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Adai Dosa Recipe | Dosa with lentils | Protein rich breakfast | South Indian Breakfast Recipe

Adai dosa or orange dosa as I call it is a healthy breakfast recipe from the South. Adai is a combination of rice with a range of colorful lentils all soaked together and ground to form a thick batter and later spiced up. Usually Adai is served with Aviyal, I really wonder who made that pairing, it seems to work really well, but you can also make coconut chutney or any kind of chutney to go with this spicy dosa. My version of making this adai is more like dosa as I don't love to eat a very thick dosa but something that is light and filling. You can easily mix and match with the dals and still you will get a great tasting adai. Mind you the dry red chilis in this recipe might be a lot but it adds color to the dosa and also it totally depends on what kind of red chilis you use. Usually everyone says you can grind the batter using a mixer but I always prefer to grind in the table top grinder as it does the job well and I save some life to my mixer.

Adai dosas are usually thick and can be filled with chopped onions, green chillis, coriander and drumstick leaves but I went the simple way to make them plane. Although they look similar to dosas still there is a unique taste of lentils in these dosas and they are so filling too. Oh did I tell you that this is one recipe that does not require fermentation of batter? you can almost use the batter after it is ground by spicing it. Ok lets move on to the recipe


Recipe Source ~ Own
Makes ~ 20 adai
Prep time ~ 20 mins
Grind time ~ 30 mins
Serving Suggestion ~ along with Aviyal or coconut chutney


Oil  - to make adai
Salt - to taste
Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
Chopped onions to garnish (optional)
Chopped coriander to garnish (optional)
Chopped green chili (optional)

To grind batter -

Raw rice - 1 cup
Idly rice - 1 cup
Chana Dal - 1/2 cup
Toor dal - 1/4 cup
Masoor dal - 1/4 cup
Urad dal - 1/4 cup
Moong dal - 1/4 cup

To grind spice -

Dry red chilli - 20 nos
Fennel seeds - 1 tbsp
Hing - 1 tsp
Ginger - 1" piece minced
Garlic - 3 pods


  • Take all ingredients mentioned under to grind batter in a large bowl wash it with water 2-3 times and soak in water for 3-4 hours
  • Drain the excess water and grind the ingredients for 20-30 minutes until it reaches dosa batter consistency.
  • Meanwhile grind all the ingredients under to grind paste and add to the batter along with salt, turmeric powder, mix well and set aside for 20 mins
  • Heat a skillet and drizzle oil/ghee now take a laddle full of the batter and make thick pancakes/ dosas, drizzle with more oil/ ghee
Serve hot along with aviyal or coconut chutney

Cooks Wisdom 

- Adding ghee adds more flavor to the adai but if you want an healthy alternative go for gingerly oil
- You can add 1/4 cup grated coconut to the batter if you want more coconut flavor 
- Add more colorful lentils this adds more color to the adai and also you can adjust the no of red chili to the recipe, although I used a lot of them still the adai was not that spicy. if you are worried if it would be too hot just use kashmiri red chilli powder a tsp for the color
- adding ginger and garlic gives and extra punch you can always avoid if you have satvic taste.


  1. Priya,drooling on seeing the pic,superbbbb clicks

  2. mindblowing clicks akka.mouthwatering now to finish the adai with aviyal

  3. Lovely clicks dear.. I just love that adai & avial combo, & if given lil butter & jaggery, ayyo, out of the world :)

  4. Lovely, tempting and filling Avial n adai dosa... Super Doll...

  5. love adai dosa but dint know these are traditionally served with avial, another of my favourite. lovely clicks.

  6. yummy combo..semma tempting

  7. Perfect crunchy adais Priya :)

  8. adai with aviyal :) sounds a great combination da.. yummy :)

  9. so wonderful combination and your ada colour is amazing with the use of masoor dal

  10. looks healthy and perfect for breakfast or dinner...

  11. super delicious adai, love it priya... very very beautiful clicks...

  12. A prefect pair, love this combo to the core,my all time favourite.

  13. Love them, perfect for breaking the fast :)

  14. I love adai a lot da.. Healthy breakfast. But I haven't had it with aviyal yet.. but with coconut chutney dhaan.. Will try this combination sometime..

  15. such a healthy and filling breakfast, your close up picture reals makes me drool.

  16. wow ,looks incredible.

  17. wow amazing love this adai dosa :) looks super delicious priya .. very healthy even:) super love all your clicks and stunning new look for your blog :)

  18. Hi priya ...thanks a ton for your dal Adai was just husbands colleagues came for lunch n they were so impressed with this recipie....I am out of India n its very difficult to find south Indian sn my hubby loves it...this was such a healthy adai.keep posting such wonderful recipie.....

  19. Thanks a ton priya for this wonderful recipie. I made a slight change by adding cumin powder n serverd with Vega tasted yummy..... my husband loved it n so did mil ....keep posting ur tempting recipe....n ur pics are superb...u can get a job with national Geographic also....u r so talented ..

    1. :-) thank you so much Aaliya so happy to see your comment here. Thanks for trying too, this means so much to me. Thats a great idea to add cumin, I must try that sometime. Keep visiting and enjoy cooking.

      Priya <3


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