Steamed Dahi Vada Recipe by Pooja J Tiwari

Steamed Dahi Vada Recipe by Pooja J Tiwari

Dahi Vada is a famous snack recipe as well as street food in India, especially in North India. It is a type of chaat filled with the goodness of curd and lentils. Dahi Vada is a deep-fried lentil fritter but today we are making Dahi vada without deep frying. We are preparing Dahi Vada in a steamer or idli maker. This makes it more healthy and more fat-free. The lentil fritters are soaked in water and dunked in yogurt and topped with mint-coriander green chutney, sweet tamarind chutney, and some Indian spices.

Ingredients for making Steamed Dahi Vada

  • ½ cup soaked urad dal
  • ½ cup soaked yellow moong dal
  • 1 tsp ginger-green chili paste
  • Salt to taste
  • A pinch of asafoetida (hing)
  • Eno fruit salt

Ingredients for Garnishing

  • Curd
  • Water for soaking Dahi vada
  • Mint-coriander chutney
  • Sweet tamarind chutney
  • Dry roasted cumin powder
  • Red chili powder
  • Black salt
  • Chaat masala

Recipe Instructions for Dahi Vada

  1. Soaked both lentils together overnight or at least 4-5 hours.
  2. Drain and put it into grinder jar with ginger, green chili, salt to taste, and hing. Blend it together to make a smooth paste. If water is required than add very little water.
  3. Now place the batter in a mixing bowl and mix it with a big spoon in a circular motion for 5-6 minutes so that batter gets fluffy and light.
  4. Take steamer (if u don’t have steamer u can use idli maker) and boil 2 cups of water and grease steamer plate or idli mold with little oil.
  5. Meanwhile, add Eno fruit salt into the batter and gently mix it.
  6. Take a spoonful of batter and place it on idli stand. Fill all the slots of idli stand and steam it for 15-20 minutes at medium heat.
  7. Meanwhile, warm some water with salt and hing.
  8. When the vadas are done soak them in this warm water for 20-30 minutes.
  9. Meanwhile, in a mixing bowl add curd and black salt and whisk it very well. If u like add 1 tsp of sugar in it and mix it well.
  10. Now take out the vada from the water and squeeze it lightly between a palm and place it in a serving bowl.
  11. Pour curd mixture on vada and cover the vada completely.
  12. Garnish it with green chutney and sweet tamarind chutney.
  13. Sprinkle some roasted cumin powder, red chili powder, black salt and chaat masala on it. Serve it cold.

Tips for soft Dahi Vada

  • Soak both lentils minimum 4 to 5 hours.
  • Make sure the batter is not very thick or thin.
  • Add Eno just before putting vadas into idli maker.
  • Do not skip the soaking of vadas in warm water.
  • Dahi vada tastes best when served chilled.

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