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Adai With Brown Rice And Lentils


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Prep Time 5 hrs
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 5 hrs 15 mins
Course Breakfast
Cuisine South Indian
Servings 20 medium adais


  • 1 cup brown rice
  • ½ cup yellow split peas / toor dhal
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • ¼ inch ginger skin peeled
  • 2 dry red chillies
  • salt to taste
  • 1 medium sized tomatoes

For The Tempering

  • ½ tsp sesame oil
  • ¼ cup onions finely chopped
  • 2 tsp asafoetida
  • 10-12 curry leaves finely chopped
  • black pepper balls whole/crushed
  • water to soak
  • ¼ cup oil


  • Soak the brown rice and lentils in a separate bowl with excess water to fill them both for 4-5 hours. Also soak the dry red chillies in any one of the bowl. Set them aside. Once done, drain the water completely and grind them with ginger,garlic and tomato to a coarse paste. Use minimum water. The batter will be thicker than pancake or dosa batter.
  • Heat oil in a small pan and add asafoetida, curry leaves, onions , black pepper balls and salt. Add them to the batter and mix well.
  • Heat the non-stick tava over medium heat for about 2-3 minutes. Spray the tava with cooking spray and spread it around with a kitchen towel. Pour a ladle full of the thick batter in the center of the heated non-stick tava/ griddle and spread in circular fashion with the back of the ladle to form a circle. Drizzle little oil (be stingy with its use) around the edges and let it cook for 8 minutes and flip it over for another few minutes, about 5 minutes. They should be brown and crispy. Always cook them in medium flame to avoid burning them


1. Adai with brown rice and lentils can be eaten during phase 2 and 3 of South beach diet.
2. Also a perfect dish for women with gestational diabetes. Eat 2 of them with healthy chutney and little sambhar. You have to watch your sugar level after the meal. If its less, then eat one more adai. That’s how I experimented with the quantity.
3. An ideal dinner idea for those who want to lose weight or those who are pre-diabetic and diabetic.
4. It is a protein packed dish with complex carbohydrates. Nutritious without doubt.
Keyword Adai
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