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March 21, 2009

SPICY DAHI BHALLA(lentil dumplings in yogurt)

dahi bhalla

Whenever you think of Indian street food, the first thing that comes up is chaat papdi, dahi bhalle, samose, jalebi’s and so on…,coming to think of it, the scene is actually totally dominated with “chaat” and it’s variants, the sweet,sour,salty taste of chaat is loved by all, 99% of us find it irresistible and most of us salivate at the mere thought of it…

I think the combination of the freshest and best ingredients is the recipe for superb dahi bhalle, In fact I like it more than “papdi chaat”, the soft melting bhalla’s are mind blowing!Here I am taking it a notch higher and stuffing them with dry fruit, bhallas that are stuffed like this and shaped into semi circ'les are known as “gujiya”,not to be confused with the sweet version of it, this is salty, live, robust and bursting with energy….a definite kick to the tastebuds and a must try!!!

  • Ingredients-
  • Urad dhuli dal(white lentils)-1/4 cup
  • Mung dhuli dal(yellow lentils)-3/4 cup
  • Cool, whipped fresh yogurt-1/2 kg
  • Fresh ginger juliennes
  • Roasted cumin seeds powdered-2 tbsp
  • Garam masala-1 tsp
  • Fresh ground red chilli powder-acc. to taste
  • Tamarind paste-1/2 cup
  • Sugar-1/2 cup
  • Boiled kabuli chana- 1/2 cup
  • Fresh chopped coriander-1/2 cup
  • Asafetida-1/4 tsp
  • Almonds/cashews and raisins-a few
  • Black pepper powder-acc.to taste
  • Refined oil for deep frying


Soak both the dals overnight, next morning grind to a smooth paste with the help of little water.add asafetida, coriander and some chopped green chillies if desired, salt and black pepper, shape into semi circles as shown in picture and stuff with sliced almonds/cashews and raisins, shape with wet hands as it will be sticky-

making dahi bhallas

Keep oil hot in a kadhai ready, drop two at a time into the oil, fry till golden, meanwhile put the tamarind paste and sugar to a boil, stirring frequently to make the imli chutney, add some garam masala and boil rapidl till thick, season and keep aside.

frying dahi bhallas

Drop the gujiyas into a pan of hot water and soak for 5 minutes.

soaking them

To serve, squeeze water out of gujiyas by pressing down lightly with hands, place on serving plate, drizzle cooled whipped yogurt, then imli chutney, garam masala, chilli flakes, chana, ginger juliennes, salt, roasted cumin seed powder, pepper and green coriander as shown in picture…indulge in a piece of heaven!!!

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delhibelle March 22, 2009 at 6:32 PM  

Boy oh boy! The most scrumptious looking dahi bhalla I have seen in a long time. Moong dal is a great addition, thanks for sharing

vidhas March 22, 2009 at 7:44 PM  

Wow!! bhindya, so tempting. I love to have all these chats by roadside.When i was working in Delhi, i used to have almost thrice a week. But in Chennai we can't find any road shops like this. Picture looks tempting, thanks for sharing.

Soma March 23, 2009 at 12:22 AM  

Simply incredible.. these dahi gujiyas (we call it that) is what my mom in law is famous for! (among her other recipes) ..every one wants to eat her dahi gujias!! & this is the first time i saw someone post it:-) Great job!!

srikars kitchen March 23, 2009 at 4:43 AM  

wow.. looks delicious.. nice clicks...

Keerthana March 23, 2009 at 2:45 PM  

Hi Bindiya, i came here through the message you left on my blog. You have a nice space. Dahi balla looks tempting. it is similar to what we call dahi vada. i just love this dish:)

Usha March 23, 2009 at 6:38 PM  

The dahi bhallas look fantastic!

Priya March 24, 2009 at 12:30 AM  

That looks soo delicious Bindiya! I've always made them the Southie style, but the idea of stuffing them with dry fruits sounds really good. will surely try it out soon :)

Superchef March 24, 2009 at 12:34 AM  

mmm..i just love this dish!! but somehow have never gotten to make them!! :D

Ashwini March 25, 2009 at 6:21 AM  

Thank You for dropping by. Dahi Bhalla looks so yummy. It is very tempting.

Cynthia March 25, 2009 at 7:07 AM  

Hey, this sounds like a great dumpling! Bookmarked!

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