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Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Traditional Adai!!!

A long time pending in my drafts finally posting this recipe. Enjoy.....

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
For Variations
· Chopped Onion
· Black Pepper powder (preferably as grains)
· Sliced Coconut
· Drumstick leaves (Murungai ilai)

Start with:
· 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)

Consistency: Should be little thicker than the Dosai Batter (Coarse)

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.

. To make the corners crispy, add little oil to sides. you can also make a little gap at the middle and add little oil to make it crispy too. Turn the adai and cook reverse side.

Serving Options:
· Adai with Avial is the best. For Avial check for recipe just click Aviyal· Adai with butter cube.
· Some people like my husband eat it with Jaggery and thick fresh Yogurt.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Karadaiyan Nombu | Adai Recipes!

I am reposting this again, since today is the Nombu Festival. I am going off to prepare. Happy Karadaiyan Nombu to all ladies.

Karadaiyan Nombu is on 14th March between 8.00 and 9.30pm. It is a festival celebrated by Hindu married women. The story behind this is Savitri observed fast(upavasam) for the sake of well being and long life of her husband Satyavan. It is continued and believed by tying a yellow thread tied with flowers keeping turmeric at the center in front of Goddess photos. The thread is tied during the time Panguni Masam starts temple priest is best person to get exact time. Prayers are done by Hindu married women offering pooja, vella adai & kara adai, breaking coconut, offering fruits along with betel leaves, betel nuts and turmeric.

After pooja is done, they eat kara adai and sweet adai in plantain leaf with edge.

There are two types of adai sweet and salt. Recipe as follows:

Kara Adai

Karamani(Black eye beans) – 1 cup
Rice Flour – 2 cups
Oil – 5 tspns
Mustard – ½ tspn
Bengal gram/Urad dal – 1 tspn
Asafotida – 1 pinch
Dry Red Chilli – 2 nos
Curry leaves – 10 nos (chopped)
Grated coconut – 1 cup

Preparation method
Cook karamani(brown or white) in pressure cooker for about 3 whistles and keep aside.
In a thick bottom kadai, season it with oil, mustard, wait till it spulters.
Add Bengal gram, urad dal, asafetida wait till it turns brown.
Add curry leaves and dry red chillies and sauté for few mins.
Add 4 to 5 cups of water. Allow it to boil.
Now add the cooked karamani and salt. Stir for few mins.
Add grated coconut and mix well.
Add rice flour and keep stirring till it absorbs all water in medium-low heat.
Off the stove and mix well like chapathi dough by hand.
Take a plantain leaf or plastic sheet and grease oil on it.
Make small balls, spread by hand to small round patties and make a hole in the center.
Steam the patties in idli cooker or pressure cooker(without whistle) for 20mins.

Karaadai is ready to serve with butter.

Vella Adai


Karamani(Black eye beans) – 1 cup
Rice Flour – 2 cups
Jaggery – 1 ½ cups(you can lessen if you want less sweet)
Grated coconut – 1 cup
Cardamom powder – 1 tspn

Preparation method
Cook karamani(brown or white) in pressure cooker for about 3 whistles and keep aside.
In a thick bottom kadai, put jaggery and water. Wait till it dissolves and filter it to remove mud particles.
Transfer it to a vessel.
Now add the cooked karamani. Stir for few mins.
Add grated coconut and cardamom powder mix well.
Add rice flour and keep stirring till it absorbs all water.
Off the stove and mix well like chapathi dough by hand.
Take a plantain leaf or plastic sheet and grease oil on it.
Make small balls, spread by hand to small round patties and make a hole in the center.
Steam the patties in idli cooker or pressure cooker(without whistle) for 20mins.

Vella Adai is ready to serve.

Note - The quantity of jaggery can be reduced or increased according to one's requirement.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Varagu | Kodo Millet Adai | Breakfast Recipes!

Varagu Adai is really healthy and great to substitute rice with millets. I have been trying to include millets in my cooking mostly in my breakfast and tiffin. This was very tasty and delicious. Do try and enjoy.

