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Monday, 20 January 2014

Thayir Vadai/Curd Vadai/Dahi Vadai/Uraddal Vadai Soaked in Yogurt

Thayir vadai is yet another delectable and my favourite evening snack. I love it so much I can finish off one whole plate in no time. The best part of thayir/curd vadai is, though the vadai’s are fried in oil, as they are soaked in water for about a minute and when squeezing out the water all most all the oil also comes out of the vadai and they become very soft. All the goodness of yogurt/thayir, protein from urad dal, added vegetables makes this a delicious evening snack. Do check out other Vadai Varieties here.

Here’s how to make Thayir Vadai with step by step photos….


For the Medhu Vadai

Urad dal/Ulundhu
1 cup
Big onion
1 finely chopped
Green chillies
3 or 4 finely chopped
½ inch piece finely chopped
One handful finely chopped
Curry leaves
Rice flour
1 tsp
As needed
For frying vadai

For the Curd/Thayir/Yogurt Mixture

Thick Yogurt/Curd
2 cups [should not be sour]
Green chillies
2 finely chopped
1 grated
Coriander leaves/Cilantro
3 tbsp finely chopped
As needed

For Tempering the Curd/Thayir/Yogurt

2 tsp
Mustard seeds
1 tsp
Urad dal
1 tsp
Curry leaves
Preparation time: 2 hour  
Cooking time: 20 minutes
Serves: 15 vadais


Making Medhu Vadai

Wash and soak urad dal for at least 4 to 5 hours. Now grind it in the grinder or mixer to a very fine paste. Don’t add water when grinding the dal, just sprinkle little water when needed. When grinding the dal add the required salt, so that it will loosen up the dal.

Transfer the ground dal to the bowl.  Add rest of the ingredients [from table 1]except the oil and mix it really good.

Heat oil in a kadai, when it is ready make vadai as shown in the photo and fry them to golden brown evenly on both sides.

Now transfer the cooked vadais to a bowl of water and soak it for about a minute. The vadais will absorb the water and will become bigger. Now squeeze out the excess water from the vadai. This step is very important to make a soft and delicious Thayir vadai.

Similarly immerse all the vadai in water for few minutes and squeeze out the excess water.

Preparing the Yogurt/Curd Mixture

Meanwhile, let’s get the curd/yogurt ready. Take the curd in a wide bowl, [the curd should not be very thick or very thin]. Heat 2 tsp of oil in a pan, splutter mustard seeds, then add urad dal, curry leaves and wait until it changes colour.

Now add this tempering to the curd/yogurt and mix well.

Add required salt, grated carrots, chopped green chillies, coriander leaves and mix really well.

Finally assemble the Thayir Vadai.

Arrange the vadais in the wide bowl or plate. Pour the curd/yogurt mixture on top of all the vadais.

Let the vadais soak for 30 minutes or more.

Finally serve them by sprinkling some grated carrots on top of the vadais.

Tada!!! Delicious, soft and lovely Thayir vadai is ready to be enjoyed.

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  1. Want this plate right now Priya, tempting and very inviting dahi vadas.

  2. சூப்பர் வடை. அதன் சுவையோ சுவை. பகிர்வுக்கு நன்றிகள். ;)

  3. what a coincidence,today i prepared it for our lunch....super tasty isn't it??

  4. This is one of my fav dishes :)
    Happy Monday

  5. my fav since childhood.. oh how i wish i could attack ur plate..

  6. wow.. wonderful recipe.. my hus' fav.. looks too good.. :) with step by step clicks.. gr8.. appreciate ur efforts.. :)

  7. Priya akka,

    I love thayir vadai... i used to just soak in curd. Immersing in water and squeezing it before adding to curd is a great idea... let me try next time... :)

  8. they are always a treat...i would skip my fav biriyani for having another plate of this....yummy

  9. very delicious vada.adding of curd to the usual vada makes it more yummier

  10. Delicious and tempting snacks.. Love to have this vada..

  11. yummy thayir vadai. Very tempting.

  12. I do it at home often and is our family's favourite dish! Very nicely explained, easy to follow! Sent the link to my niece now!

  13. Yummy fresh thayir vadai,great

  14. i wouldn't even go for the thayir, i would have finished the vadas while fryiing itself... yum...

  15. Looks simply delicious ! the vadas look so perfect ! I can never get those holes in the vadas :P

  16. I am drooling.... looks so great very delicious

  17. One of my favourite recipe...looks delicious...

  18. perfect and like the stepwise tutorial dear!!!

  19. Ohh that is so tempting...I need a serving of it right now...

  20. o God no more I wish to go through blogfeed.. fabulous dishes one after other... splendid dear

  21. very very deliicous and yummmilicious thayir vadai priya :)

  22. Perfectly made priya... looks yummm

  23. lovely vadais :) want to have this right now with Imli chutney; yummy :P pass me ;)

  24. Thank you very much each and everybody for your encouraging and sweet comments...


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