Dahi Vadas - Crispy Lentil Dumplings In A Yogurt Sauce

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May. 25, 2018

The crispy vadas are soaked in a mildly flavoured beaten yogurt and then topped with spices, coriander, pomegranate seeds, crispy fried lentils and curry leaves. The results are delicious and every bite is a taste of heaven you get a bit of sweet, salty, spicy all at the same time. The bursts of sweetness from the pomegranate is a perfect contrast to the chaat masala and chilli and is made luxurious with the creaminess of the yogurt. Dahi wadas can be eaten as a snack, served as an appetizer and also as a side. Enjoy!


For vada:
Urad dal 1 Cup (16 tbs) , soaked (Vigna mungo, black gram, urad bean, minapa pappu, mungo bean or black matpe)
Water 1/4 Cup (4 tbs)
Black salt 3/4 Teaspoon
Cracked pepper 1/4 Teaspoon
Mustard seeds 1/4 Teaspoon
Chaat masala 1/4 Teaspoon
Red chilli powder 1/4 Teaspoon
Asafoetida 1/4 Teaspoon (hing)
Finely chopped fresh ginger 1 Tablespoon
Minced green chili 1 Tablespoon
Chopped coriander 1 Tablespoon
Baking powder 1/2 Teaspoon (optional)
Oil 2 Cup (32 tbs) (For deep frying)
For preparing the yogurt:
Yogurt 2 Cup (32 tbs)
Black salt 1/2 Teaspoon
Freshly cracked black pepper To Taste
Chaat masala 1/4 Teaspoon
Chopped coriander 1/2 Teaspoon
Sugar 1/2 Teaspoon
For tadka:
Soaked urad dal 1 Teaspoon
Mustard seeds 1/2 Teaspoon
Curry leaves 10
For garnish:
Chaat masala 1/4 Teaspoon
Red chilli powder 1/4 Teaspoon
Fresh pepper To Taste
Chopped coriander 1 Tablespoon
Pomegranate seeds 1 Teaspoon
Tamarind chutney 1 Teaspoon



1.The first step is to soak the Urad dhal in water for about 8 hours.


2.Wash the dhal and grind to a paste with the help of a little water, leave this for 6 8 hours to ferment in the fridge.

3.Add all the ingredients listed under vadas and mix well.

4.Prepare the yogurt by beating it together with the ingredients listed under Yogurt.

5.Saute all the ingredients listed under tadka together and keep side.

6.Heat up the oil and once hot, add a tbsp of the hot oil to the batter and mix.

7.Using an ice cream scoop drop the batter into the hot oil and allow to turn a nice golden brown while the inside cooks till its nice and spongy.

8.Drain them on some kitchen towels to absorb the excess oil.

9.Fill a bowl with water and submerge the vadas in the water and press to flatten them.

10.Place the flattened vadas in a single layer in a serving dish.


11.Add some yogurt over the wadas and finally all the ingredients listed under Garnish and serve.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: Medium
Cook Time: 10 Minutes
Ready In: 10 Minutes
Servings: 6