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Thursday, February 1, 2018

Thavala Adai | Lentils & Rice Pancakes | Thavala Vadai

Thavala adai is a south Indian recipe which is prepared with lentils and rice. The lentils namely yellow lentils, split chickpeas, whole black gram ( skin removed) and Idli rice are used normally in certain proportion. A tasty and healthy recipe which literally made my day many times during my childhood.

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  • Prep time - 5 to 7 hours soaking time + 20 mins
  • Cooking time - 5 mins
  • Serves - 3

Soak for 5 to 7 hrs:-
  • Rice - 1 cup, idli rice
  • Yellow lentils ( Thuvaram Paruppu) - 3/4 cup
  • Whole black gram - 1/8 cup, skin removed
  • Split chickpeas - 1/4 cup
Grinding and seasoning:-
  • Red chili peppers - 4
  • Fennel seeds - 1 and 1/2 tbsp
  • Oil - 1 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
  • Split black gram - 1 tsp
  • Curry leaves - 2 sprigs
  • Salt to taste 
  • Onion - 2, finely chopped (small)
  • After soaking the ingredients, wash it in running water ( 3 times).
  • Grind the soaked ingredients along with red chili pepper and fennel seeds ( first put the chilies and fennel seeds in then the soaked lentils and rice mixture) in a wet grinder which is generally preferred. ( Note : It can also be done in a blender but it will make the pancakes very hard and you will have to check your jaws. So please use wet grinder.)
  • The batter should be neither too coarse nor too fine. Intermediate.
  • Add salt to taste and mix well. For this measurement, I have added 1 and 1/2 tsp.
  • For seasoning, add oil in a pan. Mustard seeds and S. black gram in followed by finely chopped onion and curry leaves. Saute well.
  • Add the seasoned mixture into the batter and mix well. 
  • The consistency of the batter should be dripping not pouring.
  • Once this is done, place a griddle over high heat. Grease it with oil. Take a ladle of batter and slowly spread it round. ( I prefer round shape.)
  • Drizzle some oil for glossing. Flip it after a min or 2. Reduce the heat if needed.
  • Again drizzle some oil for glossing. Cook for a min or 2.
  • Ready to serve with coconut chutney or any type of pickle ( thovaiyal).
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