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For 4 Person(s)

For Vadas:

  • 1 cup black gram lentil - urad dal without skin, washed, soaked for 3 hours
  • 2 tbsp yellow moong dal, soaked for 2 hours (optional)
  • 2 piece ginger
  • 2 - 3 green chilies
  • salt to taste
  • oil for deep frying

For dahi Bhalla chaat:

  • 2 cups fresh curd, thick yogurt (it should not be sour)
  • 1 1/2 - 2 cups water
  • 1 1/2 tbsp (heaped) powdered sugar
  • 1 tbsp (heaped) red chilli powder
  • 1 tbsp (heaped) chaat masala powder
  • 1/2 cup pomegranate seeds
  • 3/4 cup green chutney
  • 3/4 cup sweet tamarind chutney
  • sev for garnish
  • fresh coriander leaves for garnish


Grind the urad dal, moong dal, green chilies, ginger and salt together to a fine paste. Add very little cold water while grinding. Approx 2-3 tbsp. Remove to a wide bowl. Using your hand or hand beater, beat the batter for a good 5 minutes until it is airy and light.

Pre-heat oil in a deep frying vessel, slowly drop large lemon sized quantity of batter into the hot oil. Deep fry on medium heat for some time and then fry on high heat till golden brown.

Remove these deep fried vadas into a bowl of luke warm water and place them in it for a minute. Remove and gently press between your palms so that excess water oozes out. Keep them aside.

Finish making vadas with the rest of the remaining batter and put them in water like you did for the earlier batch, remove excess water and keep aside.

Beat curd well until smooth and add the water as required, 1/4 tsp red chilli powder and 1/4 tsp cumin powder and salt to taste.

Place the vadas in a serving bowl and pour the chilled curd mixture evenly all over the vadas, covering them completely.

Chill the vadas for some time before serving. At the time of serving, take 2-3 vadas and place them in a serving plate, pour 2 tbsps of green chutney followed by 2 tbsps of sweet imli chutney, sprinkle some chaat powder, roasted cumin powder and garnish with sev, fresh coriander leaves and pomegranate seeds.

Recipe notes

Prep time: 60 min

Cook time: 20 min

Makes: 20