This south Indian version of Dahi Vada is a specialty of my mother in law’s and she makes it every Diwali. The yumminess of the tempering and the softness of the vadas in the dahi, make this a very special recipe for me!
Dahi Vada is the south Indian version of the chaat type Dahi Bhallas that you get in north India.
Actually, do you associate certain recipes and dishes with people? Like besan ladoo reminds me of a friend’s mum, kheer reminds me of my sister in law, sooji ka halwa reminds me of my mum and so on. And the person I always associate Dahi Vada with, is my mother in law!
I have grown up eating North Indian version of this called the Dahi Bhalla, with the sweet and spicy chutney that tastes and looks more like chaat. The south Indian version seems very similar and is yet so different. It surprises me how dishes seem to be so different in the same country and yet have a common thread weaving through them to remind us that we all are different and yet same in so many ways!
Apart from the fact, that I love eating the dahi vada which my MIL makes, she loves making it as well. It is her speciality and if she was given a choice, she would ensure that it made its way into every celebration menu, every festival feast. And Diwali specially doesn’t pass by without her dahi vadas.
Last Diwali, I asked her to teach me how to make them and today, I am sharing the recipe with you folks. Go on make your Diwali extra special with these dahi vadas. The crunchy vadas soaked in simple salted curd and tempered with curry leaves and chillies make this a delish dish!
Some other recipes which are special from my husband’s side of the family include: