This is a very popular south Indian tiffin item or an evening “palagaram” dish which substitutes a rice dinner. Palagaram as generally termed in Tamil parlance is in fact Phala-Agaram (which means a meal of fruits) as opposed to what we have understood in Tamil as “pala-agaram or many kinds of foods) – My cousin was kind enough to educate me on this and I thank him for it I for one will say that Adai is a rather heavy dish considering it is made up of a medley of lentils – rich in protein and carbs, this dish is rather versatile and can be made in a number of different ways – The big thing is the inclusion of onions.
Clearly, in my home when we were growing up, there were two distinct preferences and I recall being a non-onion person – I cannot for the life of my fathom why based on how much i love that darned thing now. But there were the plain ones and the ones with caramelized onions. I did not make it for a long time since I was under the impression my kids when they were younger did not much care for it. And kids rule, as you well know. Now that they are older, I thought I’d give it another shot. Although I made 3 different variations with coconut, grated carrots and good old onions, I have a few more I wish to try out and blog about in the near future. but for now here is my recipe. These can be made as large and as crisp as you desire – But note that the moment you start adding veggies, the adai tends to get softer, esp caramelized onions – Those who prefer raw onions can go for that, but I have never been able to appreciate raw onions in any of these kind of dishes.
The other important thing to remember about these are, since this is protein heavy, sometimes digestion can be a pain (literally) hence adding veggies to it softens up the effect and actually eases
I cannot talk about this dish without talking about my brother and sister-in-law – they had their Saturday ritual of adai and avial – a most common combo with adai and I have enjoyed them plentifully at their home –
Here is proportions that work for me
1 cup channa dal
1/2 cup each of
2 cups of warm water to soak
4-6 green chilies
2-3 red chilies
1/4 inch piece of ginger
1 stem of curry leaves
2 tbsp of finely shopped cilantro (optional)
A pinch of asafetida
1/2 cup grated carrots
1/2 cup sauteed onions
1/2 cup grated carrots
Wash and soak the lentils for 2-4 hours
Soak also the spices that have been mentioned above
Grind into a course paste adding required amount of salt
Now divi up the batter and add your add-ons. Mix well, check for salt and start making. If size matters make smaller ones and have at least 1 of each kind.
Enjoy my friends – If you want to try this with avial, click here for the recipe
Much love and adios amigas and enjoy the pictorial
Two things My MOM served these with are 1) Jaggery and 2) Freshly churned butter (what we eat as sour cream) It tasted divine and also my mom insisted that the cream and sugar helped the stomach better digest the lentils – so the possibilities are endless :))
There is also the mung dal or Pasiparuppu version of this called Pesarattu – check it out here
Love the combos.Avail is one dish i have not had the courage to try so will not comment on it but adais ………mmmmmmmmmmmm love them dear. Ages since i made them.
These look delicious, nice variations
My favorite…..looks delish.
love this..you've put together a pretty yummy recipe with lipsmacking flavors & presentation dear..:)
hearty indeed !
healthy and delicious…thanks for sharing the recipe..will try this soon..
Awesome recipe dear..U have made it perfectly..
Yum yum…I'm guessing this is a type of dosa….such a perfect breakfast staple!!
Have a good weekend!
Must try all three adais..love the flavor..yum breakfast
Perfect and healthy breakfast….
super tempting dish..
Wish to have some adais rite now,my all time fav.
All of them are exquisite! Great ideas! Regards,
Generally I make these crepes fro mooing dal only, will try out this mixed lentils version as well
hi it looks great. can i know where you can get this kinda pan?
Oooohhhh!! yummy adais .. I love the variation with one basic recipe..:)
I love the idea of the three different versions of Adai. My mom made the same adais but with the chopped onions, ginger and other veggies in the batter. Makes an excellent breakfast too!!
Adais looks wonderful !!
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delicious adais and my hot favourite snack which I end up making quite often.
Tasty and delicious adais and lots of variations,looks fabulous.your pictures makes me drool.
healthy adai..never tried them, looks delicious Priya..
How was your trip Priya? Adais look awesome .. one of my favorite breakfast/dinner item.
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love this healthy and filling adai,yours looks more tempting…
Definitely going to try my hand at these crepes very soon. They look too delicious!
Very delicious n healthy crepes dear..
Love this Priya, any time. Even though avial is good side dish, my vote goes for vellam with vennai. Thanks for letting me know about the typo I made.
healthy and yummy adais
Happy new year to you and family Priya. Hope you had a good start.
My mom used to make two types of adais – kaara adai with lentils and sweet adai with banana. I never went for the savory one and was always happy with the sweet one. I got to appreciate the taste of kaara adai only when I was in Chennai with the combo of avial, jaggery and butter. Since then, it has been my favorite. Thanks for the recipe. Should try making them along with avial
Nutritious breakfast & a fav at home!!
Thanks for the lovely words..
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It is my 1st time on your blog and i love it
I like the fact that you have presented three different types of adais. Very creative and inspiring too.
Perfect Adai..Healthy one!!
I have only known dosas and we love dosas in our family. These Adais sound like a different twist and with veggies, i will try them some time. Bookmarked.
We call them 'Dal ka Childa/Chilla', and they are damn healthy I know. I loved the addition of different veggies to it to make it even healthier. great great great!!!
Healthy n delicious
Yummy adais, Priya!! I like it with Jaggery…that's my favorite!! Yet to try and find out whats so special about the adai/avial version :).
looks very healthy and yummy…
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Delicious adai. Looks yummy
i luv this adai so much….Perfect recipe from ur mother to you.
priya…adai avial is my hubby's eternal fav too
looks so yummy
This is a great idea…had never thought of combining the flavours this way, thanks for giving a useful hint.
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Crepes are loved in my home. I do cook from scratch like you.