Dahi Bhalle

Recipe by Lata Anand of Santa Clara, US

Ingredients vegetarian 8 servings

  • 1 cup Black gram (split), washed
  • 2 lbs. Yoghurt
  • 1 tbsp Cumin powder, roasted
  • 2 tbsps. Red Chili Powder
  • 1 tbsp Black Salt
  • 1 tbsp Ginger
  • 2 tbsps. Coriander leaves
  • Tamarind Chutney to taste, optional
  • Chutney to taste, mint
  • Salt to taste
  • Sugar to taste
  • Vegetable Oil for frying


  1. Wash and soak the dal in cold water overnight. Next day, strain and grind to a smooth paste.
  2. Whisk into a batter with ½ tsp. salt.
  3. Make a very light butter-milk by mixing a cup of curd with 6 cups of water. Add salt (1 tsp), roasted cumin powder(2 tsp), Roasted red chili powder(1 tsp) and black salt(2 tsp), mix well and keep aside.
  4. Heat oil in a pan. Drop one tbsp. of batter in flat round shape into Heated oil and fry until light golden.
  5. Put fried bhallas into butter-milk and let them soak about 2 to 3 hours atleast.
  6. Drain, squeezing out the butter-milk between the palms of your hands.
  7. Whisk Yogurt well with sugar and salt to taste.
  8. To serve, place the bhallas on a plate and cover with whisked yogurt.
  9. Add Mint chutney and Tamarind chutney(these are optional).
  10. Sprinkle red chili powder, black salt and roasted cumin powder. Garnish with coriander leaves.


Zeenat Jabeen

Zeenat Jabeen

Renu asked that what is black gram?its known as urad in hindi.which is white in colour with black cover over it.and its easily available in the market


what is black gram?

manisha naran

Jagjit Singh asked about making soft and light dahi bhalle. You can add soda by carb or baking powder.

jagjit singh

plz tell me how can i make dahi balle very very soft. at home i cant make them soft. in market dahiballe are very big in size but light in weight. and are very soft. plz tell any idea to make it soft

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