Dahi Vada

The very popular pan Indian snack, urad dal dumplings fried and soaked in sweetened yogurt, sprinkled with chat masala This is a Sanjeev Kapoor exclusive recipe.

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Dahi Vada

Dahi Vada

Main Ingredients Split skinless black gram (dhuli urad dal), Yogurt
Cuisine Indian
Course Snacks and Starters
Prep Time 7-8 hour
Cook time 11-15 minutes
Serve 4
Taste Mild
Level of Cooking Easy
Others Veg


  • 1 cup split skinless black gram (dhuli urad dal), soaked for 6-8 hours and drained 
  • 1 cup sweetened yogurt (dahi)
  • ¼ teaspoon asafoetida (hing)
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds 
  • Salt to taste 
  • Oil for deep-frying
  • Date-tamarind chutney for drizzling 
  • Roasted cumin powder (jeera) for sprinkling
  • Black salt to taste 
  • Red chilli powder for sprinkling
  • Chopped fresh coriander leaves for garnishing


  1. Blend split black gram along with some water into a smooth and thick batter. Transfer in a bowl.
  2. Add asafoetida, cumin seeds and salt and mix well. 
  3. Heat sufficient oil in a kadai. Put in portions of batter and deep-fry till golden brown and crisp. Drain in a bowl of water and soak for 5 minutes.
  4. Squeeze out excess water from the soaked vadas and place in individual serving bowls. Pour some sweetened yogurt, drizzle some date-tamarind chutney and sprinkle some cumin powder, black salt and chilli powder.
  5. Serve garnished with coriander leaves.