Dahi vada (also known as Dahi Bhalla in Punjabi , Thayir Vadai in Tamil, Thayir Vada in Malayalam, Perugu Vada in Telugu, Mosaru Vade in Kannada, Dahi Bara in Oriya and Doi Bora in Bengali) is an Indian chaat, prepared by soaking vadas in thick dahi (yogurt)
The Marwaris use Moong Dal instead of Urad dal in making the vadas. It can be eaten both as a snack and a meal. When ever i cook in a bulk, i prefer making the vadas a day before. Refrigerate it in a zip pouch and then next day soak in hot water just before serving.
For best results, the vadas are soaked for at least a couple of hours before serving. To add more flavor, they may be topped with coriander or mint leaves, chili powder, crushed black pepper, chaat masala, cumin, green chillies etc. Sweeter curd is preferred in some places in India, especially in Maharashtra and Gujarat, although the garnishing remains the same. A combination of coriander and tamarind chutneys are often used as garnishments in addition to those mentioned above. With the onset of the festival of colors Holi, i decided making Dahi vadas for my family, as it is everyone’s favorite. Sharing the recipe of my melt in mouth dahi vadas….