Adai is a form of south Indian crepe, sort of like a dosa, but made with a larger proportion of lentils, and hence far healthier than dosas. Dosas also need to ferment, while adais can be made as soon as the batter is mixed together.


2 cup Raw Rice
1 cup Channa Dal (split Chick Peas)
1 cup Urad Dal (split Black Gram)
1 cup Toor Dal (Pigeon Peas)
6 Dried Red Chillies

Salt, to taste
Chilli Powder, to taste
A pinch of Asoefetida
2-3 Curry Leaves, chopped fine

Soak the rice, dals and red chillies for 4-5 hours. Drain the water from the soaking mixture, and grind to a coarse texture.

Add the salt, chilli powder, asoefetida and curry leaves to the batter.

Heat a flat pan (such as a dosa pan or an omelette pan). When hot, spread a ladle-ful of the batter onto the pan in a circular motion.

When one side is golden brown, flip over carefully and let cook for a further two minutes.

Serve warm with chutney or jaggery/ palm sugar/ brown sugar.


30 Comments Add yours

  1. Evil Inc. says:

    WOW !! Looks delicious… Wonder when we can taste it though 😉



  2. Parita says:

    adai looks perfect!


  3. Tempting…adai looks delicious.


  4. Cilantro says:

    Well presented. Looks nice and spicy too.


  5. Siri says:

    the adai looks soooo yummy Anu. a keeper recipe. 🙂



  6. TBC says:

    This is one of our favorite weekend breakfasts. So filling that it keeps us going almost till dinner.:)


  7. bindiya says:

    I was looking for a good recipe for adai, will try out urs now!


  8. Nags says:

    now you have reminded me of adai aviyal in grand sweets in chennai.. yummm


  9. Cynthia says:

    Thanks for the introduction to this.


  10. Prathibha says:

    That looks yummy n perfect..


  11. Lavi says:

    Arundhathi..I havent seen such a Golden Perfect Adai's..It has come out so well..will try your version next time.


  12. would like to taste it immediately…delicious…


  13. Priya says:

    My all time favourite, pairs utterly delicious with spicy coconut chutney na!!!lovely colour too!


  14. What a nice blog u have… Love it…


  15. DEESHA says:

    I was never too fond of adais, considering the fact that its healthy, I do eat it 🙂


  16. Bharti says:

    I think I'll make this tomorrow..can I use par boiled rice? I have a bag that needs using up.
    Also is this the standard recipe or can other dals be substituted as well?
    I'm impressed that there is no oil required to cook this.


  17. Oh wow……adai looks yum…love that spicy taste given to adai….


  18. sangi says:

    I like this adai..delicious


  19. tasty post. supero super.


  20. Arundathi says:

    Thanks everyone for your kind comments.

    Evil Inc – Its pretty simple to make.

    Parita, Poornima, Cilantro, Siri – Thank you!

    TBC – That's true – just two of these are enough to keep you going for quite a while. The problem is trying to stop eating!

    Bindiya – I hope you like it.

    Nags – Hmm. Never had that – now I have to try it.

    Cynthia, Prathibha, Lavi, Shama, Priya, Home cooked Oriya Food – Thank you!

    Deesha – Yup its extremely healthy, esp in a vegetarian diet.

    Bharti – I don't think you can use parboiled rice or substitute other dals – it just might not turn out the same. Though I've never tried. If you do, let me know how it turned out.

    Kitchen Flavours, Sangi, Alfred Devanesan Samuel – Thanks!


  21. Nupur says:

    I saw your adai post and they look so golden and delicious that I immediately soaked grains/lentils to make adai last night…such a light and protein-rich meal in summer.
    I halved the recipe, and used half white and half brown rice.


  22. Aysha says:

    The adai looks so tempting..Nice clicks too..First time here..Now I will definitely keep visiting!!!


  23. Ivy says:

    Thanks for passing from my blog. I love crepes and I am sure I would love this one as well.


  24. Arundathi says:

    Nupur – Oh thats sounds even healthier with the brown rice. Hope you enjoyed them

    Aysha – Thanks for stopping by!

    Ivy – Do try it. Thanks.


  25. Pari says:

    Your adai looks great. Healthy way of introducing lentils.


  26. Sowjanya says:

    Hey Arundhati..I was simply browsing through food blogs and visited ur site…Its gud…I tried ur Adai recipe…it came soooo well…everyone at home liked it….THANK YOU SO MUCH for sharing a lovely easy-to-make breakfast recipe.

    Would sure visit ur site and try ur recipes


  27. Arundathi says:

    Pari – yes, it really packs a lot of nutrition. thanks.

    Sowjanya – Thanks so much. your comment really made my day! So glad you and your family loved it. And thanks for stopping by.


  28. Arundati, sometimes excess lentils may cause gastric problems. We try this measurement.For 2cups of boiled rice, i cup of all dalls, urad,channa and toor dhall.this proportion does not cause heviness after eating. BYe


  29. Arundathi says:

    Nirupama Sundar – Thanks for the tip!


  30. Spice Rack says:

    It looks like a pancake but it doesn't taste the same. According to my observation, this is one delightful dish and it is really good for breakfast or break time.


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