Varagu/Kodo millet - 2 cups
Channa Dal - 1 cup
Toor dal - 1 cup
Urad dal - 1 tblspn
Peppercorn - 10 nos(according to taste)
Dry red chilli - 5 nos
Curry leaves - few
Ginger - a small piece(optional)
Asafotida - 1/2 tspn
chopped Onion - (optional)

Preparation method
Wash, rinse and soak all ingredients except salt for 2-3 hrs.
Then grind with salt to coarse batter with water.
Heat a skillet/tawa and can prepare adai like dosas immediately or can rest the batter for 1/2-1 hour and make too.
Drizzle some gingely oil and cook both sides until crispy.

Serve with any of them chutney /molagai podi / Aviyal/Jaggery/Curd.

Instant Adai

You can grind all the ingredients to coarse/fine powder store it and prepare dosa by just adding water anytime.

Relish the Adai!

PS - Your feedback is appreciated. Do try recipe from ( take picture and send it to me through Facebook message or mail me at Will be glad to add in my page Tried & Tasted album on FB or post on my page. Thank you.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Green Dosa | Crepes | Savory Pancake! Healthy Breakfast!

I prepared this dosa for dinner yesterday, wanted to do Andhra Pesarattu but tried different combination. I have already posted Green Gram Adai here.

Green Gram - 2 cups
Curry leaves - 3 sprigs
Green Chilli - 4 nos(As per your taste)
Channa Dal - 1 tspn
Rice - 1 tspn
Urad dal - 1 tspn
Ginger - 1 inch
Onion - 1 no sliced
Capsicum optional

Preparation Method
Soak green gram, dals and rice for about 2 to 3 hrs in hot water/normal water.
Drain the water and grind with curry leaves, ginger, g chilli and salt to fine batter.
Take to a bowl/vessel add chopped onions and capsicum. Mix well and leave it out for 1 hour. Check for salt.
Heat a skillet/tawa and pour one laddle of batter and spread like dosa.
Put 1 tspn oil and cook both sides till brown.

Serve hot with any chutney or gravy.

I served it with Aviyal which was prepared in the morning.

Notes - You can also grind only green gram.
Adding of capsicum is optional, its tasty with just onions too.
You can also add coriander and mint leaves. I ran out of it, but loved the curry leaves flavour.

You may also like these recipes
Traditional Adai
Green Gram Adai
Andhra Pesarattu

Monday, November 30, 2009

Karthigai/Thiruvannamalai Deepam Appam Pori Recipe!

Karthigai Deepam falls on 1st of December 2009 and is observed by Hindus all over the world and mainly in Tamilnadu, India . Lamps are lit daily for 30 days beginning a grand day on the 1st day. Crackers are burst mostly reserved after Deepavali. People visit Lord Murugan (Son of Lord Shiva) temples and offer pooja. They also visit Vishnu temples and observe Vishnu Deepam is tomorrow celebrated by Iyengars. Day 3 thats day after tomorrow is Kuppa Karthigai were lamp is lit everywhere mainly at entrance of the house.

Thousands of people visit Thiruvannamalai temple to see the Deepam(Lamp) lit in temple which is in Tamilnadu and offer prayers for the well being of families.

House is decorated with decorative lamps and prasadams are offered to god. Pooja is performed in the evening with Pori, Appam and Adai as Neivedyam.

Traditional Festive Food without onion and garlic is prepared includes special Vella Aval Pori Urundai(Sweet Beaten Puffed Rice Balls), Nel Pori Urundai(Puffed Rice Balls made from Paddy), Appam and Adai.

