Monday, June 17, 2013

How to make Dahi Vada ? / Thayir Vadai Recipe / Curd Vadai / Indian Snacks & Chats Recipe:

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Dahi  Vada is a very popular snack / chat item all over India. It is also known as Dahi Bhalla in Punjabi and Thayir Vadai in Tamil. 
It serves best as a starter, appetizer or as a perfect accompaniment to other dishes on a special occasion.
Basically, this wonderful, rich & creamy dish is prepared by first frying and then soaking the lentil vadas in a spicy yoghurt mixture. Its then topped with some fresh grated carrot and coriander leaves. 
Try this delicious recipe at your home & sink your teeth in this mouth-watering  Dahi Vada.
·        Urad dal                     - 1 cup
·        Green  chilly               - 1 or 2
·        Onion                         - 1
·        Coriander leaves chopped  -  2 to 3 tbsp
·        Oil to fry
·        Salt to taste
For Yoghurt Topping:
·        Yoghurt ( thick curd )              - 2 cups
·        Milk                                      - ¼ cup
·        Salt                                       - 1 tsp
For Garnishing:
·        Carrot grated              - 1 to 2 tbsp
·        Coriander leaves        - 1 tbsp chopped
·        Karaboondhi or mixture          - 3 to 4 tbsp
To Prepare Vadas:
1.    Wash and soak urad dal in 4 cups of water for atleast 3 to 4 hrs.
2.    Drain water and keep aside.
3.    Add green chilly, salt to the dal and blend it in a blender by sprinkling water now and then.
4.    Grind it to smooth batter. ( don’t add too much water as the batter may turn runny )
5.    Add finely chopped onion, coriander leaves and hing to the batter.
6.    Mix well.
7.    Take a polythene cover  and grease it with a drop of oil.
8.    Wet your hands and take a small ball out of the batter and pat it flat on the plastic sheet.
9.    Heat oil in a kadai.
10.  Place the heat on medium high.
11.  Once the oil is ready ( to check if oil is ready, put a liitle batter into the oil, oil will sizzle and batter should start expanding upwards slowly without changing its color) , now drop the vada gently.
12.  Fry the vadas in small batches.
13.  Turn over to other side, once vada turns firm.
14.  Fry  them until they are golden brown all around.
15.  Drain them in kitchen tissue and set aside.
16.  Take some hot water in a bowl and add the vadas into it.
17.  Allow to soak for 2 to  3 minutes. ( this is to make the vadas soft and absorb the curd well )                        
           Now squeeze the vadas gently, to take out the water & set it aside.
To make Yoghurt Topping:
1.      Take 2 cups of yoghurt and mix until very smooth. ( you can also add some milk to make the consistency like lassi )
2.      Add salt and mix well. 
 ( if you wish to prepare thayir vadai in South Indian style, make a paste of coconut pieces, green chilly, cumin and ginger, and add it to the yoghurt )
3.      Now soak all the vadas in the yoghurt batter for at least 20 minutes, giving the time for the vadas to absorb yoghurt well.
4.      Now slowly pick up each vada and transfer into a serving dish.
5.      Pour few tbsps of extra yoghurt, all over the vadas.
6.      Just before serving, garnish with grated carrot and coriander leaves.
7.      You can also sprinkle kara boondhi or corn mixture for added spicy taste.
8.      Yummy yumm  Dahi  Vada  is  ready  to  relish..!
9.      Serve at room temperature or chilled.
Similar Recipes:
·        Sambar Vada
·        Crispy Onion Vada
·        Medhu Vada
·        Beetroot Vada
·        Masala Vada
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  1. i love it
    just a question do u add sugar to this dahi
    i add a pinch to balance out the sourness of curd

    its my all time fav and i love what u wrote how to make south indian version

    i hv had in restaurants here and its yummy with crunchy coconut taste in between

  2. yummy ! yummy ! i am drooling !

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  4. Looks Delicious ... My fav one...

  5. Presentation makes me drool.........


  6. am a fan of curd vada and curd pani poori...loved it...we make this but we dip vada in water and squeeze them and then add to curd

  7. Jay I am drooling here.I would just love to grab the dahi vadas quickly since they look so tempting and inviting.

  8. Th dahi vadas very vibrant and fresh!Esp with the grated carrot :) My mom's dahi vadas were made Oriya style (even thoughw e are south indians) with imli chutney and a smattering of roasted and ground jeera-redchilli powder. Gives it a wonderful sweet-sour-spicy flavour!

  9. though i m not a huge fan of thayir vadai, ur clicks are really tempting.. amazing.. love that grated carrot & coriander vibrant.. :)

  10. Jay , I could eat those vadas on its own but soaked in that tangy yogurt sounds scrumptious !

  11. Jay, its soooooooo inviting ! Love it...

  12. Delicious Dahi vada looks so tempting.

  13. Thank you for stopping by !! I am really happy that you take time to let me know how you feel :)
    Hy Meena, since we are using fresh yoghurt, there won't be need to add sugar. Do try n let me know..:)

  14. I dont mind inviting myself to ur place to enjoy this delicious dahi vada.

  15. Delicious vada.. Awesome clicks.. Loved it Jay :-)

  16. Wow..this looks delicious...amazing clicks...

  17. Ahh.. An all time fav.. A perfect filling evening snack :)

  18. Oh my! This looks SO DELICIOUS and (for me) unique. This will be perfect for this weekend when we have friends over...I LOVE trying new recipes and this sounds absolutely delicious. The colors are glorious as well--a feast for the tastebuds and eyes! Lovely post!

  19. Una receta buenisima que tengo que poner en practica, besos

  20. This is such a lovely and beautiful dish. Loved it :)

  21. Oh! I will definitely make this on Holi, it's my hubby's favourite :)


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