Adai is one other typical South Indian Breakfast/Tiffin item. It is like dosa but different in taste prepared with paruppu(dal).
· Boiled Rice /Dosai Rice - 2 cups
· Thoor Dhal (Thuvaram Paruppu) - 1/2 cup
· Channa Dhal/Bengal Gram (Kadala Paruppu) - 1 cup
· Urad Dal - 1/2 cup
· Red Chilli Dry - 3 nos
· Curry Leaves - few
· Asafotida (Hing) - 1/4 tspn
· Salt to taste
· Chopped Onion
· Black Pepper powder (preferably as grains)
· Sliced Coconut
· Drumstick leaves (Murungai ilai)
· Soak rice and dhal in water over night.
· When soft, grind it coarsely with red chillies.
· Though thin paper roast Dosas can be made with the smooth batter, in general the batter for Adai has ingredients not ground nicely. This still gives the nice brown crispy texture.
· Once ground add asafotida & salt and leave the batter to ferment for a while (duration….depending upon the outside temperature)
Now if you are wondering why Onion, coconut and Murungai Ilai then here you go with the below options:
· At the time of making Adai, you can use one of these as additional ingredient (I repeat only one of these and not all together) to get different flavors to your Adai.
· Another alternate is that, instead of Red Chlli you can use Black Pepper and in that case again sliced Coconut can be added.
· If you are looking at Murungai Ilai, do not add Pepper or Coconut but you may wish to add onion. Try not to add more leaves as some do not like the weired bitter like taste.
Adai can be prepared without any of these extras but if you want your taste buds to try different, then add these ingredients only when you are making the Adai and not before. This helps the basic flavor of the batter remain the same and that the freshness of the additional ingredients.
Preparation:· Add your desired extra toppings and also the curry leaves.
· Heat the pan a little more than medium, season it with half spoon of your preferred oil.
· If your pan is nonstick type, then no need to season it but you can straight away start making Adai.
· Remember that since the batter is not smooth and the consistency is thicker than that of Dosa, this needs to be cooked a little longer than Dosas.
· Some people like my husband eat it with Jaggery and thick fresh Yogurt.