Thayir Vada | Dahi Vada | South Indian Style Thayir Vada

Dahi vada/ thayir vada/ savory Indian doughnuts in yogurt  is one recipe where the deep fried vada either made fresh or leftovers in dunked in thick curd/yogurt and seasoned with some spices.Its one of the chat items widely seen throughout India.While browsing for this recipe I saw the difference of this recipe between south and north India is the addition of chat chutneys.North Indians were with both green and sweet chutney but down south, I found they add some spice powders.

Here in this recipe I didn't add any chutney but topped it with little tomato ketchup,roasted cumin powder and little red chilly powder.Make sure that the yogurt/curd is fresh and thick.I did not stick to any authentic way in making this.


For vada:

  • Urad dal-3\4 cup
  • onion-1 chopped
  • chopped ginger-1 tsp
  • crushed black pepper-1\2 tsp
  • curry leaves-few,crush into pieces and add.
  • salt-to taste
  • oil-to deep fry it
Other ingredients:

  • thick curd/yogurt-1\2 cup
  • salt-1\2 tsp
  • sugar-1\4 tsp
  • tomato sauce-1 tsp
  • roasted jeera powder-1/2 tsp
  • red chilly popwder-1/2 tsp
  • coriander leaves


1.Clean the urad dal and soak in water for around 2 hours.Drain water and grind into fine,fluffy paste with very little water.Transfer it to a bowl.

2.To it  add all other except oil listed in "for vada" and mix well.Heat oil in the pan.Take a ball of dough flatten in pan ,make a hole in centre and drop it into hot oil and fry it.Do the same for all dough.When done drain excess oil .

3.Take some clean water and dip each fried vada in it and place it in the serving tray.Mix little sugar and salt in curd and pour over the arranged vada.sprinkle chilly.cumin power over.Drizzle some sauce over it.

garnish with coriander leaves and serve.

thayir vada / dahi vada

P.S. this is my own version of thayir vada.  ;)

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