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Adai is a Variety of Dosa prepared using many lentils and rice. A delicious , super healthy , complete protein breakfast from South Indian Cuisine.
Course Breakfast, Tiffin
Cuisine South India, Tamil
Keyword Breakfast_Ideas, Dosa
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Soaking, Resting Time 6 hours
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 18 Makes
Calories 138kcal
Author Muktha H S


For Soaking

  • 1 cup Raw Rice
  • 1 cup Idli Rice/ Parboiled Rice
  • ½ cup Channa Dal
  • ¼ cup Urad Dal
  • ¼ cup Moong Dal
  • ¼ cup Toor Dal

For Grinding

  • 4 no Red Chilli
  • 2 no Byadgi Red Chilli
  • ½ teaspoon Asafoetida

Additions for Batter

  • ¾-1 Cup Chopped Shallots / Sambar Onion / Pearl Onion
  • 2-3 no Green Chillies
  • 1 inch Ginger grated , optional
  • 4 sprigs Curry leaves chopped
  • 4 tablespoon Coriander Leaves , chopped

Other Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon Salt or as required
  • Oil / Ghee for roasting Dosa


  • Rinse and wash 2 cups of raw rice , 1 cup regular rice and 1 cup Idli Rice. Soak in water for 3-4 hours.
  • In a bowl add ½ cup chana dal , ¼ cup urad dal , ¼ cup moong dal , ¼ cup toor dal ,rinse and wash thoroughly. Soak all dals together for 3 hours.
  • After 3 hrs , drain water and keep it aside. Reserve this water to add while grinding the batter.
  • In a wet mixer grinding jar, add rice , 5 dry red chillies, asafoetida and grind to a smooth paste, add the reserved water portion by portion as required. 
  • Transfer the batter to a seperate bowl .
  • Now to the same jar , add all soaked dals and grind to a coarse paste , add little reserved water as needed.
  • Add this coarse grind dal batter to rice batter , add salt , mix well and set it aside for 2-3 hours. Batter consistency should be of regular Dosa consistency , neither too thick nor too thin.
  • Chop shallots ( about ¾ -1 cup) , green chillies (2-3 no's) , curry leaves 4-5 sprigs and 4 tablespoon of coriander leaves . Add this to batter and mix well.
  • Heat griddle/dosa tawa , Pour a ladle full of batter and spread like a dosa. Drizzle some ghee/ clarified butter/oil on top of the dosa , close the lid and cook for 30 - 40 seconds.
  • Open the lid , flip the dosa to other side and continue to cook ,till done.
  • Drizzle some more ghee and serve hot . Adai should be served hot only , it becomes rough once it cools down.


  • You can spices like jeera and ajwain too. 
  • Green leafy vegetables like drumstick leaves, dill leaves are also added.
  • You can  also add grated carrot and cabbage to sneak in Kid's meal.
  • Prepare the batter and store it in refrigerator for next day use. Add onions, greens and other veggies at the time of preparing Dosa.
  • Serve it  HOT HOT and only Hot . It drys out when cooled.


Calories: 138kcal