Adai, Breakfast, Dosa

Black Rice Adai | Kavuni Arsi Adai | Vegan and Gluten Free

After Azhagar Kovil Dosa, we have for Alphabet B (in the A-Z Dosa series). Black Rice Adai or Kavuni Arisi Adai. Black Rice a.k.a forbidden rice became popular in the east, but our own Chettinad Cuisine uses this rice in a very delicious sweet. As with most Adai (thick lentil-based Dosa), this Adai too has a lot of proteins and very little rice.

What is Kavuni Arisi Adai | Black Rice Dosa?

Black Rice dosa or Kavuni Arisi Adai is a Gluten Free, Vegan Dosa made with Black rice or Forbidden Rice. Served for breakfast or brunch with chutney

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As I wanted to experiment with Black rice, I tried with a small quantity and was well received by the spouse who liked the nuttiness which came with the black rice. I have had black rice salad as well as a cooked black rice + Thai Red curry Combo (both recipes coming soon !), so I personally liked the glutinous black rice. 

It’s worth a try once if one is open to experimenting with new cuisines / ingredients.

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Let’s get to the recipe now. This is again a fermented Adai (thick Dosa).

Black Rice Adai ~ Kavuni Arisi Adai ~ #26daysofDosa ~ 

Vegan and Gluten Free Indian style savoury pancake.

Served with Raw turmeric-Ginger Chutney

Ingredients: ( 1 cup = 200 ml)

  • Black Rice – 1 cup
  • Raw Rice (any short grained variety will do) – 1/2 cup
  • Toor Dal (tuvaram Paruppuy in tamil) – 1/2 cup
  • Channa Dal / Bengal Gram / Kadalai Paruppu – 1/4 cup
  • Masoor Dal – 1/4 cup
  • Salt – to taste

toppings:

  • Chopped Coriander leaves – 1 TBSP
  • Hing / Asafoetida – 1/8 tsp
  • Turmeric – 1/4 tsp (opt.)
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Method to make Black Rice dosa or Kavuni Arisi Adai

  • Wash and Soak the lentils together for 4-6 hours or even overnight. Grind together to a smooth paste. Add salt , mix well. 
  • You may prepare the dosa immediately or let it ferment on the countertop for 2-3 hours (I did the latter).

To prepare the dosas: 

  • Add the toppings to the dosa batter, heat the tava to medium hot, grease it well. 
  • Pour a thick batter, and drizzle oil around it till its cooked on both sides 
  • (You may also spread it think like a normal dosa if required – the cooking time per dosa would vary)
  • Serve immediately. We had with Raw turmeric-Ginger Chutney
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Black Rice dosa or Kavuni Arisi Adai is a GLuten Free, Vegan Dosa made with Black rice or Forbidden Rice. Served for breakfast or brunch with chutneyPin

Black Rice Adai | Kavuni Arsi Adai | Vegan and Gluten Free

Kalyani
Black Rice dosa or Kavuni Arisi Adai is a GLuten Free, Vegan Dosa made with Black rice or Forbidden Rice. Served for breakfast or brunch with chutney 
5 from 9 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Soak + Grinding + Fermentation Time 10 hrs
Course Breakfast
Cuisine South Indian
Servings 10 servings

Equipment

  • Skillet
  • Ladle
  • Wet Blender

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup Black Rice Kavuni Arisi / Forbidden rice
  • 1/2 cup Raw Rice any short grained variety will do
  • 1/2 cup split pigeon pea Toor dal / tuvaram Paruppu in tamil
  • 1/4 cup Bengal Gram Channa dal / Kadalai Paruppu
  • 1/4 cup split red lentils Masoor dal
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tBSP Chopped Coriander leaves
  • 1/8 tsp Asafoetida skip for GF
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric opt.

Instructions
 

  • Wash and Soak the lentils together for 4-6 hours or even overnight. Grind together to a smooth paste. Add salt , mix well.
  • You may prepare the dosa immediately or let it ferment on the countertop for 2-3 hours (I did the latter).
  • Add the toppings to the dosa batter, heat the tava to medium hot, grease it well.
  • Pour a thick batter, and drizzle oil around it till its cooked on both sides
  • (You may also spread it think like a normal dosa if required – the cooking time per dosa would vary)
  • Serve immediately. We had with Raw turmeric-Ginger Chutney
Keyword Adai Dosa, Breakfast, Dosa, Forbidden rice, instant vada, Kavuni Arisi Adai
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19 Comments

  1. I have never tried black rice….you are making a very tempting case for it! Yum yum!

  2. Shobha Keshwani

    5 stars
    Lovely adai variation made with black rice. Healthy option too. I will give it a try soon.

  3. Mayuri Patel

    5 stars
    I definitely have to order some black rice as I am so tempted to try out this healthy and am sure tasty adai.Like how you’ve mentioned that we can prepare the adai immediately after grinding or leave it for 2-3 hours.

  4. 5 stars
    I am checking out black rice online even as I comment on this dosa, Kalyani. Definitely will love to use some for dosa. Sounds yum especially for a wonderful breakfast.

  5. Sujata Roy

    5 stars
    Black rice adai sounds wonderful. Definitely a healthy treat. Dosa looks super tempting. I love to use black rice in my food in different ways. So saving this recipe.

  6. Rinku Bhattacharya

    5 stars
    This recipe looks so interesting. I have some black rice sitting around, and think this will be a perfect way to use some of it.

  7. 5 stars
    Nice and healthy adai . Have never experimented with black rice as i wasn’t sure of the outcome. Think this recipe will be an easy way to start

  8. Jayashree T.Rao

    5 stars
    Adai are one protein rich breakfast. I have never used black rice, must buy it sometime. Will check in the super market next time Kalyani.

  9. Mina Joshi

    5 stars
    What a clever idea of making adai by mixing two type of rice and several different lentils. This would be great for breakfast or dinner. love it.

  10. Seema Sriram

    5 stars
    I make kavuni adai each time I get black rice. We love it at home. I make a khara adai version slightly different. but always happy to have another one to try.

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