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Adai is one of the most popular, nutritious lentil crepe breakfast dishes from the south Indian cuisine. Adai is a Tamilian name for tasty pancakes made of white rice and lentils. A mixture of various dals soaked and ground together with rice and spices to create a batter, that is cooked into thick pancakes. It's usually prepared for breakfast and it is healthier than dosa. It's very easy to make and doesn't require much preparation as for dosa,

As Adai is a multi lentil crepe, it is crispy, light and a stomach filling breakfast. Adai is a very filling and satisfying dish which keeps your day going. It tastes very good all by itself but when has with avial it has a heavenly and pleasant taste. Adai is made of four healthy lentils like the channa dalmoong daltur dal and urad dal, spiced with red chillies, fresh peppercorn, flavored with ginger pieces and curry leaves. This delicious crepe is quite a heavy dish and one cannot eat more than 2 or 3 crepes at one time.

A cereal grain, Rice is a seed of grass species. White rice and Brown rice are world’s wide production. It plays major role in many dishes like biryani (with fish, meat, egg), fried rice, bread, soups, veg rice, curd rice, rice payasam and many more. South Indian meal is incomplete without rice. Rice supplies a large fraction of energy needs and forming an outstanding proportion of other nutrients diet.

Dal is one of several popular ingredients, generally available in each and every house in South Asian countries. Dal is a preparation of pulses that have been removed of the outer shell and split. There are lots of verities of pulses in India & Pakistan. Such as Toor dal, Moong dal, Masoor dal, Chana dal, Urad dal and many more. These dals or lentils used to make thousands of mouthwatering dishes for all-time meals- Breakfast to Dinner. Some of the amazing dishes are Urad dal ladoo, Dosa, Boondi ladooMysore Bajji, Vada, Kheema channa dal, Tangy curry kata meeta dal, Palak moong dal fry, Moong dal pakoda, Moong dal halwa, Hyderabadi Khichdi, Dal makhani and lot more..

Curry leaves is the main flavoring ingredient added in Adai. Curry leaves are highly valued as seasoning in southern and west-coast Indian cuisine, and Sri Lankan cuisines, especially in curries. Curry leaves are available in abundance in South India. They are used to make thoranvada, rasam and kadhi, there are also quite a few recipes where the curry leaf is the star ingredient like the curry leaf rice, curry leaf chutney, curry leaf powder, curry leaf kuzhambu etc.

In India, we make various sorts of savory and sweet hot pancakes. Listed below are few of my popular Adai recipes that are worth trying-

  • Dosa Adai: It is an extremely flavorful dish. Adai batter ground to a smooth paste and spread into a thin crispy pancake. Dosa Adai is a fantastic and super breakfast dish which will surely tickle your taste buds.

  • Cheese Adai Dosa: One of the best food suited for kids and it is always a hit as a reward to your kids.

  • Rice and Dal Adai: It is usually prepared for breakfast and is filling and healthier than dosa. Rice and Dal Adai is a very popular south Indian breakfast dish served with coconut chutney or jaggery.

  • Multi Grain Adai: A healthy and nutritious pancake dish. It is prepared with a combination of multi grain lentils such as rice, urad dal, channa dal, toor dal, moong dal and green gram mixed with dried red chilies, asafoetida and fresh curry leaves. Multi grain Adai is a delicious healthy, savory and stomach filling snack served at breakfast.

  • Mix Veg Multi Dal Adai Cheese Dosa: One of the best food suited for kids as this dosa is highly nutritious. It is made combining moong dal, masoor dal, urad dal, chana dal, tur dal, rice, cheese, vegetables and spices.

  • Onion Adai: A variation from the normal plain Adai. This dish is commonly known as Vengaya adai in Tamil nadu. It is a type of Indian pancake or crepe made of lentils, rice and finely chopped onions mixed in the batter to make it very tasty and flavorful.

  • Mix Vegetable Adai: South Indian specialty popularly prepared in Tamil Nadu and Kerala for its high nutritive values and a brilliant healthy breakfast. Mix Veg Adai is a medley of lentils and topped with some exotic veggies and made into an adai.

  • Carrot and Cashew Adai: Another wonderful combination of Indian pancake where grated carrots are added to the adai batter and pan fried. The adai is topped with cashew nuts to give amazing crunchiness and enhance the flavor so that kids are attracted and have this colorful and nutritious diet. This adai acquires all the color and goodness from carrots and cashew nuts.

  • Drumstick Leaves Adai: It is popularly known as Murungai Keerai Adai in southern India. It is an exceptional crepe made from the combination of at least two lentils and rice; drumstick leaves added in the batter and cooked to perfection makes this dish remarkably nutritious. Traditionally this is a tiffin dish usually had for breakfast. Drumstick leaves are rich in iron compared to other greens. This adai goes well with sambar.

  • Gun Powder Adai: An exceptional south Indian crispy crepe/ pancake sprayed over with gunpowder which is an amazing powder made with roasted lentils ground to grainy crunch and the tinge of hing (asafoetida) has got a indefinably extra-savory dimension.

  • Vada Adai: An incredible breakfast/ snack dish especially for kids. Vada Adai is a thick small vada shaped adai made with adai batter adding other seasonings like onions, crushed black pepper, cumin, coriander leaves, ginger andcoconut pieces to give an intense flavor to the vada adai. This dish is crispy, tastes too good and alluring to the palate. Goes extremely well with sambar and any spicy chutney!

  • Adai IdliThis is a wonderful and excellent breakfast dish, smooth, fluffy and yummy Idlis made with Adai batter.  If you are bored of eating the regular idlis, then this is one of the remarkable dishes from the south Indian cuisine. Adai Idlis are healthy, nutritious and delicious to eat. It is protein rich, less fat used and nicely steam cooked. Adai Idlis tastes excellently well with coconut chutney.

  • Vegetable Adai Idli: A very nutritious and healthy breakfast dish. It tastes extremely well with any type of chutney, sambar, etc.

Preparation Tips:

  • For making these healthy and nutritious adai dishes, do not to use yeast or baking powder for the batter to ferment. 

Health Tips:

  • Adai is rich in carbohydrates and proteins.
  • Dals are fantastic protein sources. Cereals and pulses absence an amino acid each, that makes it necessary to mix them in a well-balanced method to enhance the protein quality.
  • Rice contains no gluten, which makes it one of the best non-allergic foods.
  • Rice contains a lot of carbohydrates that give our bodies the instant energy.
  • Fresh ginger and methi seeds are added that help in proper digestion.
  • Curry leaves lower your blood sugar levels by affecting the insulin activity. Apart from this, the presence of fiber in the leaves plays a significant role in controlling your blood sugar levels.
  • Curry leaves are known to be carminative in nature and thus, is highly effective against indigestion. Once ingested, it helps in the digestion process along with aiding in excretion.  
  • Even though curry leaves have mild laxative properties, it is a great remedy for diarrhea.
  • Curry leaves has always been known to help in preventing greying of the hair. It is also very effective in treating damaged hair, adding bounce to limp hair, strengthening the shaft of thin hair, hair fall and treats dandruff.
  • Curry leaves are a rich source of iron and folic acid. Folic acid is mainly responsible for carrying and helping the body absorb iron, and since it is a rich source of both the compounds it is your one-stop natural remedy to beat anaemia.

If you’re unaware of this tasty Indian Adai recipes, I strongly suggest all of you try these amazing and yummy south Indian tiffins – adai recipes and enjoy it!!

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