Mash ki daal kay dahi baray or dahi bhallay are delicious lentil fritters made from white lentils, which is ground into a paste. The baray/fritters are added in yoghurt, seasoned with salt and spices and topped with a sweet and tangy tamarind chutney. These are a popular snack or side in Pakistan, and are especially popular during Ramadan for Iftar.
Take a large bowl and fill it with room temperature water along with a few pinches of asafoetida / hing (optional). Put the fried baray in the water and let them soak (45 - 90 minutes) till they become soft and fluffed up. Fresh barays’ will fluff up faster than frozen ones, and they will also fluff up faster in hot water versus room temperature. If running short on time, the baray can be added in hot water but they may become too soft, so keep an eye on them and adjust accordingly.
Remove the baray / fritters from the water one by one, gently squeezing them between your palms to remove the excess water. Place the baray in a plate or platter if serving them separately, otherwise add them in the prepared yoghurt mixture.
Add the yoghurt, milk and salt in a bowl or rectangle dish. Whisk till smooth, and add more milk / water as per personal preference. The mixture should not be too thick, and it should not be too thin.
If a sweet yoghurt mixture is preferred, reduce the amount of spices and add sugar. The yoghurt can be served separately from the baray so people can add spices and chutney as per their personal preference. If serving together, add roasted cumin seeds, red chili powder and the baray in the yoghurt mixture. Stir together carefully, and let sit for about 10 minutes.
Garnish with more spices, tamarind chutney and papri on top, just before serving.
If it is hard to blitz the mash ki daal / white lentils in the food processor, a combination of mash ki daal with moong / mung daal (yellow lentils) can be used. This can be in a 1:1 ratio (½ cup mash daal and ½ cup moong daal), or in a 1:3 ratio (¼ cup moong daal and ¾ cup mash daal). If you don’t have a food processor and wish to use a blender, a ratio of both daal works best with enough water to make a thick paste.