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Adai recipe

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ADAI RECIPE
Adai recipe with video.
Adai-  Adai is a popular dosa in the South Indian cuisine made using rice and lentils.
Adai, however is made slightly thicker and is made using a coarsely ground rice and lentils batter. Unlike dosa, you do not have to ferment the Adai batter. Adai is usually made in many Tamil Brahmin households during Karthikai Deepam. This dish always brings back fond memories of my grandmother who used to make delicious Adais and we used to savour them with jaggery. Adai also pairs well with Avial or coconut chutney. I usually add generous amounts of finely chopped shallots (small onions) while making adais as it enhances the taste. Moving on to my grandmother’s recipe of Adai.

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Adai recipe

Adai recipe

Recipe Cuisine: Indian|  Recipe Category: Breakfast | Dinner
Prep Time: 10 mins + 2hrs  |  Cook time: 7 mins |  serves: 4 | Author: Jeyashri
Adai is a variety of dosa ,but it is made little thicker than dosa and it includes the addition of variety of dal also.

     Idli rice  1 cup
     Toor dal  1/2 cup
     Channa dal  1/2 cup
     Red chili 6-8
     Curry leaves  few
     Asafoetida  1/4 tsp
    Salt  as needed
    Small onions 1 cup (sliced)
    Oil  3 tsp per adai
Method:

  • Soak rice and both the dals separately in water for 2 hours.
  • Add the red chili and curry leaves to the rice.This helps to grind the red chili smoothly.
  • Grind the rice into a fine paste.You can add water while grinding.Transfer to a bowl.
  • Grind the dal coarsely without adding much of water.Add this to the bowl.
  • Mix well and add salt and asafoetida.
  • Add chopped small onions.Mix well.
  • Check the consistency of the batter. If needed add little water.
  • The batter should be little thick than the dosa batter..
  • Heat a tawa and spread 2 ladles of adai batter.
  • Spread the batter either into a thick adai or into a thin adai as per your choice.
  • Place a hole in the center.
  • Pour Oil around the circle adai and also on the hole in the center.
  • Cook both sides until it becomes crispy and turns into nice golden colour.
  • Enjoy hot with Milagai Podi or Aviyal.
                                                Video of how to make adai
                     

 

Method

    • Soak rice and both the dals separately in water for 2 hours.

  • Add the red chili and curry leaves to the rice.This helps to grind the red chili smoothly.
  • Grind the rice into a fine paste.You can add water while grinding.Transfer to a bowl.
  • Grind the dal coarsely without adding much of water.Add this to the bowl.
  • Mix well and add salt and asafoetida.
  • Add chopped small onions.Mix well.
  • Check the consistency of the batter. If needed add little water.
  • The batter should be little thick than the dosa batter..
  • Heat a tawa and spread 2 ladles of adai batter.
  • Spread the batter either into a thick adai or into a thin adai as per your choice.
  • Place a hole in the center.
  • Pour oil around the circle adai and also on the hole in the center.
  • Cook both sides until it becomes crispy and turns into nice golden colour.
  • Enjoy hot with Milagai Podi or Aviyal or jaggery.
Notes:
  1. Be generous in adding oil to the adai.
  2. Always serve this hot.
  3. You can also add a cup of drumstick leaves to the adai batter.
  4. A cup of grated coconut can be added ,in that case,onions can be omitted.

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56 comments

srividhya Ravikumar May 9, 2011 - 3:30 pm

kanna pinna crisp jayashri… tempting pa..

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admin May 9, 2011 - 3:32 pm

Thanks a lot srividhya,thats super quick indeed

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Kurinji May 9, 2011 - 3:39 pm

Lovely adai and superb clicks.
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Shanthi May 9, 2011 - 3:43 pm

kara kara moru moru adai. NIce and crispy. tempting

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Sarah Naveen May 9, 2011 - 3:43 pm

nice recipe …love to try this..looks so perfect and delicious..

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Sharmilee! :) May 9, 2011 - 4:07 pm

U give me this adai night and day…I can have it without complaining like it soo much…:) Has come out soo good

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aipi May 9, 2011 - 4:08 pm

Whoa! That looks so crisp! Delicious adai!
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Chitra May 9, 2011 - 4:28 pm

We made this sterday. We made it a bit different by adding urad dal. Urs is looking too good. I love its color .perfect !!

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Treat and Trick May 9, 2011 - 4:28 pm

Perfect and crispy adai!

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Vimitha Anand May 9, 2011 - 4:33 pm

My MIL makes this often and I just love them with a simple coconut chutney…

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Hamaree Rasoi May 9, 2011 - 5:17 pm

wow the upper crust is tempting me to have it right now !! delicious adai

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Reshmi Mahesh May 9, 2011 - 5:49 pm

Crispy yummy adai…looks delicious…

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Krithi's Kitchen May 9, 2011 - 6:18 pm

Wow… super-crispy adais… just makes me drool and reminds me that I havent done adais for a long time now.. Want to try soon… Would love to have with jaggery/sugar.. so good.. making a hole in a middle is new to me though..
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Divya.M May 9, 2011 - 6:30 pm

very nice adai….eye appealing…

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சிநேகிதி May 9, 2011 - 6:37 pm

very nice adai….

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Mahi May 9, 2011 - 6:57 pm

adai looks yummy! I make it in a different way.I will add all the lentils available at home and very little rice.;)
My hubby loves the adai-aviyal combination.

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Sukanya Ramkumar May 9, 2011 - 8:30 pm

WOW… This is my all time fav… Looking so good. YUM!

