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5 from 9 votes
Soft Dahi Vada
Soft Dahi Vada
Prep Time
4 hrs
Cook Time
30 mins

Soft delicious bites of lentil fritters soaked in yogurt sauce drizzled with tamarind and mint sauce topped with fine crispy deep fried chickpea bites.

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: dahi vada, dahi wada, lentil fritters in yogurt sauce, thayir vada
For Vadas
  • 1 cup split black gram dal (urad)
  • ¼ cup yellow split moong dal
  • ½ inch ginger
  • 2 green chillies or as desired
For Yogurt sauce
  • 4 cups yogurt beaten well
  • 5 tsp sugar or more if you prefer sweeter
  • 1 tsp salt or to taste
  • 2 cups water
For garnish
  • 2 tbsp mint chutney
  • 2 tbsp tamarind chutney
  • 2 tbsp crispy bites of sev
  • ¼ cup pomegranate seeds
  • 1 pinch red chilli powder
  • 1 pinch chaat masala powder
  • 1 pinch cumin powder
  • 1 tbsp coriander leaves finely chopped
  1. Soak the lentils for about four hours in a large bowl of water.

  2. Grind the soaked dals with ginger and green chillies with very little water.

  3. Add salt and beat the batter well for about 5 minutes until it aerates well.

  4. In a deep fry pan heat oil and pour a spoonful of batter.

  5. Fry the lentil fritters and drain them into a bowl with paper towel.

  6. After it is cooled transfer the fritters to a large bowl of hot water and keep the fritters submerged with a heavy lid or plate.

  7. Keep a flat bowl of yogurt beaten with water, a little salt and sugar ready .

  8. Squeeze the fritters of oil and water and transfer to the bowl filled with beaten yogurt .

  9. Drizzle with mint chutney, tamarind chutney, pomegraranate seed and top with crunchy sev if desired.

  10. Sprinkle a pinch of red chilli powder , cumin powder and chaat masala all over if desired.