Dahi vada

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Dahi vada
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Dahi vada
Type Chaat
Place of origin India
Main ingredients Vada, yogurt
Variations Rajasthani Dahi Bada, Delhi Dahi Bhalla
Cookbook: Dahi vada  Media: Dahi vada

Dahi Vada is a popular snack in India.[1] It is prepared by soaking vadas (fried flour balls) in thick dahi (yogurt).[2]


Dahi Vada is also known as “dahi baray” ( دہی بڑے‎) in Urdu, “dahi bhalla in Punjabi, thayir vadai in Tamil,[3] thairu vada in Malayalam, perugu vada in Telugu, mosaru vade in Kannada, dahi bara (ଦହି ବରା) in Odia and doi bora (দই বড়া) in Bengali.


A recipe for dahi wada (as kshiravata) is mentioned in Manasollasa, a 12th-century Sanskrit encyclopedia compiled by Someshvara III, who ruled from present-day Karnataka.[4]


Washed Urad lentils are soaked overnight and ground into a batter for the vada, then cooked in hot oil. The hot deep fried vadas are first put in water and then transferred to thick beaten yogurt. The vadas are soaked for a period of time before serving. Additions to the batter may include golden raisins. Vadas may be topped with coriander or mint leaves, chili powder, crushed black pepper, chaat masala, cumin, shredded coconut, green chilis, boondi, thinly sliced fresh ginger or pomegranate. Sweeter curd is preferred in some places in India, especially in Maharashtra and Gujarat, although the garnishing remains the same. A combination of coriander and tamarind chutneys is often used as garnish.

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