Saturday, November 15, 2008

Thayir Vadai ( Vadai in Curd) / Vadai / Dahi Vada

There is not one person I know, who could resist the taste of these yummy thayir vadai. This is a traditional Indian receipe and is served on most important occasions and festivals. The taste of vadai's soaked in the lightly spiced yogurt is delicious. Here's my receipe :

Ingredients for Vadai

Urad Dal - 2 cups
Green Chillies - 6 to 7
Asfotedia - a pinch
Curry leaves - 1 twig
Salt - to taste

For the Curd(Thayir Part)

Beaten Yogurt - 1 cup
Mustard Seeds - 1 tsp
Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
Coriander leaves ( optional)


For Vadai:

* Soak the Urad Dal for 1 hour.
* Grind the Dal well for 20 minutes till the dough is smooth. Use very little water.
* Mix in chopped green chillies, curry leaves, asfotedia and salt to the dough.
* Shape into balls with a hole in the center over wax paper or aluminium foil.
* Drop into pre-heated oil.
* Add more vadais and let it fry both sides till golden brown.

If you are just making vadai, the process stops right here. But, a few more steps are

needed to make vadai into 'Thayir vadai'.

* Put the vadais from oil into a cup filled with hot water.
* Let it stay for 5 minutes.
* Turn the vadai gently over so that both sides soak well.
* Now, the vadai's are ready for the curd.

* Transfer the vadai's from hot water to the curd mixture.

Preparing the Curd mixture:

* Splatter mustard seeds, curry leaves and asfotedia in a little oil.
* Add turmeric powder to the oil and pour over beaten yogurt.
* Add salt as needed.
* After adding vadai's, garnish with coriander leaves(optional).


  1. yummy! Sounds delicious. Do you usually serve these as an appetizer?

  2. Hi Juma.. Thanks for your comments.. It tastes very good too.. Even if you can't make it.. you can try ordering this at your local Indian Restaurant.. This dish before its dipped in hotwater/yogurt mix is a excellent appetizer.. after the yogurt - it is a good side dish..

  3. hi, this sounds easy to make......thanks for the receipe

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