Adai is a protein rich recipe which can be a perfect recipe for breakfast or dinner. It is ideal for people who like to be on diet with high-protein. Toor dal, gram dal, moong dal are rich in protein and rice is rich in carbohydrate making it whole diet with aviyal or chutney as side dish. Adai recipe is here for you to try, relish and experience health.

Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 2 minutes per adai
Serves: 4-5 persons


ADAI Ingredients
ADAI Ingredients
  • Thoor dal, gram dhal, moong dhal all measuring 1 cup.
  • Raw rice 1-1/2 cups.
  • Red chilies 5-6.
  • Salt.
  • Asafoetida powder.
  • Grated coconut.
  • Oil to cook.


Soak dhal and rice together for 1-2 hours and grind with red chillies, salt. Coconut also can be grinded together or can be added after grinding. Grind with just enough water so that it will be in thick consitency.

ADAI Batter
ADAI Batter

Heat a tawa and when it is ready, using a round ladle take the batter and place in the center of tawa, and spread as much as you can. Since the batter is thick it cannot be spread as easily as a dosa or pancake so the adai will be thick only.

When cooked turn over the other side and cook till crisp.

ADAI Cooking
Cooking Adai on tawa

Take it in a plate and serve with Avial and butter (if not diet conscious) Coconut chutney, onion chutney is also a good side dish.

ADAI is ready to be served


Any type of dhal can be used chick peas, green peas, greens like spinach, meth, drumstick leaves, and any vegetables can be used to our imagination and liking. Cooking has no hard and fast rule as far the person likes it and enjoys it and it does not harm our health.

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  1. I have gone through the adai recipe. I will try and give feed back. It is very nice that this site has all Indian foods. Many thanks.


  2. No doubt Adai is a very rich item and it is good for health.

    Ponnammal Balasubramanian

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