Dahi Vada

Dahi Bhalle is wadas dunked in loads of chilled and seasoned curds and then topped with tamarind chutney and spices. Papdi chaat, a popular snack in the northern parts of India is a tangy and spicy mix of crushed papdis (fried dough) and dahi bhalle, again served with loads of curds and chutneys.
I have tasted different variation of this. Some like their curds to be sweet, others like it salty. The Gujarati version has a sweet and spicy flavor and uses liberal amounts of curds.The Punjabi version is salty and the wadas are just submerged in the curds but not floating in it. The dahi wada that I’ve tasted in Udipi cafes has tempered sweet curds.
The roadside bhaiya(vendors) have their own signature blend of spices, which, if not impossible is pretty hard to duplicate. I add freshly roasted jeera(cumin) powder, red chili powder and salt. I’ve seen my friends add chat masala and black pepper powder as well, you can choose the mix that best suites your taste..I learnt how to make Dahi bhalle/Dahi wada from my mom, she makes the best dahi bhalle ever 😉

Ingredients:.
1 cup dhuli urad dal soaked for 2 hours
½ tsp asfoetida or hing
1″ ginger piece
2-3 green chilies
1 tsp pepper corns (sabut kali mirch)
750 gms Curds well beaten
1 tsp powdered sugar( optional)
salt, fresh roasted & powdered jeera powder, red chili powder,chopped coriander leaves

Tempering or chownk(optional)
2 tsp oil
1tsp sarson (mustard seeds)
few curry leaves

Method:

.Grind the soaked urad dal, ginger and green chili very well. It is best to do it in small batches to avoid over heating of the grinder motor. Add very little water while grinding, the batter should be light and airy. It is very important NOT to make the batter watery, else the wadas will not be fluffy. The ginger and chili gives just a subtle hint of the spices
Add salt to the batter. Can add a pinch of soda just before frying to lighten the batter. Drop spoon full of the batter into the hot oil and deep fry on medium heat till done and cooked through.
Put into hot water and squeeze them soft. (If the wadas turn out hard, it can still be salvaged. Bring salted water to a boil and add the wadas. Let them soak in the water for a few minutes and then squeeze, they are ready to be used)To prepare dahi, whisk chilled curds with some salt, sugar and water to thin it down a little. Do not make it too watery though, heat 2tsp oil. Add mustard seeds, when it splutters add curry leaves. Add this to curd. Arrange the wadas on a platter Pour this over the wadas. Garnish with lots of tamarind chutney, jeera powder, red chili powder and chopped coriander leaves. Enjoy chilled dahi bhalle!
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