Sunday, July 13, 2008

1001 Adai ( South Indian Pancakes)

Adai, (Savoury south Indian pancakes) is commonly eaten throughout Tamilnadu. These thick savoury pancakes are easy to make. Soak a cereal like rice/ wheat or pulses like chana dal / tuvar dal or a mixture of both. Grind them to a thick batter with some coconut, green chili and salt. Spread into thick pancakes on a hot skillet and cook till they are golden – your Adai is ready. A variety of flavourings and additives can be added to this batter, giving us numerous variations of Adai.

Any cereal / pulses can soaked, ground up and used to make Adai. However, Some pulses like red kidney beans (rajma) are toxic when uncooked and should always be cooked.

The Base: See column 1
A cereal alone can be used to make Adai like the Rice Adai.

A mixture of rice and lentils is used for the common Adai.

Use sprouted lentils and we have the Mulai kattya adai.

Use cooked rice and we have the Cooked Rice Adai.

Use yogurt for soaking instead of water and you get Yogurt adai.

A mixture of cereals and pulses can be used to make a cereal - lentil Adai

Finger millet is used to make the Ragi Adai.

Use semolina in place of a cereal and gram flour in place of a pulse and you have the instant Adai, the Rava Adai.

A pulse or a mixture of pulses can be used to make the Lentil Adai (Paruppu Adai).

Flavouring: See column 2
A wide variety of stuff can be used to flavour Adai. Ginger, garlic, curry leaves, red chilies & turmeric are commonly used. You can try any of your favourite flavouring agents in place of traditional ones. Though not traditionally cooked, you can try experiment with Rosemary / Sage / Oregano / Thyme or other herbs.

Additives: See column 3
A variety of additives as listed in column 3 can be mixed in the batter. Shallots, spinach, green chili, herbs are commonly used. Try experimenting by adding chopped nuts or any other edibles to cook your own adais.

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Susan said...

Thanks for sharing this great "cheat sheet" for Pancakes on Parade. You've got a really helpful and fun blog. I'm glad to have found you.

Jane said...

I tried this last night with chana dal and rice base and they were excellent. I have learned a great deal from your recipes. Thanks for sharing!

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