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kaara Adai (Rice & Grain Pancakes)


Adai is another one of those south indian delicacies and probably a well kept secret too. It tastes great and not that hard to make it too. The batter has to be coarse to get the right crispy texture. Kaara Adai is my husband’s favorite dosa kind of dishes. I use to make adai at least once in a month. It pairs best with coconut chutney and avial , the rich flavor from curry leaves and red chillies is just mouth watering! Or if you are like me just eat every bite with a little bit of sugar and I can promise you heaven.


  • Par-Boiledrice : 1/2 cup
  • Raw rice : 1/2 cup
  • Channa dal (Bengal Gram) : 1/2 cup
  • Whole red chilies : 6 to 7 ( according to your spice level)
  • urad dal : 1 tbsp
  • Onion : 1/2 medium (chopped)
  • Curry leaves : 6 to 7
  • Coconut : 1/4 cup ( finley chopped)
  • Ginger : 1tp ( finely chopped)
  • Garlic : 3 cloves ( pressed)

For Seasoning:

  • Oil : 2 tbsp
  • Asafoetida : 1/4 tsp
  • Mustard seeds : 1 tsp
  • Urad dal : 2 tsp
  • Cumin seeds : 1 tsp

Method Of Preparation:

  1. Wash and soak the rice (both raw and par-boiled ) and dals (with whole red chilies) separately for an hour or 45 minutes.
  2. After that first grind both rices very coarsely and keep them aside.
  3. Now grind the dals with whole red chilies and little cumin seeds in to a very coarse paste.
  4. Then mix the both paste and make it into a thick batter. keep it aside for half an hour.
  5. In between that heat oil in a pan and add mustard seeds, urad dal, cumin & fennel seeds after it sputter add the asfoetida powder.
  6. Now add the chopped onions and curry leaves fry them till it becomes translucent .
  7. After that add the chopped ginger and garlic fry them for a minute.
  8. Now add the coconut ( chopped) mix it well with the mixture and fry them for upto 3 minutes.
  9. Add the above mixture with the batter which is prepared before, mix it well with salt and little turmeric powder in to it.
  10. Heat a heavy dosa griddle, pour 1 to 2 tsp oil in the griddle and spread one ladle full of this batter to a thick circular shape. cover and cook over low heat.
  11. Turn over and let it cook till it is crisp all around and golden brown in color.
  12. Adai

serve this adai hot with sugar, avial,coconut chutney. πŸ™‚



  1. I am not surprised that it is your husbands favourite dish, it looks so delicious

  2. Wondeful and hearty! Nice post! πŸ™‚

  3. wow!kara adai..i used to make normal adai…this one sounds different..must try once

  4. kaara adai looks so tempting.

  5. Hey Shriya,
    pancakes looks yummy. This is my first visit to your blog. Your recipes & photos looks good

  6. I love adai. This is a little diff version.

  7. never tried making adai looks yummy

  8. Lovely adai. mouth-watering.

  9. I never had this but it looks so good!

  10. Well if you’re promising heaven, how can I resist? πŸ™‚

  11. All that spicy dishes tempt me a lot..! yum..

  12. Thanks y’all for your lovely comments. πŸ™‚

  13. Hi Shriya,

    This recipe goes straight in as a model recipe in my 1001 South Indian Breads cookbook.


  14. Welcome to SpicyTasty Ramki. And thanks for adding my recipe in to your collection.

  15. Heya just wanted to give you a quick heads up and let you know a few of the images aren’t loading properly. I’m not sure why but I think its a linking issue. I’ve tried it in two different web browsers and both show the same results.

    • Hi rosaline, Thanks for the heads up. Can you please tell me which article you saw this glitch at? That will be really helpful to trouble shoot this.


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