Dahi VadaDahi Vada or Dahi Bhalla Recipe is one of the popular snack recipes in north India. Usually, spicy vada is dipped in yogurt and soaked for a period of time and then served at room temperature or chilled.  Sometimes this recipe is also served as a side dish.

You may also like Dahiwale Aloo, Ulundu vadai, Beerakaya Vada and Masala vada.

Ingredients for Dahi Vada or Dahi Bhalla Recipe:

For Vadas:


Moong Dal (washed) – ¾ cup.

Urad Dal (washed) – ¼ cup

Oil to fry


For Garnish:


Yogurt/Dahi  – 1 ½ cup

Tamarind chutney – 2 tsp.

Chilli powder – ½ tsp.

Cumin seed (roasted) powder – ½ tsp.

Salt – 1 tsp.

How to Make Dahi Vada or Dahi Bhalla Recipe:


Making of Vadas:


  • Soak dal for about 6-7 hours with 5 cups of water
  • Make sure both Dal’s are washed properly (wash until you get clear water while distilled)
  • Drain water and blend to smooth paste by adding half table spoon salt.


Note:   Try to use very less water while blending to lower oil consumption while deep fry.


  • Beat the paste either with your hand or whipping machine so that you get fluffy batter.
  • Heat oil under the medium flame and place the batter once the oil reaches optimum heat.


Tip: Try to place little batter, if the oil is heated then the batter raises up.


  • Fry vada until they reach the golden color.


Yogurt/ Dahi mixture:


  • Whisk two cups of yogurt by adding ½ cup water and ½ table spoon salt.


Tip: Adding water to yogurt makes vada absorb water in the yogurt and swell.


  • Pour this yogurt mix over vada and soak for at least 20-30 minutes.
  • You can even refrigerate after soaking and serve chilled.
  • Make sure you pick vada’s slowly and they don’t break.
  • Transfer to serving bowl and garnish by pouring extra yogurt over vada’s and sprinkle a little salt, chili powder and cumin seed powder.
  • Sprinkle tamarind chutney and serve.

Tip: You can even garnish by placing dry red chili over Dahi Vada fried in ghee which gives you spicy and tangling taste.

Tip: For garnishing of Dahi Vada or Dahi Bhalla Recipe,  you can add black mustard seeds fried in oil and mix with yogurt.