Nov 08

Dahi Vada

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The starting time of the parade is actually determined by the

length of time of the traditional brunch

-Charlie Brotman

Sundays are meant to be fun days. Since, childhood Sundays were the day to visit my grandpa and of course no-study-day. That made the day more special. On Sunday mornings there was an array of cartoons telecasted on TV those days. Alice in Wonderland, Jungle Book was my favorites. Ma used to serve a heavy breakfast on Sundays and that mostly included luchi, tarakari (Bengali for vegetable curry) and sweets.

Visiting grandpa has long stopped, grandpa passed years before. Nobody watches DD National these days, and I presume they don’t telecast cartoons any more these days. But, having a heavy breakfast that can almost be called a brunch is still a custom at home. Today I thought of having a little different from the usual Sunday brunches and so Dahi vada was in the menu today.

Dahi Vada

Makes 10 medium sized vadas

Preparation time: 15min

Cooking time: 15min


Dahi Vada mix (I used the Gits Dahi Vada mix): 1 packet

Plain yogurt (Tauk doi): 200gms

Ginger paste (Ada bata): 1 teaspoon

Raisins (Kismis): 10-12

Water (Jal): 2 cups

Cumin seeds (Jeera): 1 tablespoon

Tamarind chutney (Tetuler chutney): ½ cup

Coriander leaves chopped (Dhane pata): 2 tablespoon

Bhujiya: 1 small packet

Sunflower/vegetable oil (Sada tel): For frying

Gits Dahi Vada Mix


  • Roast the cumin seeds and grind into powder, keep aside
  • Empty the dahi vada mix in a large bowl and put in the ginger paste, mix well
  • Add the raisins and water to prepare a not-very-runny mixture
  • Keep the batter aside for 10-15 mins
  • Heat oil in a frying pan, and take one lathe of the batter and gently pour it over the oil, fry both sides of the vada till they turn light brown
  • Keep a deep bowl filled with water beside the gas oven, drop the fried vadas into this water and take out after a minute
  • Squeeze the excess water by pressing those with both your palms, and keep aside
  • Place the vada in a plate
  • Stir the yogurt with half-a-cup of water, add a pinch of salt and pour the yogurt over the vada
  • Garnish with cumin powder, chopped coriander leaves, tamarind chutney, and bhujiya .

Dahi Vada

Hot Tips – I have used a ready mix for making the vadas, but you can also prepare it at home. Soak urad dal overnight, and then grind to a fine paste. The other preparation remains the same.

Further Links – Dahi Vada by Sunananda

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I am sending the Dahi Vada recipe to Monthly Mingle: Brunch hosted by MeetaK of What’s For Lunch Honey.

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  1. Teesra

    Looks yummy, gotta prepare this sometime and see how it tastes. Thanks for posting.

  2. Divya Vikram

    Your post made me nostalgic. i remeber watching all those cartoons on Sundays!! Dahi vada looks creamy and delcious.
    .-= Divya Vikram´s last blog ..Fruit Custard =-.

  3. The Little Teochew

    What an amazing food site this is! Thank YOU so much for dropping by my blog. I am completely awed by all your fantastic recipes and photos. Wow!

    .-= The Little Teochew´s last blog ..Light Pandan Sponge Cake =-.

    1. Sudeshna Banerjee

      Thank you so much for visiting our site and for your lovely comment. Would love to hear more from you soon :).

  4. Happy Cook

    It is ages since i had this, i love them but hubb and daughter don’t like, they like the normal vada, next time when i am in a indian store i am gonna look out for gits packets to make them.
    .-= Happy Cook´s last blog ..Pannacotta with coconut and melon =-.

    1. Sudeshna Banerjee

      I think you can order the Gits one online, because I came across one link selling the Gits Dahi Vada mix and the prices were in dollars, so I think you have some luck even if you don’t find it at the Indian store.

  5. kalyan k

    I remember Sundays when i used to saty at my grandparent’s place. We used to watch Cosmos, Sherlock Holmes etc and have chicken curry with rice.

    I often have dahi vadas as desserts in buffets in Mumbai
    .-= kalyan k´s last blog ..Let there be light … rui kaalia in focus =-.

    1. Sudeshna Banerjee

      I don’t know why this has become a new style of serving desserts at buffets. I never could take dahi vada as a dessert even though its one of my most favorite food. Even here in Kolkata the weddings I have attended they had a stall serving dahi vadas.

      1. kalyan k

        I don’t think they intend it to be a dessert. but they make it quite sweet and I often prefer them to a doodhi halwah…feel more self reighteous too
        .-= kalyan k´s last blog ..It’s all in the head … maachher mudo diye daal =-.

        1. Sudeshna Banerjee

          Yeah, that’s the worst part of it, having a sweet dahi vada. What is this doodhi halwa?

        2. kalyan k

          a very sweet sugar syrup based dish made with lau

          1. Sudeshna Banerjee

            o my god lau diye sweet dish? Ami morobba jani, kintu seta to chal kumro diye tairi kore

  6. Meeta

    love love this. always have. perfect for the mingle and glad you are joining us!
    .-= Meeta´s last blog ..Dimpled Mirabelle Plum Focaccia with Lemon Poppy Seed Butter =-.

    1. Sudeshna Banerjee

      Its an honour to have you visit out blog. Thank you so much for your comment, and thanks a lot for accepting the recipe.

  7. Suparna

    hi sudeshna,
    This chat ranks the top of the chart in my fav. food list :) Ur preparation looks very tempting. Adding raisins to the batter is new to me, thanks for the tasty tip.
    .-= Suparna´s last blog ..Masala Dosa, Mixed Vegetable Bhaji and a T n T =-.

    1. Sudeshna Banerjee

      Thanks for dropping by and for your comment here.Do try putting some raisins the next time you make dahi vada .

  8. Kathy Gori

    this sounds great! never tried making them before. A friend just brought me a turmeric grinder from kerala..have you ever ground fresh turmeric?

    1. Sudeshna Banerjee

      Yes I have grounded fresh turmeric before in the grinder. The oriental one is a stone slab and a stone rolling pin, freshly ground turmeric is used in our marriages to smear the bridegroom and the bride on the day of the wedding just before they bathe.

  9. ushnish ghosh

    Dear Sudeshna
    Dahi Badas are my all time favorite, and this is a great one!

    1. Sudeshna Banerjee

      Thanks a lot :)

  10. Lakshmi Venkatesh

    Dahi Vada looks excellent. Mouth-watering.

    1. Sudeshna Banerjee

      Thanks Lakshmi. I’m a big fan of dahi vadas.

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