Monday, 6 April 2015

Dahi wada / Dahi bhallas

Melt in the mouth. Loaded with crunchy cashews and golden raisins. Covered in rich thick dahi and sweet and tangy date-tamarind chutney. Sprinkled with red chilli powder, roasted cumin powder and rock salt. Garnished with fresh coriander. And very healthy. Dahi wada is a unique dish that can be served as both, snack or light dinner. It is a delicious combination of sweet, tangy and spicy all concocted together.

 It has been a fairly popular dish at my place. My mom makes it every 2-3 months. But it is only recently that I dabbled into making the dahi wadas. After having them at Natraj, at Chandani Chowk, I was also wanting to stuff them with some dry fruits. And I was thrilled with the results. I have to admit that the past credit goes to my KitchenAid handmixer that whipped the batter so well that the wadas were as soft as cotton.

1 cup Urad dal
2 cup split green moon dal 
salt to taste
1-2 tsp green chillies (crushed into paste)
Oil for frying
Hot water in a big deep pan
Dry roasted, roughly chopped cashews
Golden raisins
Dahi / Curd

Red chilli powder
Roasted cumin powder
Rock salt

Fresh coriander leaves

1. Mix and soak both the dals overnight with enough water.

2. Remove all the water and grind the dals in a mixer-grinder with salt and green chilli paste.

3.  You now have fairly smooth batter. Whip the batter with a hand/stand mixer or in  a food processor till fluffy and light.

4. Heat oil in a deep pan. Grease your palm with oil if required. Take a spoonful of batter in your palm. Now stuff chopped cashews and raisins in the spoonful and top with some more batter. Gently slide in the hot oil.You can fry at least 4-5 at a time.

5. Slide wadas in the hot water as soon as you remove them from the oil after frying.

6. Leave the wadas in the water for half an hour. They will have soaked the water and become bigger in size.

7. One by one, squeeze the wadas gently by flattening them and put aside.
Now assemble just before serving.

8. Plate 2-3 wadas in a deep bowl. Spread enough dahi / curd. Spread a spponful of chutney on the top. Sprinkle red chilli powder, roasted cumin powder and rock salt according to taste. Garnish with fresh coriander leaves and serve.

It will melt in your mouth, with just crunch of cashews and soft bite of raisins.

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