We are just beginning to enjoy the weather here with our parents. We have made small trips close by and have been cooking a lot as well. I am trying to learn as much as I can from amma. Growing up, I preferred the regular dosas to this, but once I came to the US, I began to crave for foods most familiar to me.
Adai is a south Indian breakfast/dinner dish served along with chutney, some jaggery and in our home, freshly crushed garlic and a dollop of freshly churned butter. Do you notice the amount sides for one dish? 🙂 We were spoiled. It is typically made when the dosa batter is getting over and family members want something else other than regular dosa. Adai is a highly protein laden dish and does not require much advance planning.
Par boiled rice /Idly rice – 1 cup (uncooked)
Jasmine rice – 1 cup (uncooked)
Tuvar dal – 1 cup
Channa – dal – 1 cup
Urad dal – 1 cup
Dried red chillies – 8 or more to taste
Asafetida – 1/2 tsp
Onion – 1 medium size, roughly chopped
Salt – 1 tsp
Oil – ½ tsp
Mustard Seeds – 1 tsp
Curry leaves – 6, finely chopped
Cumin seeds – 1 tsp
- Soak rice and dals in water for an hour and grind along with onion, red chillies, asafetida and salt with little water to make a thick batter. This batter can be ground in a regular blender.
- Heat oil in a sauté pan and when the oil is hot, add mustard seeds, curry leaves and cumin seeds and when the mustard pops, pour over the batter and mix well.
- Heat an electric griddle or iron skillet, pour a big ladle full in the center and spread with the back of the ladle. You can spread it think or thick to suit your taste.
- Drizzle oil around the edges and some inside. Let is cook on medium low (until it turns brown) and then flip to cook the other side.
- Fold in half and serve with a dollop of butter with as many sides as your family likes.
The red hot chutney you see on the side is a whole another post.
Notes: Eileen asked a question about par boiled rice- please note that it is a variety of rice available at the Indian store. If you don’t want to make a trip to the Indian store, substitute either with jasmine rice.