Adai | Lentil Dosa | Lentil Flapjacks

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Adai is a delicious protein-rich rice and lentils pancake from the South Indian cuisine. A vegan dish.

The recipe shared here is a basic adai recipe that I make. Each household has its own proportions and the types of lentils they use. Also, the spices and seasonings added can vary from family to family. Adai is served with a variety of things like Idli Podi, homemade butter, jaggery, aviyal or even a choice of fresh chutney on the side.

Tips For Making Adai

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • For soaking lentils you can soak them for 2 to 3 hours or even overnight.
  • Herbs and spices can be added less or more as per your requirements.
  • For the rice you can use either regular variety of rice or parboiled rice.

2 cups rice,
1 cup urad dal,
½ cup tuar dal,
¼ cup chana dal,
1 inch size whole asafoetida,
3-4 whole red chillies,
5-6 curry leaves,
Salt as per taste

1.) Soak the rice and lentils for approximately 7-8 hrs.
2.) In a separate bowl soak the asafoetida and red chillies in half a cup of water.
3.) Grind all the ingredients in a grinder to form a paste. It should be mildly granular in consistency. Add salt to taste.
4.) Chop curry leaves, and add to the paste.
5.) In a non stick tawa, put a ladle full of batter and spread it like pancake.
6.) Serve it hot with jaggery, homemade butter, and spiced tomato chutney.

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  1. Wow really a sinful indulgence. I just had breakfst and pics making me hungry all over again…

  2. your blog ate my comment!! 🙁 … the pics are sooper as usual…. at k’s too they have it with white butter and vellam….

  3. Hi jayashree, Adai vellam &tomato chutney looks amazing…n yum. Adai vellam is my hubby's favorite:)