Dahi Ki Gujhiya

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Dahi ki Gujhiya are stuffed lentil dumplings soaked in yogurt (dahi/ curds) . This is a royal Rajasthani dish made for festivals and other special occasions. Many of my readers were asking for the recipe of this authentic Indian delicacy, so let’s make dahi ki gujhiya for Diwali…..

dahi vada

(makes 15)

  • Udad Dal ¾ cup 
  • Salt    1 ½ tsp
  • Sugar 2 tsp
  • Oil to deep fry  
  • Yogurt (Dahi) 750 gms( about 3 cups)

Tofill in Gujhiya:

  • Raisins 2 tbsp
  • Chopped coriander leaves 2 tbsp
  • Ginger, finely chopped 2 tbsp
  • Chiraunji 2 tbsp
  • Chooped green chilies 1-2 tbsp  

* You can also use some other nuts, red chili flakes, etc in the filling of gujhiya. Make sure whatever you fill in is finely chopped.

To serve:

Method of preparation

  1. Clean and wash the lentil (udad dal). Soak the lentils in 3 cups of water for about 4 hours.
  2. Grind the lentils in the grinder with as little water as possible. The thicker the paste, the easier it is to make the gujhiya.
dahi vada
lentil paste after grinding
  1. Beat the batter thoroughly till it becomes light.
  2. In a bowl take chopped coriander leaves, chopped green chilies, chopped ginger, raisins, and chiraunji. Mix well all the ingredients and keep aside.
dahi vada
filling for gujhiya
  1. Heat oil in a wok on medium heat. While oil is heating up--
  2. Take a plastic sheet, place it on your kitchen platform. Clean the sheet with a clean wet cloth. Now pour 1 table spoon batter on a corner of the sheet. Give the batter a circular shape, and press it to make them thin and flat.
  3. Now put about 1 - 1½ tsp filling in the center of the lentil circle. Please see the picture below to get a better idea.
dahi vada
  1. Now hold the sheet and try to close the gujhiya as shown in the picture below.
dahi vada
lentil paste after grinding
  1. Now wet your fingers and take out the vada from the plastic sheet on to your fingers.....This is a delicate step, and requires patience....
dahi vada
lentil paste after grinding
  1. ... and pour them in the hot oil carefully.
dahi vada
Gujhiya frying
  1. Deep fry the gujhiya on medium heat till they get golden re (takes about 7-8 mins). Take out the gujhiyas on the kitchen paper to remove the extra oil.
  2. Repeat the process with the remaining batter.
vadas soaked in yougrt (dahi)
fried gujhiya
  1. Soak the gujhiya in warm water. Add 1½ tea spoon salt in the water and let the gujhiyas get soft. Wait for about half an hour. Gujhiya will soak some water and also leave all the extra oil in the water. Now take the water out from gujhiyas by pressing gently between your palms. Keep aside.
  2. Beat the yogurt in a bowl. (Add a little milk if the yogurt is very thick). Add a little bit of salt, and sugar in the yogurt. Soak the squeezed gujhiya in this yogurt for about 3-4 hours. Gujhiya should be completely dipped in the yogurt.

At the time of serving, garnish the gujhiya with roasted and grounded cumin, red chili powder, and chopped coriander leaves. Add salt if desired.

Pour some tamarind chutney on top of the Dahi ki gujhiya at the time of serving.

Some Suggestions/ Tips

Gujhiya making is an art. It takes a while to get the right shape. Deep frying filled gujhiyas also requires patience.

If yogurt (dahi) is not very thick do not add water or milk in it.

Some more yogurt preparations recipes

Some other chaat items