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Friday, October 6, 2017

Thayir Vadai-South Indian Style Curd Vada-Dahi Vada Recipe

I love thayir vadas a lot but me being health conscious, avoid eating deep fried dishes. But why should we give up foods we love. We can still enjoy them, all you need is a paniyaram pan/appe pan. I have made these vadas with minimum oil using paniyaram pan. I make most of the fried delicacies using paniyaram pan like corn cheese balls, beetroot kola urundai, instant wheat flour appams, koftas etc. Today we will learn how to make guilt free, low fat South Indian style thayir vadas following this easy recipe with step wise pictures.

Thayir vadai-South Indian style

Thayir Vadai-South Indian Style Curd Vada

Thayir Vadai-South Indian Style Curd Vada

 Prep Time : 15 mins
 Cook Time : 20 mins 
 Yields: 17 Dahi vadas
 Recipe CategoryLow Fat Snacks-Tiffin
 Recipe CuisineSouth Indian

   Ingredients needed

   Whole Urad dal (skinned) - 1/2 cup
   Raw Rice - 1 tbsp
   Salt needed
   Hing - a generous pinch

   For the Curd Mixture

   Curd - 2 cups
   Grated coconut - 2 tbsp
   Ginger - 1/2 inch piece
   Green chilli -1
   Salt needed

   Oil - 1 tsp for each vada

   For the Seasoning

   Oil - 1 tsp
   Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
   Curry leaves - a sprig

   For Garnishing

   Grated carrot as needed
   Kara boondi as required
   Red chilli powder
   Coriander leaves - 2 tbsp finely chopped


Wash and soak urad dal (whole dal without skin) and rice together for 2 hours. Then refrigerate for 1 hour.

Grind it without water to a smooth and fluffy batter in a mixie. You can just dip your hands in water and sprinkle little water once or twice. After grinding it to a smooth batter, use the whipper button/mode to get a fluffy batter.

Add salt and hing to the batter and mix it well with your hands. Our vada/vadai batter is ready.

vada batter preparation


In a bowl, add whisked curd and little salt. Grind coconut, green chilli and ginger to a fine paste. Mix it with curd.

Heat a tsp of oil, add mustard seeds, when it splutters, add curry leaves, and pour it over the curd. Now the curd for the thayir vadai is ready.

Dahi Vada

Heat a paniyaram pan, add a tsp of oil into each of the cavity/hole. Fill the cavity with the vada batter.

Cover and cook on low heat.

South Indian vada in paniyaram pan-low fat vada

Once it starts leaving the sides, with a skewer, flip it over to the other side and cook. Cook both sides well flipping 2-3 times until all the sides are evenly browned and the vada is crisp.

South Indian Style Curd Vada

Soak vada in lukewarm water for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, squeeze the water from the vada gently and let it cool. Then add to the seasoned curd mixture.

how to make thayir vada

Garnish with grated carrot, finely chopped coriander leaves and karaboondi. Sprinkle little chilli powder (optional) and enjoy this guilt free, healthy thayir vada/dahi vadas.

Hotel style thayir vadai

Enjoy making these for Diwali or any time you crave for these delicacies. Check out more than

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More dishes using paniyaram pan

Corn cheese balls 

Sooji Appams 

Beetroot Kola Urundai 

Instant Wheat flour appam (sweet appam)

Egg Masala Appams

Sweet Paniyarams 

Masala Kara Kuzhi Paniyarams 

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  1. I think this is indeed very very clever, using paniharam pan and not deep frying and getting sick. Very clever, thank you so much!

  2. good idea to use paniyaram pan. may i know which pan you are using.Thank you.The thayir vadas looks sooo tempting..........

  3. Hi is it urad or urad gota that needs to be used for this?

    1. It is just regular whole skinned urad dal (without skin).


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