Dahi Vada

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Another of my favourite summer dish! We have different versions of dahivada (south indian/north indian….) but this is just my own version:),recreated from my mom s recipe. This might require i bit of planning as the dal needs to be soaked atleast 5 to 6 hours or overnight before you can make it.

But it s definitely worth all the trouble and wait!

Ingredients:|Preparation Time:20 mins(not including the soaking time of 5 to 6 hours of the urad dal)|

For the Vada:

  • Urad Dal 250 gms(soaked overnight)
  • Ginger 2 inch
  • Green chillies 5
  • Salt as per taste
  • Oil just enough to deep fry the vada

For the Curds:

  • Curds 1 litre
  • Green chilli 1 (finely chopped)
  • Ginger  1 inch(finely chopped)
  • Curry leaves few leaves (finely chopped)
  • Coriander leaves few (finely chopped for garnish)
  • Cumin powder 1 tbspn(or more if you like the flavour)
  • Sugar  12 tspn 
  • Salt 1 tbspn 
  • Oil 1 tbspn

 

Method:|Cooking Time:30 mins|

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Grind the soaked urad dal along with green chillies,ginger and salt into a smooth,medium consistency batter (dont make it too thick or too watery)!The green chillies and ginger give a mild flavour to the vada. I use a vada maker to pour the batter out while frying the vada as it s easy to get the shape and less messy. So once the batter is ready ,fill the vada maker with it and keep it ready.

Then keep the curds ready.Dilute the curds with a bit of water and add the sugar and salt and mix it well.Heat 1 tbspn of oil in a kadai and fry the chopped green chilli,ginger and curry leaves and add it to the curds,then mix in the cumin powder into it and add the chopped coriander leaves. So now its ready for the vada s to be soaked into it.

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Heat the oil in a deep pan, then press the knob on top of the vada maker to release the batter and then stop at the desired size(it s better to keep it thin and small(seen in the pic) as the vada will swell up once soaked in the curds). Let it fry until golden brown and then pull it out into a absorbent paper and keep it aside. Take some water in a vessel and once the vada is cooled down a bit put the vada s in the water and squeeze out the excess oil from it and soak it into the curd mixture one by one(during this process the vada might open up a bit,which is natural so dont worry). Continue frying ,dipping in water,sqeezing the oil from the vada and soaking it in the curds until all the vadas are done with. You can make about 26 vadas with this measure:)

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Dont serve immediately ,let it soak atleast for about 20 mins,as the vadas come out really soft and then you can serve it ,with some more cumin powder on top!

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Hope you like my version of Dahi Vada:).Enjoy!

 

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