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Dahi Baray (The Best)

Dahi Baray (The Best) are little fritters made up of two kinds of lentils that you deep fry. Mix in a delicious yogurt mixture.
Prep Time40 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Resting Time7 hrs
Total Time7 hrs 50 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Indian, Pakistani
Keyword: baray, best dahi baray recipe, dahi, dahi ballay, dahi ballay recipe, dahi baray, dahi baray recipe, sweet dahi baray
Servings: 8 people
Author: Sarah Mirza


Dahi Baray Spice Mixture

  • 6 button dried red peper or long dried red peppers
  • 3 tsp cumin seeds
  • 3 tsp coriander seeds
  • 1 tsp black peppercorns
  • ½ tsp black salt
  • ¼ tsp salt


  • 1 cup urad lentils mash daal
  • ½ cup moong lentils
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp ginger garlic paste
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • olive oil extra virgin (to fry)

Water for the Fritters

  • 4 cups water
  • ½ tsp red chili powder

Yogurt mixture

  • 6 cups yogurt
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 2 tsp dahi baray spice mixture
  • 1 tsp salt


Dahi Baray Spice Mixture

  • On medium heat, In a medium size fry pan, Add in cumin seeds, button dried red pepper, corinander seeds, and black peppercorns. Dry Roast for one minute then take it off the stove.
  • Let it cool to room temprature.
  • Put the spice mixture,  add in salt and black salt at this point in the coffee grinder and grind to powder consistency.
  • Set aside.

Water for the Fritters

  • Take a bowl of warm water and add in red chili powder and set aside.

Yogurt Mixture

  • In a bowl, add yogurt and whipped it well.
  • Next add salt, sugar, and dahi baray mixture that you made.
  • Mix well and set aside.


  • Soak both lentils seprately overnight.
  • DON'T THROW all the water out keep like ½ cup of water from each lentil.
  • Set the lentils and water separately.
  • Add the Urad  lentil in the food processor then add ginger garlic paste and add 3 tsp of soaked urad dal water that you saved earlier, and start the food processor. (Remember it shouldn't be runny.) 
  • Now take the Moong dal and add that to the food processor; Only add 2 tsp of water and don't add ginger garlic paste this time. 
  • Now you can discard remaining water from soak lentils
  • Now Mix both batter together.
  • Add salt,baking powde, and baking soda.
  • Mix it for ten minutes by hand in the SAME direction for 10 minutes continuously.
  • Now your fritter batter texture should be airy.
  • Add salt and cumin seeds.
  • In a medium wok, on medium heat, heat the oil.
  • Take a spoon and dollop the batter across the wok to make little fritters.
  • Deep fry them until light golden.
  • Now you put them on a kitchen towel to soak the excess oil then put them in the fritter water for 30 minutes.
  • After 30 minutes, you put between your palms and squeeze the water out gently.
  • Place them in yogurt mixture.


  • Top the sweet dahi baray with dahi baray spicy mixture and Khatti Meethi Chutney.