Daily Archives: September 27, 2011

Adai Dosai/Dosa

When there is information about sudden guests and you want to give them a quick dosai, this is a perfect recipe. It is also a healthy dosai because of the types of lentils that go into it. This can be spread thin to make it crispy but is generally made thick.  Adais are always consumed immedietely, directly from the dosaikal or tawa to the plate for better or best taste. This is a breakfast as well as a dinner snack.

Adai-chutney, adai-avial (a gravy dish – will be posted in future) or adai-vellam (jaggery) – adai is had most commonly with these combinations.

The batter should always be kept in fridge immedietely after grinding. Otherwise the lentils would become stale very soon. 

Adai Dosai/Dosa (makes approximately 15 dosais)


  • parboiled rice – 1/2 cup
  • raw rice – 1/2 cup
  • thuvaram paruppu/split yellow gram- 1/2 cup
  • kadalai paruppu/split bengal gram – 1/2 cup
  • ulundham paruppu/dehusked black gram – 2 tbsp
  • ginger – 1 inch piece
  • red chillies – 4 no.s
  • salt – 1 tsp

To temper

  • oil – 2 tsp
  • mustard seeds – 1 tsp
  • split urad dal – 1 tsp
  • finely chopped onions – 1 cup
  • curry leaves – a few


adai maavu/batter


folded adai on dosaikal



Method of Preparation

  1. Wash and soak rice and dals together for 4 hours. In case of sudden guests, soak for an hour
  2. Grind to a coarse batter with ginger and red chillies
  3. Add salt and mix well
  4. In a pan, add oil, fry mustard seeds, when it splutters add urad dal, add chopped onions and curry leaves
  5. Pour this tempering into the batter and mix well
  6. Make crispy or soft adais immedietely
  7. Serve hot with chutney of preference (https://dosaikal.com/category/chutneys/)
  8. Adai is specially had with grated jaggery or avial – a gravy vegetable dish.


  1. Always try to finish the batter within the same day.. The batter would lose its freshness and goodness very soon.
  2. For preparing batter for  two persons, just reduce the quantity to half or any measurement with the ratio intact.