Published On : Mon, Aug 24th, 2015

Diabetic Recipes: Whole grain Adai

Adai Aviyal, Vegetable Adai, Whole Grain Adai

Whole grains adai pic1_thumbIngredients
Rice – 1 cup (Idli Rice/ Raw rice / Combination of both)
Toor dal (Tuvaram Paruppu) – 1/2 cup
Channa dal (Kadalai Paruppu) – 1/2 cup
Moong dal (Paasi Paruppu) – 2 tblsp (optional)
Urad dal (Ulitham Paruppu) – 2 tblsp
Salt – as needed
Dry red chillies – 4
Asafoetida – 1/4 tsp
Ginger – 1 ” piece
Cumin seeds – 1 tsp
Oil – for making adai

Ingredients to be mixed with batter according to your taste
Onion – 1 (chopped)
Grated coconut – 2 tblsp
Cilantro – handful (finely chopped)


1.Wash and soak the rice and lentils for 1 hour.
2.Grind them together to a coarse texture along with dry red chillies, ginger, cumin seeds, asafoetida, salt and required water.
3.You could make the batter as thick or thin as you want. Do not make it very runny.
4.To the batter add your choice of ingredients under “additional ingredients” and mix together.
Note :- You can add some more chilly powder if you like more spice and some turmeric powder if you prefer a dark yellow colour.
5.Take a spoonfull of the batter and pour on a dosa kal or griddle.
6.Spread the batter using circular motion with the back of the spoon.
7.Pour some oil in the center of the adai and also in the sides.
8.Cook until both the sides are done. Usually takes 2 minutes on each side. Leave the adai little longer on the tava if you prefer crispy adais.

Serving Suggestions
– Adai is traditionally served with Aviyal in restaurants.
– It also goes well with coconut chutney, almond chutney or idli podi.
– Kids love to eat Adai with sugar.


Healthy Whole Grain Adai
We can make the adai more healthy by using whole grains. Use the same recipe as above with the following changes.
1. Use whole green gram instead of moong dal
2. Use whole black gram instead of urad dal.
3. You could also use 2 tblsp of other lentils like masoor dal, green lentils etc.

Vegetable Adai
You could also increase the nutritional value of adai by adding any vegetables of your choice to the adai batter. One way to add the vegetables is to add finely chopped/grated vegetables to the adai batter (like spinach, grated carrot, chopped beans, zucchini, bottlegourd etc).

Another way is to grind the vegetable along with the rice and lentils while preparing the batter. You can prepare different types of adai like spinach adai, carrot adai, tomato (thakkali) adai, zucchini adai, bottlegourd (surakkai) adai etc using this method.