I am giving recipes for Vella Aval Pori Urundai(Sweet Beaten Puffed Rice Balls) and Nel Pori Urundai(Puffed Rice Balls made from Paddy)
I would like to thank my Father and Mother in law for their help in making these.
Vella Aval Pori Urundai and Nel Pori Urundai

Pori - 400 gms
Vellam(Jaggery) - 3 cups(1.5 paavu)
Fresh Coconut - 1 cup(cut into tiny pieces)
Fried Groundnut(Varutha Verkadalai) - 1/2 cup(Optional)
Sukku Podi(Dry ginger powder) - 1/2 tspn
Elakkai Podi(Cardamom powder) - a pinch

Preparation Method

Clean and Seive Pori.

In a kadai, add vellam and sprinkle little water and start dissolving. Once its dissolved filter it since mud particles will be there in vellam.

Then again pour the liquid in the kadai and start boiling it until its 1 string consistency. Keep stirring in low medium flame.(You can also check this by taking little water in a cup and pour a spoon of Jaggery paste (Vella Paggu). If you can make a small ball out of it then its correct consistency (padam)

Now add Dry Ginger Powder, Coconut Pieces, Elaichi (Cardemum) Powder and Groundnut and mix well. Reduce the flame.

Disolving of Jaggery Checking of Padam
In a wide vessel take the pori and slowly add this hot vella paggu. Caution since Paagu is very hot, dont mix with hand. Take a laddle and mix fully once its slightly cool. Start making balls and keep aside.

Repeat the same process for leftover pori too.

This is the same procedure for Nel Pori Urundai also.

Checkout my recipe for 
Appam /Nei Appam
Banana Appam
Salt Appam (without onion)

Note - If you cannot make balls take little rice flour(Arasi Maav) apply to your hands and make balls. Sometimes after doing this too you cannot make balls its because of mistake in the Vella Paggu so have as it is....

Happy Karthigai!!!

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Rice Adai(Dosa)

It is called Verum Arasi Adai in tamil. A different in taste. This is simple, tasty and easy to prepare.


Boiled rice - 2 cups
Grated coconut - 1 cup


Soak boiled rice in water for 6 - 8 hours

Grind in mixie with grated coconut to smooth paste
Add salt and leave for 3-4 hrs for fermentation

Then pour batter on skillet like dosa
Cook on reverse side also.

Rice Adai is ready to serve. This can be served with coconut chutney or onion chutney.

PS - If batter is leftover can be kept in fridge and used.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Green Gram Adai

Adai is a popular breakfast/tiffin in Tamilnadu. This time I have added green gram and it was good. I have already posted the recipe here and here.

Rice - 1/2 cup
Green Gram/Pacha Payru - 1 1/2 cups
Channa Dal - 1/4 cup
Toor Dal/Tuvaram Paruppu -1/4 cup
Urad Dal/Ulatham Paruppu - 1 table spoon
Dry Red Chilli -1no
Green Chilli - 1 no
Ginger - 2" piece
Rice flakes/Aval/Poha - 1 tspn
Asafotida/Hing-1/4 tspn
Salt to taste
Curry leaves -few

Preparation Method
Rinse and soak Rice and Dals in water for about 3 to 4 hours.
Then grind to slightly coarse paste in a mixie or blender with chilli, ginger and salt. Transfer it in a bowl and add asafotida and curry leaves. Leave it for 2 to 3 hours.
Then heat a tawa/skillet and spread like dosa. You can make it thick or thin and crisp whatever you like.
Put oil turn and cook for 2mins.

Serve as it is with Ghee/Aviyal/ Molagai Podi/Curds and Jaggery.

This recipe is going to Vrat Ka Khana Event by Kalyani.

Friday, October 9, 2020

Navaratri Menu planning 9 days 9 treats!


Navaratri 2020 is already here, its good to plan and buy groceries ahead, so it makes easy to do the festival and Golu hopping. check my detailed planning post here.

Due to Pandemic, many are doing E-vethalaipakku or split the schedule due to restrictions imposed.

Hope these help you to plan and you can add in many more dishes of your choice and time.

Click on the names for the recipes, you can use millets/brown sugar/karupatti for the sweets.

