Chaas Vada (Vada in spiced Buttermilk)

by Leena Kohli (@leenakohli)
Prep Time
2hr 10min
Cook Time
Total Time
2hr 30min

A delightful variation on the traditional dahi vada recipe, where vadas are immersed in flavorful buttermilk seasoned with spices and tempered with cumin. A simple yet delicious snack, ideal for summer refreshments or as a party appetizer.


4 Servings
(1 serving = 2 vadas)

For Vadas

  • 1cup
    Urad Dal
  • 1tsp
  • 1cup
    Oil for frying

For Chaas (Buttermilk)

  • 1cup
    Curd (slightly sour preferred)
  • 3cups
  • 1tsp
  • 1tsp
    Red Chilli Powder
  • 1tsp
    Roasted Cumin (coarsely ground)
  • 1/4tsp
    Black Salt
  • 1/4cup
    Mint Leaves (chopped)
  • 1/4cup
    Coriander Leaves (chopped)

For Tempering

  • 2tbsp
    Mustard Oil
  • 1/8tsp
    Asafoetida (Hing)
  • 1/2tbsp
    Cumin Seeds


Vadas Preparation

  1. Soak urad dal in water for a minimum of 2 hours or overnight for best results.

  2. Drain the urad dal and grind it into a smooth, thick batter with minimal water.

  3. Transfer the batter to a large bowl and whisk until it becomes aerated and fluffy.

Spiced Buttermilk Preparation

  1. In a separate bowl, whisk together curd, water, salt, red chilli powder, roasted cumin, and black salt until smooth.

  2. Mix in chopped mint and coriander leaves. Adjust seasoning as needed.


  1. Heat mustard oil in a small pan until it begins to smoke. Remove from heat, add asafoetida and cumin seeds, allowing them to sizzle. Add this tempering to the chaas/buttermilk mixture and stir well.

Frying Vadas

  1. Heat oil in a deep frying pan over medium heat.

  2. With damp hands, form small portions of the batter into balls, then flatten slightly.

  3. Carefully slide them into the hot oil, frying until golden brown (avoid overcrowding by frying in batches).

  4. Drain on paper towels and soak the fried vadas in lukewarm water for 20-30 minutes to soften.

  5. Squeeze out the water gently and immerse them in the prepared spiced chaas/buttermilk.

  6. Refrigerate the chaas dahi vadas before serving.

  7. Enjoy!

Tips & Tricks

  1. This dish is best enjoyed cold and can be a refreshing side dish or snack, especially during the warmer months.

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