The spicy and tangy varieties of Indian street food is relished by everyone who’s had a taste of it even once. Here’s one of Arundhuti Rama’s favorites.
By Arundhuti Rama
The spicy and tangy varieties of Indian street food is relished by everyone who’s had a taste of it even once. And, I somehow seem to enjoy street food more on a rainy day. With my city receiving heavy showers lately, it’s been almost everyday that I’ve made some street food in the evening. Perfectly teamed with the evening tea. But I was stuck to the Aloo Tikki mostly, till Dahi Vada crawled into my mind.
This is a cold and spicy thick yogurt based snack. Basically, this super delicious dish is prepared by fisrt frying and then soaking black gram lentil balls in a spicy yogurt mixture. It’s then topped with some spices like roasted cumin powder, chaat masala and coriander leaves. Dahi Vadas not only qualify as a chaat but also as a delicious cold appetizer.
This soft lip-smacking savory snack absolutely melts in your mouth. Tastes simply divine when served with sweet and tangy Tamarind Chutney.
- Black Gram Lentil (Urad Dal sans skin) 100 gm, washed and soaked overnight or atleast for 5 hours.
- Asafoetida 2 pinches
- Baking Powder ½ tsp.
- Finely Chopped Ginger 1 tbsp.
- Finely Chopped Green Chillies 1 tsp.
- Salt as per taste
- Refined Oil to deep fry
- Water 3 cups + ½ tsp. Chaat Masala (for soaking the vadas)
- Curd 200 gm
- Powdered Sugar 3 tsp.
- Roasted Cumin Powder ½ tsp. and a little more to sprinkle on top
- Rock Salt ½ tsp.
- Red Chilli Powder, to sprinkle on top
- Chaat Masala, to sprinkle on top
- Chopped Coriander Leaves 5 tbsp.
- Drain the water from the lentils and grind to a smooth paste, adding very little water if required. Now to this paste add asafoetida, baking powder, chopped ginger and green chillies along with the salt. Beat this mixture with an electric beater till its frothy, adding ¼ cup hot water while you beat it. To test whether the batter is done, drop a spoonful of batter into a bowl of water. It should no dissolve but rise to the top.
- Heat refined oil in a deep-frying pan. With a big spoon, drop a dollop of batter (size of a big lemon) into the hot oil. Fry on medium heat. Make vadas with the remaining batter. Let the vadas cool once they are fried.
- In a micro-safe bowl add 3 cups of water with ½ tsp. chaat masala. Heat it in a microwave for 3 minutes at MICRO HIGH power. Soak all the vadas in this hot water for 5 minutes. Remove and lightly press between your palms to remove the excess water. Keep aside.
- Beat curd along with powdered sugar, ½ tsp. roasted cumin powder and rock salt. Place the vadas in a serving dish and evenly pour the spicy yogurt on them. Make sure to cover them completely. Chill the vadas for sometime before serving. Just before serving, sprinkle chaat masala, red chilli powder and some coriander leaves. Pour tamarind chutney and relish this lip-smacking snack.