February 15, 2013

Adai /Lentil Crepes

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Adai/Lentil Crepes is a very famous dish of Tamil Nadu,India. Made out of a mixture of various lentils and rice.Makes a very healthy breakfast which is protein rich . This can be given to kids in their lunch box or even served as an after school snack when they get back home . 

Adai Avial is a very famous combination in most south indian homes. Kids and many adults also like to have Adai with jaggery and some butter . 
If following vegan diet , then butter and avial combination can be avoided ,instead it can be had with coconut chutney or tomato chutney. 

Preparation Time : 4-5 hours
Cooking Time : 15 mins
Serves : 4-5 
Complexity  : Simple 

(post edited with images on 18 June 2019)
1 measure / 1 cup raw rice ( I have used sona masuri)
3/4 cup Bengal gram dhall /channa dhall
1/2 cup thoor dhall / pigeon peas/ thuvaram paruppu 
1/4 cup moong dhall / split yellow lentil / paasi paruppu
7-8 byadgi or Kashmiri dry red chillies 
2-3 gunturu / pandi dry red chillies 
Few curry leaves 
Finely chopped coriander 
Salt to taste 
Asafoetida as needed.

  • Wash the lentils and rice nicely in water and soak them for about 4-5 hours.
  • Soak the red chillies along with the rice and lentils.
  • Grind them well in a blender / mixie to a slighlty coarse batter. While grinding add the curry leaves as well .
  • Add salt as per taste.

  • Transfer the batter to a wide mixing bowl and add the chopped coriander and mix well. Consistency of the batter should be slightly thicker than dosa batter . Adai batter doesn't have to ferment like dosa/idli batter . It can be made instantly. 

  • Now heat a griddle / dosa tava .
  • Take a ladle full of the batter  and spread on the tava like dosa. Remember Adai is a little thick and not as thin as a dosa.

  • Cook on one side and then flip it over to cook the under side as well.

  • Serve hot with an accompaniment of your choice like jaggery , avial , chutney or even some thick curd.  
  • Avoid butter ,curd and avial if you follow Vegan diet.

  1. Donot keep this batter for more than one day in the fridge..consume as quickly as possible. 
  2. Soaking time for the rice and lentils should be maximum of 3 hrs . If you soak for longer period , the lentils will start giving out foul smell which is not  good for health. 
  3. Incase you happen to soak and forget to grind, drain all water, wash it once or twice until the smell is gone and keep it in the fridge without the water.Grind it the next morning without fail.                                                          


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