Dahi Vada Recipe, How to Make Dahi Vada Recipe, Dahi Bhalla Recipe

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.

Dahi Vada Recipe, How to Make Dahi Vada Recipe, Dahi Bhalla Recipe

Dahi Vada or Dahi Bhalla Recipe is one of the popular snack recipes in north India.
Course Appetizer, Breakfast
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 560 kcal
Author Rambabu Uppada


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 Recipe:

  1. Soak Urad dal for an hour.
  2. Blend soaked urad dal by adding ginger pices, green chillies and little salt.

Note: Make sure that batter has thick consistency.

  1. Beat batter for a while so that we get soft and spongy vadas which again helps to absorb yogurt.

Preparation of Dahi:

  1. Meanwhile, in a hollow vessel add yogurt, little salt and whip so that you get soft buttermilk.
  2. Add little water and make medium consistency buttermilk so that Vada can absorb easily.

Making of Vada Recipe:

  1. In a kadai, add oil and bring it to optimum temperature.
  2. Take small lump of batter and make vada on hand or using medhu vada machine and drop it gently in oil.
  3. Deep fry vada till they attain golden brown color.
  4. Once they are cooked, transfer these vada into butter milk and let them soak.

Preparation of Temper to garnish:

  1. In a small tawa heat oil and add mustard seeds, asafetida, curry leaves, dry red chillies, turmeric powder, cumin seeds and saute for a second.
  2. When temper is hot, pour over Dahi Vada Recipe.
  3. Garnish with sliced coriander leaves. (optional)

Recipe Video

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.

Dahi Vada Recipe (1)

  • 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.

Dahi Vada Recipe (2)

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

Dahi Vada Recipe (3)

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

Dahi Vada Recipe (4)

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

Dahi Vada Recipe (5)

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

Rambabu Uppada

I am Rambabu Uppada, founder of Indian Recipe Info. I am fond of food, I thought of sharing my cooking experience with you all. I designed each recipe in such a way that you can simply follow my steps and prepare restaurant rich recipes at your home.

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