Adai Recipe

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This Adai recipe is an easy, healthy and very nutritious protein-packed recipe from south Indian Cuisine! Sharing my mom’s special recipe, I guarantee your entire family will fall in love with this Adai dosa recipe!

Adai dosa served in brown plate

This recipe was originally published in June 2014. It has been updated with contents and Photos.

What is Adai dosa?

This Chettinad Adai Dosa or kara adai dosa is the famous South Indian breakfast recipe, this dish is prepared using a combination of dals like channa dal, moong dal, urad dal and rice along with chillies, curry leaves, fennel seeds.

This batter is not usually fermented.

It is usually served with Avial or jaggery.

Why this recipe works:

1. It is packed with protein! A healthy alternative to your regular dosa.

2.Incredibly delicious. All the dals and other ingredients altogether make it truly perfect!

3. You need not ferment the batter! Once you grind the batter just make it fresh and serve.

4.Can be served for breakfast/brunch/dinner! Anytime it works perfectly fine!

How to make Adai recipe with step by step pictures:

rice and channa dal soaked in water in white bowlIn a bowl, soak all the dals and rice for 4 hours.

 

garlic,chilli, curry leaves, coriander, fennel seeds are taken on bowl and plates
These all the ingredients to grind, I have taken garlic, dry red chillies, curry leaves, fennel seed, coriander leaves.
fennel seeds, garlic, coriander leaves are in blender
Add all these ingredients to a blender.
spice paste in blender
Add little water and grind to a puree.
rice and dal in blender
To the same blender, add soaked dals and rice and grind coarsely to puree.
adai batter is in glass bowl
Grind remaining rice and dal, adding little water and grind to a puree. Collect in a bowl.
chopped onions are being added to batter in glass bowl
Add chopped onions
Adai batter is being mixed using spoon in glass bowl
Add salt and mix well.
Adai crepe is being cooked in iron pan
Heat tawa/dosa pan. pour over the batter and spread evenly to make a thick adai, drizzle some oil around the dosa. Cook for 1 minute and flip and cook till they turn to a golden brown colour.

 

Adai dosa served in blue plate with cup of curry aside

Tips to make the best Adai Recipe:

1. Soaking the dal and rice for a minimum of 4 hours That helps the dals to soften and easy to grind.

2. I have used my blender to grind the batter, if your making in large quantity, some people prefer grinding in the grinder. However, blender works perfectly fine for me.

3. The adai batter has to be coarsely ground for the right consistency.

4. The consistency has to be little thicker than the regular dosa batter. So add water little by little to get the right consistency.

5. You can drizzle some ghee for more flavours.

FAQ:

How do you serve these?

Adai can be served with jaggery or the classic way to serve is with Avial.

How long can I refrigerate the adai batter?

Adai batter can be refrigerated for 2 days! Just grind the batter and store in a proper air-tight container.
Just before you make adai, add freshly chopped onion and mix the batter.

Other Recipes you would like to try:

Neer Dosa

Chennai Vada Curry

Sabudana Khichdi

Broken Wheat upma

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Adai Dosa Recipe


  • Author: Nithya Narasimhan
  • Prep Time: (Soaking time) 4 hours
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 4 hours 10 minutes
  • Yield: 15 pieces 1x

Description

This Adai recipe is an  easy, healthy and very nutritious protein packed recipe from southindian Cuisine! Sharing my mom’s special recipe, I guarantee your entire family will fall in love with this Adai dosa recipe!


Ingredients

Scale
  • 1 cup Onion (finely chopped)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 Tablespoon Oil
  • To soak:
  • 1 cup Par boiled Rice (Idly rice)
  • 1/2 cup Channa dal
  • 1/4 cup Moong Dal
  • 4 Tablespoon Urad dal

To Grind:

  • 1 Tablespoon Fennel Seeds
  • 10 – Dry red chillies
  • 15 Garlic pods.
  • 2 Tablespoon Coriander leaves (finely chopped)
  • 1 sprig Curry Leaves.

Instructions

  1. Firstly, Wash and soak the rice and all the dals together for 3 to 4 hours.
  2. To a blender, add fennel seeds, dry red chillies, garlic, coriander leaves, curry leaves and add 2 tables spoon of water. Grind to a puree.
  3. To the same blender, drain out the water, add soaked rice and dal.
  4. Pulse for few seconds to a blend the dal and rice. Similarly, add all the rice and dal mixture and grind to a puree. (Add little water to grind 1/4 cup to 1/2 cup water, the consistency has to thicker than the normal dosa batter)
  5. Collect in a bowl, add finely chopped onions, salt. Mix well.
  6. Over a hot Tawa, pour over the batter and spread evenly to make a thick adai, drizzle some oil around the dosa. Cook for 1 minute and flip and cook till they turn to a golden brown colour.
  7. Adai is ready to be served!

Notes

Tips to make best Adai Recipe: 

Soaking the dal and rice for minimum of 4 hours That helps the dals to soften and easy to grind.

I have used my blender to grind the batter, if your making in large quantity, some people prefer grinding in grinder. However, blender works perfectly fine for me.

The adai batter has to be coarsely ground for the right consistency.

The consistency has to be little thicker than the regular dosa batter. So add water little by little to get the right consistency.

You can drizzle some ghee for more flavours.

  • Category: Breakfast/Dinner
  • Method: stovetop
  • Cuisine: indian

Keywords: adai recipe, adai dosa, recipe adai

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3 Comments

  1. Sujata Sundaresh says:

    I tried it and it came out very tasty. Thank you for sharing the recipe.

    1. Nithya Narasimhan says:

      Hi Sujata, Thank you so much. I’m so glad you liked it.

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