Recipe Of The Day: How To Make UP Special Dahi Bhalla At Home?
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Dahi bhalla/vada is an Indian originated chaat mostly loved by everyone. You can find it almost everywhere in India; UP's dahi vada taste is distinct, though. Do you know why? Because they are made in a unique way here wherein the yoghurt or dahi is sweet. Do you know that apart from India, restaurants in other countries also serve this dish? And people from across the world especially visit to taste the sweet yoghurt. So, are you willing to try this recipe? It is effortless, and you can make it at home in just 30 minutes. But for that, you have to prepare a little in advance. 

Ingredients For UP Wale Dahi Bhalle:

For Vada 

  1. Water - a little for soaking the lentils and adding to the paste 
  2. Coriander - 50 grams finely chopped 
  3. Green chilli - 1-2 finely chopped 
  4. Salt - as per taste 
  5. Urad Dal - 1 cup 
  6. Oil - for frying 

For Dahi Bhalle 

  1. Green coriander - finely chopped 
  2. Chaat masala - as per taste 
  3. Black pepper - as per taste 
  4. Red chilli - as per taste 
  5. Cumin - Roasted tsp 
  6. Salt - as per taste 
  7. Curd - 4 cups

For garnishing

  1. Ginger - finely and long chopped 
  2. Coriander leaves finely chopped 
  3. Pomegranate seeds - 1 tbsp 
  4. Chaat masala - as per taste 
  5. Green chutney - 1-2 tsp 
  6. Red chutney - 1-2 tsp 
  7. Sev - 1 tbsp

How to make UP Wale Dahi Bhalle? 

To make vadas 

  1. Soak urad dal in water for six-seven hours. After that, wash the lentils thoroughly with water and grind them in a mixer. 
  2. While scouring the lentils, add a little water to them; otherwise, the lentils will not grind finely. 
  3. Now beat the lentil paste well to make softer vadas. Beat until the paste of lentils looks as if it has been fermented. 
  4. Add salt, green coriander and green chilli to the lentil paste. 
  5. Now put oil in the pan. After the oil is hot, please put vadas in the pan. 
  6. After adding the vadas, cook them till they turn golden. 
  7. When the vadas are cooked, take them out on a plate by placing tissue paper. This will reduce their oil too. 

To make dahi bhalle 

  1. In a bowl, add ice to the curd and beat it well. 
  2. When the curd is whipped well, add a little water to it and dilute it. But keep in mind that the curd should not be too thin. If the curd becomes thin after ice-whipping, then do not pour water for dilution. 
  3. Now mix the spices (as mentioned above) and ingredients in the curd. 
  4. Soak the vadas in lukewarm water for half a minute and add them one by one to the curd. 
  5. As vadas are lightly salted, maintain a little salt in the curd according to taste. 

For garnishing- Sprinkle pomegranate seeds, sev, coriander, red, green chutney and light chaat masala on top of the dish right before serving.