Wednesday 21 March 2012

Stuffed Dahi Vada

Hi all!
With the onset of summer my need for cooling foods has definitely increased and one important ingredient whose value has increased in my daily requirements is curds. I’m trying to eat curds in different ways, the most commonly made item definitely is the butter milk or Chhaas. 

Summer also reminds me of the melt in mouth dahi vadas or Dahi Bhalla. The word Dahi Bhalla reminds me of the place Natraj's Dahi Bhalle at Chandni Chowk, New Delhi. I've had the most amazing dahi vadas here. If you are visiting Chandni Chowk, do not miss eating at this place. 

Another place where you not only get excellent Dahi vadas but also get entertained by magic with spices is Joshi Ke Dahi Vade at Sarafa, Indore. This place has got good reviews by Rocky and Mayur Singh of Highway on My Plate.

I wanted to make Dahi Vadas for the Holi and I had in mind the stuffed Dahi Vadas that I once had at Delhi.   I wanted the stuffing to be different from what I had eaten and I had a rough idea of how to go about it. So, with all sincerity I attempted the Dahi vadas and to my delight they turned out beautiful with the soft, spongy texture, they just melted in mouth. The kid loved it and S, who is not a big fan of these, had a few.

Here's my version of stuffed dahi vadas.. perfect for parties and even otherwise.

                                                        Stuffed Dahi Vada

Soaking Time:3-4hrs
Preparation Time:30mins
Cooking Time: 30 mins
Makes:14-15 Vadas

Ingredients For Vada
1cup Urad dal soaked
salt to taste
oil for frying

For the stuffing
handful coriander chopped
handful mint chopped
8-10cashew nuts chopped
1tsp ginger grated
2green chillies finely chopped
1tsp roasted cumin pwd
salt to taste

For soaking
a mix of butter milk and black pepper water

For Dahi/ Yogurt Mix
2-1/2cups thick curds, smoothened
2tsp sugar
1tbsp roasted cumin pwd
1tsp rock salt
salt to taste
1'” piece ginger grated

To garnish
carrot juliennes
tamarind chutney
red chilli and roasted cumin pwd

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Soak the Urad dal for 3-4 hours. Grind it to a smooth paste using minimum water. Beat it nicely to make a light batter. Add salt and mix. One can check the lightness of the batter and texture here. If the batter is light and well beaten then there is no need to add the baking soda which many people add to make the vadas soft but I always feel that adding soda  increases oil absorption.

Prepare the yogurt mix using all the ingredients given in that category and chill it in the refrigerator.

Boil 2cups water with a little salt and 10-15 black pepper corns. Strain and mix this with 2cups butter milk. This makes the soaking liquid for the vadas. Soaking the vadas in butter milk helps absorb the excess oil and gives the vada the first flavour of dahi. The vada soaked in butter milk gives a better taste and are less oily than soaked in warm water. You will never feel thirsty after having vadas made in such a way which normally is the case when you eat fried stuff.

Mix all the ingredients of the stuffing. Meanwhile heat the oil for frying vada.

Take lemon size filling on a greased plastic sheet and pat it with wet hands to make a square. Fill 1/2tsp stuffing in it. With the help of the plastic fold the square to get a triangle. Seal the edges. Remove the stuffed vada and slide it gently into oil. Fry on a medium flame till golden in colour and then soak it in the butter milk for 10 mins. Make all the stuffed vadas in this manner.

Squeeze out the excess butter milk from stuffed vadas, gently. Arrange the stuffed vadas on the platter and pour the yogurt mix.
Garnish with tamarind-dates chutney, carrot juliennes, chilli and cumin powder. Serve chilled.

Sending it to Julie's EP Series- Herbs and Spices, Cilantro and Cumin , Rasi's I'm Star Event,
 Ongoing Event- Cilantro & Cumin
 Cooking For Myself at Vegetarian Surprises, Beat The Heat hosted by Surabhi Nayak
Indian Food Palooza hosted by Prerna, Kathy and Barbara.
Have reposted this here and sending this to my event ‘Only’ Snacks & Starters hosted by Raji at Vegetarian Tastebuds.

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Charu Srivastava said...

yumm....luks delicious !!

Rumana Rawat said...

What a superb click:)

Hema said...

Looks really superb, it's really tough to stuff inside urad dal batter, you have done it so well..

Kaveri Venkatesh said...

Never tasted vadas with a stuffing...sounds interesting and looks very yummy

Ramya said...

What a lovely vadas:-) First time I am seeing a dahi vada with filling! Wud love to try it!

Raksha said...

Dahi wada is very yummy

Jeyashris Kitchen said...

wow,this is my fav and nice version of dahi vada

Faseela said...

wow...pari...Droolingb here dear....yummy

Archana said...

My God! These are the yummiest dahi vadas I have seen. Will have to start making summer treats now.

Sudha Sabarish said...

Tempting stuffed dahi vada.

Az said...

This is something new and must try. Dahi vadas are my favorite.. bookmarked!

Sumee said...

wow.. superb clicks and yummy dahi vada's.. Very nice recipe.

Sailaja Damodaran said...

Love to eat dahi vada anytime any form..yum..

Rasi said...

This is superb.. loved the stuffing :) thanks for linking it pari!

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Lifewithspices said...

Wonderful clicks n presentation too good stuffing!!! love it.. also pls chk out my post on tofu methi khurchan which was replcted from Tarla dalals book which i won from ur blog!!

San said...

Whoa those are scrumptious vadas to crave for. The pics are so tempting.

Pari Vasisht said...

Hi. Thanks for letting me know dear. I'm at Mom's place these days.
Very nice stir fry, both elements are so nutritious and healthy. Enjoy more recipes from the books.

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farah saleem said...

wonderful job pari! dahi vadas look amazing! super pics as well.......there's also an award waiting for u at my space :)

hotpotcooking said...

A totally different one with stuffed vada. Looks yum..

radha said...

Looks delicious. Restaurant style! great filling

Kanan said...

dahi vada looks fantastic. love it

Reshmi said...

it looks absolutely cool and perfect for summer... snaps are tempting
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Sushma Mallya said...

what a grt idea to stuff and fry dahi wadas...looks so yummy:)

Surabhi said...

I was looking for this since long
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Bergamot said...

Looks delicious.

Sravs said...

Very tempting and tasty dahi vada !!

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Pragyan said...

Dahi vada with filling - nice twist to the classic! Good idea.. :)

Hari Chandana P said...

Lovely idea.. looks super delicious !!
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chef and her kitchen said...

very delicious vad..I m just drroling over the stuffing and thanks for te idea of soaking in buttermilk,,must b really helpful..will try next time

Sona said...

The vada's look heavenly.. Perfect for the hot summer..

hemalata said...

Looks so delicious n yummy.

anjana said...

delicious and perfectly done gujhiya..

Achu's Amma's Kitchen said...

delicious and awesome done..drooling over them...

lubnakarim06 said...

Wow....that's an yum idea of stuffing the vada and leaving them in dahi.....perfect summer snack....

Lorraine said...

Wow! This looks really good:)

spicenflavors said...

Delicious vadas :)) Nice recipe

suma said...

You bet summer has had me reaching for buttermilk and watermelon like there is no tomorrow! Dahi wada is one of the yummiest of chaats and I would love to eat this stuffed version, yumm!! And will surely remember when I visit Delhi!

Deeps @ Naughty Curry said...

my god, this is truly amazing! the batter looks perfect & the stuffing is such a great idea

Anonymous said...

hey stuffing inside these wadas is a stunning idea:) i just love it & have to try making these :) wonderful!

Unknown said...

really interesting.i am going to try this one.


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