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Nisha May 10, 2011 - 2:02 am

I love adai , usually use some coconut too . Your version sounds yum too

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divya May 10, 2011 - 2:03 am

That looks so crisp! Delicious adai!

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Prathibha May 10, 2011 - 3:25 am

Looks crisp n yummy…protein packed food

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RAKS KITCHEN May 10, 2011 - 4:15 am

Wow,my favorite,just like sharmi have told,I can live with it,provided my stomach co operates with me 😉 hehe
The last pic shows in detail how yummy your adai is 🙂

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Priti May 10, 2011 - 4:17 am

Looks so crispy n perfect ….I love with jaggery too …so tempting dear ..

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Aruna Manikandan May 10, 2011 - 5:32 am

looks perfect and crispy dear…
nice clicks 🙂

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Priya's Feast May 10, 2011 - 5:49 am

I am really tempted to have a plate of this…Nice picture and eating with jaggery is very new to me

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Nags May 10, 2011 - 6:56 am

I've been meaning to make this for so long now! looks yum

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Priya May 10, 2011 - 8:02 am

Love adais with spicy coocnut chutney,looks super crispy..

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ChitraKrishna May 10, 2011 - 8:32 am

yummy adai with crispy corners…

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Prathima Rao May 10, 2011 - 8:43 am

Healthy & crispy!!! We never add onions to it…Bet it makes these delicious adais all the more tasty!!
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Rachana May 10, 2011 - 10:58 am

Adai looks so crispy and yummy!!!

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cook from doha May 10, 2011 - 12:28 pm

crispy adai……….feels like grabbing it….

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Premalatha Aravindhan May 10, 2011 - 1:15 pm

Its been long time i had this,u r tempting me…luks too gud.

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Pavithra May 10, 2011 - 2:53 pm

My fav ever..love it all time, I can eat this all day long..

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Plateful May 10, 2011 - 2:58 pm

Ohh wow, your adai looks mouthwatering! I'd love to have a piece with a cuppa…NOW!

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Sadhana Valentina May 10, 2011 - 3:42 pm

Very nice recipe dear. My fav too…

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Raji May 10, 2011 - 4:43 pm

Perfectly made crisp adai…my MIL makes wonderful and crisp adai with hole in between and pours ghee in there…too many calories but I really like it.

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Gulmohar May 10, 2011 - 6:26 pm

Love this, though it's been a long time since I made…

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Laavanya May 10, 2011 - 6:39 pm

What a coincidence.. today's dnner is methi leaves adai 🙂 I love how crispy yours looks. I'll try your method of grinding the rice first and then dhal the next time i make.

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Anonymous May 10, 2011 - 7:01 pm

I never heard of this .. But i love dosa, so I am sure i will enjoy this..
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Suparna May 11, 2011 - 5:22 am

Love the varieties of adais, ur recipe is surely a hit 😛 lovely pictorial presentation!hope to see u more often

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Sushma Mallya May 11, 2011 - 8:49 am

Lovely Recipe Jaishree looks so delicious and crispy …I surely missed ur delicious posts:)

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Padhu May 11, 2011 - 11:26 am

Looks irresistible .I love it with butter

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Sathya Sankar May 11, 2011 - 3:40 pm

Wonderful adai, looks crisp and yum!

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vidhas May 11, 2011 - 4:12 pm

Crispy and tasty adai. We all love this. adai with jaggery and butter Yum!!! lovley clicks.

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Now Serving May 12, 2011 - 12:18 am

cripsy and delicious looking adais

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Divya Vikram May 12, 2011 - 12:37 am

Love the addition of shallots. looks delicious and sounds great with jaggery.

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Shobana senthilkumar May 16, 2011 - 3:58 am

Nice crispy adai….i love it with avial…

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RENU February 15, 2012 - 5:22 am

i love adai
it s looks yummy,it goes best with jaggery….

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suja m September 17, 2012 - 6:06 pm

Adai looks great. You can add also grated carrot, cabbage to the dough. My mom even add chou chou to it. yummy way to get the kids to eat their veggies.

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Malini Kumar March 11, 2014 - 2:23 pm

Hi Jeyashri, I am new to your website. My Adai recipe is little with raw rice, chana dal & tuvar dal in equal proportions and soak them together and do a coarse grinding. Rest all same like adding shallots, etc. I also make Adai by adding a bunch of Methi leaves(Just cut them and no grinding PLEASE) and shallots of course. Ithu try panni paarungo…OORE(City) MANAKKUM…TRUST ME. NEXT TIME ONWARDS YOU WILL SAY GOODBYE TO MURUNGA KEERA ADAI.

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Ashwin April 22, 2014 - 9:14 am

Hi. I tried this proportion yesterday and it came out perfect. The colour taste and texture all were good. Thanks for sharing your grandma‘s recipe. (:

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Vaishnavi Jayandhan November 28, 2014 - 1:29 pm

Hey superb recipe

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Vaishnavi Jayandhan November 28, 2014 - 1:30 pm

Its simply superb

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Uttara Rajan June 21, 2016 - 7:29 am

Looks very tempting.. Adai being a litle heavy, i wish to have them in the morning. Is it fine if i prepare the batter the previous night, refrigerete & use it the next morning to make adai ? Will adais turn out crispy?

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jeyashri suresh June 30, 2016 - 2:34 am

Yes you cn do it. It will turn out crispy

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Shrivarthini April 15, 2017 - 10:41 pm

Good explanation

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krishnapriya April 17, 2017 - 1:19 pm

Thanks for the recipe

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