Dahi Bhalla is a popular Indian street food, also known as Summer Special Snack Curd Bhalla, made from deep-fried lentil dumplings (urad dal vadas) that are soaked in sweet yogurt and topped with various chutneys and seasoning. It is a refreshing and delicious snack, perfect for the hot summer months. To make this recipe, you will need:
- 1 cup urad dal
- Water as needed
- Salt to taste
- Oil for deep frying
- 2 cups yogurt
- 1 tsp cumin powder
- 1 tsp red chili powder
- 1 tsp roasted cumin powder
- 2 tbsp tamarind chutney
- 2 tbsp mint chutney
- Chopped coriander for garnish
- Soak the urad dal in water for 4-5 hours. Drain the water and grind the dal to a smooth paste.
- Add salt and mix well.
- Heat oil in a pan for deep frying.
- Take small portions of the dough and shape them into round balls.
- Deep fry the balls until they turn golden brown.
- In a bowl, mix together the yogurt, cumin powder, red chili powder, and roasted cumin powder.
- Soak the fried vadas in the yogurt mixture for 1 hour.
- Serve the Dahi Bhalla on a plate and top with tamarind chutney, mint chutney and chopped coriander.
This recipe is a perfect snack for the summer months, it’s easy to make and it’s also a great way to use up leftover dal. You can also adjust the spiciness of the dish according to your taste preference. To make soft bhalla, you should soak the dumplings in water for at least an hour before frying and make sure that the dough is not too tight and also ensure that the oil is hot enough but not too hot when frying. Also, yogurt should be chilled for at least an hour before using.
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