Adai - Tanjore Special

Adai is one of the most popular breakfast or dinner recipe in South India. Sometimes people used to make for evening snack. I have seen recently the unique way of making Adai at Tanjore. It will be crispy. So, thought to try at home and share to you. Let's see.


Boiled rice - 1 cup
Chana dal - ½ cup
Onion - 1
Curry leaves - 1 spring
Grated coconut - 3 tsp
Red chilli - 2
Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
Cumin seeds - 1 tsp
Urad dal - 4 tsp
Salt for taste
Oil for seasoning and for making Adai


Soak the rice and chana dal for two hours. Then grind these two along with little salt such a way that the ground batter is coarse and very thick. Add one or two tablespoons of water if necessary. It should be similar to Masala Vada consistency.

Heat a pan and add two table spoons of oil. Then add mustard seeds, cumin seeds and urad dal. The reason why we put more Urad dal is, it will give unique flavor while biting. Once mustard starts spluttering, break red chilli into pieces and fry it.

Then add chopped onion, curry leaves and fry it until it gets translucent.
Add grated coconut and fry slightly. No need to fry till golden color.
Add this seasoned mix into batter and mix it well. Now batter is ready.
Heat a skillet and apply one tablespoon of oil. Once skillet get hot, add one big spoon of batter on top and spread. Apply oil in the sides of Adai. So that it cook well and easy to flip to other side.

After two minutes, flip into other side. Cook for another two minutes.
Now take out and serve hot. Tanjore special Adai is ready.
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