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Ramadan cookbook: Dahi Bara

A traditional Ramadan dish, dahi bara.
Nisa Khan
Michigan Radio
A traditional Ramadan dish, dahi bara.


  • Shan’s Dahi Bara Mix
  • 2 1/2 cups of plain yogurt
  • 3 cups of oil/ghee
  • 1-2 tablespoons of sugar
  • chopped onions
  • diced tomatoes
  • chopped green peppers
  • chopped cilantro
  • chaat masala
  • oil for frying


  1. Mix one cup of water with in the mix to make a smooth batter. Set aside for 15-20 minutes.
  2. In hot oil, pour tablespoons full of batter. Fry until light golden. Remove and cool on a paper towel. You just made a bara!
  3. Refry the bara in the oil until it's golden brown and cool again. Then soak it in water for 10-15 minutes.
  4. Add powdered sugar to the yogurt and mix.
  5. Squeeze the water softly out of the bara with both of your hands. And place the baras in the yogurt.
  6. We added chopped onions, tomatoes, green peppers, cilantro, and chaat masala in it.
  7. Top with chutney (our favorite is Swad’s Delhi Ki Chaat.)

You can read the full recipe post here.

Nisa Khan joins Michigan Radio as the station’s first full-time data reporter. In that capacity, she will be reporting on data-driven news stories as well as working with other news staff to acquire and analyze data in support of their journalism.