Adai, Breakfast, Dosa

Quinoa Adai | Quinoa Crepes | Healthy Breakfast Ideas

Moms definitely have the ability to surprise you : with their ability, their adaptability to newer thoughts and ideas.

Why am I rambling about mom and motherhood when the title reads Quinoa Adai ?

Coz thats exactly what happened : Mom served me this Adai one morning with Ridge gourd Chutney (Peerkangai Thogayal), and I had more than my usual portion.

Mom : So, did you like it ?

Me : (absent-mindedly whatsapping on my phone) : Yes I liked it a lot. The adai was different

Mom :Yes, it was made of Quinoa.

Me : (almost jumping out of the chair) : wow ! Thats a great recipe !!

Mom : must go on your blog, isnt it ?

Its comforting to know that she’s adapted to technology and ideas quicker than us.

And the real story she told me was that my kitchen had tooo many bags of quinoa when she did her weekend kitchen inventory.

I winced : those were the exact bags that poor hubby had to lug back from New York on several of his trips , when I was in that frame of mind as if to conquer all veg / vegan recipes with Quinoa

(am I the only one who buys and promptly forgets !! ???)

And thus the Adai was born.

Whatever the reason, its another healthy breakfast that can also double as weekend dinners.

If you are joining us today on the JTTC (Journey Through the Cuisine) blogathon this month, here’s a list of recipes dishes out for the month so far:


Ammini kozhukottai


Badam barfi / Badam Katli


 Chettinad (vellai)kurma with ghee rice


Dindigul thalapakatti veg biryani


Elimichai Rasam


Foxtail Millet Dosa (Thinai Dosa)


Godhuma Rava Tomato Upma


Hotel Style Tiffin Sambhar


Inji thogayal


Javvarisi Carrot Payasam


Kollu Rasam


Lapsi Idli


Maanga Thokku


Nellikai Chutney


Omapudi (Baked version)



Over to Quinoa Adai : A Vegan, GF recipe : couldnt ask for more 🙂

Serving suggestions : Any of these 20+ chutney varieties.


Prep time : 15 mins + 5 hours of soak time + 20 mins of Grind time + 8-10 hours of fermenting

Makes : 15- 20 medium sized adais


  • Quinoa – 1 cup
  • Moong Dal – 1/2 cup
  • Urad dal – 1/4 cup
  • Raw rice / Dosa rice – 2 cups
  • Red chillies – 6-8
  • Salt – to taste
  • Oil – to steam-fry the dosa – about 1/4 tsp for each dosa (for crispy ones, use upto 1 tsp / dosa)



  1. Wash & Soak the rice , quinoa and dals separately. Towards the end of the soaking period, soak red chillies in the dal too. 
  2. Grind all of them separately to a smooth batter.
  3. Add salt, mix them, let it ferment overnight or for min 6-8 hours. Mix well once fermented. Add a little water to adjust to Dosa batter flowing consistency : it should be neither too thin or thick 
  4. Heat a griddle, once hot, take a ladle and spread the batter in a circular motion. 
  5. Drizzle very little oil, cover and cook for 1-2 mins, flip and cook for 30 seconds
  6. Serve hot with Chutney or Sambhar


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  1. MySpicyKitchen

    Isn't it nice when mothers start giving ideas for the blog? Adai is mouthwatering and nice lighting on the pictures.

  2. Suma Gandlur

    These adai are nutritious and looking very good. I make them but haven't fermented the batter.

  3. vaishali sabnani

    Moms are amazing , they are more experienced so naturally their dishes are super hit , just like this adai . Fantastic Kalyani .

  4. Gayathri Kumar

    That is a nice nutritious adai Kalyani. Looks so yum..

  5. That's a good choice…I love adai of all grains..this must have been interesting too..

  6. Great pick and same pinch. I picked quinoa too.

  7. You are not the only one Kalyani. I have bins and bins of flours and grains in the 'spare' fridge in the basement and more on the shelves 🙂 This quinoa adai is a great recipe — thank your mom for the recipe.

  8. Amara’s cooking

    Such a healthy and nutritious adai, love it.:)

  9. Priya Suresh

    Super pick for Q, healthy and nutritious adai definitely.

  10. The fermented batter makes these adais a little different I guess. Love these nutritious adais.

  11. Smruti Ashar

    I used quinoa too, but in a different way. Such an amazing pick you got there for Q. The adai look absolutely stunning!

  12. cookingwithsapana

    So soft and healthy adai.Love the pictures.

  13. Chef Mireille

    I love how your mom thinks of recipes for your blog also!!!

  14. Sandhya Ramakrishnan

    What a perfect choice with Quinoa! I have so many flours that at times I have no clue of what they are….

  15. The Pumpkin Farm

    no u have company….one day come over and i will show u one section in my kitchen which has ingredients i probably may never use and will go straight to the museum built in my name – if ever…..btw this quinoa thing, i am done with, it is outrageously expensive, i have one last batch which i will use to make this beautiful adai and thats it

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