Monday, March 28, 2011

Dahi Bhalla Chaat

Dahi Bhalla- Deep fried balls of urad dal (black no-skin split gram), spiced, soaked and served in dahi (yogurt). This is one of the most famous street foods of India. These hot deep fried balls are first put in cold water for about 30-40 minutes which makes them super soft and when served in yogurt,spices and chutney, they literally melt in the mouth.

These dahi bhalle were made specially for my father-in-law and I was hoping that they turn out perfect i.e... soft and delicious and they did! Everyone in the family enjoyed these dahi bhalle so very much. I still have some unsoaked one's in the refrigerator, which we can eat whenever we want.

All we gotta do is take them out and soak them in warm water about 30-40 min before adding to the yogurt and they will be ready to serve.
I am sure you can figure out the softness by this pic
These are very easy to make and not much time consuming. Ready for a recipe?

Here it is (Click here for the printable version)

1 cup urad split no-skin dal 
4 cups yogurt (whisked well)
salt- to taste
red chilli powder- to taste
a pinch asafoetida
15-20 raisins
tamarind chutney (See recipe here)
1/2 tsp of  roasted cumin powder
1 tsp mango powder
fresh coriander leaves (chopped)
fresh mint leaves (chopped)
Oil- to deep fry

1. Wash and soak the urad dal in 3 cups of water overnight. Drain off the excess water the next day.
2. Grind the dal to a smooth paste. Whisk some salt, pinch of asafoetida and raisins in the batter.
3. Heat sufficient oil in a deep fry pan or kadhai. Keep the flame to medium low. Drop batter in tablespoon-fulls in the oil carefully and fry until light golden.
4. Drain onto absorbent paper. These are called "Bhalla's".
5. Now soak warm bhalla's in cold water for 30-40 min.
6. In a bowl, whisk yogurt well with some salt and cumin powder. Keep serving bowl ready.
7. Squeeze bhalla's to remove excess water out of them and arrange them in the serving bowl. Cover the bhalla completely with salted yogurt.
8. Sprinkle some red chilli powder, mango powder and cumin powder on the top.
9. Then add some tamarind chutney and finish by sprinkling some chopped coriander and mint leaves.

Enjoy the finger-licking Dahi Bhalla Chaat!


Divya Kudua said...

I love Dahi bhalla..had it once at a north-indian eatery with the thali.I love how similar it is to dahi vada yet so different..YUM.

... Madhumathi ... said...

Its so yummy to see! Lemme giv it a try :) thnx fo sharing :)

Reshmi said...

hi vaishali, first time here and must say u've wonderful collection of recipes.. love to follow u!!

Dahi bhalla looks Fab..

Priya said...

Cant take my eyes from ur clicks, wat a fabulous dish to beat the heat..

Spoon and Chopsticks said...

That looks pretty good and really mouthwatering! The photos are great too :)

Prathibha said...

Love dahi bhallas very much...looks just perfect..

Premalatha Aravindhan said...

yummy chat dear,luks delicious.Too gud presentation...

divya said...

Slurp...This looks so tempting....I just want to grab your plate...

Akila said...

wow what a yummy dahi bhalla... your picture speaks the taste...

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USHA said...

Looks delicious...mouthwatering...thanks for sharing.

Krithi's Kitchen said...

Whoo.. Whoa...Absolutely yummy.. Need that plate now..
Herbs & Flowers in my Platter - Coriander/Cilantro

Panchpakwan said...

First time got lovely recipe collection..

Dahi bhalla looks yummy and delicious..

Kankana said...

this is one of my fav. Loving it soo much. I think i will make them tomorrow.. will soak the daal overnight .. can;t wait to share it with you:)

Anonymous said...

Vaishali!....the photographs are making my mouth water!
- smruti

Anu said...

Yummy yummy recipe..

Sanjana said...

Yes please! How did you know these are my favourite?? Love the photos - when are you sending them to me? :D

Anonymous said...

yummy and delicious Dahi Bhalla. One of my fav chaat.

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