Moong dal Dahi vada ( Lentil fritters with Yogurt)

Dahi vada is a delicious snack where lentil dumplings are dunked in yogurt and topped with sweet and spicy chutney. There are many versions of Dahi vada like North Indian, South Indian, Gujarati etc. In North India, there is another version of dahi vada and they are called as dahi bhalle. In dahi bhalle papadi (fried flour crisps), boiled potato cubes are added which gives it different taste. Generally split urad dal (split black gram)is used to make dahi vada but I used split green moong dal (split green gram).

Moong dal Dahi vada (step by step with photos)

Preparation Time: 15 Minutes | Cooking Time: 20 Minutes | Total Time: 35 Minutes

Serves: 4 -5 servings


For Vada

1 cup Moong dal (split green gram with skin)

1 ench Ginger

3-4 Green chilly

1 teaspoon Roasted Cumin seeds powder

1teaspoon Red chilly powder

pinch of asofotida

1 teaspoon Backing soda

Salt to taste

For Dahi

2 cup Yogurt (whisked)

1 teaspoon Sugar

Salt to taste

For Serving

Green Coriander chutney

Tamarind and dates sweet chutney

Red chilly powder

Roasted cumin seeds powder

Fresh chopped Coriander leaves

1) Soak the moong dal for at least 4-5 hours. Drain water.

Moon dal dahi vada recipe

2) In mixture grinder take moong dal then add ginger and chilies in that and grind it to make a batter.

Moong dal dahi vada recipe

3) Now add red chilly powder,cumin seed powder,asofotida, salt and backing soda in that and mix well.

Moong dal dahi vada recipe

4) Heat oil for deep frying. Either drop the batter with your hands or with a spoon in medium hot oil and fry the vadas until golden brown and crispy.

Moong dal dahi vada recipe

5) Take out from the oil and then transfer vadas in water and let them soak for 5-6 minutes.

Moong dal dahi vada recipe

6) Take them out from water and press gently between your palms and remove excess water and oil.

Moong dal dahi vada recipe

7) In one bowl mix yogurt,sugar and salt and mix well.

8) Place vadas in serving plate and topped with dahi, spicy chutney,sweet chutney. And sprinkle red chilly powder, cumin seeds powder over it for serving.

Moong dal dahi vada recipe


1) Don’t soak vadas in water for so much time other wise it will break.

2) Yogurt should be chilled for better taste.

3) You can add fruits like pineapple,grapes,pomegranate in yogurt to enhance the taste.

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