Monday, February 25, 2008


I love the crispy taste of adais and find them very nutritious too. They just need a few hours of soaking and I usually grind them in a mixie (no need for a grinder) and they don't need any fermenting either so they are perfect when you need something on short notice (in comparison to idlis/dosas). At home, my mom would normally make a chutney to go with this or for a sweet touch, some butter and sugar. I make aviyal and find that these two pair quite well too.



Brown Rice - 3/4 cup
Raw Rice - 1/4 cup
Green Mung - 1/4 cup
Channa Dhal - 1/4 cup
Toor Dhal - 1/4 cup
Urad Dhal - 1/4 cup
Red chillies - 10
Ginger - 1/2 inch piece
Asafoetida - a couple pinches
Spinach/Methi - 1.5 cup, chopped
Onion - 1 medium red onion, chopped fine
Cabbage - 1/2 cup, chopped
Carrot - 1, grated
Coconut - 2 inch piece, chopped into small pieces Curry leaves - few, chopped
Chilli powder - 1/2 tsp
Salt, to taste
Oil to cook adais.

1) Soak the rices and dhals together for about 3-4 hours. (Add some warm water if you want to soak them faster). I have used different dhals like masoor, chori etc... most dhals work.

2) Grind this with the red chillies, ginger, asafoetida and some salt to a paste. It should be slightly grainy and not too smooth.

3) To this paste, add the chopped onion, methi/spinach, cabbage, carrot, curry leaves, coconut, chilli powder. Add some water if it's too thick. The batter consistency should be thicker than dosa batter but not too thick to make spreading impossible.

4) Heat a wide pan (dosakal) and rub some oil. Pour a spoonful of batter and slowly spread it out by making concentric circles as thin as you can. My mom would always take away a little of the batter from the middle of this circle so she can pour some oil there and make it crispy, so I do that too. Pour some oil around the edges too.

5) Let this cook until golden brown on one side, flip over and let the other side cook as well. Serve hot for a filling and tasty meal.


  1. Me too! I love the convenience of making Adai, no fermenting and so nutritious too. Your's is chockful of veggies too. YUM! Thanks Laavanya, looks great!:))

  2. I must admit i've never made these, but looks delicious

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  4. Adai looks great, Laavanya! The combo with aviyal is new to me, but sounds great. :) You could send this in to Suganya of Tasty Palettes for her healthy breakfast event, too. :)

  5. Very nutritious , i love the Adai with aviyal :)

  6. Adai aviyal is my favourite combination too... Looks yummy!

  7. looks yummy Lavanya! My husband's favorite. Your version is completely different from mine. Love to try yours too.

  8. Wow!i love adai lavanya..but my hubby doesn't like to eat..ur version sounds great..hope he will like this...will try these and let u know...

  9. Lavanya, I love adai, never tried it, always thought it was complex because of the ingredients.Your recipe and pics makes me want to try it.

  10. Cabbage in adai I have never tried that. Looks very deicious....

  11. My husband is great fan adia.Yours looks very crisy !!Yummy yummy one ...

  12. Love adai...don't make it often enough. Have you tried it with jaggery? It is oh-so-good! a lot less work than avial. ;-)
    I loved that combo at Saravanna Bhavan, Chennai

  13. lovely!
    love all kinds of adai with diff dal variations! will add coconut too next time :)

  14. I need to do this sometime. This has everything but the "kitchen sink" and all so healthy. Looks yummy Laav!

  15. adai - avial is my fav combo...!! i used ot make adai when i was in i buy the readymade batter :)

  16. I have never tried Adai, this one looks wholesome and delicious Laavanya, will try it soon :)

  17. One of my breakfast staples in all its varieties. Very filling too. You can add a handful of chickpeas (garbanzo beans) too.

  18. never tried making adai lavanya, but those pics looks soo good ,cant wait to make them

  19. Adai is Siv's favorite... Never heard of the combo with Avial though... Your adai looks great!

  20. Adai aviyal is very famous combi in many hotels..we all love it too, but ur proportions are different than what i usually the next time, i make adai i will be trying out ur proportions..thanks

  21. Laavanya, I've heard that rice needn't be used in adai if you don't want it - what can it be substituted with, or should we increase the quantities of any daal? Do you know?

  22. I always love Adai, yours look nice and crispy...nice way to use all lentils and rice

  23. awesome!! i am so hungry right now! saw adai-aviyal combination in a lot of restaurants during my recent trip to chennai.

  24. lovely adais..this is a regular feature at my hubby loves adais/avial..i have never tried adding brown rice and other veges though..sounds great!

  25. I like the photo that you've taken soon after spreading the adai on the pan....looks very healthy with all those veggies.

  26. Looks great and very healthy too - my fav combination is adai avial too! But jaggery comes a close second!

  27. adai roast's are looking so should have tasted so good

  28. Adai looks delicious... i make a different version... will try your's next time....

  29. Adai looks real good laav. Filled with veggis a complete meal in itself! Adai Avial is a great combo, but i like Adai & Jaggery too...for the sweet tooth :-)

  30. Thank you so much Asha! I totally agree with you.

    Happy Cook - you haven't? Give it a shot sometime.. it's pretty easy.

    Kalai, Thanks! i was introduced to the adai-aviyal combination much later too.. but liked it a lot.

    Thank you Cham & Anu.

    Uma, oh you should post your version sometime.

    Dhivya, thankfully my husband likes adai too.. so i make it quite often.

    Sreelu, Thank you so much! it's very easy, forgiving and versatile so definitely try it.

    Madhu, i was skeptical the very first time I added, my mom only adds carrots but the cabbage worked great.

    Thank you Deepa!

    TBC, if my husband would stop with the jaggery, i'd be glad to skip the aviyal but he dabs big chunks of butter as well so with aviyal, atleast he can go easy on the butter.. and get some veggies in as well. BUt i agree, jaggery + butter is ultimate.. if only it wasn't so fattening.. *sigh*

    Richa, the more loaded it is the better it tastes :) My grandma always had little chips of coconut in her adai and I loved biting into them.

    Red Chillies, you are so right.. this is an everything but the kitchen sink kinda recipe.. :)

    Superchef - i haven't see the ready made batters for adai. That's good to know.

    Namratha.. do try it sometime.. Very filling and good... :)

    Aparna, definitely.

    Thank you Sagari.. do try sometime and let me know.

    Thank you Sig. Many restaurants serve them with aviyal. My mom never made it though..

    Thank you EC. Do try it and let me know how you liked it.

    Sra, am sorry but i've not made them without rice... but i'm thinking that the consistency will probably be like pesarattu/chilas? I don't mind adding rice, esp. coz I can add brown rice with no difference in taste... also get all the amino acids this way :)

    Thank you Srivalli! :) Me too.

    Nags, Thank you. I haven't tasted these at any restaurant so far... must order it sometime.

    Sowmya, i like the flavor of the veggies and seriously you won't detect the brown rice at all. Trust me.

    Thank you Jayashree, Miri & Lavanya.

    Sandhya, thanks.. do try and let me know.

    Seema, Thank you! A loves it with jaggery & butter too.

  31. Thats one loaded adai, Laavanya. Adding brown rice and greens is a nice tip. Thanks :)

  32. yummm!!! Adai looks colorful and quite healthy too!

  33. The adai looks delicious! That mango ice cream is soo easy!! And it looks awesome! I must try it too!


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