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Moong Dal Dahi Vada (Split Gram flitters in yogurt gravy)

on April 23, 2016

imageAncient Ayurvedic text explains incompatible foods (virudh aahar) as two or more food ingredients when combined are not good for your health. Foods may be incompatible because they create a negative reaction in the body, generate additional water in the body that can lead to skin conditions, block the body’s channels, contribute to heart disease or lead to indigestion. In compatible foods are such as milk should not combine with yogurt, onion, salt, sour fruit etc.Banana should not be eaten with milk, yogurt or buttermilk. Ghee and honey not be mixed.Beans should not cook with yogurt. it’s only few examples . well, Urad Dal vada (Bhalla) and dahi (yogurt) is also one incompatible food. So like to make dahi vada with Moong Dal. It’s also equally good as urad dal vada, crunchy, Soft and yummy.

Prep. Time 15-20 Minutes Cook Time 15-20 Minutes Serves 3


For Vada

  • Yellow split Moong Dal 1 cup
  • Ginger Paste 1 Tsp.
  • Green Chili Paste 1/2 Tsp.
  • 10-15 chopped cashew
  • Coriander Powder ½ Tsp.
  • Cumin Powder ½ Tsp.
  • Asafetida (Hing) 1 Pinch
  • Red Chili Powder ½ Tsp.
  • Turmeric Powder ½ Tsp.
  • Salt to taste
  • Pinch of Baking Powder
  • Fresh Coriander Leaves 3 Tbsp.
  • Wheat Flour (or Breadcrumbs) 1 to 2 Tsp. or as per needed

Ingredients  For Garnish

  • 1 and 1/2 cup yogurt
  • Salt to taste ( 1 teaspoon)
  • ½ tsp. red chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon roasted cumin powder
  • 3-5 Tbsp Brown sugar


  1. Wash yellow dal several 2-3 times with water.
  2. Soak dal in 4 cups of water for at least six hours.
  3. Drain the water and blend the dal to creamy texture with bit of water if necessary.
  4. Transfer mixture in a bowl and add all vadas ingredients.
  5. Mix the batter properly. Add oil in a fry pan and heat over medium heat. Test the oil by dropping a little batter into it. When the oil sizzles, it is ready.
  6. Place one tablespoon of batter into the oil. Fry the vadas until golden all around.
  7. After made all of the vadas, place them in lukewarm water and soak for about 10 minutes.
  8. Squeeze the vadas gently to remove the water, being careful not to break the vadas. Set aside.

Yogurt Gravy

  1. Mix two cups of yogurt until smooth. Add a little water to make the consistency similar to pancake batter or lassi. Add salt to taste and sugar.
  2. Soak vadas in the yogurt batter for at least 10 to 15 minutes, giving the vadas time to absorb the yogurt.
  3. Slowly pick up each vada and transfer to a serving dish. Pour a few more spoons yogurt over the vadas.
  4. Just before serving, sprinkle some ground roasted cumin seeds, red chili powder, chopped coriander. Drizzle of tamarind chutney if you like. But I like simple as it is. Enjoy!!



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