Friday, December 11, 2009

Thayir (Yogurt) Bread

As soon as I spotted this recipe at Madhuri's blog, my dinner was decided instantly that day. On my way from work, I grabbed a freshly baked loaf of garlic and herbs bread and had a hearty meal. In addition to being very different from the traditional bread combos this was super easy to make. I also realized that this could be a very quick starter recipe when you are in rush to cook for a potluck party or something. I made it the traditional South Indian thayir vadai way without adding any chat seasonings (only because I ran out of them).

Ingredients (3 - 4 servings):

Fresh bread loaf - 1/2 if big or 1 if small (you can use any variety that you prefer)
Plain yogurt - 4 to 5 cups (using a measuring cup) whisked evenly with about a cup (using a measuring cup) of water
Salt to taste

To grind into a paste:

Grated/powdered coconut - about 2 cups (using a measuring cup)
Green chillies - 5 to 6 (vary this to suit your taste)

For seasoning:

Cooking oil - 2 teaspoons
Mustard seeds - 1/2 teaspoon
Asafoetida - a couple of pinches

Procedure:

1. Cut the bread loaf into 1 inch squares (you can trim the edges if you want to, but I didn't) and set aside.
2. Heat some oil in a small pan, pop mustard seeds, add asafoetida and transfer the contents to the whisked yogurt and mix well.
3. Mix the ground paste of coconut and green chillies with the whisked yogurt thoroughly along with some salt.
4. Pour 1/3rd of the yogurt mixture on to a flat and wide container and carefully arrange the cut bread squares from step 1.
5. Pour the remaining yogurt mixture on the bread covering every little exposed surface of the bread and garnish with freshly chopped cilantro.

Note:
Like Madhuri's says, you can add all the chat seasonings to it and garnish with grated carrots as well and that will be a nice twist from this preparation :-).

I couldn't wait to have it, so I had to eat it the instant I made it ;-), but you can serve it chilled. I thoroughly enjoyed every bit of it & even made this at a friend's place the week after.

38 comments:

Gulmohar said...

Thanks for sharing such a great idea..:-)

Padhu said...

A nice way to use bread.Can't wait to try this.

Mahimaa's kitchen said...

nice way to use up the bread... sounds good.

prasu said...

wow...........lovely post dear...thanks for sharing this recipe.

Rekha shoban said...

wow!!quite different combo...never had this one.

Tina said...

Great idea dear....Never tried this before...Sounds delicious and comfort.

kitchen queen said...

Wow! a lovely new recipe worth trying.

AshKuku said...

A very unique prep.... but awesome one.... I must give it a try... the look of it, itself is so mouthwatering....

Ash....
(http://asha-oceanichope.blogspot.com/)

chakhlere said...

Lovely dish. Simple yet tasty. Loved it...will surly make it this weekend.

Pari said...

I also make this a lot of times as a chaat item for my kids. I do not add coconut but actually present in a chaat form.

A 2 Z Vegetarian Cuisine said...

Bread vadai looks delicious.

Vrinda said...

Nice recipe with bread..lov anything made with yogurt,sounds easy and yumm...

shanthi said...

thanks for sharing an easy recipe

pria said...

wow, this is a grt recipe dear, so simple.

kothiyavunu said...

The combination of ingredients sound divine.
Must try this recipe.thanks for sharing.:)

Uma said...

looks so delicious. New recipe to me.

lata raja said...

I can have these anytime! simple yet delicious.

Valarmathi said...

Nice idea, looks delicious.

cookcurrynook said...

Nice! Btw, its better if you do not whisk the curd with water. If the curd gets diluted, the bread becomes too soggy. Plus, it tastes best with just thick curd whisked well, with all the masala.
You have completely south-indianised it with the coconut paste!

anubhavati said...

Hi,

First time here and loved your post. Excellent starter and an even more better snack for kids when they get home from school. Bookmarked it to try it out over the weekend.

Shobha

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Usha said...

Looks fantastic and is so simple ! Thanks for visiting my blog and your comment, the northern white beans I mentioned are available in most grocery stores in the US with that same name, you will usually find it in the aisle that keeps all the beans like pinto beans,black beans etc. I have always purchased mine at a regular grocery store here in the US....

Viki's Kitchen said...

Thayir bread looks perfectly delicous like thayir vadai. Must to try recipe.

Nostalgia said...

Awesome.. this is totally different from anything I have heard of...thanks

sangeeta said...

hey Anupama this must have been yummy with coconut in it...i have been making a stuffed dahi vada with bread with a few different ingredients...i want to make it just now...he he ..
it's so light n yummy...

RAKS KITCHEN said...

This sounds too gud,nice idea! Sure will try soon!

my kitchen said...

Interesting recipe,must try

Kitchen Flavours said...

That's new and interesting recipe...love to try it....

s said...

Delightfully unique

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Anupama said...

@ Gulmohar, Padhu, Mahimaa's Kitchen, prasu, Rekha Shoban, Tina, kitchen queen, AshKuku, chaklere, Pari, A 2 Z Vegetarian Cuisine, Vrinda, pria, Shanthi, kothiyavunu, Uma, lata raja, Valarmathi, anubhavati, Viki's Kitchen, Nostalgia, sangeeta, Raks Kitchen, my kitchen, Kitchen Flavors, s: Thank you all for those wonderful comments ladies :-).

@ Madhuri: Yes, but I didn't have enough yogurt & hence had to mix in some water for the slices that I had already cut and assembled... I know, it is indeed very bad planning...

@ Usha: Thanks for the info about Northern white beans :-)

@ AshKuku: Thanks for passing on those awards dear :-).

Malar Gandhi said...

Dear Anu,

Thayir Bread is my instant breakfast dish during my long long very long hostel days...Only stuff I never got tired of. Its a very refreshing meal to me, I am so happy that you brought all those nostalgic memories.:)

Your version sounds interesting:) No wonder you decided that instantly:)

DEESHA said...

this has so muchh less fat than dahi vada. wow

Rekha said...

Another bread recipe to try, I love the versatility of the bread recipes.

Parita said...

Wow this is so unique recipe..never heard bread and yogurt combo before..reminds me of dahi wada :-)

EC said...

Thats a quick and simple one...

simplyfood said...

An interesting recipe almost like an instant version of dahi wada.Very innovative.

Anupama said...

@ Malar: I never knew this was a well-known dish. It was totally new to me :-)

@ DEESHA, Rekha, Parita, EC, simplyfood: Thank you ladies :-).