Friday, February 27, 2009

Adai Dosa

My MIL makes sure that she cooks almost all our favorite dishes when we meet i.e. either during our India trip or when they visit us here in UK. She makes varities of dosas, idlis, avalakki and ofcourse kurkul tindis :).

During our last trip to India we were expecting our little son. Me being a fan of variety, need range in anything to everything :). At this stage my taste buds were full of life and I wanted attractive and flavorsome dishes. On the other hand I was keen on maintaining a healthy diet as well. This is the time when amma made those delicious and wholesome dosas called Adai Dosa and I quickly noted down the procedure :)!

I like it as it is quite convenient, and you need not have to wait for fermentation. (For me fermentation plays a major role, as the weather here is too cold). You can refrigerate the remaining dough after you have made the dosas.

Adai Dosa is a form of dosa (dosa is something like a pancake) prepared from the combination of dals and rice. Well…maybe you can call it a spicy dosa or green dosa, which is equally high in protein as my earlier 1 i.e. hesarubele payasa.
Here goes the recipe for Adai Dosa.

Makes around 20 – 25 Adai dosas depending on the size.

1Cup Hesarubele/ Moong dal
½ Cup Uddinabele/ Urad dal
3/4Cup Togaribele/ Toor dal
3/4Cup Kadalebele/ Chana dal
1Cup Rice
Fenugreek seeds – 1tspn
Asafoetida – 1/4tspn
Curry Leaves – 1/4cup
Salt to taste
Ginger – 1inch
Pudina - 1bunch (this is optional)
Cilantro – ½cup
Dried red chilies – 3 or 4

  • Soak all the dals, rice and fenugreek seeds together in water for 4-5hours or overnight.
  • Drain the water. Grind this with rest of the ingredients leaving oil and salt to make a smooth batter. While blending, add few spoons of water.
  • Add salt to the batter and mix. Add water as needed. (Actual consistency of the batter should be slighty thicker than the dosa dough. As this is made thicker and crispier than dosa. But if you want to make it thiner and crispier add more water).
  • Use a non-stick flat skillet on a medium-high heat.
  • Next pour about 1 cup or large spoon full of batter over center of the skillet and spread uniformly with the back of the spoon. Starting from the center, spiral outwards until it is equally spread.

  • When batter starts drying, put 1 teaspoon of oil and spread over gently using a spoon. Wait for few seconds flip the dosa with a spatula, just as you would do a pancake.
  • Let the other side of the dosa cook until golden brown in color.

Serving suggestion: Serve the Adai dosa folded with coconut chutney, tomato chutney, or just with some pickle and plain yogurt.

Variations: Recently 1 of my friends ‘S’gave me an idea of making number Dosa for kids so that they get fascinated in eating, so while trying out for kids you can make dosas in the shapes that your kid likes.

You can also substitue red chillies with green chillies, add cumin seeds…. go on experimenting…. And wait for another healthy recipe from me :)!!


  1. yummy yummy taste
    mummy is the best :)

  2. hehehe sweet 1 there, thank you sir :)!

  3. My sons fav...but i grind the dough evening itself and keep it to ferment for 4 to 5 hours...

  4. yummy.... i am soooooo hungry! awesome ya! (slurp!)

  5. Wow Gari gari dose!! Nice writeup and numbers idea thumba chennagide:) Waiting for this week's entry..

  6. Thanks for your appreciation Archana. Yep checkout 2mmorow for a surprise!


    Recently the Author of the Blog.landed in B"lore with her Hubby and their bright, brillient, naughty , lovely Son on the annual vacation to visit the relatives & friends.
    Next morning when they got ready to go out to Gandhibazaar, her mother announced from the kitchen - dont go to Vidyarthihavan for breakfast. I have prepared Adai Dose for u.
    Afterhaving breakfast, when they were about to go out, Kumar a wellwisher and a neighbour invited them. After usual FAQ on NRIs,his wife emerged from the kitchen with hot hot Adai Dose. With reluctance the guests gulped the Adai.
    Then she went to her Inlaws at J.P.nagar , where a royal welcome awaited her.As it was noon her inlaws insisted that she had lunch with them. AS she had heavy breakfast, she promised her in laws, that she would join for lunch on some other day.But the loving mother inlaw insisted that she should have atlesst some light snacks. And lo there arrived Adai Dose. Rashmi had a mixed feeling of the popularity of her item in the Blog.

    Then she went to her Aunty at Madhavanagar, another relative at Rinagar , an old classmate at Vijayanagar etc., But the response was the same, hearty greeting with Adai in all the houses.

    When she returned home late in the evening
    with a beeming face she narrated how her blog has bocome house hold in Bnagalore.

    After hearing all the story, her son Pradyun had an envious smile and said Amma u r very ignorent of our tradition. The credit for the popularity of your Blog goes to Sri Rama and not u. Yesterday was Sri Ramas birthday - Rama Navami. Here the practice is to prepare Kosambari and it is exchanged amongst neighbours, relatives and friends.As it is exchanged the volume of Kosambari prepared finally remains the same. The ingredients used for that is the same as suggested by u in your Blog for Adai Dose.
    So yesterday left over prasada is being used as Adai Dose in everybodys house and non of them have read yourBlog.

    And Ma from the moring seven persons have already served u with Adai and from me take one more Adaiose the eighth one which is equal to eight nominatins of Askar Award.

    Not to add that all of us had Adai Dose for the
    dinner also.


  8. Dear Pappa,

    First of all Thank you very much for the Askar Award.
    Hats Off to your sense of humour! I better be watchful on visiting pple the day after Ramanavami...

    Many Thanks to Lord Rama for bringing me all the popularity ;)

  9. Askar ko Oscar - Asker ko aDai - wonderful narration by pappa :)

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  11. What a healthy and great dosa. You know I wanted to make this today as i was craving it from so many days...thanks for the perfect recipe i bookmarked it!!

  12. Hi Rashmi,
    Nice recipe for Adai Dosa. I prepared it 4-5 times within a month after checking this great recipe. I liked it very much.
    I will be sharing this recipe in my blog, giving your reference..


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