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Veggie adai

Adai is a traditional Tamil dinner dish that is quite healthy too. Having a really dodgy digestive system, I was always restricted to just one adai for most of my life, till I hit my 20's. It was never my favourite dish though.

A few years back, the dietician at my brother's gym gave him a new recipe for it that made it positively lip smacking! This is a dieter's delight and as it fills you up, you can just have two of these and die happy.

Things you need are:
1/2 cup channa dal
1/4 cup toor dal
1/4 urad dal
1 cup idli rice
4-5 crushed red chillies
1 cup grated veg - carrots, cabbage
1 tbsp dessicated coconut (optional)
1 red onion, sliced finely
a sprig of curry leaves
a pinch of asafoetida
salt to taste

To start with, soak the rice and dal for about four hours. After that, grind them coarsely, along with the dried red chillies and the dessicated coconut.
Season with salt, asafoetida and torn curry leaves.
Now, your batter is ready.
Take some of it in a clean bowl, sprinkle the onions and the grated veg and mix well. Mixing the veg and onions with the whole of your batter would make the veg go soggy and the batter would not last for long.
Heat a tawa till it is very hot.
Take a ladleful of the doctored batter (!), pour it in the tawa in a circle and spread it thin, just like you would make a dosa.
Flip it over after it has cooked on one side. Cook till well done.

You can eat it with that delectable medley of vegetables, aviyal.

Posted by DesiGirl 08:24  


  1. indosungod said...
    Adai happens to be a favorite dish in our house, my daughter loves to eat this at home but refuses to take it for lunch to school(you must have figured out why?) the same reason your dodgy digestive system refuses to take it I guess.

    My 2cents try substituting the Channa dal with Moong Dal and see if digestion further improves.
    DesiGirl said...
    my digestion is miles better now, thank god and can handle this! but i still use a medley of dals and liberally sprinkle grated veg.

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