For our Holi brunch, I had prepared Delhi style Dahi Bhalla chaat and it literally transported me to heaven. Love, love dahi bhalla! The flavors of Indian street food are mesmerizingly addictive and very hard to resist. One bite into a dahi bhalla and you will experience an explosion of a diversity of flavors in your mouth. Its undescribable!
Down South, we make Perugu Garelu (Andhra) and Thayir Vada (Tamil Nadu) where the vadas are soaked in beaten curd and tempered with mustard seeds and curry leaves while the North Indian Dahi Vada and Dahi Bhalla are topped with a colorful array of delicious contrasting flavored chutneys, spice powders and garnishes like sev. The yogurt for Dahi Bhalla is thick, creamy, chilled and sweetened with sugar and poured over the soft vadas. At the time of serving, green chutney and sweet chutney are spooned over them followed by a generous sprinkling of roasted cumin powder, red chili powder, chaat masala, black salt, sev, coriander leaves and finally finished with off with a colorful sprinkle of pink pomegrante seeds.
How to make Dahi Vada ~ Step by Step
The secret to soft and melt in the mouth bhallas or vadas lies in beating the vada batter till light and airy. The consistency of the batter is extremely important and will decide how soft the vadas will turn out. And you should use the beaten batter immediately to prepare the vadas. Use fresh thick curd that is not sour. Do make the green chutney and sweet tamarind chutney a day ahead to easen your preparation process. I have blogged the recipes of both the chutneys earlier. So are you going to give Dahi Bhalla recipe a try? 🙂
Black gram lentil - 1 cup, urad dal without skin, washed, soaked for 3 hours
Yellow moong dal - 2 tbsps, soak for 2 hours (optional)
Ginger - 2â€³ piece
Green chilies - 2 to 3
Salt to taste
oil for deep frying
To prepare dahi bhalla chaat:
Fresh curd - 2 cups, thick yogurt (it should not be sour)
Water - 1 1/2 to 2 cups
Powdered sugar - 1 1/2 heaped tbsps
Red chilli powder - 1 heaped tbsp, approx
Roasted cumin powder - 1 heaped tbsp, apporx
Chaat masala powder -1 heaped tbsp, approx
Pomegranate seeds - 1/2 cup
Green chutney - 3/4 cup, approx
Sweet tamarind chutney - 3/4 cup, approx
Sev for garnish
Fresh coriander leaves for garnish
Method for making Dahi Bhalla
Grind the urad dal, moong dal, green chilies, ginger and salt together to a fine pase. Add very very little cold water while grinding. (approx 2-3 tbsps). Remove to a wide bowl. Using your hand or hand beater, beat the batter for a good 5 mts till it is airy and light.
Pre-heat oil in a deep frying vessel, slowly drop large lemon sized quantity of batter into the hot oil. Deep fry on medium heat for sometime and then fry on high heat till golden brown.
Remove these deep fried vadas into a bowl of luke warm water and place them in it for a mt. Remove and gently press between your palms so that excess water oozes out. Keep them aside.
Finish making vadas with the rest of the remaining batter and put them in water like you did for the earlier batch, remove excess water and keep aside.
Beat curd well till smooth and add the water as required, 1/4 tsp red chilli pwd and 1/4 tsp cumin pwd and salt to taste.
Place the vadas in a serving bowl and pour the chilled curd mixture evenly all over the vadas, covering them completely.
Chill the vadas for sometime before serving. At the time of serving, take 2-3 vadas and place them in a serving plate, pour 2 tbsps of green chutney followed by 2 tbsps of sweet imli chutney, sprinkle some chaat powder, roasted cumin powder and and garnish with sev, fresh coriander leaves and pomegranate seeds.
You can sprinkle some black salt too over the dahi bhalla.
By Sailu Published:
Dahi Bhalla recipe is almost the same as how you make Dahi vada. Adding sugar to beaten curd while making Delhi style Dahi Bhalla Chaat is the difference.
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