For those who have only had a dosa from an Indian restaurant, and never made it from scratch; it's a long process. Similar to that of making an idli. Today, I felt like having some version of a dosa, but didn't want to wait several days. Cue adai.
Adai is a Tamilian dish that blends 4 types of lentils with rice into a smooth paste, creating a protein packed meal. It's filling, nutritious and delicious. It's the fast food version of a dosa and is worth a shot. You can see the recipe below!
- 3/4 cup chana dal
- 3/4 cup moong dal
- 3/4 cup toor dal
- 3/4 cup udad dal
- 1/4 cup rice
- 6 red chilies
- Hing powder
1. In a large bowl mix all dals and rice. Cover with water and soak for several hours, or until most of the water is absorbed.
2. After the mixture has soaked, drain the liquid and wash the lentils twice.
3. Add the dals to a large grinder. Add the chilies, hing powder and salt.
4. Blend into a fine paste. You a little water to aid in blending
5. Move the mixture to a bowl.
6. Take a large flat pan and place on medium-high heat. Rub oil on the pan.
7. Ladle some mixture into the middle of the pan. Then use the bottom of the ladle into the middle and move it in a circular motion going outwards.
8. Add a little bit of oil to the sides so it will be easy to remove.
9. After the adai has cooked on top, flip it over.
10. Remove once its golden brown.
You can eat the adai with avakaya. It's the best thing to eat it with.
Easy: Very easy and simple to make, once you get the hang of it.
Ayurvedic Friendly: Very much so!
Yummy: Delicious, I had about 6 of these and now I'm fighting a food coma.