Saturday, August 29, 2009

Thavala vadai (Chettinadu)

I love certain Chettinadu vegetarian cuisines. I love this thavala vadai which is very crispy and tasty. All of us in our family love this vadai, I make it once in a while and I even treat the guests with this vadai, and they all love it.
Tur dhal (red gram dhal) -1/2 cup
Urad dhal (black gram dhal) -1/2 cup
Chana dhal (bengal gram dhal) -1/2 cup
Boiled rice -3/4 cup
Ginger -1 1/2 inch piece
Green chillies -3
Grated fresh coconut -1 cup
Oil for frying
Salt - as required

For grinding:
Red chillies -3
Asafoetida (hing) a pinch

Soak the dhals and rice for 1 hour.
Filter the water and grind them with red chillies and hing.Do not add water while grinding, make it a coarse batter.
Finely chop the ginger and green chillies.
In a pan pour oil, add mustard seeds, chopped ginger and finely chopped green chillies and curry leaves and add this to the coarse batter with fresh grated coconut.
Now wet your palm with water and take balls of the batter and flatten it in your palm and put it in the oil and deep fry.
Now the vadais are ready for consumption.
You can have these vadais with either coconut chutney, tomato onion chutney or green coriander or pudina chutney.



  1. very interesting thavalai vadais.

  2. i just made 2 days back...check mine too if you have time......

  3. Hi , thanks for visiting mine..U too have a nice blog ..ur recipes r authentic ..Good..thavala vadai looks really yumm.I too make it but add red chillies :)

  4. Hi sailaja I shall certainly look into ur recipe of thavala vadai

  5. Looks yum and authentic! Lovely chettinadu version!

  6. Im so hungry...can i grab those? So gud for anyday any time ;)

  7. Nice pictures...I love these vadais...I make them when I prepare some spicy gravies or kozumbu with rice :)

  8. I tried this vadai and came out very well. Though I used a slightly different version, your blog post only made me remember that vadai. Thanks dear.