Tuesday, 10 September 2013

Gram flours fritters & Chick Peas (Baysan k Dahi baray & Chana chaat)

Gram flour fritters or dahi baray is a very popular snack in Asian countries. And is mostly served in Ramadan (The Holy month of fasting). Its really easy to make. Dahi baray/vada is a classic recipe and seldom need any introduction. It is simply a yummacious and cute (lol) deep fried dumplings made of lightly spiced gram flour batter.. and and soaked in water before burring them under the smooth and creamy layer of beaten curd.. which is flavored both sweet and spicy. The garnish of red chili, coriander, tamarind sauce, and roasted cumin powder gives it as good tempting look as its taste!!  Here is its recipe:


For Gram Flour dumplings - Dahi baray (1st layer) :

Boiled potatoes                                2 (cut in cubes)
Onions                                              1 big (chopped)
Tomato                                             1 (chopped)
Salt                                                    1/2 tsp.
Black Pepper                                    ½ tsp.
Chaat masala                                     1 tsp.

Mix all the ingredients and spread in the dish as 1st layer.

1| Dahi baray| First layer| Chaat masala| Snacks| Ramadan

2nd layer :

Baysan (Gram flour)                         2 cups
Baking soda                                      1/2 tsp.
Red Chili powder                              1/2 tsp.           
Turmeric Powder                              1/4 tsp.
Cumin powder (zeera)                     ½ tsp.
Garlic Paste                                      1/2 tsp.
Salt                                                    1/2 tsp.
Oil                                                      For frying
Chaat masala

Mix all the above ingredients and add water to make a semi solid paste, keep it aside for 15 min. Heat the oil and fry them in to 16-20 bara's.. Immediately put them in cold water for few seconds and then gently press the dahi bara's to remove the water. And put them in dish as second layer. Sprinkle chaat masaala on them.

2| Baray| Second layer| Chaat masala| Snacks| Ramadan

3rd layer :
Yogurt                                                1 kg
Icing sugar                                        4 tbsp.           
Black pepper                                    1/4 tsp.
Cumin powder (zeera)                     1/4 tsp.
Chaat masala                                   1/2 tsp.
Salt                                                    1/4 tsp.

Mix all the ingredients together and beat for few minutes. Spread it in the dish as 3rd layer.

3| Dahi baray| Dahi| Yougurt| Third layer| Chaat masala| Snacks| Ramadan| Raita

Dahi baray| Chaat masala| Snacks| Ramadan

Lastly, spread Tamarind sauce (imli ki chutney) on the yogurt. (Here is the link to recipe Tamarind sauce).

Serve cold and enjoy with chana chaat :)

Dahi baray| Imli | Chaat masala| Snacks| Ramadan

For Chana Chaat (Chick peas) : 

Chickpeas (sufaid chanay)             1 cup boiled
Boiled potatoes                                2
Oil                                                    1 wooden spoon (doi)
Onions                                              1 big (sliced)
Tomato                                             1 (chopped)
Green Chili                                        2 (chopped)
Red Chili powder                              1 tsp.           
Turmeric Powder                              1/4 tsp.
Black Pepper                                    ½ tsp.
Garam Masala                                  1/2 tsp.
Chaat masala                                   1 tsp
Red Chili Flakes                               1/2 tsp
Garlic Paste                                      1/2 tsp.
Ginger Paste                                     1/2 tsp.
Salt                                                    1 tsp.
Cumin Powder (Zeera)                     1 tsp.
Coriander Powder                             1 tsp.
Coriander Leaves (dhanyia)              Few
Maythi (Fenugreek) Seeds                Few        
Lemon Juice                                     1 tsp.
Vinegar                                              Few drops (optional)

Chana Chaat| Snacks| Potato| Chick pea| Ramadan


Heat oil, and add the fenugreek seeds, followed by the chopped onions. Fry until onions are golden brown. Then add garlic and ginger paste, green chilies and the chopped tomatoes, followed by all other spices and chickpeas. Mix cubed boiled potatoes in it. Fry this for few minutes.

Then add  vinegar. Keep the lid covered for 10-15 minutes on medium heat. Add lemon juice. Garnish with garam masala and chopped coriander leaves. And chickepeas/chana chaat is ready! Serve them with dahi baray :)


  1. nicely explained yummy imli ki chutney mouth watering

  2. you can make dumplings with 1 cup all purpose flour + 1 cup besan with a pinch of black pepper and 1 teaspoon of baking soda.i swear you loved it. pls reply


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