Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Dahi Vada /Thayir Vada

Things have been  little slow in our kitchen since the long awaited  summer sunshine is finally here and we Seattlites are making best use of it. Every weekend is a fun filled getaway with friends and family.
Just as we talk about the hot weather, here is one very cooling Indian delicacy, a snack or a meal by itself  that is absolutely refreshing.  

Prep Time: 40 mins + soaking time
Ingredients
Curd:1 1/2 cups
Urad Dal/Uzhunnu Parippu: 1 cup (yields about 15 small vadas)
Ginger(chopped): 1 1/2 teaspoons
Green Chilies: 2-3
Curry Leaves: 4-5
Hing/Asofoetida: 1 teaspoon
Chili Powder: 1 teaspoon
Roasted Cumin /Jeera Powder: 1 teaspoon
Salt to taste
Oil to deep fry

* As we have heard, Dahi vada is the north Indian version, whereas thayir vada is the  south Indian version where every thing remains the same except for the final  garnish is done by a seasoning of mustard seeds, dried red chillies and lots of curry leaves.

*A tip given to us is that if you over soak the urad dal, it drinks up more oil while frying.

Soak urad dal in about half cup water for about 1 1/2 hours. Once its fluffed and well soaked, drain all the water and grind it into a smooth paste. While grinding add the green chillies and ginger. Take out the batter, add salt and asofoetida and mix well. Tear up the curry leaves finely and mix in. You could also add a pinch of pepper powder to this batter.

Heat oil in deep pan. Drop medium sized balls of this batter using a spoon into the hot oil and fry until golden brown. We didnt create the doughnut shape only for convenience sake. However its your personal choice to have the lil hole in the vada  or not.

Once all of these are fried, drain the excess oil on a paper towel. Bring a bowl with some lukewarm water. Dip these vadas into the water and squeeze out the water between your palms and  keep aside.  Whisk the yogurt with salt, sugar and a pinch of roasted jeera powder. Take half of this yogurt mixture in a bowl. Dip the squeezed vadas once again into the yogurt mixture and without squeezing out, arrange them in a serving dish. You could do this procedure much earlier and let it refrigerate. You need to finish with the  final arrangement only about 1/2  hour before serving.

To wrap up, pour the remaining  yogurt. Sprinkle roasted jeera powder and red chilli powder in whatever pattern you like. Garnish with some meethi (sweet tamarind) chutney and fresh coriander leaves. You could refrigerate it for some more time before serving it.

36 comments:

  1. Thats one all time fav. summer treat for me..

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  2. Wow..Adipoli curd vada. njgalkke nalla eshtanu ethu..Lovely pics

    Love
    Kairali sisters

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  3. mmmmmmmmmmmm Yummy I am drooling here.. my very fav one...

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  4. I am drooling at the sight of these scrumpticious dahi wada they look amazinging.Beautiful click.

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  5. I can just feel the moistness in your dahi vada from your picture, looks perfect.

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  6. very nice one...i too make it in similar way....but i add chopped gonger, green chillies and curry leaves to the vada..:) i guess im made this some three years ago....recently someone just reminded me anout it...craving for some...now....nice pics ladies!

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  7. Looks mouthwatering...Its my all time favourite.

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  8. dahi vada is my favorite...looks awesome ...very tempting picture...i love ur blog... u have a real cool collection , i have bookmarked so many recipes : )

    As a team you both rock

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  9. Lovely pics and delicious curd vada... Kandittu kothi varunne..

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  10. wow...yummy recipe with wonderful click...simply i can't leave ur page. Hats off dear.

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  11. These look lovely. I have never tasted dahi vada before but judging from your pictures its a really delicious treat. I may just go ahead and give them a try.

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  12. Yummmm!!!such a droolworthy thayir vada, am ready to have them anytime..

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  13. oooh tht looks delicious..even we are thoroughly enjoyin summer here and im even more lazy to cook

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  14. Sooper dooper hit!! BIngo... well presented!!

    Bloghopping after a long holiday.. Do sneak a peek at my blog too when time permits.. There
    is an event on Flat breads running at my space.

    Cheers
    Sandhya

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  15. Wow tempting clicks..looks so yum...

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  16. Gud presentation with hot sauce poured on the top of the stuff tinted with Yoghurt,
    droolworthy .....lukks like a continental dish.....!!

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  17. Delicious dahi vada..my all time favorite..beautiful presentation.

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  18. slurrrrrrrrrrp! the dahi vada is inviting me over to come and have a quick bite.

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  19. you two got us all drooling here at the last picture. my mouth is watering and I can actually smell the pungency of the roasted spice powder and the tart aroma of the curd....yummy.

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  20. Am drooling.. they look very inviting and delicious... can't wait to dig in

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  21. I am not a big fan of thayira vada but this looks seriously tempting..Great pictures..

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  22. MOUTHWATERING DISH!
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  23. Nice to be here. Very nice presentation and great clicks. Following you to keep in touch.
    Best wishes.

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  24. wow that sounds absolutely delicious. I thought it was a sweet dish when i saw the picture, with icecream.

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  25. looks perfect and delicious...Thanks for visiting my blog

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  26. I am fond of dahi vada. Looks so tempting...

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  27. i am drooling over my pc looking at this delicious pic of yours!

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  28. Beautiful Clicks , i'm drooling :)

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  29. How delicious does that bowl of dahi vadas look! Lovely pics!

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  30. Hey wow i love Dahi vada...and ur pics are really tempting me a lot.....and that pot is also too good....delicious...!!!

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  31. who wud say a NO to this?I made it just yest for some guests..and I ended up eating atleast 5

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  32. has been a wonderful expression :D thanks a lot...

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    Thought it might be there without your permission.

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  34. thank you Aparna for pointing it out to us.. will try to take care of it..

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