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, later it is served by tempering with red chilies and other ingredients and 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:

Urad dal – 1 cup

Yogurt – 2 cup.

Mustard seeds – ½ tbsp.

Cumin seeds – ½ tbsp.

Curry leaves – 2 tbsp.

Dry red chilies – 3 no.

Turmeric powder – ½ tbsp.

Ginger – ¼ cup.

Green chilies – ¼ cup.

Asafetida – a pinch

Water – To soak dal and to make buttermilk.

Salt – 3 tbsp. (as per your taste)

Oil – to deep fry.

How to Make Dahi Vada or Dahi Bhalla Recipe:

  • Soak urad dal for 1 hour and add to wet grinder, after few seconds of grind, add ginger pieces.

Vada Batter (1)

Tip: If you want to soak dal early then add a piece of iron while soaking.

Note: Salt makes batter become lose so add little water while grinding.

Note: Using little water keeps batter thick and hard which helps in absorbing less oil while deep fry.

  • Add green chilies and salt. Grind till you get medium coarse texture, remove from the grinder and keep aside.

Vada Batter (2)

  • Whisk batter rapidly for a minute to get spongy vadas.

Preparation of Dahi/ yogurt/ buttermilk:

  • Take 2 cups of yogurt and add ½ tbsp. salt and whip with whisker stick.

Making of Dahi 1

  • Add water and dilute yogurt to required consistency.

Making of Dahi 2

Tip: We need to whip curd before adding water to give it creamy touch.

Making of Vada:

  • Heat oil in a large kadai, once you feel oil reached optimum heat drop a small lump of batter to check oil heat if it floats then oil is ready to make vada.

oil heat testing

  • First, soak your hands in water, take a small lump of batter in your hand and make it like a ball, and then make it flat, then make a small hole in the middle. Gently release vada in oil and do this process for all vadas.

making of vada

Tip: If you are not convenient in doing vada in hands you can make use of medu vada machine or repeat above step by using polythene sheet.

  • Once you find vada turning its color, flip to other side and once all of them change their color to golden brown.
  • Remove from oil and place them directly into buttermilk.

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  • Keep them aside for a minute so that vada absorbs yogurt.


  • In a tawa, heat 1 spoon of oil and add mustard seeds, cumin seeds and little asafetida.

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  • Add 2 tbsp. curry leaves, dry red chilies and sauté for a while.

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  • While it’s hot, add this mix to Dahivada and sprinkle little turmeric powder to attain yellowish color.

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  • Add coriander leaves and mix well till all the ingredients are mixed.

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  • Dahi Vada or Dahi Bhalla Recipe is done, serve chilled.

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