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Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Mixed Dal Dahi Vada (Fried Lentil Dumplings in Spiced Yoghurt)

          A north Indian Delicacy, this yummy Dahi Vada or Dahi Bhalla is my all time favourite snack. In the South it goes by the name of Curd Vadai and minus the chutneys. They are not only light on the stomach but is also a nutritious and a healthy snack with the goodness of lentils. 

          The vadas are generally made of urad dal (split black gram lentil), but today I would like to share a mixed dal vada that I prepared for some variation. So get going and dish out this delectable snack and relish it in the comfort of your home with family and friends. 

  • 1/2 cup mixed dal, soaked overnight
  • salt to taste
  • 1" ginger
  • 2 green chilies
  • 1/2 tsp. coriander powder
  • 1/2 tsp. cumin powder
  • pinch of turmeric powder
  • 1/4 tsp. asafoetida
  • 1/2 tsp. garam masala powder
  • 1 tsp. flax seed
  • pinch of baking soda
  • oil to deep fry
  • 1 cup yogurt, well beaten with some salt
  • 2-3 tbsp. green chutney
  • 2-3 tbsp. sweet tamarind chutney
  • 2 tbsp. sev / bhujia
  • 1 tbsp. chopped coriander leaves
  • 1/4 tsp. roasted cumin powder
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper powder
  • 1/4 tsp. red chili powder

           Grind the soaked and drained mixed dal along with all the ingredients starting from salt to garam masala powder. Then add in the flax seed and baking soda. Mix the batter well.

          Heat oil in a pan and drop spoonfuls of the batter and deep fry them on a medium flame till light golden in colour. Immediately drop them in cold water for a couple of minutes.

           Then squeeze out the water gently between your palms and keep them aside. This is to make the vadas soft and spongy.

          To serve - Arrange the vadas on a serving plate and pour the beaten yoghurt over it. Then drizzle some green chutney and sweet tamarind chutney. 

          Next sprinkle the sev, coriander leaves, roasted cumin powder, pepper powder and red chili powder. Voila!! Your Mixed Dal Dahi Vada is ready to be devoured. Bon Appetit!!

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