April 8, 2011

Adai Dosa (Lentil Savoury Pancakes) - Blogging Marathon - Day 5

Friday morning saw me rise early & make Adai Dosa (Lentil Savoury Pancakes) - perfect for breakfast and lunchbox for S and kid respectively. Although my kid likes this hot and crisp, she wanted to take 'something different' for lunchbox today ! She loves this dosa with just jaggery and ghee(clarified butter), which I gladly compiled - anything for her to empty the lunchbox :)

Adai Dosa goes great with Avial or Molagapudi (fiery spice powder). This is a dish from Tamilnadu although my mom n grandma also (from Karnataka) used to make them for evening snacks for us hungry kids back when back from school. The best part of this dish is it doesnt need fermenting at all, and can be made instantly after the batter is ground.

Preparation time : 20 mins (apart from 4 -6 hours of soaking)
Cooking time : 20 mins
Makes : 10 pancakes


  • Raw rice - 1 cup
  • Channa Dal / Kadalai Paruppu / Kadale bele- 1/2 cup
  • Toovar Dal / Tuvaram Paruppu / Togari bele - 1/2 cup
  • Urad Dal / Ulutham paruppu / Uddina bele - 1 tbsp
  • Kashmiri Red chillies - 3 or 4
  • Turmeric - 1 tsp
  • Hing / Asafoetida - 1 tsp
  • Curry leaves & Coriander leaves
  • Salt - to taste
  • Jaggery - 4 tsp
  • Oil - for making pancakes


1) Wash and soak Rice and Dals separately for 4 - 6 hours. Soak the chillies with the dals.
2) Grind the Rice first into a fine paste. Then add lentils little by little and grind into a fine paste.
3) Add red chillies, turmeric, salt to the above mixture and grind well into a Dosa - like batter.
4) Transfer to a vessel and add jaggery, hing, curry leaves, coriander.
5) Lightly grease a tava (Indian skillet) and pour one ladleful of batter to a thickish (pancake kind of) dosa. Drizzle oil on and around the dosa
6) Once done, flip over and cook on the other side too, on a medium flame till golden brown.
7) Serve hot with Avial or Molagapudi or just with ghee-jaggery combo !!


1) You may add freshly grated coconut or chopped onions to the batter.
2) As I prepared this for the kid, I refrained from adding green chillies or regular red chillies. You may add one or both of these in case you want it spicy.
3) Cooking this Adai on a medium- high flame is important, else on high heat will turn very hard and chewy.
4) Other kid-friendly healthy toppings for this include Grated cheese / carrots/ panner / stir fried greens etc !

Sending this to Day 5 of Srivalli's Blogging Marathon under "Kids Delight" category !

Do check out my fellow bloggers on this marathon:

Diabetes Diet/Management:
Srivalli, Champa, Harini, PJ
Kid Friendly Recipes:
Me, Shylaja, Veena
Seven Days of Soup: Usha, Sowmya
30 Minutes Meals:
Priya Suresh
Seven days of Cakes:  Anusha


  1. Wat a healthy n nutritious adais, love with spicy coconut chutney..yumm!

  2. love adais..its a complete yummy meal..

  3. I love adais and r u also from karnataka?????

  4. Jaggery and ghee aren't bad for kids anyway. I am glad your kid eats all these healthy dosa.

  5. Love this version of adai!

  6. Looks delicious and yummy


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