Monday, November 15, 2010

Dahi Bhalla...North Indian Street Food

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I tasted this for the first time at my friend's place long back after my marriage and I just loved the taste instantly.From then I also started making it regularly at my place along with the south Indian style Dahi vada's.Even though the preparation process is quite similar to our beloved south Indian dahi vada,the additional spices and the spicy,tangy chutney's add a real distinct flavor and taste to it which is no less than any other our favorite street chaat's.This is a great party appetizer as it can be prepared well in advance and is quite soothing.If you are interested in south Indian dahi vada,check our my version here.
For Urad Fritters/Bhalla's:
1 cup whole white urad dal
15-20 raisins

salt to taste
oil to deep fry

for Dahi mix:
3 cups fresh curds
1 tsp sugar
3/4 tsp black salt/kala namak
1/2 tsp red chilli powder
1/2 tsp roasted cumin powder
a pinch of salt
a pinch of hing

Meetha(Imli) Chutney:
200 gm Tamarind
2 cups dried Dates(Kharjur),finely chopped

1 cup Jaggery
1 tsp red chili powder

1 tsp
Garam masala
1 tsp Black salt
1 tbsp roasted cumin powder


Green chutney:
1 Bunch of Coriander leaves
1 Bunch of Mint leaves

10-12 green chillies

1" Ginger

Juice of 2 lemons

2-3 tbsp sugar
salt to taste

To garnish:
1 tsp red chilli powder
1 tsp roasted cumin powder
1 tsp chaat masala

1/4 cup very fine sev
2 tbsp chopped coriander
1/2 tsp finely chopped ginger or julienned

Imli chutney
Green chutney


Imli Chutney:
  • Clean the tamarind and soak in water for sometime(approx half an hour) and boil it for 10-12 mins until soft.
  • Cool the mixture and take the pulp out of it. Add Jaggery and Kharjoor to it and boil until it is soft and all the jaggery melts and forms a syrupy liquid.
  • Add black salt,red chilli powder,jeera powder and Garam masala to it and mix.
  • Cool the mixture and grind it a fine puree.
  • Strain it and store it in a bottle in refrigerator. It stays good for 6-8 months.
Green Chutney:
  • Wash coriander and mint leaves drain out the extra water and let it drain for 15-20 mins.
  • Wash Green chillies and pat dry it.
  • Grind Mint,coriander,green chillies,chopped ginger,salt,sugar and lemon juice to a fine paste.
  • Pour the mixture in the Ice cube tray and freeze it and remove the cubes from it and place them in a zip lock bag or in a big container in freezer .
  • Use it when required.Stays good for 3-4 months.
Bhalla's / Vada's and arranging them:
  • Soak urad dal overnight or atleast for 1 hr.Use the round white variety urad dal for this.
  • Strain the soaked urad dal and grind it to a fluffy mixture in the grinder(even a mixie also does the same job,but in grinder you get more fluffy batter which is apt for making vada's).Add water only if needed,do not add much water while grinding this.Try to beat this mixture with hands for two mins continuously which helps in yielding fluffier vada's.
  • Mix in the raisins and salt and mix well.
  • Heat oil in a heavy bottomed kadai on medium heat and mean while grease your right palm(or wet your hands) and take a dollop of urad dal batter and slip it to the hot oil carefully and fry until golden brown on a medium flame.
  • Repeat the same process for the remaining mixture.Drop 4-5 at a time,do not drop in more or else they will stick to each other.
  • Meanwhile boil water in a big vessel until luke warm to medium hot.
  • Drop the urad dal fritters/bhalle's in the hot water and soak for a couple of minute.Take them out and squeeze carefully to form a shape of round.
  • Whisk the curds with black salt,sugar,red chilli powder,salt,hing,roasted cumin powder to get a smooth uniform mixture.
  • Pour a layer of the spiced dahi mixture in a wide flat bottomed bowl and arrange the bhalla's over it and pour the remaining dahi mixture over them until they are well covered.
  • Now decorate them with green and meetha chutney's.Sprinkle red chili powder,roasted jeera powder,chat masala in different patterns.
  • Garnish with chopped coriander,fine sev and finely chopped ginger.
  • Keep it in refrigerator until it is to be served.It tastes best when it is chilled.
This is going to participate in Pari's - 'Only Chaat' event .



