Dahi Bhalla

Dahi Bhalla is a famous Indian chaat or snack which is served at almost every chaat corner. We usually make it on the festivals or even for a get together. To prepare these we make fluffy bhallas out of Urad and Moong Dal batter, soak them in chilled curd and top it with some chutneys. 

Also try: Aloo Chaat or Nacho Chaat.

Course: Snacks

Cuisine: North Indian

Time: Preparation – 20 mins, Soaking – 5 hours, Cooking – 25 mins, Total – 5 hours and 45 mins.

Servings: 7-8


  1. Urad Dal (Split & Skinned Black Gram) – 1/2 cup (soak for 4-5 hours or over night)
  2. Moong Dal (Split & Skinned Mung Beans) – 1/2 cup (soak for 4-5 hours or over night)
  3. Cumin Seeds – 1/2 tsp
  4. Asafoetida a large pinch
  5. Ginger – 1 inch
  6. Chilled Curd (Dahi or Yogurt) – 3 cups
  7. Sugar – 2 tsp
  8. Green Chutney – as required (recipe here)
  9. Tamarind Chutney – as required (recipe here)
  10. Roasted Cumin Powder – as required
  11. Chaat Masala Powder – as required
  12. Oil for deep frying
  13. Salt to taste
  14. Water for soaking.

PS: 1 Cup = 250 ML.

How to make Dahi Bhalla:

  1. Thoroughly rinse the soaked urad dal and moong dal. Add them to a grinding jar along with cumin seeds, ginger, asafoetida and 1/4 cup water. Grind to make a fine paste. Add more water if required, do not add too much
  2. Transfer the batter to a mixing bowl and add salt. Now whisk the batter with a spoon or a wired whisk in one direction to make it fluffy, around 3-4 mins. Keep aside
  3. Heat oil in a deep kadai or pan. Once the oil is hot, drop the batter with help of a spoon or your fingers
  4. Fry until light golden. Drain them on a kitchen paper towel. Similarly do rest of the bhallas
  5. Take water in a large bowl and soak the bhallas for 30 mins
  6. Now take the bhallas and gently squeeze to remove the excess water. Similarly do the rest and keep aside
  7. Take curd in a bowl. Add sugar and salt, beat it to get the smooth texture. Keep aside
  8. Now take a plate, place the bhallas and top with beaten curd, tamarind chutney and green chutney. Sprinkle some roasted cumin powder and chaat masala powder
  9. Your Dahi Bhallas are ready. Enjoy!!!


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