Adai (Rice and Lentil Pancake)


  • 1/2 cup black gram dal (Urad dal)
  • 1/2 cup red gram dal (toor dal)
  • 1/2 cup Bengal gram dal (Chana dal)
  • 1 cup uncooked rice
  • 4-6 dry red chillies
  • Salt to taste
  • 4 tbsp grated fresh coconut
  • 1 large onion, chopped fine
  • A bunch of coriander leaves, chopped fine
  • 1/2 tsp asafoetida powder

Method –

  1. Soak the dal, rice and red chillies in water for 2 hours.
  2. Grind coarsely.
  3. Add the salt, grated coconut, chopped onion, coriander leaves and asafoetida powder.
  4. Heat the tawa. Sprinkle with a few drops of water. If it sizzles, the tawa is ready for use.
  5. Smear a little oil on the tawa. When the oil smokes, lower the heat.
  6. Pour a ladle of the batter and spread, as thin as possible.
  7. Make a hole in the centre.
  8. Pour a tsp of oil in the centre and around the edges of the batter. Cook till golden brown at the base.
  9. Flip over carefully and fry till golden and crisp.
  10. Serve hot with coconut chutney.

Note – makes 12 adai

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