Adai, Breakfast

Adai Dosa (Lentil Savoury Pancakes)

Friday morning saw me rise early and 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 doesn’t need fermenting at all, and can be made instantly after the batter is ground, although I do ferment it for a few hours before making the Adai (the fermentation aids a lot to digest the rather heavy adai) .

The high protein content in this adai / pancake also makes it ideal for diabetics (although to be had in moderate quantities). I also often replace the white rice here with Millets / Quinoa / brown rice to make it. See more adai varieties at the end of this post.  



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Preparation time : 20 mins (apart from 4 -6 hours of soaking)

Cooking time : 20 mins

Makes : 10~12 servings

Course : Breakfast, Cuisine – South Indian

Adai Dosa (a.k.a Adai) – a Vegan, GF breakfast / dinner pancake

1 cup = 200 ml


  • Raw rice – 1 cup ( I used normal Raw rice – which is used for cooking) 
  • 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 (skip for GF)
  • Curry leaves and 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 !

Other Adai Varieties on the blog:

Navdhanya Adai (9 grains Adai)


Quinoa Adai


Sprouts Adai





  1. Love adai anytime!

  2. Priya Suresh

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

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

  4. Padhu Sankar

    Looks irresistible!

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

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

  7. Love this version of adai!

  8. MySpicyKitchen

    looks wonderful!

  9. Anusha Birlangi

    Dosa looks yummm!!!

  10. Looks delicious and yummy

  11. cookwithrenu

    Adai looks so soft and yummy. They are a perfect breakfast or best for my lunchbox too. Loving your different versions of adai.

  12. I love the savory dishes as compared to sweet ones. This savoury pancakes using lentils is a great choice as breakfast option for me .. Lovely share kalyani !

  13. Mayuri Patel

    I've not tasted an adai but would love to make this healthy breakfast or light meal option. Serving with ghee and jaggery does sound yummy.

  14. Poonam Bachhav

    I do make adai dosa often and my family loves it to the core. Yours look very soft and delicious .

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