Dahi Wada

29 Feb

Avada / Aavada / Perugu Wada


Urad dal 1 cup
Salt to taste
Oil for deep frying

Yogurt 2 cups
Green Chiles 2-3
Ginger 1 inch piece
Turmeric Powder a pinch
Fresh Cilantro few leaves
Spicy Boondi few tbsps


Fenugreek Seeds a big pinch
Urad dal 1/2 tsp
Mustard Seeds 1/4 tsp
Cumin Seeds 1/2 tsp
Curry Leaves few
Oil 1 tbsp

Method of preparation:

Soak urad dal in water for 1-2 hours.
Grind the soaked urad dal with little salt into smooth paste adding minimum amount of water.

Peel and roughly chop ginger.
Remove stems, wash and roughly chop green chiles.
Coarsely grind ginger and green chiles.

In a wide vessel, whisk together yogurt, above ginger green chilli paste, turmeric powder and salt.
Heat oil in a pan, add all talimpu ingredients in order.
When mustard seeds almost stop spluttering, remove from heat and pour into above yogurt bowl.
Fill another wide vessel with water and keep aside.

In a deep pan, heat oil on medium high.
Wash left palm and let it be wet all through the process.
Using right hand, take little amount of urad dal paste, place in on left hand and flatten it.
Make a small hole in the middle and slowly leave in hot oil.
Repeat the same until there is some space in oil.
Fry the wada on both sides until light brown.

Remove fried wada from hot oil with a strainer and soak in above water vessel for few seconds.
Then tranfer the wadas from water vessel to yogurt vessel.
Repeat the same with all the fried wadas.
Leave the wadas in yogurt for atleast 15 min. to soak up all the flavors.
Just before serving, garnish dahi wada with cilantro and boondi.

Notes:Make sure the urad dal batter is on thicker side rather than on thinner side.

25 Responses to “Dahi Wada”

  1. kalva February 29, 2008 at 11:03 am #

    Yes, we do the same way.. with ginger , green chillies and coriander.. lovely post!

  2. Happy Cook February 29, 2008 at 11:13 am #

    Yumm delicious, i love dhai vadas they are so refreshing. I made them with urid dal flour

  3. dhivya February 29, 2008 at 11:34 am #

    wow!lovely pic and recipe

  4. Asha February 29, 2008 at 11:49 am #

    I made Uddin vada last week too Anusha. Got to make Dahi vada in Summer.Looks yummy, photo is fab too!
    Have a great weekend!:)

  5. Mythreyee February 29, 2008 at 2:23 pm #

    Looks so yummy.

  6. Pooja February 29, 2008 at 4:32 pm #

    For me one dish of this is never sufficient , I can eat at least 2 dish of it at a time . thanks a lot for sharing the traditional way to make it. I feel like grabbing some now πŸ˜€

  7. Ramya's Mane Adige February 29, 2008 at 5:54 pm #

    hey! I’m here for the first time… You have a lovely collection of recipes here. Dahi Vada looks yummy!!!! Love the picture πŸ™‚

  8. Manasi February 29, 2008 at 10:22 pm #

    Love Dahi wadas!!!! Wonderful picture!

  9. Vegeyum March 2, 2008 at 6:25 am #

    I love these! I had them again in India during my recent trip. I would never be brave enough to cook them though.

    Great post and you made me long for good home cooked Indian food.

  10. padmavathi March 3, 2008 at 3:58 am #

    Simply super.I like this dahi wada very much.Thank you for describing this recepi.Once i too will try.

  11. Neelima March 3, 2008 at 11:55 am #

    Really mouthwatering Raji.Feel like making it right away

  12. Rathna March 3, 2008 at 10:14 pm #

    Wonderful recipe Anusha ! You have got a wonderful website. I love the pictures πŸ™‚

  13. Praveen Kashyap March 13, 2008 at 7:26 am #

    Beautiful it tastes good………..i njoyed a lot

  14. Savita Chavan July 19, 2008 at 6:28 am #

    EXCELLNT!!!!!!!!!!!!Looks Awesome!

  15. eswaran av September 14, 2008 at 8:07 am #

    yes its my favourite, wherever i find it, i simply jump to order it, and only in some places its good, i like the south indian style only more.

  16. eswaran av September 14, 2008 at 8:10 am #

    lovely and mouth watering, and very cool, does not effect your stomach

  17. lubna April 23, 2009 at 9:26 am #

    very different,i love dahi bara.inPakistan its called dahi bara.

  18. Esther Aruna July 22, 2009 at 1:04 am #

    Hi sorry do not know your name. I am writing to you from Doha, Qatar. Accidentally came across your website and noticed this recipe. Just a quick question, why are the wadas tasting bitter after they are soaked in dahi? do you know the reason? if so can u pls let me know?

    Thanks a lot and keep up the good work.


    • anusharaji July 22, 2009 at 9:08 am #

      @Esther Aruna my name is RAJI. the only reason i could think of is the dal. If urad dal is really old. It turns bitter. Did u taste wada before soaking in dahi?

  19. Asma July 29, 2009 at 9:34 am #

    I made it today it was tasty, but the vadas did not turn out soft. I soaked it in the warm water after frying, then I mixed dahi and spices. Everyone at home liked it , only the softness was the error, kindly help me what mistake I made?

    • anusharaji July 29, 2009 at 12:11 pm #

      @asma if the urad dal paste is too thick then it doesn’t come soft once deep fried. It should not bee too thick or too thin for it will ooze out oil. Let me know if it helps.

  20. kashish bhambhani August 18, 2010 at 3:10 am #

    baingan bharta is so yummy

  21. Geetanjali Behera April 5, 2011 at 1:55 am #

    EXCELLNT!!!!!!!!!!!!Looks Awesome!

  22. pooja July 6, 2011 at 9:33 am #

    gr888…raji WONDERFUL!!!!

  23. munera shaikh May 12, 2012 at 1:24 am #

    i m going to try this …its really looks very fantastic

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