Dahi vada or dahi bhallas are popular street food in North India but they are popular with little bit variant across India like in South India they have curd vada and North has Dahi bhallas. They are super soft and melts in your mouth. Green mint & coriander chutney and sweet tamarind & dates chutney add amazing flavors to it. On top of that I am going to share chatpata chat masala recipe which can be used in various chat recipes. Also we are not going to add any soda or Eno to it. Yes, you heard it right. No need to add soda. So let’s start then.
- Urad dal / Split and Skinned Black gram (1 cup)
- Jeera (1 tsp)
- Salt (as per taste)
- Chat Masala
- Jeera / Cumin seeds (3 tsp)
- Ajwain / carrom seeds (1 tsp)
- Black pepper powder (1/2 tsp)
- Salt (1 tsp – as per taste)
- Black Salt (1 tsp)
- Red chili powder (1 tsp)
- Dry mint leaves or mint powder (1 tsp)
- Chat Masala (1 tsp)
- Sweet Dahi or Curd
- Curd (500 gms)
- Sugar (5 tsp)
- Pinch of salt
- Green Mint and coriander chutney
- Sweet Tamarind and dates chutney
- Oil for frying vada
- Bhujiya sev for garnishing
Take 1 cup urad dal, wash it and soak it for 4/5 hours. You should be able to break it with you fingers, then it is soaked properly. Remove access water from dal and grind it in mixture jar. Don’t add too much water while grinding. Add 2/3 tbsp water as required. You will get nice thick paste.
Later you can manage the consistency by adding little water to it. Add Jeera and salt as per taste. Batter should be thick enough to make vada out of it while frying. Now take whisk and whisk it for nice 5/6 minutes to make batter fluffy. If the batter is fluffy enough, no need to mix soda or Eno. If you have whisk it properly than the vada will be super soft and won’t become oily. So whisking is main step while cooking your dahi vada.
To make masala for your dahi vada or even you can use this masala for your different chat recipes. Just make it once and store it in air tight container in the fridge. Take pan or tawa and heat it a little. Now on medium flame add jeera to the pan. Add ajwain to it and roast them till they start leaving their aroma. Keep flame on low else your dry spices will start burning. Now add black pepper powder, red chili powder, mint leaves, salt and black salt to it and mix it nicely. Add chat masala to it and mix them together. Switch on the flame and roast them with left out heat from gas. Now let them cool down completely. Once they are cool enough grind them in mixture jar or you can use your roller pin and board like I have used it.
Take frying pan and add oil for frying. Switch on the gas and heat oil. Add small ball of batter to check whether oil is hot enough. With your hands make small balls of batter and fry them in hot oil. Apply water on your hand to avoid batter sticking to your hands. Else you can use small spoon to make small balls to fry. I have tried both and with hands it is much easier and you get nice round shapes. Fry all the vada and keep them aside. You can add filling of dry fruits if you like it. Just put some chopped dry fruits and then cover them nicely with batter in order to make balls.
For soaking your vada, take water which is in room temperature. Now add little bit chat masala we prepared. Once vada are cool enough soak them in the same water for 20 minutes. You can kip a lid on them, so that they will be soaked properly in water.
For making curd, take chilled curd and beat it well with whisk to make it smooth. Now add sugar to it and whisk it till sugar dissolves. You can use plain beaten curd as well if you don’t want to add sugar. Just add little bit of salt and you can use it same as I used sweet curd.
Now when all your ingredients are ready, start assembling your dahi vada plate. Take soaked vada out of water and drain water by pressing with hands. place them on plate and add lots of curd on it. Now add green and sweet chutneys to it. Sprinkle your chat masala and your dahi vada plate is ready. Garnish it with Bhujiya sev and it will give crunchiness to your dish.
Believe me it is yummiest treat for your chat cravings. The different flavors it has are just awesome. Try this delicious recipe and let me know how was your experience with this delicious recipe. As I always say shower your love with likes & comments. Also you can request any complex recipes you want me to try and make it simple.
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