Hyderabadi Dahi Vade

When I was planning for Iftar recipes and had decided that I should show dishes from a different place each week, my sister suggested trying out some Hyderabadi dishes. Her friend Abida told us about a couple of very common dishes from Hyderabad which usually make it to the Iftar table. The first one she mentioned was dahi vada. The moment I heard it, my instant reaction was that I have already shown the recipe of dahi bhalla, so we will have to look at other options. But then she shared the recipe and I realised that it was completely different from what I knew as dahi vada. This was a totally different kind of dahi vada and probably that’s why is always called as the Hyderabadi Dahi Vade / Bade.

The recipe is really simple and straight forward, pretty light to eat too. It can be made quickly, but I actually liked it after I refrigerated it for a while. This is apparently a very common snack in Hyderabad and made a lot during the Iftar time.

It is quite interesting how I am introduced to new recipes and cuisines as part of my blog and channel. A casual discussion with someone has so often led to ideas that I end up trying out. As part of my Iftar series, last week I had shared recipes from Kerala. And this week, I am featuring the Hyderabadi cuisine. Do check out all the Iftar recipes I have posted so far.

Hyderabadi Dahi Vade

Course: SnacksCuisine: Indian, HyderabadiDifficulty: Easy


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A delicacy of Hyderabad – fried gram flour dumplings in a yoghurt base,


  • For the vada
  • Gram flour/besan – 1/2 cup

  • Ginger-garlic paste – 1/2 tsp

  • Turmeric powder – 1/8 tsp

  • Red chilli powder – 1/4 tsp

  • Salt – as per taste 1/4 tsp

  • Water – 1/4 cup-1/2 cup

  • Oil – for deep frying

  • For the yoghurt base
  • Curd – 1/2 cup

  • Green chilli – 1, chopped and crushed

  • Mint leaves – a few, crushed

  • Coriander leaves – a few, crushed

  • Ginger garlic paste – 1/4 tsp

  • Salt – as per taste

  • Water – 1/2 cup

  • For the tempering
  • Oil – 2 tsp

  • Mustard seeds – 1/4 tsp

  • Cumin seeds – 1/4 tsp

  • Dry red chillies – 2

  • Turmeric powder – a pinch

  • Curry leaves – a few


  • Mix together the gram flour, ginger-garlic paste, turmeric powder, chilli powder and salt.
  • Add enough water to make it into a thick consistency batter. Use a whisk to make a lump-free batter. Mix it well and keep it aside.
  • For the yoghurt base, whisk the curd first to make it lump free.
  • Add the chilli, mint and coriander leaves, ginger-garlic paste and salt and mix well.
  • Add the water and mix to a thin consistency.
  • Heat oil in a kadai and pour spoonful of the gram flour batter into hot oil and fry.
  • Once it is light brown in color, remove it and immediately add it to the yoghurt base. Let the vade soak in the yoghurt for some time.
  • While the vadas are soaking in the yoghurt, prepare the tempering.
  • Heat oil in a small pan.
  • Once the oil is hot, add the cumin seeds, mustard seeds and chilli.
  • Next add the turmeric powder and curry leaves.
  • Remove it from heat and pour the tempering onto the soaked dahi vade and serve.

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