Sunday, July 3, 2011

Dahi Vada with Tamarind Chutney {North Indian Street Food}

I somehow seem to enjoy street food more on a rainy day. With Calcutta receiving heavy showers lately, it's been almost everyday that I've made some street food in the evening. Perfectly teamed with the evening tea. But I was stuck to the Aloo Tikki mostly, till Dahi Vada crawled into my mind.

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Like the Aloo Tikki, Dahi Vada too is a North Indian street food or chaat. This is a cold and spicy thick yogurt based snack. Basically, this super delicious dish is prepared by fisrt frying and then soaking black gram lentil balls in a spicy yogurt mixture. It's then topped with some spices like roasted cumin powder, chaat masala and coriander leaves. Dahi Vadas not only qualify as a chaat but also as a delicious cold appetizer.

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I have always loved the way my mom made Dahi Vadas. But here in this recipe I have also added two pinches of asafoetida to the batter of the vadas and it surely enhanced the taste of the vadas. My mom never added it, but I saw this in the cooking class I attended last weak. Yes, this recipe is from that class where I learnt some amazing chaats, all thanks to that wonderful lady who patiently teaches people like me.

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For printable version of this recipe, click here.

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Dahi Vada with Tamarind Chutney {North Indian Street Food}


For the Vadas:

Black Gram Lentil (Urad Dal sans skin) 1 cup, washed and soaked overnight or atleast for 5 hours.
Asafoetida 2 pinches
Baking Powder 1/2 tsp.
Finely Chopped Ginger 1 tbsp.
Finely Chopped Green Chillies 1 tsp.
Salt as per taste
Refined Oil to deep fry
Water 3 cups + 1/2 tsp. Chaat Masala (for soaking the vadas)

For the Spicy Yogurt

Curd 2 cups
Powdered Sugar 3 tsp.
Roasted Cumin Powder 1/2 tsp. and a little more to sprinkle on top
Rock Salt 1/2 tsp.
Red Chilli Powder, to sprinkle on top
Chaat Masala, to sprinkle on top
Chopped Coriander Leaves 1/4 cup

For the Tamarind Chutney (In Microwave)

Tamarind Pulp 3 tbsp.
Jaggery 4 tbsp.
Sugar 4 tbsp.
Dry Ginger Powder 1/2 tsp.
Roasted Cumin Powder 1/2 tsp.
Red Chilli Powder 1/2 tsp.
Rock Salt 1/2 tsp.
Water 1 cup


Making Dahi Vada aka Dahi Bhalle:
  1. Drain the water from the lentils and grind to a smooth paste, adding very little water if required. Now to this paste add asafoetida, baking powder, chopped ginger and green chillies along with the salt. Beat this mixture with an electric beater till its frothy, adding 1/4 cup hot water while you beat it. To test whether the batter is done, drop a spoonful of batter into a bowl of water. It should no dissolve but rise to the top.

  2. Heat refined oil in a deep-frying pan. With a big spoon, drop a dollop of batter (size of a big lemon) into the hot oil. Fry on medium heat. Make vadas with the remaining batter. Let the vadas cool once they are fried.

  3. In a micro-safe bowl add 3 cups of water with 1/2 tsp. chaat masala. Heat it in a microwave for 3 minutes at MICRO HIGH power. Soak all the vadas in this hot water for 5 minutes. Remove and lightly press between your palms to remove the excess water. Keep aside.

  4. Beat curd along with powdered sugar, 1/2 tsp. roasted cumin powder and rock salt. Place the vadas in a serving dish and evenly pour the spicy yogurt on them. Make sure to cover them completely. Chill the vadas for sometime before serving. Just before serving, sprinkle chaat masala, red chilli powder and some coriander leaves. Pour tamarind chutney and relish this lip-smacking snack.

Making the Tamarind Chutney in the microwave:
  1. Put all the ingredients in a micro-safe bowl. Cook the chuteny in MIRCO MEDIUM power for 5-6 minutes. Be sure to stir once in between.

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This savory snack absolutely melts in your mouth. Tastes simply divine when served with sweet and tangy Tamarind Chutney. This Tamarind Chutney was made in a mircowave, which saves a lot of time. This is a very handy chutney. Apart from these Dahi Vadas, I also love to team it with the Aloo Tikkis.


  1. wow....those look you said...this on a rainy day with a hot cup of tea will be divine....the snaps have come out so well....i never thought about making the tamarind chutney in the MW...that does make it easier i'm sure...yet another lovely post aru...;)

  2. one of my favourite looks fabulous for any time of the day :)

  3. Delicious ...just drooling over the pics ..looks so soft n yum

  4. dhi vaa i looking mouthwatering and rat as much at any time

  5. Very tasty and tangy looking dahi vadas. Excellent preparation.

    Hamaree Rasoi

  6. Yum vadas with the tangy tamarind chutney sounds totally tempting....slurrpp

  7. Delicious! One of my favorites chaats too...

  8. Love chats in any form and this one looks a beauty!

  9. I too love this a lot,yummy it looks!

  10. Dear Arundhuti
    Very nice recipe and especially Tamarind chutney. Now I will try Hing , sounds great!
    Have a great week ahead

  11. Lovely Dahi vada....Looks perfect.

  12. Ur picture itself makes me hungry, my fav anytime..

  13. I love dahi vada .. you got me drooling here :)

    Event: Fast food not Fat food

  14. Damn delicious :) Im in for it anyday :)

  15. Wow anytime manytime a day I can eat this ~ the platter is absolutely tempting me :D
    US Masala

  16. Amazing pics! this is my first time on ur blog and i just love it :) My mom makes these Dahi Vadas with Tamarind chutney... but we dont put sugar in the dahi. and we sprinkle this special roasted cumin & red chilli powder on top that just imparts a wonderful flavor to the dish.

  17. Drooling here.Looks so tempting & delicious. Lovely pics..

  18. Hi,
    Wow..dahi vada with tamarind chutney..
    Makes me drool seeing the clicks..
    Its all time fav chaat..
    Happy Blogging

  19. Absolutely mouth watering dahi vadas!! My all time favourite, I totally love street food :) Lovely pictures too!

  20. Arundhati...first time to your have an amazing space...lobvely clicks....Thanks for stopping by :)

    Dahi vada is my hubby's fav chaat...super yummy it are drool worthy :)

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  21. Lovely combination.Looks so delicious and mouth watering Dahi vada.Nice presentation.

  22. Nice Pics! I was tempted to reach out and take a piece !

  23. This is my favorite snack food as well. Beautiful pictures as well!

  24. Thanks for the appreciation, everyone..:)

  25. So Tempting Clicks.. Beautifully presented..

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  27. Wow.. awesome recipe.. I loved the look of it so much that I tried making them and they came out great . Thanks a ton.. Do check my post when you find time.. Thanks again :D

  28. Looks yummy, gotta prepare this sometime and see how it tastes. Thanks for posting.

  29. this is really yumm and my mouth watering ..too good