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Thayir Vadai/ Dahi Vada

Thayir vadai/ Dahi vada is a often made as a special item for various festivals and functions in South india and is a famous chaat item in north. It is liked by people of all ages. In this post both south indian style and north indian styles are covered.


Urad dhal  – 1 cup

Green chilli  – 3 nos.

Curd    – 2 1/4cup

Coconut (grated)  – 1/2 cup

Hing  – 1/2 tsp

Oil for deep fry

Salt to taste


Coriander leaves,Mustard seeds,curry leaves, Green chutney , Sweet Chutney

Preparation time  :20 min

Cooking time       :30 min

Makes         :18 nos.




Step 1

Take Urad dhal 1 cup . Soak in water for 1 hour. Drain completely after the soaking period is over.

Add green chilli 2 nos. Add little water and grind to smooth paste to get Vada batter.

Step 2

Take Curd 1/4 cup and churn well . Add salt .Add water 3/4 litres to make buttermilk.

Step 3

Transfer Vada batter to  a bowl. Add little salt. Mix well for 3-4 minutes

Step 4

Take some batter in wet hand. Flatten to vada shape and gently drop in hot oil in pan for deep fry. Alternatively use a cup covered with plastic cover for flattening. Check if oil is at right temperature for frying with small amount of vada batter. Once oil is ready for frying , then drop flattened vada batter gently into oil. Keep stove in medium flame. When one side is fried , flip it to the other side for frying evenly. Remove the fried vadas to a plate.

Step 5

Warm the butter milk and switch off the stove. Soak the fried vadas for 15 min

Step 6

Take grated coconut 1/4 cup, 1 green chilli and grind to paste. Add fresh curd 1 cup to coconut paste. Also add Hing 1/2 tsp and  salt. Season with crackled mustard and curry leaves.

Step 7

Transfer soaked vadas in serving bowl and add curd mixture. Garnish with coriander leaves. Thayir vadai is ready
(South indian style)

Step 8

Take Curd 1 cup in a churner and churn it for smooth curd. Add Salt. Mix well.

Step 9

Transfer soaked vadas to serving bowl. Add curd. Garnish with green chutney and sweet chutney.Sprinkle red chilli powder.Add Chat masala powder.Garnish coriander leaves. Dahi vada is ready(North indian style)

Note: Since we are adding salt at several stages  such as batter, buttermilk, curd etc we should see that salt quantity is not exceeded. Please see that salt quantity is reduced in batter and butter milk.

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