Dahi Vada


 

Dahi vada/mosaru vade is a delicious dish where split black gram fritters are dunked in a spicy yogurt mix. They are great as chaat or snack, and can be served as a side dish at lunch/dinner too. Dahi vada is quite different in North and South India. My recipe here is the south Indian dahi vada.

This dish is made in two steps – first the vadas or fritters (which tastes great by themselves too) are made and next they are soaked in a yogurt mix. For best results, the vadas are soaked in the yogurt mix for a few hours. This lets the vadas soak up the yogurt. The result is absolutely tasty, melt-in-mouth, flavourful dahi vada. The key pressure point in this dish is to get the batter for the vada right. It has to be aerated well so that it is light and fluffy. Else the vadas will not turn out light. I whisk the batter well and drop it in some water. If it floats, my batter is ready.

Juicy vadas soaked up in spicy yogurt is absolutely comforting. Even though it is deep fried, it is perfect snack/side dish during summer. Here goes my recipe… Do try it, its absolutely delicious!

 

 

Ingredients:

For the vada:

Split black gram or urad dal – 1 cup
Coconut slices – 2-3 tbsp
Green chilli – 2-3 or as per taste
Curry leaves – 5-6
Ginger paste – 1 tsp
Salt to taste
Oil for frying vadas

For the yogurt mix:

Yogurt – 2-3 cups
Oil – 1 tsp
Mustard seeds – ½ tsp
Cumin seeds – ½ tsp
Curry leaves – 4-5
Ginger – 1 inch piece, finely sliced
Salt to taste
Carrot – 1 small, grated
Coriander leaves for garnish
Sev or mixture of your choice for garnish

Method:

To make vada:

  1. Soak the urad dal in sufficient water overnight (minimum 4-5 hours)
  2. Finely chop coconut slices, green chilli and curry leaves. Set aside
  3. Once the urad dal is soaked, rinse it thoroughly and drain all the water
  4. Grind into a smooth batter using very little water (the batter needs to be thick and should have as less water as possible)
  5. Whisk the batter to make it fluffy. To check if your batter is ready, add a small drop of batter into a bowl of water. If it floats, the batter is ready for vadas
  6. Mix the chopped coconut, green chilli, curry leaves, ginger paste and salt into the batter
  7. Heat oil in fry pan or kadhai. Take small portions of batter (approximately 2 tbsp) and gently drop it into the oil
  8. Fry the vadas on medium flame until they are golden brown
  9. Drain on a kitchen towel

To make dahi vada:

  1. Add salt to yogurt and whisk it until it is smooth and there are no lumps
  2. Heat oil in a small fry pan and add mustard seeds. Once it splutters, add cumin seeds, curry leaves and ginger. Saute for a few seconds
  3. Pour the prepared tempering into the yogurt and mix well
  4. Soak the vadas in luke warm water for 5-6 minutes. Gently squeeze the vada to remove excess water
  5. Drop them into the yogurt mix and mix gently. Let it sit for a few minutes
  6. Garnish with grated carrot, coriander leaves and sev, and serve

Notes:

  • It is really important to make the batter light and fluffy. Don’t skip the whisking step. To check if your batter is ready, add a small drop of batter into a bowl of water. If it floats, the batter is ready for vadas
  • After soaking vadas in water, squeeze them very gently, else they will break
  • Fry the vadas on medium flame. If the flame is low, it will soak up lot of oil, if the flame is high, the vada will not cook through completely

 

Whisk the dal batter well

Whisk the dal batter well

 

Drop some batter in water to check if it is ready

Drop some batter in water to check if it is ready

 

Add rest of the ingredients to the batter and mix well

Add rest of the ingredients to the batter and mix well

 

Deep fry in hot oil

Deep fry in hot oil

 

Fry the vadas until golden brown

Fry the vadas until golden brown

 

Soak the vadas in luke warm water

Soak the vadas in luke warm water

 

Whisk yogurt with salt

Whisk yogurt with salt

 

Add tempering to the yogurt and mix well

Add tempering to the yogurt and mix well

 

Add soaked vadas and mix gently

Add soaked vadas and mix gently

 

 

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