The wonder called ‘Thayir Saadam’

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Yeah, it’s a wonder. Cool, refreshing, awww, it’s a gift from God!
Things about thayir saadam that I can fondly remember:
** An aunt or grandmother seating all the kids around her and giving each one a bit of thacchi mammu in her hand – with a dash of vetha kuzhambu (it’s actually called something else, but I don’t know what!), or maavadu or oorugai
**The curd rice I used to take to school for lunch inevitably everyday, and though I would complain incessantly to my mom to give something else, I would feel weird if I didn’t have it even for one day!
**How this was the only food that I could gobble up within minutes, considering you can comfortably alter its consistency by adding water…
**The thayir saadam made for special occasions, with fruits, mustard seeds and sprinkled coriander leaves….
**The normal curd rice after every basic meal at home, with a bit of vetha kuzhambu or arachuvitta sambhar
God, even thinking of it makes me soooo wanna taste it now! :) The curd here is either so sour that I have to clench my teeth to let the pulippu pass on, or so bland that it’s like eating something else.
There, the simplest of food, and the best and tastiest ever!

41 comments:

Meera said...

I agree to every single word in here !!!

neighbour said...

thayir saadham is simplest and more tastiest with additives..

even here we have the problem to get a good curd.. now we are preparing curd by ourselves and that is awesome.. romba nalla irukum.. yummy yummy

டி ராஜ்/ DRaj said...

"Been there, done that"
I still remember how I longed for rasam, dosai et al. (read good southie food) when I was in Delhi.
:)

Aravind said...

Is that post a result of homesickness?
Eppo Chnnai vara???

lok said...

We use "thayir saadham" as a pet name for some sort of ppl. yenna neeyum thayir saadhama ? :)

~phobiac~ said...

aagaaa !!! thayir ssdhama !....sooperu !....esp with grapes and maavadu... apparum have u had maagalikezhangu (iyengaar style !) ?!?....nalla thachchi mammu saaptutu oru thookam pota !!....sogamma irukkum !!....

kuttichuvaru said...

thachi mammuvaa!! u makin me homesick....

the woman said...

I've heard about it at least a million times in my life but never get to taste it. Don't ask me why, I don't know why either.

Vani Viswanathan said...

Meera,
:)

neighbour,
sigh, maybe even i should try to 'make' the curd myself here!

Vani Viswanathan said...

draj,
wow...and to think i never had a clue getting curd of all things would be difficult in singapore (which, apparently, is very much like india!!)

aravind,
well, if sick of eating in s'pore is equivalent to homesickness, yeah! :P
chennai vara innum romba romba naal irukku! :(

Vani Viswanathan said...

lok,
yeah, heard of that 'pet name'....you tell me what it means, naa solren naa thayir saadam-anu! :)

phobiac,
sorry, aana anda magalikezhanga kitta vandaale naa annaanda odi poiduven! anda smell-ey namakku othukadhu!! :P sadarna thayir sadamey super, idula grapes, cashew ellam poatta heavenly!!

Vani Viswanathan said...

kuttichavaru,
ugh..i want home food too! :(

thewoman,
boy, you're missing something in life!

Priya said...

Hmm..thinking about thayir saadham from my grandma's place - they got their own cows 'n all, so the curd is like icecream - that thick and sweet and yumm! Nothing like thayir saadham with mor milagai! **drool drool**

But I've lost it these days - ever tried thayir made from toned milk? adha saapdrathukku thookku maattitu saagalaam :-(

Word verification thingie: uuthimxy - sounds vaguely familiar with eating curd - oothi mix(y) :-D

lok said...

Who
ACT as very innocent.
ACT as studious.
ACT as very calm.
ACT as very orthodox.
(Typical tamil cinema Iyer veetu heroine)

Even you know she is Acting, YOU CAN ENJOY THE ACTING.
kandippa nee thair sadam kidaiyathu thane :) :)

Sheks said...

simplest food-aa???raw rice,uncooked without thayir is simpler than this.

Ramya said...

Yeah, team it with a oorukai. Yummmmm

kausikram krishnasayee said...

my all time favi is sathumodu.....tachi mamu isnot my staple diet ....

Harish said...

one word comment only - YUCK! :(

Vidya said...

100% agree with that. It's the best and simplest and tastiest food that exists :)

Cheers :)

Vijay Ramamurthi said...

thayir saaadam thaane..
nanna panni saaapda vendi thaane :)

Venkatesh said...

Have anyone wondered the nutritional value of thacchi mammu + voorugai?? I would say it is the worst balanced diet. ;-)

Before everyone jumps on me, I used to be a thacchi mammu fan when I grew up. Yup. I can't disagree that thayir sadham + vathal kolambbu is the best combo in taste.

~phobiac~ said...

oh nee...IHateMagaaliKezhangu Case-a ?!?...u really r missin somethin !!

Vani Viswanathan said...

