Monday, November 12, 2007
eat adai with ada
adai belongs to the dosai genre.not as frequently made either at home or in a restaurant as the normal dosai. nevertheless, a popular morning breakfast in many households in tamil nadu. while idli and dosai have only one dal in the batter which is black gram dal (urad dal), adai has three dals in the batter. black gram dal (urad), red gram dal (tur) and bengal gram dal (chana). our cook gb adds green gram dal (mung) as well. to make it a formidable foursome of lentils. when compared to the dosai, adai is packed with more proteins.
if you want to make say about six adais,here is the recipe.take one medium-sized cup of parboiled rice and equal proportion of chana,mung and tur dal. udad dal should be twice the quantity of chana or mung or tur dal. soak them together in water overnight. grind to a coarse batter with red chillies,green chillies,salt and asfoetida adding enough water to get a proper dosai batter consistency. keep the batter thick. some ferment the batter. some don't.
heat on adai tawa and keep the heat at moderate.pour a tsp of oil on the tawa and smear it with a piece of cloth.pour a ladle full of batter in the middle. with the base of the ladle spread the batter to form a thick circle. make a hole in the centre. add 2 tsp oil in the centre and around the adai. wait for the underside to get properly roasted. it will take a golden brown colour. the top will be slightly cooked. loosen the edges with the spatula and carefully turn it over. add a tsp of oil and cook the other side.till well roasted.serve hot with molagapodi(gunpowder) and jaggery mixed with butter.many thanks to andu paatti for her tips.
there are some variants like when finely chopped onion is mixed with the batter or chopped fenugreek leaves are added to the batter at the time of making the adai. you can add also two tbsp fully grated coconut to the batter.
adai is one of my favourite breakfast dishes.when i was young we had a lady cook from srirangam who insisted on making adais everyday for breakfast. maybe that has rubbed off on me. one thing is certain. you will not feel hungry for about six hours after consuming two adais with its accompaniments. follow it up with coffee or a glass of buttermilk.
that is called eating adai with ada (panache). a power breakfast 'extraordinaire'.