Lucknowi Dahi Vade

Finally after covering all the 'Seven Sisters', it feels like we have captured the world! Now onto Uttar Pradesh. 

This state has been in the center of Indian History and Mythology. The land of Lord Ram, home to many historical happenings and lots of places of worship - Uttar Pradesh.

Their cuisine is multi faceted. So many influences in their cuisine and they have one of the richest variety. Here is a very unique one which was a delight to have!

Enjoy this burst of flavors as I move on to the neighboring state of Uttarakhand formerly Uttaranchal.

Lucknowi Dahi Vade

Ingredients - 

Urad Dal, soaked for 2-3 hours 1 cup
Salt as needed
Oil to deep fry
For the Dahi - 
Yogurt/Curds 2 cups or as needed
Cumin seeds, roasted and coarsely crushed 1 tsp
Tamarind-Date Chutney as needed
Black Salt as needed
Salt as needed
Red Chilli Powder as needed
Coriander leaves, finely chopped 2 Tbsp
For the Filling - 
Onions, finely chopped 1/4 cup
Almonds, coarsely crushed 1 Tbsp
Cashews, coarsely crushed 1 Tbsp
Green Chillies, chopped as needed
Ginger, grated as needed
Coriander leaves, finely chopped 2 Tbsp
Salt as needed


Lucknowi Dahi Vade

Method Of Preparation -

To Prepare the filling - Mix all the ingredients listed under 'For the Filling' and set aside.

Drain the soaked urad dal and grind into a smooth paste adding as little water as possible.

Whisk the batter adding salt until the batter is fluffy.

Meanwhile, heat the oil in a kadai/wok.

To Make the Vadas, Use a thick plastic sheet or a cut up ziplock cover to shape the vadas.

Spray oil on the plastic sheet, using wet fingers, take a tablespoon of batter, flatten it and put a 1/2 teaspoon of filling, pat another 2 teaspoons of batter to cover the filling. Make sure the filling doesn't leak out.

Gently peel out the vada and slide it into the hot oil. Add as many vadas into the oil as the kadai/wok can handle and fry them until all of them are uniformly browned.

Remove them onto paper towels and after a minute or two, dunk them in cold water. Let them soak in water for about 10-15 minutes.

Squeeze out the water from the soaked vadas. Arrange them in a wide dish. 

Prepare the beaten yogurt by adding salt and black salt. Pour it on the vadas. Sprinkle roasted cumin, red chilli powder, tamarind-date chutney and coriander leaves.

Let it sit in the refrigerator for a couple of hours.

Serve it cold as an appetizer or a snack.


Lucknowi Dahi Vade




Preparation Time Soaking time 3 hrs + Cooking Time 45 min + Resting time 2 hrs
Makes 16-18

18 comments

  1. this would be one of the last meals i would ask for...i am in love with this literally

     
  2. you are making me hungry after a full dinner!! such a delicious chaat!!

     
  3. Priya Suresh Says:
  4. Your clicks are just killing me, am in love with that gorgeous drunkened dumplings.. Irresistible!

     
  5. Wow! Super inviting

     
  6. The dahiwadas look so nice n soft..tempting me to enjoy these chilled ones in this summer heat.

     
  7. The dahi vadas are so soft and all the garnishes and chutneys make them so appetizing! Nice.

     
  8. Kalyani Says:
  9. I luv dahi wada in any form - and this is tooooo tempting ! Thanks for intro into a lucknowi version ;-)) hadn't heard of this before .. If the batter is fluffy how is the filling done without it spilling out ??

     
  10. Srivalli Says:
  11. Ah the vadas have turned out so well Harini, so tempting!..will surely have to make these soon!

     
  12. Pavani N Says:
  13. Dahi Vade look very tempting.

     
  14. One of my favorite,I am drooling here,perfectly made...

     
  15. I am sure getting hungry. Love the filling in the vadas. Never tried it out Yet!
    Thanks

     
  16. my favourite chilled snack. looks delicious.

     
  17. Sapana Behl Says:
  18. Filling vadas looks tempting !

     
  19. Usha Rao Says:
  20. Stuffed vadi is new to me. You chose a nice dish for the state. I love dahi vada but never made it with a stuffing. Yum!!

     
  21. Omg mouthwatering dhai bhale harini :) you made them so perfect , am badly drooling here ..

     
  22. Padmajha PJ Says:
  23. Never made it with filling.I love dahi wada esp the chilled ones...

     
  24. looks so colorful and delicious

     
  25. Suma Gandlur Says:
  26. Those are mouthwatering dahi bhalle, Harini.

     
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