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Thayir vadai recipe | south indian style curd vadai

by Jeyashri suresh

Thayir vadai | Dahi Vada |Curd vadai recipe is made at most of the homes with leftover Vadais, but my mom always makes Thayir vadai with freshly made Vadais as we all love curd vadais. Today I am sharing the recipe of how to make South Indian style curd vadai. I couldn’t make a very detailed step wise instructions as how to make vadais. Please follow my Medhu vadai recipe and just omit the onions in the recipe and follow the rest of the procedure. Check out my Rasa vadai and Sambar vadai recipe too. Also check the north indian style dahi bhalla too

Thayir vadai recipe

  Preparation Time : 15 mins + 1 hour soaking time| Cooking Time : 45 Mins |Serves: 4

     Ulundu vadai   4
     Scrapped coconut   4 tblsp
     Cashew nuts   6-7
     Curd |yogurt    1/2 cup + little extra if needed
     Milk   2 tblsp
     Cumin seeds | jeera  1/4 tsp
     Salt   to taste
     Oil   1 tsp
     Mustard seeds   1/4 tsp 
     Carrot grated   2 tblsp
     Boondi  2 tblsp (to garnish)
     Coriander leaves    few 
     Curry leaves   few
     Asafoetida  2 pinches  

curd vada

  • Check out my Ulundu vadai recipe for detailed instructions on how to make vada.
  • After making vadais ,drain the excess oil in a kitchen towel.
  • Boil 2 cups of water in a saucepan.  When the water starts boiling, switch off the flame and pour the water into a wide bowl.
  • Immerse the vadais into the water.
  • Let the vadais get soaked for 10 minutes. The vadas will get double in size after getting immersed in the hot water.
  • Take out the vadas from water and gently squeeze out the excess water.
  • This process is to make the vadais more soft and to absorb the curd into it.
sambar vadai 8

  • Soak the cashew in hot water for 10 minutes . Drain the water and grind the coconut, cashew, green chili and cumin seeds into a fine paste. Add little water or milk for grinding. You can use yogurt also for grinding.
thayir vada
  • Beat the rest of the yogurt with a hand beater and mix the ground coconut mixture to the yogurt. Add salt. Temper with mustard seeds,asafoetida and curry leaves.
  • Ensure the yogurt is not sour. If it is slightly sour, add 2 tblsp of full cream milk to this.
  • Ensure the curd mixture is chilled.
thayir vadai 2

  • Place the soaked, squeezed vadas in a serving plate. Pour the yogurt mixture to this.
thayir vadai 3.
  • Add grated carrot and boondi to this. Serve immediately.
thayir vadai 4
  • After adding the coconut mixture if you feel the consistency if thick, add few tblsp of beaten yogurt to this while serving.
Thayir vadai


  1. After dipping the vadai in hot water, you can soak it in butter milk to infuse little extra curd to the vadais.
  2. Never use too sour yogurt to make thayir vadais.
  3. You can make this in advance say 3-4 hours before serving. Just before serving add some more seasoned yogurt and garnish with carrot,coriander leaves and boondi.

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Maha Gadde January 8, 2013 - 3:16 am

Delicious vadas….

Nivedhanams Sowmya January 8, 2013 - 3:19 am

Oh I love these!!! and pictures are super tempting as usual!!!
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Shabitha Karthikeyan January 8, 2013 - 3:29 am

Those look super cute !!! Nicely done Jey !!

prathibha Garre January 8, 2013 - 3:36 am

Nice vadas..love to eat them anytime

Arthy Suman January 8, 2013 - 4:06 am

Lovely this is my mom's favorite…

Unknown January 8, 2013 - 4:17 am

more than the plain vadai i just looooove thayir vadais….

Hamaree Rasoi January 8, 2013 - 4:19 am

Mouthwatering vadas. Thanks for posting.

Sangeetha Nambi January 8, 2013 - 4:34 am

All time favorite…

Sangeetha Priya January 8, 2013 - 4:59 am

super tempting vadas, great clicks!!!

Chitra January 8, 2013 - 5:58 am

My fav.. Very tempting 🙂

WeR SAHM January 8, 2013 - 6:09 am

super clicks!!! it tempting me to eat right away!!!!

Veena Theagarajan January 8, 2013 - 7:00 am

My fav vada / snack.. Love it anytime..

Vijayalakshmi Dharmaraj January 8, 2013 - 7:31 am

Nice photography…

APARNARAJESHKUMAR January 8, 2013 - 8:38 am

My all time favourite jey! even i like to do it with fresh vadai

Sayantani January 8, 2013 - 9:22 am

oh my God that looks so irresistible. such plump vadai…love your clicks.

PT January 8, 2013 - 11:06 am

delicious vadai.. nice clicks..

Priya January 8, 2013 - 11:51 am

Any leftovers there,am inviting myself to ur place.

Shama Nagarajan January 8, 2013 - 12:36 pm

super tempting and inviting

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Kalpana Sareesh January 8, 2013 - 2:10 pm

delicious n yummylicious looking vadas..

Sushma Madhuchandra January 8, 2013 - 2:11 pm

Though I make mosaru vade, I never tried adding a coconut, green chilli paste! Will try it next time!

Kalpana Sareesh January 8, 2013 - 2:13 pm

n btw i never knew it has to be soaked in hot water.. i jus soak in plain water will do it.. n thanks for the info..

divya January 8, 2013 - 2:20 pm

super tempting and inviting

Julie January 8, 2013 - 3:23 pm Reply
Sharmilee! :) January 8, 2013 - 3:24 pm

This is my fav both the chaat style and south indian style….lovely colorful clicks!!

Sangeetha January 8, 2013 - 3:25 pm

too tempting thayir vadai…well made, loved your version, will try it sometime soon 🙂

Nalini's Kitchen January 8, 2013 - 3:55 pm

My all time favorite,whenever go saravanan bhavan the first thing I order is Thayer vadai,looks tempting and perfectly made…

Hema January 8, 2013 - 4:04 pm

Looks so tempting, nicely presented..

Laavanya January 8, 2013 - 5:18 pm

Thayir vadai is such a favorite of mine… so tempting.
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Vardhini January 9, 2013 - 5:12 am

One of my favorite vadais :). Hope you had a nice vacation and happy new year.

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Jayanthi Karthikeyan January 9, 2013 - 6:15 pm

Thayir Vadai looks so delicious..

Rumana Ambrin January 24, 2013 - 12:08 pm

Ohh. I love this recipe and will try soon..

Bharathy February 1, 2013 - 12:25 pm

My husband will writafy his whole swathu if he is served thayir vadai in pakku mattai cup topped with karaboondi. I have never tried thayir vadai 🙂 hope he doesnt see this post ;). Looks absolutely delicious, Jey!! 🙂

hermaini grengel March 10, 2013 - 10:49 pm

how to make Karadaiyan Nombu adai Indian recipes both sweet and savory version following our easy recipes.

Renu dvg July 24, 2016 - 7:28 pm

easy recipe…will try soon.Thanks.


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