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Description: Don’t think any Indian needs an introduction to Dahi vada. It’s an all time favourite for most of us and is a very popular dish during Diwali. Below is my mother in law’s recipe which I always use and love since the vadas turn out super soft this way.


  • Soak white urad dal (2 cups for around 20 vadas) in hot water for atleast 5 hours. Soaking overnight will make vadas even softer.
  • Blend/grind the dal with little water, just enough to make a thick paste.
  • Add 1 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp red chilli powder and 1 tbsp ginger paste and combine well. Add 2 tbsp hot oil to the dal paste and mix thoroughly until it’s foamy and almost double in quantity.
  • Fry vadas on low flame.
  • Once the vadas are cool, soak them in water for 15 minutes and apply pressure on vadas with both hands to drain all the water.
  • Add these vadas to plain yoghurt/curd and add some salt, roasted cumin powder, red chilli powder, chaat masala, coriander and tamarind chutney as per your taste.
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