Priya,
Wow... at rare times i guess i've had curd that fresh.. and yeah, i tried really hard to get curd from milk-powder milk....KEVALAM~~~

lok,
Satthiyama illa! :D

Vani Viswanathan said...

sheks,
dei, raw rice,uncooked without thayir is not edible in the first place by normal humans!

ramya,
uhh, talk about it, when i've just had a depressing, bland, chinese vegetarian lunch!! :(

Vani Viswanathan said...

mark,
sathumodu-a?
wait...u mean satamudu, i.e. rasam, right?
God, I'd love to eat my mom's rasam right now....me loves rasam beyond limits too! :) (It'll invoke a very emotional post, i guess, so I stayed away from trying!)

Harish,
Chi, poda! :)

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Vani Viswanathan said...

vidya,
You hit it at the spot!

Vijay,
Yaen, kozhuppa?! Ipdi polambirken, innum panni sapdu-nu solrenga?

Vani Viswanathan said...

Venkatesh,
Hmm....my chem teacher used to say it has some value, too....(I remember distinctly coz I was sorta laughing on hearing that!) Don't remember how, though!!

Phobiac,
adhey adhey.... I peeled that thing once, and the colour and stain didn't go off my hands for a very long time! And that thing didn't smell while i was peeling it, but yeah, was terrible when I washed my hands later!

Vivhyd said...

love thayir sadam all the time.. can keep eating it... along with aloo curry, vetha kozhambu and vengayam sambhar and every spicy thing./ ahhhhh..

பக்ரிசாமி said...

நாமெல்லாம் தயிர் சாதத்தோட வடுமாங்காய் தான் தொட்டுக்கறோம்... ஆனா அந்நியன் 2 ஸ்டெப் மேலே போய் தயிர் சாதத்தோட கந்த புராணத்தையே கரைச்சு குடிச்சு சனியன்களை பந்தாடிட்டாரே!!
தயிர் சாதத்தோட மகிமையே மகிமை!!

அதெல்லாம் இருக்கட்டுங்க... 'தச்சி மம்மு'ன்னா என்னன்னு சொல்லுங்க... I am hearing it for the first time

alitheia said...

Health benefits of thayir sadham
"The West has only recently realised the benefits of curd. Scientists now believe the live bacteria in yoghurt stimulate the human immune system and kill harmful bacteria. I for one do not feel that a hearty meal is complete without curd rice. A unique feature of south Indian meal indeed! "

Yikes it has live bacteria.

Vani Viswanathan said...

vivhyd,
there, there...i think this is why i shouldn't write such posts...everyone talks of things that make me miss home food more!! :(

pakrisami,
tacchi mammu-na theriyadhu? ;) ayyo...waste!!

alitheia,
>>>>Yikes it has live bacteria.
d'oh!!!

My days(Gops) said...

thayir saadhamna enna summmava?
thayir saadham and idli are one of the wonder of tamilnadu.....

most of the "iyervaals" (brahmins) eats thrice a day........

whts the difference btwn Thayir and Yogurt?

பக்ரிசாமி said...

ஸாரி... அது கந்த புராணம் இல்ல, கருட புராணம்...

'தச்சி மம்மு'ன்னா என்னன்னே தெரியாம சாப்பிட்டுட்டு இருந்திருக்கீங்க போல தெரியுது... அதான் கண்ணடிச்சு மழுப்பிட்டீங்க!! சரி சரி, வீட்டுல கேட்டு சொல்லுங்க...

"Bacteria?! Yikes"ன்னு சொல்லிப்புட்டீங்களே... தயிரோட புளிப்புத்தன்மைக்கு யார் காரணம்னு நினைக்கறீங்க?!! நல்லெண்ணம் கொண்ட சில கிருமிகள் அடியார்கள் தான்!!

Vani Viswanathan said...

my_days_are_counted,
Difference b/w thayir and yoghurt...there are differences, but hmm, i don't really know! All I know is they just don't taste the same!!

Pakrisami,
Yeah, enakku daan 'tachi mammu'na enna-nu theriyala...(d'oh!) and hey, i didn't say 'yikes, bacteria,' alitheia did!!!

Harish said...

tachchimammum..hmmmm...
evalavu kodi kodutaalum home made tachchi mammam taste varave varaadhu...

KARY said...

I love curd rice. Good post! nJoyed reading...

neighbour said...

yemma thayir saadhamm posta maathu!!!

Vani.. I need one info.. I hope u r in Singapore.. naan india varum poodhu singaporla 8 hrs transit time.. endha edatha sutthi parklaamnu konjam theruncha sollungalaen..

Vani Viswanathan said...

harish,
YEAH!!!

KARY,
Thanks! :)

Vani Viswanathan said...

Neighbour,
pudu post poatachu!
btw, Singapore-la if you have a long transit, mostly they'll have some tours you can join...they'll take you around the city or to Sentosa, an island...

Bala said...

Hi,

Slurp! Tacchi mammu with oorugai and vatha kuzhambu , or mavadu or mor milagai or grapes or magalikkizhangu esp. with someone to put in your hands and u donno how much you have eaten on the mottai madi on a pooornima day .. like a dream