Dahi Bhalla | Dahi Bhalle Recipe | North Indian Street Food

Dahi Bhalla | Dahi Bhalle Recipe | North Indian Street Food

Dahi Bhalla or Dahi Bhalle is similar to Dahi/thayir Vada.  Dahi bhalla is served with sweet and green chutney along spices which makes these dahi bhalla much more flavourful and a perfect chat.  My mom would make this dahi bhalls on each Diwali morning and we would have this as breakfast along with other Diwali goodies and rest of it will be kept for guests as during Diwali day there will guests dropping by to exchange sweets.  If you have people coming over for gift/sweet exchange or lunch/dinner then this dahi bhallas can be very refreshing other than usual sweet and savoury items. Imagine you are visiting couple of people and everyone offering you sweets to eat!  My mom only know this so well to make these delicacy each year. 
Dahi Bhalla Curd Vada Recipe
The best thing about this recipe is we can make this in advance, refrigerate and it’s taste better served chill.  I recently made these for a get together for about 11 people and most of the people went for third helping, so you get the idea? Since I had a long menu to settle I took the stepwise pictures in hurry so do excuse that.  Try this delicious dahi bhalla this Deepavali and please your near & dear ones.  These dahi bhalle makes great party appetizer, I am yet to see any one who doesn’t like these.
Dahi Bhalle Vada Spiced curd dumplings recipe
Most of the people think if we grind urad dal in grinder that only makes the vada soft and mixer doesn’t do the same justice.  But it’s not true,  you can still make very soft and delicious vada with mixer if you keep two things in mind.  First, don’t add lot of water while grinding and 2nd most important beat the batter with hand for 2-3 minutes, below I have describe how can we test if the batter is ready to fry.  Do this and see how soft yet crunchy vada you get. 
Dahi Bhalle Chat recipe
Ingredients:
For Bhalla/Vada [Makes 25-27 bhallas]
Whole White Urad Dal – 1 1/2 cup
Raisins – 28-30
Cumin Seeds – 1 tsp
Green Chillies – 2
Ginger – 1” pieces
Cooking Soda – a pinch
Salt – to taste
Water – 2-3 tbsp [only if required]
Oil – to deep frying
 For Dahi Mix
Fresh Curd/Yogurt -  4 Cups
Rock Salt/Kala Namak – 1 tsp
Cumin Powder – 1 tsp + for garnishing
Red Chilli Powder – 1 tsp  + for garnishing
Salt – to taste
Chopped Cilantro – 2 tbsp
Green Chutney – 1/2 Cup or as needed
Sweet Chutney – 1/2 Cup or as needed
:Dahi Bhalla Vada Recipe

Method
1. Rinse and soak urad dal overnight or for 5-6 hours, rinse well and grind it in mixer or grinder into smooth fluffy mixture.  Use 2-3 tbsp of water only if required, which you will required if you are using mixer to grind. 
~ You have to grind the dal until the batter becomes light and fluffy.  Sprinkle water if the mixer making lot of noise. 
2. Take out the batter in a wide bowl and start beating it with hand for 2-3 minutes, it will make the batter more light and fluffy, after beating continuously you can see the colour of batter will be white instead of pale white or yellow.
Now the most important thing to do specially if you used mixer to grind the dal, to test if the batter is ready to make vada  in a bowl of water drop a small bowl of vada if it’s floats on top of water then it’s ready to use.  If the batter ball sinks a bit inside water then you have to beat it with hand for a minute more.  Repeat the test until the batter ball  floats on top of water.  If you skip this step the bhalla or vada will not be soft. 
3.  Finely chop green chillies and ginger add in batter with cumin seeds, soda, salt and mix everything well.
Urad Dal Vada Dahi Vada
4. Heat oil in a wok for deep frying.  Keep a bowl of water near by, grease or wet your hand with water and take a dollop of dal batter and carefully drop it in hot oil, drop 5-6 vada at a time in wok so it doesn’t stick with each other.
Make sure you use enough oil for the full vada to be in oil, if upper part of the vada/bhalla doesn’t cook in oil then when you turn them it will stick together.  Don’t worry about the shape very much, it doesn’t has to perfect round, once we soak the vada in curd it will get shaped. 
5. Fry until golden brown in medium flame, turn over and fry until another side gets golden brown too.  Keep the vada in kitchen tissue and repeat the process for remaining dal batter. 
Vada Bada Recipe
6. Meanwhile in a wide pan boil water until luke warm, and soak this fried vada in water for 5-7 minutes.  Take them out of water and squeeze carefully to retain the shape. 
Dahi Bhalla recipe
7. In a wide bowl whisk together curd, red chilli powder, cumin powder, salt, rock salt well and pour half of the spiced curd the serving dish,  arrange bhalla/vada over it.
Dahi vada Curd Vada bhalla recipe
8. Pour remaining spiced curd over bhalla/vada and garnish it with green and sweet chutney and top it up with red chilli powder, roasted cumin powder and cilantro.  refrigerator for 1 hour or until ready to serve. 
Thayir vade dahi vada recipe
Normally when I keep both the chutneys, red chilli and cumin powder while serving so other can add these things according to their taste. If you are keep the dahi bhalla in fridge for more than 5-6 hours then by the time you take it out to serve all the curd will be soaked, in that case pour some more spiced curd before serving. 
Green and Sweet Chutney Recipe
Enjoy the delicious and soft dahi bhallas.
Thayir vada Dahi Vada recipe
Have a nice day ~~