Adai is a common breakfast/dinner in South Indian homes. Its been a while the restaurants serve Adai-Avial combination too.

This is an excellent healthy dish, served hot -- some people may not like it thick (unlike a dosai) -- but you can make it thinner too. The version below will get you a cripsy version.

I am more than certain that you will make this a regular dish from now on.

I have replaced the standard raw rice measures in the recipe  with two different millets, ie Kodo Millet (Varagu) and  Barnyard Millet (Kuthiraivaali). These two millets  are very popular and are gaining importance in daily meals of Indian house holds. They are not only healthy but also low in glycemic index being diabetic friendly. Having a small portion of Adai can satiate anyone and make them feel full for hours. The recipe, by nature, gives a perfect cereal-lentil balance but the idea is to increase the total health quotient of the recipe and hence the replacements. 

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Preparation time/ Soaking time: 1-2 hrs
Cooking time: 30 min
Cuisine: South Indian
Category: Breakfast, Tiffin, Dinner
Level: Easy
Spice level: Moderate/ Spicy
Yields: 12-15 
Source: MIL
Note: ** Calories per serving excludes butter and other serving options. If you are on a fat /sugar restricted diet, then please skip the jaggery and butter. 
Nutrition Facts
Servings 15.0
Amount Per Serving
calories 177
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 5 g7 %
Saturated Fat 2 g9 %
Monounsaturated Fat 0 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1 g
Trans Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 0 mg0 %
Sodium 22 mg1 %
Potassium 145 mg4 %
Total Carbohydrate 32 g11 %
Dietary Fiber 6 g24 %
Sugars 1 g
Protein 7 g14 %
Vitamin A8 %
Vitamin C2 %
Calcium7 %
Iron4 %
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. 
  • 1 cup Kodo millet/ Varagu
  • 1 cup Barnyard millet/ Kuthiraivaali
  • 1/2 cup raw rice
  • 3/4 th cup toor dhal
  • 1/2 cup Chana Dhal
  • 1 tbsp moong dhal
  • 8 -10 red chillies
  • 3-4 flakes Asafoetida (compounded)
  • 1 tbsp horse gram (optional)
  • 1 cup fresh or desiccated coconut
  • Salt to taste
  • 3 sprigs Curry leaves
  • 6-7 sprigs of Coriander
  • Oil for cooking 
  • Wash and soak millets, rice, dhals, chillies, horse gram separately for 1 -2 hrs.
  • Soak compounded Asafoetida  in water with 1 tsp dhal (you can take a little off from the measured Chana dhal).
  • Grind the above into a coarse mixture in a mixer grinder. You can adjust the chillies as per heat intensity. 
  • To the ground mixture add coconut, salt to taste, torn curry leaves and chopped coriander and mix well to form a thick batter.
  • Heat a Skillet (preferably iron) and keep the flame low. Spoon out batter on the hot surface and spread out into a thick crepe. Make a hole in the center and drizzle oil around and in the center. 
  • Cook slowly until the surface turns a deep golden and the texture becomes crisp. Flip over and cook the other side.
  • Serve hot on a banana leaf with a dollop of butter, chutney of your choice and pounded jaggery. (Those peanut butter lovers can have a table sppon -- its so so yummy as a side dish to this)
  • Never be in a hurry to cook lentil crepes. Take time for to cook until you get a crispy crust. Slower the cooking, better the results. 
  • Intense heat can char and scorch the pulse mixture. So, keep the flame low when the skillet is not in action. If required, sprinkle little water to cease the fumes from the hot surface and then continue to cook.
  • Serving in banana leaves keeps the flavour intact and adds taste to the food.  Click here for an interesting read on banana leaves


  1. Definitely a must try recipe and awesome shots Sowmya!

  2. I am drooling at the adai... so healthy and delicious this looks... I would love a meal like this...

  3. Nicey and tempting me right now.


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