Adai or Adai Dosai as K likes to call it is a staple in our home. Unlike Dosai that required using a grinder to make the batter and enough time to let it ferment, this crepe is made in half a day. Its healthier and provides ample scope for improvisation.

Stuff you will need:

(soaked for 3-4 hours)

1 cup par boiled rice.
1/3 cup whole urad
1/3 cup whole moong
1/3 cup mix of thuvar and channa dhal
1/3 cup beans like rajma (optional)

6 red chillies
4 green chillies
1/4 inch ginger (optional0
Curry leaves (optional0
Asafoetida 1 tsp
Salt to taste
Gingelly oil
1/4 coconut made into thin pieces


Grind all ingredients in a grinder with water to a medium fine texture. On a tawa add a few drops of gingelly oil and spread using tissue. Pour the batter and spread into a circle. Make a hole in the center and additional ones around it if necessary. Add drops of gingelly oil along the periphery and in the holes made and cook till crisp at edges. Turn over and cook till done. Remove and stack in a warm container.

Serve hot with aviyal, molagai podi or jaggery.


Optionally one can add murunga keerai (drumstick leaves) or other greens in the batter before making adais. The texture of the batter has to be thicker than dosa batter.

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