Morning NeivedyamSundal VaritiesTiffin Varities
Paal PayasamKadalai SundalVen Pongal Gotsu
Thenga Arisi PayasamPasiparippu SundalIdli Thenga chutney
Rose PayasamKondakadlai SundalDosai Thakkali thokku
Carrot /Rice PayasamPatani SundalAval Upma
PongalMixed SundalUpma Kozhakattai
Javarsi PayasamKaramani sweet SundalRava Kichidi
Paruppu PayasamPayaru Karamani SundalSevvai /Semiya Upma sambar
Oats Semiya PayasamSoya/Rajma Bean podi SundalAdai Aviyal or thokku
Kesari/KesribathVerkadalai SundalPoori Kurma

Multipurpose podi - Curry podi recipe is here 
For all recipes you can search in here .You can add in variety rice like Puliyodarai, lemon rice, coconut rice, dhokla, badam milk as per your taste. Can add and make your favourite choices of fruits, vegetables and millets. All recipes are no onion and no garlic. You can also plan and schedule timings for your friends and do a simple take away packing can make the visit short and satisfying.

PS - Your feedback is appreciated. Do try recipe from ( a picture and send it to me through Facebook message or mail me at Will be glad to add in my page Tried & Tasted album on FB or post on my page. Do follow me on Instagram id - saraswathiyer for more food stories and recipe ideas.Thank you. 

Happy and Safe Navaratri.


Monday, June 18, 2012

Red Chutney | Sidedish for Idlis and Dosas!

Today we are learning about Red Chutney/Dip usually eaten at Restuarant with Idlis or Dosa.

Red Chutney is very delicious chutney/dip for idlis and dosas. Also one of my blog reader had asked me for this recipe. Here you go.

Onion - 1no
Tomatoes - 1no(small Red n Ripe)
Uzhatham Paruppu/Urad Dal - 1 tspn
Kadalai Paruppu/Channa Dal- 1 tablespoon
Long Dry red chilli - 5nos (As per your taste)I used Byadagi Menasinakayi.
Any cooking Oil/Olive Oil - 1 tspn
Pudina/Mint leaves - 4 to 5 nos(Optional)
Garlic - 4 nos(As per your taste)

Preparation Method
Heat a wok or kadai, add oil, channa dal, urad dal,red chilli, onion, garlic, tomato and saute till the dal is brown. Add pudina if you are adding in the late. Allow it to cool.
Add salt and grind to coarse paste in mixie/blender when cool. Add just little water it should be thick.

Red chutney is ready to serve. I served it with hot Dosa. You can also spread it on dosa and stuff Potato Masala for Masala Dosa. Click here for Dosa varieties. You can have it with Idlis/Adai too.

Notes - You can prepare without onion, garlic and pudnia also, it will taste good.
Store it air tight container and refridgerate for later use.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Thakalli Thokku | Tomato Pickle!

Thakalli Thokku | Tomato Pickle is very tangy and tasty recipe. This is a traditional dish taught by my Mother-in-law who makes this to her perfection,  as in Bangalore we used to do Gojjus. It was new to me and I loved it a lot. Its also my family favourite sidedish. A good timesaver and accompany many dishes. I always prepare and store it in my place, when I find really red tomatoes in Little India cannot miss it.

Fresh Red Tomatoes - 10 nos
Turmeric powder - 1/2 tspn
Red chilli powder - 1 tablespoon(As per your taste adjust)
Fenugreek seed powder - 1/2 tspn
Cooking Oil - 1/2 cup (I use gingely oil or olive oil)
Mustard - a pinch
Hing/Asafotida - 1/4 tspn

Preparation Method
Wash, cut and chop all the tomatoes into 4 pieces and keep aside.
Heat a heavy big kadai/wok, add oil, a pinch of mustard and hing.
Once mustard pops, add the tomatoes and mix.
Leave it for 5 mins. Then add, turmeric powder, red chilli powder, salt and mix.
Close it with lid, as it will pop out while boiling and cook till the tomatoes are soft.
It will be too soft  and watery. Continue to close lid.
The colour will change from light red to dark red.
When its going thick add venthaya podi/fenugreek powder. Mix and check for salt and spice levels.
if you wish you can add. Usually, adding the spice and salt little more is better, when it cools, it will be to correct level. Do not cook for long after adding venthaya podi, this will make bitter.

