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Jun 30, 2013

Oats Brown Rice Adai / Oats Brown Rice Lentils Crepes

Today's recipe is a South Indian Special, Adai. Adai is nothing but a thick dosa/crepes made of mixed lentils and rice. For a healthier option i tried with oats and brown rice. I am trying to include more Whole grains & fiber rich meals in our diet. I regulary take oats, cracked wheat, whole wheat, finger millets, brown rice in any form but my kids & H not comfortable so to feed them i need to txperiment, then thought to mix this whole grains with their favorite Dosa/Idly/Adai/Pulao etc. And one such experiment turned out to this crispy, yummy & healthy Adai.
Here i used Brown Basmati rice but u can use regular brown rice also but the long grain ones gives nice crispy n tasty adais. You will not find any much difference in taste to that of regular Adai. its more filling and perfect for breakfast to kick start your day. But u can very well serve for dinner. Now to the recipe...

  1. Brown rice        1 cup
  2. Oats              3/4 cup( i used quick cooking oats)
  3. Sona Masoori Rice            1/2 cup
  4. Tuvar dal     1/2 cup
  5. Channa dal/yellow split peas      1/2 cup
  6. Urad dal/white lentils          3 tbsp
  7. Moong dal/yellow lentils     3 tbsp
  8. Cumin Seeds       1 tsp
  9. Fennel seeds       1/2 tsp
  10. Hing     1/4 tsp
  11. Garlic     2 cloves
  12. Chilli powder     1-2 tsp( or replace with 5-6 dry red chillies)
  13. Salt    to taste
  14. Onion         1 medium(finely chopped)
  15. Cilantro      1/4 cup (finely chopped)
  16. Ginger     1 tsp(finely chopped)
  17. Curry leaves     few finely chopped(optional)
  18. Oil      as needed to make adai

Wash and Soak brown rice, sona masoori rice n dals together (along with red chillies, if using) for at least 4-5 hours and soak oats separately for just 20-30 minutes.
After that, drain water and grind everything together along with cumin seeds, fennel seeds, and garlic to a coarse batter using little water.
The batter should be thicker than the idly batter.
Then to the batter, add finely chopped onions, cilantro, ginger, curry leaves & enough salt.
Mix everything well and the batter is ready to use. No need to ferment the batter.
Now Heat a tawa, pour a ladle full of batter to the tawa and spread lightly in circular motion.
You can make it little thin for crispy adai or thick Adai. Drizzle some oil around the dosa and cook in medium heat.
After 2 minutes turn other side and cook till it become little crispy and well cooked.
It will take time to cook completely.
Then remove from the tawa and serve hot with chutney or sambar or it can be taken as such with Idly podi.

Instead of adding ground oats, you can also simply dry roast the oats for sometime then pulse it in a blender and add it to the ground brown rice lentils batter.
Adjust chilli powder or red chilli to ur taste.
This batter can be refrigerated for one day.

Linking this to Priya's Healthy Diet ~ Diabetic Friendly Recipes Event and Vardhini's  Dish it Out Event ~ Lentils/Legumes & Vegetables happening @ Cooksjoy.


  1. Nalla combo. I thought it should be some dosa or idly when I saw the ingredients in fb. very good recipe who look for healthy breakfast.

  2. wow I love this kind of pancake...healthy, delicious and loaded with goodness.

  3. nice clicks akka and healthy dosa

  4. that's a nice healthy adai...looks good Sangee

  5. very healthy recipe sangee. u should soon start writing a cookbook on healthy recipes :)

  6. super healthy adai...loved it...awesome.

  7. Wat a healthy and nutritious adai, excellent food for dieting people.

  8. looks so delicious and very healthy..

  9. Yummy.. Such a healthy & tasty adai :) Looks nice !!

  10. healthy adai n love the cute food props :-)

  11. how many servings for this recipe???/

    1. The above measurement makes about 12-14, 8" crepes/Adai..

  12. I am blessed by your blog. Us Americans do not eat very healthy by culture, and I can learn much about healthy and inexpensive eating from your recipes and lifestyle.

    1. Thanks for those kind words, am glad that u liked my give it a try and let me know how it turned out to u. Am trying myself to eat, cook healthy & tasty recipes. thanks again!


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