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Thavala Adai

Subhashni Venkatesh
15 minutes
Prep Time
30 minutes
Cook Time
4 People
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Thavala Adai is a protein rich , holiday breakfast. Since it is made using dals and lot of oil, it is made as breakfasft only and not for dinner. It is Thanjavur special breakfast recipe. Since it was made in a Bronze vessel called "Thavala" in olden days it got its name.

Recipe Tags

  • Egg-free
  • Medium
  • Everyday
  • Tamil Nadu
  • Pan fry
  • Simmering
  • Breakfast and Brunch
  • High Fibre

Ingredients Serving: 4

  1. Raw rice 3 cups
  2. Chana dal - 1/2 cup
  3. urad dal - 1/2 cup
  4. thur dal 1/2 cup
  5. Red chillies 5
  6. crushed pepper - 2 tsp
  7. cumin 2 tea spoons
  8. sour curd 500 ml
  9. chopped coconut pieces 2 tb spoons
  10. sesame oil - 1/4 th cup
  11. coconut oil - 1/4 th cup
  12. ghee 1/4 cup
  13. Asafoetida 1/2 tsp
  14. salt to taste


  1. Powder the dals, rice, red chillies to semolina consistency. Soak them in curd with salt and hing.
  2. Keep aside for an hour. Then add water , pepper, cumin powder and coconut pieces, bring to batter consistency.
  3. Mix the two oils and ghee in a cup and use this stuff for making adai.
  4. Heat an iron cast, heavy pan. Pour two table spoons of oil mixture and pour two ladles of batter. No need to spread. Drizzle two teaspoons of oil around.
  5. Cook on both sides to crisp in medium flame and serve hot.

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Reema Garg
Reema Garg   Jan-15-2018


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