A delicious breakfast or evening snacks recipe made from rice and a mix of lentils. 


1 cup Rice

½ cup  Red lentils

½ cup Chickpea

¼ cup Black lentils

3 nos  Dry red chilli ( optional )

1 tsp  Salt

1 no Onion (finely chopped)

2-4 nos Green chillies 

1 tsp Ginger (finely chopped)

¼ tsp Asafoetida

10 nos Curry leaves ( optional )

2 stks  Coriander leaves

1 tsp Cumin seeds

¼ cup   Oil 


Soak rice and lentils separately for at least 4-5 hours.

Grind them together to a coarse texture along with dry red chillies, ginger, curry leaves, cumin seeds, asafoetida and required water.

To this add chopped onion, green chillies, chopped coriander and salt.

Mix everything to form a moderately thick batter, but not dry.

Take a ladle full of this batter and pour on a hot frying pan and slightly pat or swirl to form a circular pan cake. 

Add a teaspoon of oil and cook until the top portion turn brown, then flip to the other side and cook for couple of minutes. 

The delicious Adai is ready. 

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Mmmmmm, my neighbour makes these sometimes! Soooo yummy with green spicy stuff!  

   you can also try  this  at home, and then share your experience


looks yummy.... thanks for posting this!

what is asafetida? THESE SOUND YUMMY. I often make some similar to these

Thanks Wendy. Asafoedita is a spice which is commonly added in Indian food to add its taste. If you do not have asafoedita then you can leave it. As a substitute you can add cloves powder, onion powder or garlic powder.  

Looks great, will try asap , many thanks for sharing

 Thanks eileen. Hope you will try it soon, and will share your experience. 

looks delightful!!!!! My version is I add only red lentils about 1/2 cup, will try with other lentils too. I had made this yesterday for my girlfriends :)

 Meghana you can also add little amount of chickpea and yellow lentils in the mixture. 

They look great. Having an Indian curry night tonight and they will go very nicely with the other dishes I am making.

Mine were very dry , not like a batter. I think I did something very wrong.

 Hi Leigh, are  rice and lentils properly grinded and in correct amount ? It is possible that all the ingredients are not properly mixed while making the batter.  You can also  add one tbs of oil  while making the batter. It will make Adai more crispy and less dry.  




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