Dahi Bara and Aloo Dum ( Sweet and Tangy Chat Food From Orissa)

Dahi Bara with Aloo Dum is a "chaat" food. I tasted it for the first time at one of the Chaat corners in Bhubaneswar (Orissa, India). The Bara was served in a unique leaf-bowl, which impressed me very much.
Today I am going to share the recipe for making Dahi Bara...

Bara( Also called Vada: an Indian doughnut made from Udad dal/black gram)

A single Bara placed in a cup

A table spoon of Aloo Dum placed on top of the Bara

Few table spoons of Dahi(curd) poured on top of Bara and Aloo Dum

The vegetable garnishing...

Dahi Bara with Aloo Dum

Ready to eat...

Ingredients for Bara(Vada):
  1. Udad Dal (black gram) 1 cup soaked in water overnight(or for 6-8 hours)
  2. Salt 1 tea spoon
  3. Vegetable oil 3 cups (for frying the Bara/Vada)
  4. Polythene paper 1 sheet(clean)
  5. Water 1 small cup
Ingredients for Dahi:
  1. Curd 2 cups
  2. Salt 1/2 tea spoon
  3. Sugar 1 tea spoon

Ingredients for Aloo Dum:
  1. Aloo (Potato) 1 big
  2. Sprouts of Moong (Green gram) 1 samll bowl
  3. Salt 1 tea spoon
  4. cumin seed powder 1 tea spoon
  5. Pepper 1/2 tea spoon
  6. Lemon 1/2 cut lemon juice
  7. vegetable oil 1 table spoon
  8. Water 1 small cup
Ingredients for the vegetable garnish:
  1. Tomato 1 (finely chopped)
  2. Onion 1 (finely chopped)
  3. Coriander leaves 50g (finely chopped)
  4. Cumin powder 1 table spoon
  5. Chat masala powder 1 table spoon
  6. Green chillies 2 (cut into small pieces)
  7. Ginger 20g (finely grated)
Method for making Bara:
  1. Drain the water from soaked Udad dal(black gram).
  2. Blend it well in a food processor into a smooth and thick batter. Add few table spoons of water while blending if the batter is too thick.
  3. Take out the batter into a wide bowl, add salt and mix well.
  4. Place a table spoon of the batter on a clean polyethylene sheet. Carefully shape the batter into a round doughnut(Vada/Bara) with your fingers.
  5. Heat the 3 cups of vegetable oil in a shallow pan on medium flame.
  6. Carefully drop the shaped doughnut into the oil and fry it on medium flame for 1 to 2 min. Flip it on to the opposite side. Fry till it becomes golden brown on both sides.
  7. Take out the fried Bara/Vada onto a filter paper to allow the oil to get soaked out.
  8. Take 1/2 cup of cold water and 1/2 cup if yogurt in a wide bowl,mix well with blender. Add 1 tea spoon of salt into it.Mix well.
  9. Place the fried Bara in the yogurt and water mixed batter for 1 min.

Method of making Aloo Dum:
  1. Microwave the potato for 3 minutes. Remove the skin and mash it well with a spoon or a wooden spatula.
  2. Microwave the sprouts of Moong for 3 minute and keep aside.
  3. Heat 1 table spoon of vegetable oil in a small pan on low flame.
  4. Add 1/2 tea spoon of cumin seed powder and let it heat for 2 seconds.
  5. Add the mashed potato(Aloo Dum) and the sprouts of Moong (green gram) into the pan.
  6. Add 1 table spoon of water and mix well. Let it cook for 1 min.
  7. Add 1/2 tea spoon of cumin seed powder, salt, pepper and cook for 1 more min.
  8. Take it out into a small bowl.
  9. Sprinkle some lemon juice on the top.
  10. Aloo Dum is ready.
Method for making Dahi:
  1. Take curd into a wide bowl and beat it well using a whisk.
  2. Add salt and sugar, mix well and keep it aside.

Method of making the vegetable garnish:
  1. Take diced tomatoes, onions, green chillies, coriander leaves and grated ginger in a plate.
  2. Sprinkle some salt and lemon juice on it.
  3. Vegetable garnish is ready.

Presenting the Dahi Bara and Aloo Dum:
  1. Take one Bara in a bowl.
  2. Add 1 table spoon of the prepared Aloo Dum.
  3. Add 2-3 table spoons of the prepared Dahi on the Bara and Aloo Dum.
  4. Add 2 table spoons of vegetable garnish.
  5. Sprinkle some chat masala and cumin powder.
  6. Mouthwatering Dahi Bara and Aloo Dum is ready to serve.

Happy Valentine's Day.


  1. Wow wow...i wud love to grab that spoon:-)
    Looks soo yumm...tongue tickling..:-)

  2. Tempting snack... looks so beautiful.. yum yum..

  3. Hi Rani

    I am feeling better and I am here again enyoing with your lovely Indian dishes.

    Very nice this recipie of Dahi Bara with Aloo Dum.


  4. Omg, dahi bara makes me hungry..Soo tempting!

  5. Wow… looks so inviting and I have my spoon ready to dig in..fantastic recipes dear..thanks for sharing :)

    US Masala

  6. Dear Marimi

    Welcome back,happy to know you are feeling better and enjoyoing indian dishes.
    Warm greetings

    Thank you my dear Divya and aipi.

  7. New recipe for me but a lovely and tastebhara chaat item,thanq for sharing and being into my place..I would have missed seeing your tasty recipe,if u would not have been into my blog..


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