Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Adai (Lentil Crepe)

This is one of the most traditional Adai recipes. When ever I make this I usually add some unusual items in it, making my husband go crazy. He would say, please, please do not call this adai..... :)
So this time, I decided to make it the traditional way..

You need
Rice - (any type) 1 cup
Split Channa Dal (Split Bengal Gram) - 1/3 cup
Tuvar Dal (Split Pigeon Peas) - 1/3 cup
Urad Dal (Split Black Gram Dal) - 1/3 cup
Salt - 1 and 1/2 teaspoons
Green Chili - 1 (Optional)
Red Chili - 2 (more if you want it spicy)
Coconut - a handful cut in tooth shaped pieces (optional)
Curry leaves - 2 strands

Soak the Rice and Dal together, atleast 2 to 4 hrs ahead.
Remove the water and grind in food processor. Add the chillies while it is grinding.
Add the salt and the coconut and the curry leaves and bring to a pancake dough consistency.
Make thin crepes and add a little oil to help it cook

Tips :
--->This takes a little longer than a dosai to cook. Wait for it to become crispy and light red in color before you turn.
---> Make sure the pan is hot and spread a little oil before you make your first one
---> the fire is on a medium through out
---> Add some finel chopped onions to the batter and you can have onion adai
---> If you have fresh spinach (any kind) lying around, chop some and you can have spinach adai
---> Add some coriander for some flavor

The sky is the limit, keep trying until you crave for the traditional adai like my husband! :)

Traditionally this is eaten with jaggery.


Swati Raman Garg said...

nice way of explaining with pics... we generally add onins and cabbage n some curry leaves to it...and have it with vangayam toghayal

kamala said...

Hi vandana,
Nice explanation of Adai.BTW did u receice my surprise ingredient?

kamala said...

Did u find anybody to send the arusuvai ingredient?

Uma said...

lovely dosa, vandana! Nice instructions too.

Marissa said...

The adai tasted good with the jaggery and the avial. Was relatively easy to make as well.

Vandana said...

Thanks, Swati, Kamala,Uma and Marissa.
Kamala, I did get the ingredient and will write a post about it soon.

Hetal said...

Nice recipe dear..