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I know most of you must  be wondering what sort of vadai that is. I wondered too. On my last visit to India, our friend, Prabhu came home...

Thata Vadai/ Disc Vadai

I know most of you must  be wondering what sort of vadai that is. I wondered too. On my last visit to India, our friend, Prabhu came home with a bag of 30 plus of these vadai's, which were hot off the stove. The whole room smelt of a tea shop and in minutes all the vadai's were gone. I am sure everyone in our house must have had multiple vadai's. Remember that these are no normal sized vadai's . They were bigger than your palm and as big as a CD disc. Prabhu was nice enough to get me this recipe and here I am sharing it with everyone. It has been drizzling this morning, which reminded of Coimbatore in June/ July and to enjoy the weather, I decided to make the thatai vadai, that is sold in my home town and have my hot cup of elachi chai.  Valzhalga Prabhu!!

Frying Pan
Cutting Board
Aluminum Foil
Draining Spatula
Paper Towel
Measuring Cups and Spoons

Makes 5 Vadai's 

All Purpose Flour/ Maida - 2 cups
Rice Flour - 2 heaped tsp
Asafoetida - 1/2 tsp
Salt - 1 tsp plus
Green Chilies - 2 or more thinly sliced
Onion - 1 finely sliced 
Ginger - 1 tbsp grated
Garlic - 1 tbsp grated
Cilantro - 1/4 cup roughly chopped
Oil - 2 tbsp
Water - 1/2 cup plus 1 tbsp
Oil for frying ( roughly 2 cups)


1. Place the frying pan on the stove on medium heat with oil for frying. 

2.Add all the dry ingredients into a bowl. Add oil and mix well. 

3. Add all the onions, ginger, garlic, chillies and mix well with the flour.

4. Add water and form a soft dough.

5. Split the dough into 5 portions and make a ball with it. 

6. Flatten the ball of dough to lightly so that it helps in frying easily

7. On the kitchen counter, place 2 square sheets of aluminum foil. 

8. Increase the level of heat over medium high. When the oil is ready to fry, add one vadai portion into the oil and fry on both sides 40 seconds each.

9. Remove the vadai from oil and place it on one aluminum foil sheet.

10. Place the other sheet over it and flatten it with your palm and shape it to the size of a CD disc but keep it thick (1/2 inch).

11. Put the disc shaped half fried vadai back into the oil and fry on both sides until golden brown and enjoy it with a cup of hot tea. 


  1. Wonderful clicks n yummy n crispy vadas....

  2. They look like maddur vade. Very appealing ones.

  3. wow!......very interesting!looks crispy and good.

  4. Nice detailed snaps, looks delish.

  5. Its new to me...Sounds delicious...Beautiful clicks toooo.

  6. Bookmarking this right away. I can sense the aroma here!

  7. I relished these goodies sterday....and I am huge fan of this vadai....will try this recipe.....vadai looks deadly yum...

  8. So crispy and yummy, feel like having one right away..

  9. Very yummy n crispy looking vadas. Nice clicks too....

  10. wow, that looks delicious, love the texture and how nice they have come :)

  11. yummy and crispy vadas...make me hungry

  12. It looks like madhur vada .Nice recipe & click.

  13. yummy...i eat this when going by train.

  14. Looks like this is what madhur vadai is as most bloggers are mentioning in the comments. Well! they called it thata vadai in cbe.

  15. Thatta vadai looks super tempting and yummy..yep sounds exactly like the famous madhur vada..

  16. Thata vadai looks delicious, nice one to vada collection need to try them.

  17. wow really tempting...luks brilliant.

  18. Wow! This looks yum! am a big fan of vadais and this looks so good!

  19. Those look amazingly delicious - would LOVE to have a few now!