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July 15, 2015

Perugu gari/ Dahi Vada

Preparing Time: 3 Hours
Cooking Time: 20 Minutes
Marinating Time: 2 to 3 hours (at least ) 

Cuisine : Andhra (South Indian ) 

The sourness of the tempered yogurt and the tender texture of the perfectly fried gari /vada makes this dish a heavenly relish .I usually enjoy savory dishes rather than sweets , and this simple melting fried dumpling marinated in tempered yogurt is one . Perugu gari/ vada is a delicious South Indian dish which is prepared explicitly on occasions or festivals. You need not freak out as the prep is very simple and if you cannot make a gari or vada you  simply can make dumpling without a hole and marinate them in yogurt . 

As for every dish varies in different cuisines but the prep almost does not vary in exception to the ingredients used , today I am sharing an authentic South Indian (Andhra) style of Perugu Gari /Dahi Vada . You can add your custom additions to the dish like coriander leaves or peanuts  (boiled/ fried) or chick peas (boiled ) or mint chutney / tamarind -dates chutney or top with some masala powders or grated  coconut  or finely chopped cucumber  or some crunchy sev almost anything to make it more inviting . 

Black Gram or Urad Dal 1 cup
Thick Yogurt 1 cup
Oil for deep frying
Salt as per taste

Mustard Seeds 1 teaspoon
Cumin Seeds 1/2 teaspoon
Chick pea or Chana Dal 2 table spoons
Urad or Black Gram 2 table spoons
Red chilly as per taste
Green chilly as per taste
Curry Leaves few
Ginger finely Chopped 1 table spoon
Turmeric 2 pinches
Hing 2 pinches

Step 1: Soak urad dal in water for three hours , then wash and rinse thoroughly. Now in a blending jar blend it into a thick lump like consistency with sufficient salt and little water .
Step 2: Heat  oil for deep frying . Mean while beat the curd to get nice smooth consistency ,then temper with the tempering seeds taken.
Step 3: Now prepare gari, when they reach golden brown color or done frying , take a bowl of water and transfer the vadas immediately into water and let soak them for two minutes.
Step 4 : Now when the vadas are soaked enough gently add them into tempered yogurt or curd . Let sit it for 2 to 3 hours and then serve .

Chef's Notes:
  • For preparing Gari or vada the consistency of the batter is very important , so be sure to get the perfect consistency by adding in salt and very little water while preparing the batter 
  • The immediate soaking of gari helps to retain the perfectly smooth and melting texture without it breaking or becoming hard after marinating .
  • For better taste use thick yogurt if desired use a little sour yogurt 
  • This dish has shelf life in refrigerator for about three to four days 
  • If desired the soaking time may be reduced by using  use hot water to soak


  1. Lovely!!! It is looking delicious..

  2. They look so good! I can never resist vadas/dahi vadas!

    1. Thanks a bunch Kanak hagjer , glad you like them