I am a foodie by nature; a plate of good food never fails to bring me joy. My interest in eating junk food though, is on the higher side and any good Indian snack is always a favourite. Since weather has a lot of impact on our food habits, like during the rains we all crave for some hot pakodas, in the summers we want something cool and icy to battle with the heat. Therefore, one should enjoy all the seasonal fruits and foods available to rejuvenate the body and soul.
My evening snack cravings are always for some type of chaat. Delicious in taste with mint and tamarind chutneys, sprinkled with chat masala at the end…just makes my mouth water thinking about it.
Talking about chaat and the tantalizing taste that I end up craving took me on a ride to make a healthier version which was equally yummy to a normal chaat. If you are like me and enthusiastic to relish and try new snacks then this is the perfect recipe for you to try – non-fried dahi bhalla! If you are reading this, I am assuming you have an interest in cooking as well, for this recipe is a little time consuming in terms of soaking the udad dal and allowing for fermentation. If you have no time, buy the batter from the market, it’s simple and quick. The batter is available at a very economical price in the markets these days. Chutney is usually there in our kitchen or you can make fresh mint and dates chutney, which is rich in fiber. Prepare it early to avoid any hassle when making the dish.
You can prepare and keep things ready in advance like mint and dates chutneys, a bowl of cold thick yogurt & non-fried fritters. When you make your snack just mix everything in to enjoy these deliciously-chilled dahi bhalla. Sometimes it is better to take that extra effort than always opting to eat outside. Additionally these fritters are going to be made on an appam pan with very little oil. Isn’t it great that that you won’t only know what’s being used but also have a healthy choice to opt for! So do try them in this rainy weather, it’s going to be the perfect snack!
- cup Udad lentil & ½ cup rice mixture soaked overnight and fermented
- tsp ginger and green chili crushed & a few curry leaves (optional)
- Salt as per the taste
- Date chutney
- Green coriander chutney
- 1 tbsp Chat masala, chilli powder, cumin powder
- 2 cup butter milk (soaking fritters)
- 2 cup thick and chilled curd (make it sweet if you want with 2 tsp of castor sugar)
- Put the appam pan on heat, apply oil in each cavity. Once the pan is hot add a spoonful of batter (check the above image)
- Once you see an orange line on the sides of the batter, turn them with the help of a spoon
- Add the fritters in butter milk for making them soft and more flavourful
- Place the soft fritters on a plate and start adding the rest of ingredients curd, chutneys and sprinkle dry spice.