  • 1 tsp cumin seed
  • 4 to 5 tbsp water
  • 1 to 2 chopped green chili
  • ½ inch ginger
  • 6 to 8 cashew nut
  • 8 to 10 raisins[optional]
  • Salt to taste
  • 500 ml oil for deep fry

Ingredients For Green Chutney

  • 200 grams of fresh coriander leaves.
  • 50 grams of pudina leaves
  • 1 tbsp ginger-garlic [chopped]
  • 2 to 3 green chili [chopped]
  • 2 to 3 clove
  • 1 tsp cumin seed
  • ½ tsp amchur powder
  • 3 tbsp chopped onions [optional]
  • Salt to taste
  • Dash of water [add more if required]

Ingredients For Tamarind Chutney

  • 60 grams of tamarind
  • 100 grams of jaggery
  • 1 tsp cumin powder
  • 1 tsp red chili powder
  • 1 tsp coriander powder
  • Salt to taste
  • 100 ml water[adjust depending upon thickness]

Garnishing Ingredients For Dahi Vada

  • 1 tsp red chili powder
  • 1 tsp chat masala powder
  • ½ tsp roasted cumin powder
  • 1 tsp black salt
  • 3 tbsp freshly chopped coriander leaves
  • 600 grams of Yogurt or Dahi
  • 3 to 4 tbsp powder sugar


how to make dahi vada

  1. At first, preparing green chutney for dahi vada in a blender pour fresh coriander leaves, pudina leaves, chopped onions, green chili, and a tbsp of chopped ginger-garlic.
  2. Additionally add some spices including a tsp of cumin seed, amchur powder(dry mango powder), a pinch of salt, and a dash of water.
  3. Now, blend it and make smooth green chutney.
  4. If chutney becomes very thick you can add a little water and set it aside for later usage.
  5. Next for preparing sweet and sour tamarind chutney in a bowl we add tamarind and pour some warm water.
  6. Then squeeze each tamarind and deseeded them and pass it through a sieve and make it a smooth mixture.
  7. Now, in a pan pour water tamarind mixture, jaggery, red chili powder, coriander powder, cumin powder, and salt to taste.
  8. After that let them simmer until it becomes slightly thick, also check the test of sweetness if needed add more jaggery.
  9. Then transfer this sweet and sour tamarind chutney to a container for later use.
  10. Now for preparing soft dahi vada, soak urad dal in the water for at least 8 to 10 hours.
  11. After that, pour soaked urad dal, dash of water in a blender, and make a soft fluffy batter.
  12. Now transfer the batter to a bowl.
  13. Add a dash of water, a teaspoon of cumin seed, salt, chopped ginger, and green chili.
  14. Next continuously beat it in one direction until air goes inside the batter and becomes more fluffy and light.
  15. Now for the frying batter, pour oil into a Kadai and heat it on medium flame.
  16. Then gently pour 3 tbsp of batter in hot oil and fry them in medium flame until it becomes crisp and slightly golden brown from both sides.
  17. Now take them out from the pan and place them on kitchen tissue to drain excess oil from it.
  18. After that transfer the vada into cold water for at least 20 to 25 min.
  19. Finally for assembling dahi vada recipe in a bowl pour yogurt, add a few tablespoons of sugar, a pinch of salt, and beat everything until yogurt becomes smooth.
  20. Furthermore pick vada one by one gently squeeze them in between palms to drain excess water from them, place them on the serving plate.
  21. Now, pour beat dahi over each vada. 
  22. Then, add tamarind chutney, green chutney and sprinkle some roasted cumin powder, red chili powder, chat masala powder, black salt over it.


Dahi Vada Recipe Note

  1. While assembling Dahi vada make sure the curd must be sweet and whisk properly with powder sugar and pinch of salt.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 1626Total Fat 130gSaturated Fat 11gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 113gCholesterol 14mgSodium 1307mgCarbohydrates 109gFiber 6gSugar 84gProtein 16g

Disclaimer: The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

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