Dahi Vada Recipe ( Mixed Dal )

Punjabi dahi bhalle with 3-4 assorted lentils | Festive recipe | Chaat | Party recipe

Recipe / food styling / photography by - Sunayana Gupta


Dahi vada From Punjabi cuisine are nothing new to us. We have grown up enjoying festivities and eating spoonfuls of dahi vada perked with roasted cumin powder & chilly flakes. Traditionally these Dahi vada are made of ‘Urad Dal’, but here we have given a slight change to the recipe and made these wade with 3-4 ‘Mixed Dals’ that taste equally delicious.

Actually this idea of making this classic dish with mixed lentils popped in my mind when one day I was craving for dahi bhalle, but did not had enough of ‘Urad ki dal’ in my pantry. So decided to make with whatever I had and as it is said- “Necessity is the key to invention”….I got a whole new recipe for lifetime.

Did you know, using different dals or lentils gives a very unique texture and taste to the dish and if you are not afraid of experimenting in kitchen, then you must try this some day.

However, the recipe is same as that of the classic one, soaked lentils are ground into a paste and seasoned with ginger, chilly, salt which makes a basic batter for Vada or Bhalle. Later it is deep fried in the form of dumplings and dunked into water to soften. While serving, these soaked vadas are pressed gently to remove away the excess water and plated with a generous topping of whisked curd and roasted spices.

Come on, let’s check out our innovative recipe!

Dahi vada make an excellent party as well as festive snack for occasions like Holi, Diwali, Eid and get together. You can pair them with assorted chutneys and appetizers like Paneer Cutlets or Mix Vegetable Cutlets.

Make your Holi or Diwali Party ravishing with our menu. But for this you need to make preparations well in advance because we have some amazing snack recipes that have a long shelf life and are usually served during festivities. You can serve these mixed lentil Dahi Bhalle with Nimki, Moong Dal samosa, Methi Khakhra, Rawa Namak Pare and more.


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Dahi Vada ( Mixed Dal )

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Preparation Time : 5 hours
Cooking Time : 30 minutes

Category : Chaat
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Servings : 2 servings

Author : Sunayana Gupta

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Recipe Ingredients

  • Urad dal - 1/4 cup
  • Masoor dal - 1/4 cup
  • Chana dal - 1/4 cup
  • Toor/Arahar dal - 1/4 cup
  • Baking powder - A pinch
  • Ginger (Grated) - 1-2 teaspoon
  • Green chilly (Finely Chopped) - 2 teaspoon or to taste
  • Salt - To taste
  • Oil - To deep fry 

To Serve -

How to make Dahi Vada ( Mixed Dal )

Washing & Soaking Lentils -

To begin with making these wonderful and drooling mixed lentil dahi vada we need to wash and soak the lentils for at least 5-6 hours in sufficient water. You can soak all lentils together, no need to soak them separately. 

Making  Vada - 

  1. After the lentils are soaked, strain away the excess water and grind to a fine or slight coarse paste.
  2. Empty this dal paste in a mixing bowl and add in grated ginger, chopped green chilly and salt. Give a nice mix and our Vada batter is now ready.
  3. Now in a heavy bottom kadai or skillet heat sufficient oil for deep frying.
  4. Take spoonfuls of batter and gently drop into the hot oil. Deep fry till golden and crisp. Carefully take out these wada with a ladle and put on a plate lined up with kitchen napkin to soak the excess oil and then dip in a bowl with water.
  5. This would soften the wada and you would also notice that after few minutes it would get almost double in volume, hence take a ‘Large’ mixing bowl for this.
  6. Finish off your batter making & soaking Vadas the same way. 

Making ‘Whisked Curd’ - 

  1. A well prepared Curd or Dahi topping is equally essential in Dahi Vada as the Vada itself.
  2. So for this take curd or dahi in a mixing bowl and season with table salt & black salt. Whisk till smooth and creamy.
  3. You can adjust the consistency to your preference. For instance, if you feel that the curd (dahi)  is too thick, then mix in some water.
  4. Whisked curd or Dahi is now ready. 

Assembling & serving  Dahi Vada -

  1. For serving, take one soaked wada and gently press between your palm to remove the excess water.
  2. Out this wada in a serving bowl and top with lots of whisked dahi.
  3. Sprinkle with roasted cumin powder or bhuna jeera, chilly powder and serve.

  • Name
  • Dahi Vada Recipe ( Mixed Dal )
  • Sub name
  • Punjabi dahi bhalle with 3-4 assorted lentils | Festive recipe | Chaat | Party recipe
  • Category
  • Chaat
  • Cuisine
  • Punjabi
  • Key ingredients
  • Assorted lentils, curd, spices
  • Cooking technique
  • Deep fry
  • Technicality
  • Expert
  • Taste
  • Savory, spicy, chatpata
  • Texture
  • Soft dumplings dunked in creamy whisked curd
  • Preparation time
  • 5 hours
  • Cooking time
  • 30 minutes
  • Servings
  • 2
  • Equipment used
  • Mixer grinder, mixing bowls, whisk
  • Steps
  • 0
  • Created date
  • 2018-04-25 07:14:34

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