Explosions in My Mouth

100 Happy Days – Day 57

Happiness is Thairvada! πŸ˜€

Thair/Dahi = Curd
Uzhunnu = Urad Daal
Vada = Vada πŸ˜›
I used to hate Uzhunnuvada. I did not like its taste and so, whenever Amma bought Vada, she bought Parippuvada for me.
I don’t remember when it happened, but one fine day I ate thairvada and I liked it. I wasn’t too fond of it. But didn’t mind eating them.
Soon after this, I left to Puttaparthi to complete my schooling. Those were the days of group studies and ‘night foods’. Since 10th & 12th class students had so much to study, we had a fifth meal which was our night food. We used to wait restlessly for the call and it used to come around 10 PM. We used to run to the dining hall excitedly.
Among other things, they gave us bread & malai, fruits and of course our topic of discussion – Thairvada (aka Dahivada)! We knew the Dahi vada day. If we had Idli & Vada for breakfast, that night’s ‘night food’ would be Dahi vada. They make extra vadas for breakfast & soak them in curd for the night.
As we walk in, we could see a lot of red adorning the white base. The chilly powder sprinkled atop the dahi looked delicious. The crispy vada soaked in curd simply exploded in our mouth. I can never forget the trays of vadas arranged neatly in the dining hall.
It has been very very long since I had Dahi vada. When my craving reached its peak, Amma bought some yesterday from Brindavan. πŸ˜€
I wasn’t satisfied by the looks and so, I sprinkled some chilly, chopped some coriander and garnished it.

Dahi vada with boondi

Don’t worry. It looks very enticing but it wasn’t that tasty πŸ™ But it was tasty enough for a Dahivada deprived tongue πŸ˜›
Side view of the model πŸ˜›

The best Dagi vada I have had in Kochi is from BTH (Kaloor Coffee House). Unfortunately, they closed down. If someone knows where I could get some instant, yummy Dahi vada, please let me know. I’ll think of you when I eat. Promise! πŸ˜€

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  1. Somali K Chakrabarti

    The close up shot of dahi vada with boondi is so tempting. πŸ™‚

  2. Ami (Yearful of Sundays)

    What good looking thairvada πŸ˜€ I love it too, and I think the bundi sprinkled on top adds so much to it! If you visit Indore, Joshi ke Dahi Bhalle serves up some lip-smacking dahi bada πŸ™‚

    1. Rangelz

      Yes. The boondi enhances the taste. Why is Indore so far πŸ™

  3. Hargun Wahi

    Come at my place..Its my grandma’s specialty. πŸ˜‰
    And I like the side view of the model the best πŸ˜€

    1. Rangelz

      Aww that is so sweet of you to invite me over. So, where do live? πŸ˜€

      1. Hargun Wahi

        In Punjab πŸ™‚
        If ever you land here, do text me. I’ll keep that dahi vada ready πŸ˜‰

  4. Shikha04

    Come to my place. ..I’ll get some dahi-vadas made for you at home. ☺
    And your photographs are so tempting. ..soon I’ll have to make some now.

    1. Rangelz

      Another invitation! That is so sweet πŸ˜€ Tell me your place and some day, I’ll plan visit. You are also welcome to my place when you visit Cochin πŸ™‚

  5. Ravish Mani

    Hehe… I don’t like Dahi. I find its smell very repelling. I remember only a few words in Tamil now, and one of them is the phrase: “Thair Illa.” Whenever I used to order chat, I had to mention it.

    1. Rangelz

      Oh that’s my sister. She doesn’t even sit next to the Dahi vessel. She finds it very hard to keep a straight face.
      Haha that must have been a very important phrase for you πŸ˜€

  6. Shruti

    Mouth water-ingly good post πŸ™‚ You can try gokul ottupura or dwarakka. In fact you can try the BTH near Shiva temple !

    1. Rangelz

      Finally Jackpot! Yes, I totally forgot about Dwarka and Oottupura. I wasn’t counting on BTH at South. Somehow I got the feeling that it wouldn’t be as tasty as in Kaloor. I tried some from BTH in W.Island. Wasn’t good at all.
      Now that you have given so many options, I’m off. πŸ˜€ Thank you Shruti

  7. indrani

    Wow! Such a cool look. πŸ™‚ I am drooling.

    1. Rangelz

      Then hurry and grab some πŸ˜›

  8. kokilagupta

    Oh ! Do Thair is curd .. Cool .. I like curd sooooo much that I can live on it alone . so dahi vada is automatically a favorite πŸ™‚ a happy post indeed Ranju πŸ™‚

    1. Rangelz

      Me too me too! πŸ˜€ If there is only rice at home, I prefer curd. Whatever veg is prepared, I need curd. The mixture of curd & anything is heavenly! πŸ˜€

  9. UK

    Very honest.. πŸ™‚ Liked it

  10. kokilagupta

    sorry ranju ,blogging from mobile has its own disadvantage ! I am doing these typos left ,right and center πŸ™

    1. Rangelz

      It’s alright, I sort of guessed it. Worry not πŸ˜€

  11. Bogglehead

    Wow, my mouth waters just looking at that… Dahi vada is my favorite too πŸ™‚

    1. Rangelz

      Welcome to the club! πŸ˜€

  12. Shruti gopinath

    Do I see mixture on the dahi vada? πŸ˜› I am also a paripuvada person, but ippo I love uzhunn vada too the crispy ones. And yes, the rasa vadas and sambhar vadas! Oh! Food food food. :-D. But the ones you get here arent so good. Back in tvm I used to go to arya nivas every sunday to have breakfast! Kothi aakua enik.

    1. Rangelz

      Yeps πŸ˜› I have seen only the boondi. Mixture is a first.
      I think going away from home made you like Uzhunnu vadas. Thats what happened to me. πŸ˜›
      Rasam & sambar vada, me too! πŸ˜€
      Every Sunday oh?
      When u come to Kerala, we will go on a food spree πŸ˜›

  13. teny

    Enikku thairu sahikkan pattilla – otherwise I would have known a place for you πŸ˜€

    1. Rangelz

      Nannai. I’ll have your share of curd in the world πŸ˜›

      1. teny

        You can have it; whenever you want πŸ˜› People who come to have food with me always have that special offer πŸ˜€

          1. teny

            Prathekshicho! πŸ˜€

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