Thayir Vadai (Traditional South Indian Recipe)

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Thayir Vadai (Traditional South Indian Recipe)


Cooking Time

Preparation Time :24 Hr 0 Min

Cook Time : 15 Min

Total Time : 24 Hr 15 Min


Serves : 3
  • 1 cup urad dal (split black gram), soaked overnight

  • 1/2 tsp. salt or to taste

  • 1/2 tsp. peppercorns, crushed

  • 1/2 tsp. cumin seeds

  • 1 tsp. grated ginger

  • 2-3 cups oil

  • 1/2 cup fresh grated coconut

  • 1-2 green chilies

  • 1 tbsp. oil

  • 1 dry red chili

  • 1/2 tsp. mustard seeds

  • 1 tsp. urad dal

  • 1 sprig curry leaves

  • 1 cup curd

  • 1 tsp. grated carrot

  • 1/2 tsp. salt or to taste

  • 1/4 ts. pepper powder

  • 1/4 tsp. red chili powder

  • 1 tbsp. coriander leaves, chopped


  • Grind the soaked urad dal with very less water. Add salt, peppercorns, cumin seeds and ginger. Mix well and keep aside.
  • Heat oil in a pan. Dip your hands in a bowl of water. Take a portion of the batter and give a round shape to it. Make a hole in the centre with your thumb.
  • Gently slide in the vada in hot oil and fry on a medium flame till it is golden and crisp. Immediately drop in a bowl of water and let them soak for a while. Then squeeze out the water by pressing in between your palms. Keep aside.
  • Grind the coconut and green chilies. Add in the yoghurt, some water to dilute it, salt, coriander leaves (save some for garnishing), grated carrot and chopped chili. Mix well.
  • Heat 1 tbsp. oil and temper with mustard seeds and dry red chili. After it stops spluttering, add the urad dal and curry leaves. Saute for a few seconds and switch off the flame.