When the gravy is thick and oil leav es the side and good aroma. The dish is ready. Allow it to cool.

Store in clean glass or plastic bottle.  This can be sidedish for kootu rice, curd ricechapathi, Idlis, Dosas and Adai .

Methods of using tomatoes in thokku. You can use any method.

1. Just chop them and cook
2. Remove seeds and cook.
3. Remove seeds, skin, grind to fine paste and cook.

Notes - This can be stored upto 15days in fridge.
Do not put stainless steel spoon and store, try to put wooden spoon.

How to prepare fenugreek powder at home.
Fenugreek powder /Venthaya podi - Take 1 cup or required amount of seeds dry roast in a kadai in medium flame to slightly brown. Allow it to cool and grind it to a fine powder. Store in air tight container for later use.

This recipe is going to Kalyani's Event Pickles and Preserve Fest and Spring Seasonal Food Event by Sravani.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Only Greens Event Roundup !!!

Dear Friends,

Back with the roundup of Only Greens Event. I am overwhelmed by the response. I received 103 healthy entries for the event. Thank you for the support and participation. Do leave a comment or mail me to know incase I have missed any of your entry, which is not intentional. Will update it.  Sorry for the delay, my laptop is out of order sometimes needs servicing have kept in pending.
I would like to thank Pari for giving me the opportunity for guest hosting.

Checkout the winner of the Cookbook here and CSN Winner at Pari's space.

Hope you Enjoy the roundup!!!

Indian Entries

Dum Aloo Chutney Wale by Prathibha

Puliyohara Gongura by Satyavati

Palak Pulav by Vidhya
Methi Pulao by Gayathri
Methi Bread by Gayathri
Khatta Palak by Neeraja

Sindhi Sai Bhaji by Shobha
Methi Zunka by Preeti
Mint Pulao by Kurinji
Keerai Masiyal by Kurinji
Spinach Corn Soup by Santosh
Sarso Ke Saag by Santosh
Paratha by Santosh
Green Chilli Achar by Santosh
Dal Palak by Vandana
Methi Roti by Jay
Coriander Rice by Monika

UK Entries

Palak Kofta Curry by Kavita
Methi Chaman by Kavita

Mint Paneer by Kavita
Spinach Sambar by Jayasri
Spinach curry by Pavani

Methi Rice by Revathi

Aloo Palak by Jyoti

Germany Entries

USA Entries
Chana-Palak by Harini-Jaya

Ponnaganti Aaku Koora by Harini-Jaya

Palak Pacchadi by Harini-Jaya
Gongura Pulusu by Harini-Jaya
Palak Pulusu by Harini-Jaya

Spinach Kootu by Sunitha

Dal Methi Curry by Shanavi
Methi Pulao by Shanavi
Spinach Paratha by Shanavi
Avarakkai Poriyal by Shanavi

Ambada Bhaji by Tahemeem

Tofu Cutlet by Sangi

Palakura Fry by Smitha
Cilantro Rice by Foodlovers

Sarson Ka Saag by Supriya

Sai Bhaji by Supriya

Aloo Palak by Supriya

Keerai Masiyal by Krithika

Coriander Chutney by Krithika

Aloo Methi by Sanyukta

Rajma-Palak Paratha by Sanyukta

Methi Matar Malai by Sanyukta
Mexican Green Rice by Sanyukta
Crispy Okra Fry by Honeybee
Palak Paneer by Honeybee

Canada Entry
Broccoli stir fry by Akheela

Singapore Entry

Thank you once again and kindly accept my award as token of participation.

Will be back with my Celebrate Sweets  Sugarless Event Roundup.

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