Dhai Bhalla(Dahi vada)

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She was there at the beginning
When the world was new to you –
She was there to turn to happy times
Those when, you were hurt or blue.

She was there to listen to your thoughts
And when you asked, to give advice –
She was there to tell you, “Those don’t match”
Or, “sweetheart you look so nice”
She was there with you at nighttime
To help you say your prayers _
She was there to tell you, “it’s alright”
When you had a dream that scares.

She was there at morning time
To get you up and out of bed –
She was there when you didn’t felt good
To say, “u stay at home instead”

She was there when you were hungry
And when you had those dirty clothes –
She was there when you needed her
(How she knew? Only heaven knows.)

She was there at the beginning
And she will be there your whole life through –
She’ll be there in your mind and heart
Just like a mother is supposed to do.

Wow! These words by Del Abe Jones surely explains how Mothers are

Well on this Mother’s day I not only want to thank my Mom for everything she did for her kids, but also would like to thank that supreme Divine that created me as a Woman, so that I can experience the phenomenal emotion of being a Mother.

To be honest , almost all the recipes published on this site are those of my mother and this  is, one of the most favourite dish of my mom.

All the pleasant and innocent  memories of enjoying food eating , strangely belong to the era when I was a daughter. After being a wife  and a mother I enjoy more, cooking for them rather than enjoying eating with them.I remember whenever my mother made dahi vadas we used to relish them with hot Spicy rotis (Yes, we ate them with rotis:-)). The memories of  my mother running between kitchen to dining area, bringing hot rotis one at the time and our whole family distributing it among ourselves so that we all could eat chilled dahi vadas with piping hot rotis, still moisten my eyes.Those were the Golden days of my life!

Here’s me hoping and praying that mothers, all over the globe enjoy this day and every day of  their life, by being a dedicated, loving and caring mother of “apples of your eyes”

Happy Mother’s day!


Dhai Bhalla(Dahi vada)
Dahi wada or dahi vada are the lentil dumplings, fried and dunked in beaten, spiced curd/yogurt. A very famous, delicious accompaniment for every special meal
  • Urad dal (Dhotala, also known as black gram, but skinned and split) 200 gms
  • Salt as per taste
  • Cumin seeds 1 tsp
  • Green chillies 2-3
  • Black salt ¼ tsp
  • Jeera powder (Cumin seeds roast and grind it) ¼ tsp
  • Curd approximately 250 gm
  • Coriander leaves for garnishing
  • Oil for frying
  1. Soak urad dal for at least 7 hours and later wash it thoroughly
  2. Grind it along with green chillies, adding little water
  3. Remember the batter should be thick and not watery
  4. Add salt, cumin seeds, coriander leaves, khishmish (optional) and mix it thoroughly in one direction
  5. Now take a spoonful of this batter and fry it in hot oil over medium to low flame till cooked, but remember the colour of vadas should not be dark. Repeat the procedure for remaining batter.
  6. Let the vadas cool and later soak them for 2-3 minutes in luke warm water
  7. Squeeze out the water by pressing each vada between palms of your hands
  8. Lay them in a serving bowl or plate and cover them generously with beaten curd,to which salt is added
  9. Sprinkle black salt, cumin powder, red chilly powder, (and/or chaat masala ) and garnish it with coriander leaves
  10. Note: Some people prefer dahi vadas with a dash of sweet tamarind chutney, some boiled potato chunks and salted boondi (soaked in water and later squeezed out), while others prefer them with sweet curd, in that case just add some sugar while beating the curd.
  11. You can add few pinches of hing (asafoetida) in the luke warm water in which vadas are to be soaked. It not only aids in digestion of dahi vada but also enhances the flavors.

Note: You can view Detailed Recipe of Dahi Bhalle, with many Tips, at Beyondcurries

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4 thoughts on “Dhai Bhalla(Dahi vada)

  1. Hi Abe,
    It was a gr8 surprise to actually see ur comment here,it was most unexpected
    I came across to ur poems while google-ing for some poem that wud reflect my thoughts on mother,and urs was just perfect
    U can mail me at sindhirasoi@gmail.com and i will be pleased to get any of ur creation in my inbox

  2. Thanks for using my poem. Where did you find it? I have more about Moms if you will send me your email address.

  3. Hi Z,
    No problem,i can wait till u come up wid sum another gr8 event like this. And i will surely count on u,whenever i need help

  4. Alka,
    You have a fantastic blog over there. I love your pics, too. I would be happy to squeeze you in for T&T, but it is a bit full already. Let me get back to you.

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