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Carrot and Cashew Adai

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Carrot cashew Adai is yet another wonderful combination of Indian pancake made with a combination of lentils & rice, spiced with red chillies, flavoured with curry leaves, added in with some grated carrots and pan fried on a tawa or griddle. The adai while cooking is topped with cashew nuts which is awesome flavor and savor to the adai making it nutritious to eat.

The cashew nuts offer an excellent crunchiness and enhance the essence which attracts the kids in eating this colorful and nutritious pancake. The key components of stuffing the adai with grated carrot and cashew nuts is truly heavenly as it allures and attracts kids to eat give a soft, delicate and crunch while taking a bite. Kids would go bonkers for this dish craving for more.

Adai Adai dosa is a popular south Indian pancake made with lentil and rice. This is considered to be the most nutritious among all dosas as it has all the goodness of lentils & rice. Adai is a delicacy of Tamilnadu and a healthy breakfast dish as lentils are a good source of protein and dietary fiber. Who would not like the creamy, buttery taste of cheese and fresh milky coconut cream to be added into an adai.

Kids love eating lots of cheese stuffed in their sandwiches or spread over the pizza, so you can also do wonder to tempt them in eating a crispy adai dosa rolled in melted cheese and coconut. The thought itself is addictive and enticing. Adai is also known as paruppu adai in southern India. It makes a complete wholesome nutritive breakfast especially good for growing kids.

The rice and lentils are soaked in water for few hours and then ground to a coarse batter. To this fresh tender curry leaves are added which actually enhances the flavour of the adai dosa. Lentils In India, dal is a part of our daily meal. Vegetarians mainly depend on this as it’s a rich source of protein. Dal is included in many ways in our daily meal.

From breakfast to lunch, snack to dinner, they are a number of dishes where dals are included. Sambar, lentil stew, is one of the most common dish that is prepared daily in every south Indian family or a simple flavourful Dal tadka is a popular north Indian dish.

Adai made with a mix of split and husked chickpea (chana dal) is a very nutritious dal, low in fat, high in protein and usually added to quick snacks, salads and delicious main courses. Chana dal is extensively used in Indian cooking. Chana dal is combined with greens or vegetables like ridge gourd and squashes to make mouth-watering side dishes. Chana dal goes very with spinach.

Chana dal has a nice taste, nutty and meaty flavour. Tur dal is another important ingredient that is used in the Adai. It is one of the most prominent lentils easily available and exhibits a thick gelatinous meaty consistency. The split lentil (tur dal) is slightly sweet, having nutty flavor, easily digestible and amalgamates easily with other spices quickly.

In Indian cooking, dal is the main accompaniment that can be served with any type of rice be it plain rice or jeera rice etc, or Indian flat bread like roti, chapatti, naan etc as it provides the requisite proteins for a balanced meal. 

Toor dal or Tur dal is staple food in Indian cuisine. It is the main protein compliment for vegetarian diet when paired with a starchy food like rice and is a dish that is prepared every day in most of the Indian homes. Dal is a great way to bring India flavours into your homes.

How to make Carrot and Cashew Adai:


  1. Tur dal                                             -       1 tbsp
  2. Chana dal                                        -       1 tbsp
  3. Carrots, grated                               -       2 tbsp
  4. Coriander leaves, finely chopped-    1 bunch
  5. Curry leaves                                  -       2 sprigs
  6. Green chillies, chopped              -       2 nos
  7. Hing                                               -       pinch
  8. Red chillies                                   -       3 - 4 nos
  9. Rice                                                -       1 cup
  10. Salt                                                 -       to taste
  11. Cashew nuts, halves                    -       7-8 nos
  12. Oil for frying


  • In a bowl, put the rice, channa dal, tur dal, dry red chillies and curry leaves. Add water and wash the ingredients nicely once and drain off the water.
  • Put little hing, salt and water till all ingredients are soaked properly and rest aside for at least 3-4 hours.
  • Drain off the water and blend the ingredients to make a coarse paste.
  • In the adai batter, add grated carrots and finely chopped coriander leaves and mix well.
  • Take a flat non-stick pan and pour 1 spatula batter in the pan and spread evenly from inside out.
  • Make a small hole in the center and drizzle some oil at the edges of the adai and to the center.
  • Cook over medium flame.
  • Take some chopped cashew nuts and spread it all over the adai.
  • Cover the adai with a lid and allow it to steam cook for few minutes.
  • Brown it on one side and then flip over to the other side for a minute.
  • Serve hot with coconut chutney or pickle.

This is an excellent Carrot and Cashew Adai, nutritious, healthy and a wholesome meal to kids. Apart from its fantastic taste, this awesome adai dosai is high in fiber and low in cholesterol. Chana dal can be a good food for people with diabetes because it has a low glycemic index. Carrot and cashew nuts adds a pleasant sweet, aroma and stimulates the appetite. Cashew nuts elevate the taste of the dish giving a nice crunch. Do prepare this for kids and they will surely ask for more.

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