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Thursday, 8 September 2016

Adai Dosa / Protein Rich South Indian Breakfast Recipe

Adai Dosa is a healthy breakfast recipe made from a mixture of different lentils and rice. This protein rich and filling crepe can be easily prepared in comparatively less time than the usual dosa , as this recipe does not call for fermentation .One can serve this adai dosa for breakfast , lunch or even dinner. Goes well with butter and any chutney or avial.

I learnt this dish from one of my South Indian  neighbor. She makes it quiet often for tiffin and dinner and serves it to all her guests for sure. The recipe calls for soaking the rice and different lentils (I  have used Toor dal , Moong dal , Chana dal and Urad dal) together for 3-4 hours and thereafter grinding it with some spices. The batter so obtained can directly be used for making this adai dosa without fermenting it. This dosa is soft and crispy at the same time and little thicker than the usual dosa.  

Preparation Time: Roughly 4 hours
Cooking time : 4-5 minutes per Adai dosa.
Serves: 5-6 medium sized Adai Dosa.

Main Ingredients:
  • 1 cup - raw Rice 
  • 1/4 cup Tur dal / Pigeon peas split and skinned
  • 1/4 cup Chana Dal / Bengal gram
  • 1/4 cup  Moong Dal / split and skinned green gram
  • 1/4 cup Urad dal / split and skinned black gram 
To be ground along with soaked rice and lentils
  • 3-5 dried red chilies or as per taste
  • 1-2 green Chilies
  • 1/2 inch Ginger piece
  • 3-4 cloves of Garlic
  • 2 sprigs of Curry Leaves
  • 1 tsp Cumin seeds / Jeera
  • 1 tsp Fennel seeds / Saunf
  • 1 tbsp Flax seeds / Alsi (optional)
Other Ingredients:
  • 5-7 Shallots , finely chopped.  ( I have not used)
  • 1/4 tsp Asafoetida / Hing
  • 1/4 tsp Turmeric
  • ¼ cup fresh Coriander leaves
  • Salt to taste

  1. Rinse the rice and lentils in running water thoroughly and soak them together in enough water for at least 3-4 hours.

  2.  Drain and grind them coarsely with the ingredients listed under “To be ground along with soaked rice and lentils”.

  3.  The batter should not be too smooth or watery. Add little water to the batter and make it little thin.

   4.  Add the hing , turmeric powder , salt and chopped coriander leaves to the batter. Finely chopped shallots taste great in this Adai dosa , add them at this stage.( I have not added as my son likes to have this dosa without onions)

  5. Mix well. The batter for Adai dosa is ready.

  6.  Pour a ladle full of batter in the center of the heated skillet. Spread it in circular direction. You can make a thin or thick dosa as per your likings. 

  7.  Cook the adai dosa until crisp and golden brown from both sides. Repeat the same with rest of the batter.

  8.  Serve the adai dosa hot with butter and any chutney of your choice. I generally serve it with coconut chutney or Tomato chutney.

  I hope you would love to give this recipe a try. Do not forget to give your valuable feedback. For more South Indian Recipes , do check my posts on 


  1. Super easy and tasty.Definately a must try.I will try for sure

  2. Super easy and tasty.Definately a must try.I will try for sure

    1. Do try out Rohini and let me know how it turned out for you. Happy Cooking !

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    1. Thank you Anlet prince for stopping by my space . Glad to know you liked it .


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  5. Wow looks yummy, south Indian dishes are all time favorite and that can be healthy too, good option as a high protein vegetarian food recipes