Friday, May 7, 2010

"Thayir Vadai", Deep Fried Lentil Dumplings In Seasoned Yogurt Sauce

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If there is a tricky recipe,this has to be it. What I mean is, if you don't grind it to a right consistency, they can't be shaped like doughnuts which is how they are supposed to look like. All I can say is, practice makes it perfect. And they are called "Methu Vadai" and if you dunk them in Yogurt Sauce they become "Thayir/Dahi Vadai". The key is to grind them WITHOUT WATER. But I did and you can see that I gave up trying to make a hole in the center.Instead used mini ice-cream scoop to spoon batter into the oil.
Sending this as an entry to International Incident Party held at Jeroxie's.
For the dumplings:
  • De-hulled Whole Black Gram(Urad Dhal) - 1/2 cup
  • Green Chillies - 3, finely chopped
  • Ginger paste - 1/2 tsp
  • Rice Flour - 1/2 tsp
  • Baking Soda - a pinch
  • Salt for taste 
  • Corn Oil for deep frying
  • Olive oil for greasing - 1 tsp
For the Yogurt Sauce:
  • Thick Yogurt - 4 cups, whipped with 3 tbsp of water
  • Cilantro - 2 tbsp, finely chopped (for Garnish)
  • Salt - a dash 
For Seasoning the Yogurt: (Entirely Optional)
  • Mustard Seeds and Split Urad Dhal - 1 tsp each
  • Corn Oil - 1 tbsp
  • Optional seasoning for Yogurt - In a skillet add a tbsp of oil and fry the Mustard seeds and Urad dhal.Add it to the Yogurt.
  • Mix the Yogurt and Salt and transfer it to a shallow bowl.
  • Wash the black gram and soak with just enough water to cover it barely. Add more water if they swell and soak for exactly an hour. No more, no less.
  • Completely drain them and grind it with ginger to a smooth paste with No Added Water if possible. Else use a tsp or 2 of cold water for grinding.
  • Add the rice flour, baking soda and salt and mix it.
  • Grease the top of a Ziploc bag and spoon 2 tbsp of the batter. Poke a hole in the center and slowly transfer it to the right hand(also greased) and gently drop it into the oil.
  • Drain them on paper towels and immediately drop it into the Yogurt. Cover them entirely and let it sit for about half an hour.
  • Garnish with Cilantro before serving.
Makes about 10 dumplings.

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  1. Hey

    Dahi vada looks mouthwatering and yummy..:-)) greatt pics too!!

  2. Lassie..what a picture dear...looks soo mouthwatering...

    Kairali sisters

  3. I too sometimes add water to vadais and end up making bonda...thatz what my husband says when I make vadais without hole :( maybe I should make thair vadai next time...yours looks so good dear...very tempting :)

  4. Oh wow, you are really tempting me to get a deepfryer! I think they great and yummy! Why do they need hole anyway? :D

  5. Thayir vadaina naan appadiye saapiduven..makes me drool..

  6. Hi
    Indeed you are correct "practice makes it perfect".
    Your look awesome.
    Have a great weekend x

  7. thair of my favorite snack.but i hardly cook this at home.but had a lot from restaurant and friends delicious..the vada looks so yummy..Lovely pictures.

  8. I never them...the darn holes! But the texture looks perfect and crispy!

  9. @Lyndsey -- Dear, I have no idea why they are supposed to have a hole..just like how a doughnut has holes, this one does too. As you can see, mine doesn't have a hole because I couldn't make one anyway.:)

  10. Seriously, those dumplings are calling out my name! Looks so delicious with the sauce!

  11. Dahi Vade...wah wah...I love this item...:)
    To fry the vadas is a bit time consuming but it's okie..We make this one line once in 2-3 months ...

  12. Thayir vadai looks really yummy. Don't worry about holes. Tastes matters

  13. Thayir Vadai sounds awesome and delicious. Husband's fav!

  14. Lassie, in my house, I have to count how many of those dry vadas actually get in the dahi... lol

    Beautiful clicks :)

  15. These sounds so delicious...but anything deepfried is my favorite.

  16. These look wonderful. I know I would love the flavor combo here. They look great to me without the holes!

  17. i love this dish...wanna grab it right away from ur pic...lovely dish and nice clicks...

  18. lovely vadas..always our favourite but i hardly make them....

  19. these look very crispy and yummy even without holes ;-)

    Hamaree Rasoi

  20. Hi CL...keep me some thayir vadais pls!!! ;)

    I love them soooooo much!

  21. I usually try to avoid anything deep fried at all costs. But I don't think I could resist trying these! They look delicious.

  22. I love yogurt a lot and anything with it. Thayir Vadais look good and yum!

  23. These sound scrumptious and terrific with the yogurt sauce!

  24. Wow mouthwatering and crispy vada... tempting...

  25. Hi dear, interessante e gustosa questa ricetta, non la conoscevo! Kisses

  26. Dear lassie
    You think I will or any one of us will believe that you could not make a hole in the Vada...? No way..
    I think you made a north Indian style Vada , what they use in Dahi Bhalla.
    Whats in a shape? I am sure it is very tasty..I love dahi vada in all its form and taste too.
    Have a nice weekend

  27. He he, vadai, my favourite. Ate them during tea time!

  28. a favourite..i always make them when I have lot of guests..

  29. hole or no hole..i can gobble them up any time...



  31. Looks mouthwatering..with these gr8 pictures..

  32. Dahi wada hole or no hole look amazing ,crispy and delicious.

  33. Tempting... I love these... nice clicks...

  34. Such a wonderful recipe. Thanks for sharing.

  35. Awesome lip smacking prep..... I remember my Maa in-law, every time I come across this prep..... She prepares awesome dahi vadas for the fest of HOLI.... I love the way it tastes & melts in my mouth..... Looking forward to taste my next serve of Dahi vadas.... Keeping fingers crossed to get a chance... very soon......

    Happy Mothers Day!!!!


  36. Tayir vadai is my favorite and these pics makes me nostalgic.

  37. Delicious vadas and loved ur version of thayir vadas. U made me crave for some now :):)

  38. aaah this looks delicious...
    We also prepare a similar dish called Dahi Wada !
    These blogs are making me feel more and more that Indian is such a large and diverse country !

  39. OMG... I want to make this. Thanks for joining... will link up once my post is up.

    Thanks again for joining. YUM!

  40. Ooh, Vegetarian dumplings! Will definitely have to try these soon. Happy International Dumpling Incident Party day :)

  41. Absolutely delicious, thank you for this recipe! I discovered wadai with my Sri Lankan friends a couple of weeks ago (and just posted about it, actually) and have been thinking about deep fried lentils every since.

  42. Very nice job..even if tricky to make. With lentils they are hardy indeed but lightened with the yogurt. Yumm

  43. Wow, I WANT these!! They look mouthwatering!

  44. These look fantastic. I never would have thought of lentil dumplings, but I am not very well versed in the ways of Indian cooking. Thank you for introducing me to a new delight!


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