Sunday, September 4, 2011

Adai / Lentil Rice Pancakes | Idli Dosa Recipes

Adai is a favorite dosa item both at my and my hubby's place. Dad really loves adais and he gets all excited when he hears "Adai for dinner". Adai with moringa leaves is a classic way of preparing it. Here in most parts of the US we do not get moringa leaves (murunga keerai). But that does not stop me from making these tasty and protein packed dish.

Soaking time - 4 hrs
Preparation time - 20 mins
Idli Rice / Parboiled Rice- 1 1/2 cups
Toor dhal - 1/2 cup
Chana dhal - 1/2 cup
Moong dhal - 1/2 cup
Quinoa - 1/2 cup (optional)
Dry Red Chillies - 8
Pepper corns - 1/2 tsp
Asafoetida - 1/2 tsp
Cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp
Curry leaves - about 10
Salt - 1 1/2 tsp or to taste

Wash and soak the rice, dhals and quinoa together for 4 to 6 hrs. Soak the dry red chillies in little water for 30 mins, this ensures smooth grinding of the chillies. In a wet grinder or mixer grinder (blender), grind the rice-dhal-quinoa mixture with red chillies and pepper corns until not so fine. This batter should be slightly coarser than the idli batter. When it is almost done add the cumin seeds, torn curry leaves and salt and give a pulse. The consistency of the batter should be slightly thinner than idli batter. Heat a dosa tawa/flat griddle and pour about 1/2 cup of batter and use the back of the spoon to spread the batter into thin pancakes in a circular motion. Spray some oil and allow to cook until you see light brown shade at the bottom. Flip and cook for another 2 mins. Flip again and fold in half. Serve hot topped with a pat of butter and coconut chutney.
Note: Adding quinoa is purely optional. Traditional adai does not have quinoa. I am trying to sneak in quinoa in soups, salads and dosas as much as possible because of its protein content. The fat in quinoa makes this adai soft and requires less/no oil to cook and also makes it extra crispy. Next time I would substitute half of the rice with quinoa.
Sending these Scrumptious Adais to Nayna's Flavors of South India and Radhika - Let's Cook - Scrumptious Breakfasts.


  1. Dosa looks very delicious and inviting. I could travel miles just to have one.

    Hamaree Rasoi

  2. looks simply perfect and delicious.. inviting pictures :)
    Indian Cuisine

  3. Nice crunchy crispy adai, I too like it this way,perfectly done.

  4. Love adais.Looks crispy and yummy.

  5. Wow, crispy looking adais Krithis. yumm yumm..

  6. Krithi,your adai looks super delicious and extremely precious..Am drooling here dear..Healthy!

  7. I can eat this even daily without complaining..looks perfect

  8. this is my fav even my morning breakfast was adai.. i love addition of quinoa..

  9. Love adais anytime. Perfect Krithi. Never used quinoa in adai. Sounds interesting and healthy too :)

    Event: Herbs and Flowers - Garlic

  10. MY fav adai...adding quinoa sounds new to me..

  11. The adai looks crispy and perfect...A healthy breakfast...

  12. My MIL makes this often and we loove it... Looks so crispy n yum

  13. My fav breakfast too!!! Looks crispy & inviting....Wanna grab that plate now...Been a long time since i had adais..Will tell mom to make it for breakfast this week..Btw adding quinoa is a nice idea...
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

  14. Havent had adais since a long,super tempting and truly inviting..

  15. hi krithi, this adai looks delicious especially eaten hot.. never tried this before- looks easy to prepare..i can eat this with curry perhaps (?)

  16. Lovely adai. Tempting much with white chutney.Love them absolutely.


  17. Amazing adais, feel like eating it all right away.

  18. A very healthy dish with lot protein. Krithi what about the side dish. In place of coconut chutney, Tomato/onion gravy will add lot of taste with adai.

  19. You have made it look so good,bet it tasted great too,wonderful adai!

  20. wow delicious adai,luks perfect and tempting,pls pass the plate...

  21. Yummy yummy krithi looks so delicious.Imprssing presentation.

  22. Lovely pictures Krithi - Adai looks absolutely delish :)


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