Santosh Bangar said...

chat is so tempting ki eat it just now very delicious

Unknown said...


I love the pictures...Surely must have tasted good..Yumm yumm...:)


Raks said...

Wow,I love it! I am sure going to make this within this week. Lovely pictures!

Unknown said...

My mouth started watering the moment I had a look on the dahi wada pics...well captured. Love this recipe. Adding sev as a garnish is a great idea...definitely trying this one :)

suma said...

This is one extremely irresistible chaat,I specially love ones with dahi. Summer, chaats with dahi washed down with cold badam milk.. yumm.. bliss!!

Looks very inviting Pratibha!

Savi-Ruchi said...

Pat your back Prathibha. Indeed a great job. Wish I could visit your home to grab a bowl of them :)

Priya Suresh said...

Beautiful clicks, just feel like grabbing that whole plate and enjoy those droolworthy dahi vadas...yumm!

Chitra said...

Wowow, a must try dish.. bookmarked !!

Lakshmi said...

I am drooling here..and cannot even write!! looks soo tempting

My Kitchen Antics said...

drooling here

Saritha said...

Huf why u r tempting me,my daughter says she is getting water in her mouth,looks great....

Sushma Mallya said...

Looks lovely Prathibha and ur pictures makes me drool more:)

Hari Chandana P said...

WOWWWWWW.. Looks so so so tempting and perfect.. awesome presentation dear...simply amazing !!

Hamaree Rasoi said...

One of the very famous snack of North...I had made these 2 weeks back. Your's looking irresistible and yummy

Hamaree Rasoi

Finla said...

Loos so so good, wish i good grab few of hem.

FewMinute Wonders said...

Looks delicious and the pictures have captured it so well. Its a lot of work but amazing thing to eat in the end.

Jeyashris Kitchen said...

awesome clicks prathiba, i recently tasted this one in my friend's place. even i wanted to try this for sure

Sarah Naveen said...

nice click..looks so perfect and yummy!!

Akila said...

what a clicks and what a recipe dear.... simply superb....

Satrupa said...

My all time fav .... I am craving for some now.

Unknown said...

My fav...they look beautiful and yummy!!...great job!

Nithya said...

Your post is tempting me too much. Yummy it looks. I am a big time fan of chaat and this version is making me drool. I simply love dahi vada as well :)yummmmm

Suja Manoj said...

Drooling tempting and beautiful clicks

Swathi said...

Dahi vada looks absoulte yumm. First here, You have nice blog.

swapna said...

lovely clicks...thats looks soo good and yummy!!

Unknown said...

Love it anywhere, anytime :)

Pappu said...

beautiful click n amazing chaat:)

Mangala Bhat said...

yummy..looks soo ttasty

Ushnish Ghosh said...

Dear Prathibha
How are you? Awesome photo and the description..I really appreciate your great skill in Northern dishes too. I eat dahi Vada almost every day
People laugh but it is a perfect balanced food with vege and animal protein ( i.e Milk protein, not meat), carbo and bit of fat..and lot of red chili on top as antioxidants,
Let me have some Dahi valla today for a change .
Have a nice week

Aps Kitchen said...

The Pic is so tempting i can imagine how the taste wud be :)

Kurinji said...

sooooo tempting n beautiful clicks...

Sandhya Hariharan said...

Perfect street food package :) Will definitely come back to see the topping!!

Vanishri said...

Hey , nice dahi ballas. Nice pictures too. You have a nice blog.

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Shanthi Krishnakumar said...

Very tempting and love your pictures

Kalyani said...

ooh ! Amazing Pics :) drooooooool worthy !! :) :)

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