Kodo millet/Varagu arisi adai, thick pancake, made with kodo millet and lentils. Adai, traditionally made with rice and lentils.
Adai is a versatile recipe, that can be made with a variety of grains, like quinoa, oats, barley, white/red/black rice. At home we are big fans of whole grains. I try to include whole grains in my regular cooking as much as possible.
As a south-indian we are basically rice eaters at home. But due to my personal choices, i either cook millets are quinoa for myself. Though i like the taste of millets with my regular sambar and rasam, my hubby cannot think of anything other than rice with south indian food.
If you have someone like my hubby at home then introducing whole grains in to their diet is a bit tough. I first started using millets in my regular tiffen menu like this varagu arisi idy. Idly made with millets doesn’t have any difference in taste or texture.
Upma is another delicious dish to make with millets. As the texture of millets and rava/sooji are almost similar, the texture and taste of the upma doesn’t change much.
Coming to today’s recipe, Adai batter doesn’t require any fermentation like dosai batter, which actually is an advantage. Soak ingredients for 4 hours minimum, grind it and use it immediately to make fresh adai/pancakes. You can make it thin and serve it for breakfast, make it thick and serve it for lunch/dinner.
I usually soak ingredients overnight, grind and use it for breakfast immediately. An easy recipe to solve the breakfast tension.
- Kodo millet, varagu arisi is the main ingredient in the recipe. You can replace kodo millet with any other millets
- Dal, I have used combination of all four dals in the recipe chana, masoor moong and toor dal.
- Spices, i have used red chilies, curry leaves and ginger to spice the batter. As a result, the adai/pancake usually doesnt need any side dish.
Varagu Arisi Adai | Kodo Millet adai
- Indian style mixie/heavy blender
- 1 cup varagu arisi kodo millet
- ¼ cup chana dal
- ¼ cup moong dal
- ¼ cup masoor dal
- ¼ cup toor dal
- ½ teaspoon salt or to taste
- 4-5 nos red chilies
- ¼ cup freshly grated coconut optional
- ½ teaspoon shredded ginger
- handful fully of curry leaves and coriander leaves
- Wash and soak the millet and the lentils together for 4 hours minimum. I usually soak them around lunch 2 pm for 8pm dinnner. I grind it around 7 pm and rest it for 30 minutes before making it for dinner.
- After the minimum 4 hours of soaking time, drain the excess water, take the contents into a mixer jar along with red chilies, curry and coriander leaves, coconut, ginger and grind it to a batter. It usually needs around ½ – ¾ cup of water to grind well.
- Addition of coconut though is optional, it adds a great flavor to the adai,
- Remove the batter to another vessel, add salt and mix well. Check the consistency, it should be little thick like idly batter.
- Some might prefer the adai batter to dosa batter consistency. If yes, then add aother ¼ cup of water to it and mix well.
- Let the batter rest for 30 minutes for the spices to mingle well.
Making the adai
- Heat a dosa pan, i use my cast iron tava for my dosa/adai.
- Keep the flame medium, add a teaspoon of gingely oil to the tava, spread it well and wipe it off with a tissue or a cloth.
- Pour a ladle of batter in the center of the tava and spread it using the back of the ladle in circular motion. We usually prefer my adai thin that its usual thickness.
- Make a hole in the center of the adai, this ensures even cooking of the adai, dot the edges with gingely oil, once the edges turn brown, flip the adai to the other side and cook for another minute.
- Serve hot with jaggery/aviyal, i served mine with jaggery and coriander thokku.