Salem Thattu Vadai Set

Thattu vadai is a famous street food item in Salem. My husband is from Salem and he is very fond of this Thattu vadai set. We always do a pit stop at the road side shop to eat this whenever we go to salem. Honestly, I have not seen any other place where you can find so many vendors selling snack items like in Salem. And almost all the shops will be equally crowded as well 😀

I decided to make thattu vadai set for Father’s day. If you have thattais available, it can be done so easily! You need two types of chutney for this – a red chutney and a green chutney. I have used my spicy garlic chutney in this recipe. You can use tomato onion chutney as well. This thattu vadai set should be eaten as a whole just like a Pani puri. So, I have made bite size thattais for making this one. You can also make Nurukku – which is another street food item, using the same ingredients that is used here.


Makes : 8 thattu vadai setsPrep time: 20 mins

For Thattu vadai set:

Grated carrot1/2 cup
Grated Beetroot1/2 cup
Finely chopped onion1/2 cup
Green chutney2 tbsp
Spicy red chutney2 tbsp
Salt1/2 tsp
Lemon juice1 Tbsp
Coriander leaves1/4 cup

For Green chutney:

Mint leaves1/4 cup
Coriander leaves1/4 cup
Green chillies3
Salt1/2 tsp
Wateras needed
Oil1/2 tsp
Lemon juice1 tsp

For Red Chutney:

Garlic cloves15
Dried red chillies7-8
Kashmiri red chillies5
Tamarindgooseberry size
Tomato1/8 cup
Salt1 tsp
WaterAs needed
Mustard1 tsp
Sesame oil2 tsp


Green chutney:

  • Heat oil in a pan, add the mint and coriander leaves. Saute them for a minute. Switch it off before the leaves wilt.
  • Let it cool down a bit and grind them in a mixer along with green chillies and salt.
  • Add water just enough to run the mixer.
  • Finally add the lemon juice and keep it aside.

Red chutney:

  • Heat oil in a pan, add the red chillies followed by the garlic cloves. In a medium flame, fry until the garlic cloves are browned.
  • Add the chopped tomatoes and let them turn mushy. Switch it off.
  • After the garlic mixture cools down, grind them along with tamarind and salt.
  • Temper with mustard and curry leaves.
  • Red chutney is ready!

Thattu Vadai set:

  • Grate the carrots and beetroot.
  • In a mixing bowl, add the grated carrots, beetroot, chopped onions, coriander leaves, salt and lime juice. Mix them well together.
  • Gather all the ingredients and keep them ready.
  • Take one thattai and apply green chutney on one side of it generously.
  • In another thattai, apply the spicy red chutney on one side.
  • Now take about a tbsp of the carrot-beetroot mixture and place it on top of the green/red chutney smeared thattai and sandwich the other thattai on top.
  • Repeat the process for the remaining thattais.
  • That’s it! Enjoy the Thattu vadai set from the streets of Salem in the comfort of your home 😀


If you have left-over ingredients, you can make Nurukku with it. Kai murukku is usually used in making nurukku. But any kind of murukku will work. In the carrot-beetroot mixture, add a 1 tsp of green and red chutneys. Break the murukku into smaller pieces and add it to the veg mixture. That’s it! Nurukku is ready. I couldn’t get a mixture as we finished it off just by doing a taste-test 😛 I will update it later when I make them again.

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