adai recipe | adai dosa recipe | how to make adai (protein rich pancake)

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adai is a delicious protein rich rice and lentils pancake from the south indian cuisine. 

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adai recipe

the adai recipe shared here is a basic adai recipe which i make. each household has their own proportions and the types of lentils they use. also the spices and seasonings added can vary from family to family. so there are many variations possible and various greens or veggies can be added in adai to make it more healthy and nutritious.

tips for making adai recipe

  1. making adai is very easy. rice and lentils are soaked and then ground to a slightly coarse batter. also unlike making dosa you don’t need to ferment the batter. however, allow the batter to rest for about 1 to 2 hours as this helps in giving the adai a better taste and texture.
  2. if you ferment the batter like dosa, then what you get is adai dosa, which also tastes delicious. if you want to make adai dosa, then ferment the batter for 4 to 7 hours and then make healthy adai dosa.
  3. for soaking lentils you can soak them for 2 to 3 hours or even overnight.
  4. herbs and spices can be added less or more as per your requirements.
  5. for the rice you can use either regular variety of rice or parboiled rice.

adai is usually served with jaggery, white unsalted butter, idli-dosa podi or avial. even a tomato chutney or coconut chutney accompanies an adai well.

few more similar recipes that are made in regional indian cuisine are:

  1. pesarattu dosa
  2. besan cheela
  3. moong dal cheela

adai recipe below

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adai recipe | how to make adai recipe | adai dosa recipe

adai is a delicious protein rich rice and lentils pancake from the south indian cuisine. 

course breakfasts, main course, snacks
cuisine south indian, tamil nadu
prep time 2 hours 10 minutes
cook time 30 minutes
total time 2 hours 40 minutes
servings 3
rough calories per serving 355 kcal
author dassana amit

ingredients (1 cup = 250 ml)

for soaking

  • ½ cup regular rice or idli rice or parboiled rice
  • ¼ cup chana dal (split and husked bengal gram)
  • ¼ cup urad dal (split and husked black gram)
  • ¼ cup tuvar dal (arhar dal, pigeon pea lentils)
  • 2 dry red chilies - byadagi or kashmiri
  • 1.5 cups water for soaking

for making adai batter

  • 1.5 teaspoons chopped ginger
  • 1 generous pinch hing
  • 1 chopped green chili - optional
  • ½ teaspoon cumin seeds - optional
  • ⅔ to ¾ cup water for grinding or add as required
  • cup finely chopped onions or pearl onions or shallots
  • 2 teaspoons chopped curry leaves or 8 to 10 curry leaves - chopped
  • ¼ cup chopped coriander leaves
  • ¼ cups grated coconut - optional

other ingredients

  • salt as required
  • oil as required

how to make recipe

for soaking

  1. rinse and then soak regular rice or idli rice, chana dal, urad dal and tuvar dal and 2 dry red chilies (byadagi or kashmiri) in 1.5 cups water for 2 to 3 hours. you can also keep overnight.

making adai batter

  1. later drain all the water and add the rice, lentils and red chilies in a grinder jar.

  2. also add chopped ginger and hing. at this step you can also add 1 green chili and ½ teaspoon cumin seeds.

  3. add ⅔ to ¾ cup water and grind to a semi coarse batter. do not make the batter fine.

  4. take all the batter in a mixing bowl. cover and keep aside for minimum 20 minutes or till 1 to 2 hours.

  5. now add finely chopped onions (or pearl onions or shallots), chopped coriander leaves and chopped curry leave. you can also add ¼ cup grated coconut.

  6. add salt as required. mix very well.

making adai recipe

  1. heat a tawa and spread a bit of oil on it.

  2. take a ladle full of the batter and pour the batter on tawa. quickly spread the batter to a round circle.

  3. with a back of a spoon make a small dent or hole in the center. this helps in cooking the adai evenly.

  4. drizzle some oil in the center as well as on the sides.

  5. cook on medium-low to medium flame till the adai is crisp and golden. then flip the adai. you can also cover the adai with a lid and then cook.

  6. cook the adai on the second side till its cooked well and has golden brown spots. flip and then serve adai.

  7. you can serve protein rich adai with some white butter, jaggery, idli-dosa podi or avial. you can also pair adai with coconut chutney or tomato chutney or tomato-onion chutney.

recipe notes

  • if you want to make adai dosa, then ferment the batter for 4 to 7 hours.

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how to make adai recipe

1. rinse and then soak ½ cup regular rice (or idli rice), ¼ cup chana dal, ¼ cup urad dal, ¼ cup tuvar dal and 2 dry red chilies (byadagi or kashmiri) in 1.5 cups water for 2 to 3 hours. you can also keep overnight.

making adai recipe

2. later drain all the water and add the rice, lentils and red chilies in a grinder jar. also add 1.5 teaspoon chopped ginger and 1 generous pinch hing. at this step you can also add 1 green chili and ½ teaspoon cumin seeds.

making adai recipe

3. add ⅔ to ¾ cup water and grind to a semi coarse batter. do not make the batter fine.

making adai recipe

4. take all the batter in a mixing bowl. cover and keep aside for minimum 20 minutes or till 1 to 2 hours. however if you want to make adai dosa, then you have to ferment the batter for 4 to 7 hours and then you can make the adai dosa.

making adai recipe

5. now add ⅓ cup finely chopped pearl onions (or onions or shallots), ¼ cup chopped coriander leaves and 2 teaspoons chopped curry leaves or 8 to 10 curry leaves (chopped). you can also add ¼ cup grated fresh coconut.

making adai recipe

6. add salt as required.

making adai recipe

7. mix very well.

making adai recipe

8. heat a tawa and spread a bit of oil on it.

making adai recipe

9. take a ladle full of the adai batter and pour the batter on tawa.

making adai recipe

10. quickly spread the batter to a round circle.

making adai recipe

11. make a neat round adai.

making adai recipe

12. with a back of a spoon make a small dent or hole in the center. this helps in cooking the adai evenly.

making adai recipe

13. drizzle some oil in the center as well as on the sides.

making adai recipe

14. cook adai on medium-low to medium flame till the adai is crisp and golden from the base. you can also cover the adai with a lid and then cook.

adai recipe

15. then flip the adai.

adai recipe

16. cook the adai on the second side till its cooked well and has golden brown spots.

adai recipe

17. flip and then serve adai.

adai recipe

18. you can serve protein rich adai with some white unsalted butter, jaggery, idli-dosa podi or avial. you can also pair adai with coconut chutney or kara chutney or tomato-onion chutney.

south indian adai recipe

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i started vegrecipesofindia.com in feb 2009. it is a pure vegetarian blog and shares recipes with step by step photos that will help you to make delicious and tasty vegetarian food easily.

i am passionate about cooking from childhood and learnt cooking from my elders. having a home science degree surely enhanced my cooking & baking skills which i now share as fool proof recipes on the blog. i am trained both in mainstream indian as well as international cuisines.


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