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    Do you call them "Lentil Balls in Yogurt Sauce"? they are Dahi Bhallay in Urdu.




    Do you refer to them as "Lentil Balls in Yogurt Sauce" or "Lentil dumplings in yogurt" in English in your English speaking countries, however, they are originally from Pakistan and India and they are spicy to eat.

    They are known as

    Dahi Bhallay
    (as well as) Dahi Vada in both Urdu and Hindi.
    Note that Dahi means Yogurt while
    Bhalla means a Lentil Ball
    Bhallay is the plural form of Bhalla which certainly means Lentil Balls.

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    Re: Do you call them "Lentil Balls in Yogurt Sauce"? they are Dahi Bhallay in Urdu.

    I've never heard of them or tried them, but based on their folded shape, they look more like some kind of dumpling to me, than a ball.

    Balls are servings of the food rolled into a round shape, such as meatballs. Dumplings tend to have a filling inside some kind of dough that's been folded over and pinched shut.

    They look like some kind of pierogies in sauce, to me.

    However, if I was familiar with them, I'd just call them by one of the names you list. I think we've mentioned before that when discussing foreign foods, English just tends to borrow the name from the original language.
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    Re: Do you call them "Lentil Balls in Yogurt Sauce"? they are Dahi Bhallay in Urdu.

    If they were on the menu of an Indian restaurant, they'd be listed as dahi bhallai and dahi vada.
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    Re: Do you call them "Lentil Balls in Yogurt Sauce"? they are Dahi Bhallay in Urdu.

    Balls are spherical in shape but those are flat and round like discs.
    I would call them "lentil patties" in English.
    Dumplings are wrapped in dough, as Skrej mentioned, which is more Chinese than Indian. They are steamed, fried or cooked in soup.
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    Re: Do you call them "Lentil Balls in Yogurt Sauce"? they are Dahi Bhallay in Urdu.

    We're back to this topic, are we?! Aamir, we have told you many times before that generally foods retain their original name even when used in English. If I went to a restaurant which served this dish, it would be listed on the menu as "Dahi Bhallay" or Dahi Vada". After the title, the restaurant owners would probably put an English description of the dish to help out those of us who might not know what it is. However, when the waiter comes to the table to take our order, we would ask for "Dahi Bhallay/Dahi Vada".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Do you call them "Lentil Balls in Yogurt Sauce"? they are Dahi Bhallay in Urdu.

    Quote Originally Posted by tedmc View Post
    Dumplings are wrapped in dough, as Skrej mentioned, which is more Chinese than Indian. They are steamed, fried or cooked in soup.

    Chinese or Japanese dumplings are, but dumplings can simply be balls of dough too. I like your suggestion of patties, but dumplings appears to be in use:

    http://www.vegrecipesofindia.com/dahi-vada-recipe/

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    Re: Do you call them "Lentil Balls in Yogurt Sauce"? they are Dahi Bhallay in Urdu.

    I think you all should try them if you have a tooth for spicy food. I have learned from many of my friends and relatives who frequently travel to the UK that English people are used to eating non-spicy food that we cannot eat at all unless we add spice to it. I don't know about the Americans. But you should give it a try once if you have an Indian and Pakistani restaurant nearby. And once you eat them then you'll know if they are forms of dumplings patties or anything else. They are worth giving a try.

    And they are also eaten in Bangladesh, Nepal, Iran and Turkey and probably in Malaysia too, but they have different names because of different geographical regions where they are eaten. Dhahi Bhallay is a more commonly used name in Pakistan while some Indians call them Dahi Vaday.

    Check out this wikipedia link
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dahi_vada

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    Re: Do you call them "Lentil Balls in Yogurt Sauce"? they are Dahi Bhallay in Urdu.

    Quote Originally Posted by Aamir Tariq View Post
    I have learned from many of my friends and relatives who frequently travel to the UK that English people are used to eating non-spicy food that we cannot eat at all unless we add spice to it.
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    Re: Do you call them "Lentil Balls in Yogurt Sauce"? they are Dahi Bhallay in Urdu.

    "What do you have that isn't completely tasteless?"

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    Re: Do you call them "Lentil Balls in Yogurt Sauce"? they are Dahi Bhallay in Urdu.

    That had me laughing out loud - and cringing at the thought of how some British people behave in Indian restaurants.
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