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 sets||Prep time: 20 mins|
For Thattu vadai set:
|Grated carrot||1/2 cup|
|Grated Beetroot||1/2 cup|
|Finely chopped onion||1/2 cup|
|Green chutney||2 tbsp|
|Spicy red chutney||2 tbsp|
|Lemon juice||1 Tbsp|
|Coriander leaves||1/4 cup|
For Green chutney:
|Mint leaves||1/4 cup|
|Coriander leaves||1/4 cup|
|Lemon juice||1 tsp|
For Red Chutney:
|Dried red chillies||7-8|
|Kashmiri red chillies||5|
|Sesame oil||2 tsp|
- 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.
- 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.