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Thayir Vadai Recipe

Thayir Vadai / Curd Vadas are my all time favourite. Usually all left over crisp vadas are made into either Sambar Vadai or Thayir Vadai. Curd is beaten, spiced and seasoned, Vadas are then soaked in warm water gently squeezed and then added to the curd to develop flavours. Usually we refrigerate curd vadas and enjoy them in the evening or next day. If you have seen my earlier post on how to make perfect crisp vadas you can use the same recipe as a base to make vadas and then make curd vadas with the left over vadas. I am this person who loves any kind of dahi based chaats and the next favourite would be Thayir vadas. They are simple and easy to make and you can garnish with carrot shavings and coriander leaves.

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Recipe - Own

Serves - 2-3 generously
Prep time - 10 mins
To make Medhu Vadai click HERE


Medhu Vadas - 4-5 nos

Curd - 2 cups
Salt - to taste
Water - 2 cups
Grated carrots - 3 tbsp
Corriander leaves - to garnish

To temper

Oil - 2 tsp

Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
Dry red chilli - 2 nos
Curry leaves - 5-6 nos
Hing - 1 pinch

To grind

Ginger - 1 inch piece

Green chillis - 2 nos (Adjust according to heat tolerance)
Grated coconut - 2 tbsp


1. Prepare the curd by beating it and transfer to the serving bowl. Now grind all ingredients mentioned under to grind and add to the prepared bowl. Mix well suing a spoon and add salt.

2. Now temper the ingredients mentioned under to temper add this to the curd mixture.
3.  After making vadas let them drain all excess oil in a kitchen towel. Once they are in room temperature heat two cups water until its hot and switch off. Soak the vadas one by one using a slotted spoon and drain excess water. The vadas will be warm so using back of a spoon press to drain excess water.
4. Now add these vadas one by one to the curd mixture Mix well and garnish with shredded carrots and coriander leaves.
Serve chilled or immediately and enjoy

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Cooks Wisdom

Tip 1

Adjust the green chilli according to spice tolerance

Tip 2

You can make the vadas plain instead of adding anything to the vada batter 

Tip 3

Always use fresh curd to make curd vadas they taste best that way. Do not use sour curd for this recipe

Tip 4

You can also dip vadas in buttermilk than in warm water

Tip 5

The reason we soak and drain vadas in water or buttermilk before adding them to thayir batter is that they will absorb the curd well and make the vadas soft


  1. looks too good.. i've always wanted to try this since long.. bt once ulundha vadai is made, it vanishes v soon.. :)

  2. My most fav one and yummy vadai akka.slurp...

  3. Yummm, feel like to indulge in :) Very tempting pics Priya
    Wishoing you and family a very Happy Pongal !!

  4. Its been ages I had these, if I remember correctly it was during my college days :) They look very tempting!!!

  5. Like the vadas soaked in Dahi. It gives a cooling effect to the vadas. It is generally more filling and healthy than the normal vadas.

  6. so delicious, irresistible vadas sis.

  7. super delicious thayir vadais, love it...

  8. Delicious and tempting Vada.. Pass me that bowl..

  9. from morning i'm craving for vadas and i'm controlling myself and now ur pics are really tempting me again... :( slurp...

  10. vada.. into rasam,, sambar..curd anything i love it.. ur pics make me drool

  11. I too love dahi based chaats, especially dahi bhallas...thayir vadai looks yummy

  12. This is something new to me. It sure looks very tasty!

  13. Looks too delicious. I always love to have curd vada than sambar vada. Love it.

  14. One of my most favorite recipe, i love it a this South Indian thayir vadai more than the Dahi chaats...yours looks absolutely delicious and tempting this version too!

  15. My all time favorite,looks so delicious and perfectly made,feel like grabbing the plate...

  16. Never tried with curd, love to make it like chat.

  17. Omg thayir vadai looks simply yummmooo , I love them plz pass me the plate :) drooling here !!

  18. Very very tempting, would love to have some right now..

  19. Wow! super tempting and irresistible.

  20. One of the lovable recipe of mine. We called it as perugu voda. Really watering in mouth after seeing this recipe. Best platform for those who are trying to learn how to cook south Indian recipes.


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