Dahi vada is a famous north Indian dish. Vadas are lentil fritters soaked in seasoned yogurt, and topped with red chutney and few spices. This lip-smacking chaat is loved and relished by everyone. How to get cracking? Here's your secret recipe to prepare dahi vada in no time. Experience bliss in every bite!


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For Vada

  • ½ cup urad dal or skinned black gram
  • ½ inch chopped ginger
  • 1 green chilli
  • ½ tsp cumin powder
  • Salt as per your taste
  • A pinch asafetida
  • 2-4 tbsp water
  • 4 chopped cashews
  • 1 cup of refined oil
  • 2 cups curd

For Garnishing

  • ½ tsp cumin powder
  • ¼ tsp red chilli powder
  • ½ tsp chaat masala
  • 1/2 cup tamarind chutney
  • ¼ cup green chilli chutney
  • A handful of chopped coriander leaves
  • A ½ cup of pomegranate


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Dahi Vada Preparation 

  • Soak urad dal for at least 6 to 8 hours, or leave it overnight.
  • Grind the soaked dal to a fine paste by adding very little water. Beat the batter until it gets light and fluffy.
  • Pour the batter in a bowl and beat it again for a minute to aerate it.
  • Pre-heat oil in a deep frying pan, place a plastic sheet in your palm. 
  • Now, place a little batter on your palms and shape it in round balls.
  • When the oil is medium hot, drop these balls into the oil and fry until golden and crisp.
  • Now, keep these fried vadas into a bowl of water and let them soak for 15-20 minutes.
  • Next, take them out from water and press gently between your palms and remove excess water.


  • Pass the curd through a sieve or cotton cloth to ensure that there are no lumps.
  • Add in the sugar, salt and mix well.
  • Take 3-4 fried and soaked vadas in a plate. Pour a generous amount of curd evenly over it until fully covered, and let it sit for 5-10 minutes.
  • Top it with 2 teaspoons of tamarind chutney, 1 teaspoon chilli chutney, and sprinkle cumin powder, red and chilli powder.
  • Garnish dahi vada chaat with coriander leaves and pomegranate and enjoy!

So, stop drooling and start preparing this irresistible dish!