Dahi Vade and Dahi Bade(Lentil balls in Yogurt)

"Dahi" yogurt is cooling after a long days fast. "Dahi Vade" are Urad lentil balls in yogurt and "Dahi Bade" are the Gram flour lentil balls in yogurt.

Dahi Vade
6-8 Vadas just as in the recipe Shallow fried Indian Doughnuts(Vada).
11\2 cup of fat free yogurt
pinch of turmeric
1/2 teaspoon chaat masala for sprinkling .

For Tempering
few curry leaves
1/4 teaspoon mustard seeds and cumin seeds
2 tablespoon canola oil.

To make the Dahi Vade
In a bowl ,whip yogurt with 1/2 cup of water until smooth. Season with salt and pinch of turmeric. pour this yogurt mixture in a serving tray. Drop the vadas in to yogurt mixture. Coat well with yogurt and allow to soak for an hour after tempering.
prepare tempering by heating the oil in a small pan and add the ingredients in the list. when the mustard seeds splutter,pour the sizzling tempering over the vadas.

After an hour serve the vade on individual plates, garnish with chopped cilantro and sprinkle of chaat masala on each of the vada.

Dahi Bade

Ingredients needed
1 cup gram flour(besan)
2 tablespoon finely chopped onions
1 green chilly finely chopped
1 tablespoon finely chopped cilantro
1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
1/4 teaspoon chilly powder
1/4 teaspoon turmeric
1/8 teaspoon of baking soda(Important! use fresh bought soda for best results)
Salt to season.
Vegetable oil for frying.

To make the Dahi Bade
Make the Pakodas
In a deep pan(kadai) start heating the oil.
For the batter ,in a bowl sift the besan and season with salt, mix in the rest of the ingredients along with 1/2 cup of water. The batter should not be runny, it should be thick enough to hold in fingers.
To test the oil,drop little batter ,if it rises with sizzle,the oil is ready. Using finger CAREFULLY drop walnut size balls in the hot oil 4 at a time. fry until lightly brown about 6-8 minutes.
Soak the Pakodas
Prepare the yogurt mixture just as above. Drop the hot pakodas in the mixture. Temper and allow to soak for at least 2-3 hours before serving. Garnish with chaat masala and chopped cilantro.

Dahi Vade is my entry for Sangeeth's Eat Healthy :Calcium Rich Event


lubnakarim06 said…
Till now i was thinking that there was a spelling mistake that u wrote bade instead of bade but now reading the recipe i came to know that those two are two diffrent recipes. My husband always says dahi bade dahi bade i thought for vade they say bade at there place. Now i came to know the difference. Thank u for the recipes.
Yasmeen said…
lubna, even i didn't know the difference between dahi "vade" and "bade" for a long time...its only I started showing interest in culinary adventures(after marriage) i discovered the big difference :). My friends here always serve either one of those for Iftar Daawats.
Anonymous said…
Soft vadas,so well presented!
Muneeba said…
Mouthwatering dahi vade ... craving these now! Hubbs doesn't like dahi anything ... but I've got to make these soon, if only for myself!!!
Unknown said…
First time here....Nice collection of recipes u have, healthy too!
Anonymous said…
Hi yasmeen
I made the dahi bade yesterday. I followed your recipe from start to finish. But when we sat down to eat, the bade were hard to break even with a spoon. I mean, the bade were not soft as they should have been. Why did that happen. I think there are 2 reasons for it-

I fried the bade for a long time say 10 min.
I did not soak the bade's in water after frying them.
What do you think went wrong with my bade's.
I would appreciate if you can correct me, so that next time my bade's would be soft as they should be.
Waiting for your reply.
Yasmeen said…
I usually don't soak the bade water,so that may not be the reason.Could be the baking soda,make sure you use good quality soda.And also let soak for 2-3 hours.Hope it works next time.
Anonymous said…
Hi Yasmeen,
In you last comment you said,".And also let soak for 2-3 hours".
What should I soak for 2- 3 hrs.
I didnt understand that statement.
Can you pls. explain. I appreciate your help & comments.
Thanks. Waiting to hear from you.
Yasmeen said…
I meant soaking the bade in yogurt for 2-3 hours before serving.