Gluten-Free South Indian Curd Idli | Thayir Idli | Dahi Idli is a delicious summer meal or snack recipe. This will make a perfect light iftar dinner too. Soft idlis soaked in creamy and mildly sweet and salty tempered curd is a delicious combo. Do give this recipe a try!
Growing up in a family where recipes are rarely tweaked and experimented, I have come a long way. I have penned many recipes in my diary over the years But only after my marriage I started to experiment with cuisines, recipes, ingredients, etc;. Being boss of my own kitchen gives me the freedom to experiment and experience the flavours by cooking different recipes. Though the regular menu of my house is mostly dal, chawal, roti and sabzi with seasonal pickles and accomplishments I sometimes take liberty of being boss and try out new recipes. Let me tell you my taste buds crave for something new every day… 🙂
Our today’s recipe Thayir Idli is one such recipe which I came across while browsing through my Instagram feed. If you are a reader of my blog, then you know how much I love dahi vadas and I make them very often for Iftar during Ramadan. Taking the risk of tweaking my favourite recipe of dahi vada for dahi idli is something really worth trying. I am in love with this soft and creamy curd idlis that these have become our summer meal these days.
South Indian Special Thayir Idli Recipe
Warm and soft idlis dunked in creamy and lightly spiced tempered curd, when hit your taste buds they just salivate, riding your senses smoothly to the gastronomical heaven. Thayir (Curd) Idli (South Indian Steamed Lentil Mini Cakes) is mostly a South Indian Recipe. This is easy to make recipe. The good thing about this recipe is unlike dahi vadas, where vadas are usually deep fried, here idlis are steamed and are gluten free. You can make these thayir idli for brunch or in snack or for breakfast. These can be a hearty meal on hot and humid summer day.
Must-Try Curd or Dahi Recipes,
Burhani – A sweet and savory Bangladesh special drink recipe.
Dahi Chawal ki Tikki – Soft melt in mouth tikkis made with leftover rice and curd.
Kodo Millet Curd Rice – Gluten-free summer special light meal recipe made with grainy millet and creamy curd.
Dahi Bhalla – Spicy, creamy and delicious street food of North India.
Dahi Vada – Crisp vadas in creamy curd, a popular festive and party recipe.
Tips to make Perfect Curd Idli
- Leave the idlis to come down to room temperature before adding them to the whisked curd.
- Make this recipe just 15 minutes before serving. If you soak idlis in curd for long, they may turn soggy and may not taste good.
- You can even garnish with grated carrots.
- Garnish with karam podi/chaat masala to make this Thayir Idli spicier.
South Indian Curd Idli Recipe
Gluten-Free South Indian Curd Idli | Thayir Idli | Dahi Idli is a delicious summer meal recipe or snack recipe.
- 8-10 Idlis
- 1 cup or 250 g Curd
- ½ tbsp. Sugar
- Salt, as per taste
Tempering | Tadka
- ½ tbsp. Mustard deeds
- ½ tbsp. Cumin seeds
- 2 Green chilies, finely sliced
- 2 dry Red chilies
- ½ tbsp. Chana dal
- 1 tbsp. Oil
- 1 sprig Curry Leaves
- 1 cup Khara Boondi
How to make South Indian Curd Idli | Thayir Idli
- Take curd in a bowl and whisk it by adding sugar and salt. Whisk till there are no lumps.
- Add idlis to this, until idlis are fully covered with curd. Set this aside.
- In a skillet, add oil and to this add mustard seeds, cumin seeds, green chillies, dry red chilies and curry leaves.
- When the curry leaves start to change color turn off the flame and pour this tempering over idlis which are soaked in curd.
- Garnish with kara boondi and serve immediately.
- Add love to make these south Indian Curd Idli | Thayir Idli taste ‘Yummy’.
Lubna's Serving Suggestions:
Curd Idli or Thayir Idli is served cool. You can make idlis and curd ahead and refrigerate them till use.
Quick Dahi Idli Chaat Recipe
Make a quick and delicious dahi idli chaat by adding hari and lal chutney on top of this curd idlis.
Instead of boondi, you can add sev too.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 244Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 8mgSodium: 390mgCarbohydrates: 39gFiber: 2gSugar: 7gProtein: 7g
this look so yummy! I’m so glad I discovered your site – I’m in the middle of putting together recipes from various places all into one binder for easy use in the kitchen. I think I will be back for more! 🙂
Dilraz Kunnummal says
I have never seen idli looks so glorious!
It looks like something straight out of a Michelin star restaurant 🙂
Farhana Sharmeen says
Salam. Do you have an idli recipe using rice only, without using any lentils? I would appreciate if you have any.
Salma Mehajabeen says
I dont eat curd butthis was a hit in my family always. You reminded me the college days of mine. Have you tasted thayir semiya. It will be yummy.
An Introverted blogger says
I love having Vegetarian options for snacks and side dishes! This seems like a good one to have in the books!
Wow! You always seem to be making something new and exotic… looks Amazing!
What a great idea of using idlis instead of vadas in dahi…In Sha Allah must try a hand on this very soon.