Dahi Bhalle (Bhalle with Yoghurt)

  • Urad Dhuli Daal (Maa Ki Dal) washed -250 gm, 
  • Water 1 litre 
  • 1 Medium sized Onion finely chopped 
  • Ginger - chopped into small pieces, 
  • Chopped Green coriander 2 Table spoons
  • Chopped Green chillies - 2 No's
  • Jeera (Cumin seed) - 1/2 tsp dry roasted (put it on a dry pan and heat till it becomes dark) 
  • Salt - 1/2 tsp., 
  • Cooking Soda (Soda-bicarb) - 2 pinches 
  • Oil for frying
  • Yoghurt - 500 gm

  1. Soak the Daal in plenty of water and leave it for about 3 to 6 hours (even overnight is fine) 
  2. Drain the water and Grind the Daal. Be careful with grinding as the mixture tends to be sticky and might burn the mixer. (Better to use a heavy-duty mixer like SUMEET in India or any heavy duty mixer sold in the Western Countries)
  3. You may need to add water while grinding as the mixture gets thick and sticky and refuse to spin in the mixer. (Do not add too much of water)
  4. Once the mixture is properly grinded (you should not be able to see the Daal pieces in it). 
  5. Add all the other ingredients like chopped onion, ginger, coriander, chillies, cuminseed, salt and Soda. 
  6. Leave it covered for 1 hour with a wet towel on the top of the mixture.
  7. Heat oil in a deep fry pan for frying.
  8. Make small balls of the batter. (The batter tends to stick to your hands so moisten your hand with water each time you make a ball or smear your hand with oil)
  9. Put this ball in the heated oil and fry till golden brown.

How to serve
Once all the Bhallas have been fried and are cooled down, Just before serving -
  1. Soak them in warm /hot water for about 10 minutes so that they become soft and moist.
  2. Press the water out lightly from each Bhalla and then put them in the beaten yoghurt.
  3. You can add some salt, dry roasted Jeera (Cumin) in the yoghurt. (You can also buy read made Dahi Bhalla Masala from the Indian Grocery shops)
  4. Garnish them with chopped coriander and some Ginger juliennes.

Imli Chutney (Tamarind Chutney) is an ideal accompaniment with this.

Dahi Bhalle is used as a side dish with Rice and Curry or Naan and Curry.