Dahi Bhalla

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This yummy chaat snack does not need any introduction .There are many recipes on float on the web for this north Indian delight. These delicious balls dipped in curd and garnished with my favorite sweet Imli chutney are always welcome in my house. Some guests expected…a lunch or a dinner planned with friends and family or just to celebrate RAINS…I can cook these delectable vadas anytime of the year, with or without reason. Rains have a special connection with these and a very important reason for me to make these and a few other snacks like Samosas ,Bread Pakora…delish!! Umm…Anyways many would agree with me that being a delhiwala chaats are a must on our menu. Dahi bhallas are an extremely popular dish served in various ways and garnish. They are sometimes used as even fillings like in Rajkachoris.  However simple they look, it can still be tricky sometimes to cook them perfectly.The secret of cooking perfectly soft and spongy Dahi bhalla rests into a perfect beating to have them filled nicely with air. Fermentation too helps in achieving the right sponge.I also make theminstantly sometimes.Like soaking the Dals for about 2 hours and after a fine grind ,beating them for about 10 -15 minutes to get that nice fluff in the batter and straight into the oil for frying.This time around, I had time and had planned them little ahead.I soaked the dals in the afternoon,around 14:00hrs.Then around evening say about 8:00pm ,I ground them to a fine thick paste with very little water.So,this means the dals were soaked for about 5-6 hrs.Post grinding,beat them with an electric mixer well ,season them and leave them overnight to ferment.And the results are praiseworthy.Fermentation enhances the flavor many folds.Now, may I say this is one of those recipes which do well in both the methods,instant as well as with time. I must mention the chutneys here.They have a big role to play in enhancing the tastes of these dahi bhallas many folds.So, enjoy the recipe and do make these easy and fail proof method of dahi bhallas.

Delicious balls made from 3 lentils dipped in curd and garnished with my favorite sweet Imli chutney.Grind to a fine paste.Leave it in a warm place to ferment overnight.In the morning, Beat the fermented mixture nicely until fully and looks bit pale in colour. The fermentation will not look like double in size, but the taste does enhance. Add grated or chopped ginger, green chillies, salt and raisins. Mix well and fry small balls on medium flame.Once, fried take a bowl full of water and put the bhallas straight into the water from the kadai/wok.If you are making them ahead of time, then keep then aside and soak them in warm water an hour before serving.How to plate: Take a bhalla at a time and squeeze and drain the excess water with your hands. Place them in the serving dish. Pour the thick creamy curd over it. The bhallas soak a bit of curd so make sure you put enough to have a bit extra curd for individual serving. Garnish with imli chutney, green chutney(optional),salt, mixed masala or chaat masala,red chili powder,bhuna jeera, sev, all in one namkeen ,pomegranate seeds, ginger slivers.Enjoy these chatpata melt in mouth bombshell. It’s a all time hit for any occasion.

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Dahi Bhalla
Course appetizer
Cuisine punjabi
Prep Time 120 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings
number
Ingredients
For Bhalla:
For Dahi:
  • 1 1 Kg Dahi / Curd milk : of ltr home madeor market bought.
  • 1/2 cup Cream
  • 2 tbsps Sugar
Garnish:
  • xbd cup Sev
  • one xbc cup Mixed Bhel/All in namkeen (optional): (chili or salted as per preference)
  • 2 tbsps Ginger : Slivers
  • 2 - 3 tbsps Coriander Leaves
  • 3 tbsps Pomegranate Seeds /Optional
  • xbd tsp Cumin Roasted Powder:
  • or two a pinch Chaat Masala masala /Mixed
  • Salt dahi : Just little as Bhalla and are both seasoned.
  • 2 - 3 pinchs chili powder Red
Course appetizer
Cuisine punjabi
Prep Time 120 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings
number
Ingredients
For Bhalla:
For Dahi:
  • 1 1 Kg Dahi / Curd milk : of ltr home madeor market bought.
  • 1/2 cup Cream
  • 2 tbsps Sugar
Garnish:
  • xbd cup Sev
  • one xbc cup Mixed Bhel/All in namkeen (optional): (chili or salted as per preference)
  • 2 tbsps Ginger : Slivers
  • 2 - 3 tbsps Coriander Leaves
  • 3 tbsps Pomegranate Seeds /Optional
  • xbd tsp Cumin Roasted Powder:
  • or two a pinch Chaat Masala masala /Mixed
  • Salt dahi : Just little as Bhalla and are both seasoned.
  • 2 - 3 pinchs chili powder Red
Instructions
  1. Soak the Dals/Lentils for minimum 2 hours if you are preparing at a short notice.Otherwise, soak the dals a day before for about hrs.Then drain excess water if any and just grind the dals with of water to ensure a thick paste.
  2. Grind to a fine paste.
  3. Leave it in a warm place to ferment overnight.
  4. In the morning, Beat the fermented mixture nicely until fully and looks bit pale in colour. The fermentation will not look like double in size, but the taste does enhance. Add grated or chopped ginger, green chillies, salt and raisins. Mix well and fry small balls on medium flame.
  5. Once, fried take a bowl full of water and put the bhallas straight into the water from the kadai/wok.
  6. If you are making them ahead of time, then keep then aside and soak them in warm water an hour before serving.
  7. one How to plate: Take a bhalla at a time and squeeze and drain the excess water with your hands. Place them in the serving dish. Pour the thick creamy curd over it. The bhallas soak a bit of curd so make sure you put enough to have a bit extra curd for individual serving. Garnish with imli chutney, green chutney(optional),salt, mixed masala or chaat masala,red chili powder,bhuna jeera, sev, all in namkeen ,pomegranate seeds, ginger slivers.
  8. Enjoy these chatpata melt in mouth bombshell. Itu2019s a all time hit for any occasion.
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  1. Sapna Parekh says:

    Hi ,
    I have never made dahi wada with overnight soak batter or fermented batter .. I like your recipe willthis make my wada’s soft .. sometimes if it’s super soft than it breaks

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