Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Dahi vada (Thayir vadai)

After a long battle with myself regarding what I should make for the JFI#5 - Milk and Milk Products event I decided to make dahi vada (fried lentil dumplings in spiced yogurt mixture). This is thayir vadai in tamil and is made on festival days. It tastes yummy when served a little chilled.

Dahi Vada:


For vada:
Urad dal (whole) - 2 cups
Green chillies (finely chopped) - 2
Whole pepper corns (optional) - 1 tsp
Salt - as needed
Curry leaves (chopped) - 2 sprigs
Coriander leaves (chopped) - 2 tbsp
Oil - for deep frying

For dahi:
Curd - 1 cup
Water - 1/2 cup
Butter milk - 1/2 cup
Black salt - 1 tsp
Cumin (jeera) powder - 1 tsp
Chilli powder - 1 tsp

For garnishing:
Tamarind chutney - 1 tbsp
Green chutney - 1 tbsp
Coriander leaves - a bunch


Soak urad dal for 1hr. Grind to a fine paste adding as little water as possible. This will help absorb less oil while frying. Add salt, green chillies, pepper corns, curry leaves and coriander leaves and beat with a wooden laddle to incorporate some air into the mixture. Heat oil is a kadai and add small balls of the mixture and deep fry the vada's. Remove after they turn golden brown and add to bowl containing warm water for 1 min. Then arrange them on a flat bowl. As the vada's are getting cooked, whip the curd, buttermilk, water and black salt in a seperate bowl. Once all the vada's are cooked pour the whipped curd on top of the vadas covering them completely. Spinkle cumin powder and chilli powder and chill for atleast an hr. When ready transfer vada to serving dishes and drizzle both tamarind chutney and green chutney as required and garnish with coriander leaves. This can be served as an evening snack or even as an appetizer. It can easily be made in bulk so it is a good dish for potluck meals.

Note: If the urad dal is ground in a wet grinder the batter comes out thick but with a blender/mixer it has to be ground in small batches to obtain the thick consistency.


ennigmaa said...

hi deepa! ur blogs just made me even more homesick, kicked off craving for some good veetu sappadu...coconut milk ghee rice sounds very interesting n unique - bad time to stumble into ur blog as i am no diet these days...good job deepz! this is kannan btw(crescent)

ennigmaa said...

i meant on diet...sigh!

Vineela said...

Hi deepz,
Wonderful entry.
I love thayir vada and thanks for participating in jfi
See you at round up.

ennigmaa said...

Hi Deepa!
The pics in the blog where r they from ? N ne interest on 'healthy cooking'? Like for the calorie counters... :-)

Foodie's Hope said...

Dahi Vada..perfect dish for a hot summer day, isn't it? Specially in NC, we literally cooking in the heat!! Need a cool down with this recipe. Thanks Deepz!! a bunch :)

Deepz said...

hi kannan, the pics in my blog r all taken with my camera and the dishes that i actually make. i will try to add some healthy calorie counting recipes whenever possible. try the dates milkshake with skimmed milk and no cream. it still tastes awesome and filling. also bahrain must hav a lot of dates.

Deepz said...

Hi vineela and asha,
thanks for the appreciation.

gayathri said...

rombavey yummya irukku paarka deepz .. venkat always praises abt ur cooking .. im just waiting to come to ur house and try this thayir vada .. paarkavey soopera irukku

ennigmaa said...

Hi deepa. ur own pics well then hats off!