Dahi Vada

The fist time I made dahi vada, was a tragedy, the vadas were so hard that it could have done some serious injury. Over the years I have perfected this snack and has become a much requested item.


For the Vada:

1 cupe white urad dal

2 green chilies

1 inch piece of ginger

Oil for frying

A pot of water

For the Dahi (yogurt):

4 cups of yogurt plain

1/4 cups of sugar

For the Ganishing:

1/4 cups tamarind soaked in water

10 Jaggery crushed

chili powder

pepper powder



  1. Soak Urad dal for 6 – 8 hours.
  2. Remove excess water and grind to smooth paste. Add ginger and chili while grinding.
  3. Add salt to taste.
  4. It should be of dropping consistency.
  5. add the soak tamarind, it’s juice and jaggery to pan and gently heat till all is well mixed. You will need a thick liquid so add water if needed. the mixture will be sweet and sour.
  6. Heat oil to a medium and drop the vadas in. I can do 4 at a time in my pot.
  7. Remove from the oil once golden brown and soak in water.
  8. The vadas will float in water and as water seeps in these will becomes heavy and drown to the bottom.
  9. Whip sugar and yogurt to a smooth texture.
  10. Squeeze excess water from the soaked vadas and add it to the bowl.
  11. Pour the yogurt mixture.
  12. Add the tamarind juice, salt, pepper powder and chilli powder to taste.
  13. Serve and let your guests enjoy.

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