The classic combo- Adai(Legume Crepe) and Aviyal(Stew)!!

The Hurricane season has started in Houston and we had a mini version last month with Hurricane(Tropical Storm) Alex which gave with a lot of showers. The trend seems to continue even this week as we have had couple of days of rain with the works- thunder and lightning.

Such days reminds me of my childhood and of course a hot and satisfying dinner that can match the weather. I opted to make one of our favorites, adai(legume crepe) and aviyal(almost a vegetable stew).

Here is how it goes:


Idli rice(par boiled rice)-1 cup
Sona Masoori rice(ordinary rice)- 1 cup
Urad dal, toor dal and chana dal- all together 1 cup
Red chilies- 4
Ginger – 1/2″ piece
Asafoetida- 1/2 tsp
Salt- to taste


Wash and soak the rice and dals together for atleast 6 hours along with the red chilies.

Grind the rice, dal,red chilies and ginger to a coarse paste. Transfer to a tall container, add salt and asafoetida and let it ferment for 8-12 hours.

When the batter is all bubbly and has doubled in volume, its time to make the adais!

Heat a pan and pour about a ladle of the batter and spread it to medium thickness. Poke some holes through the crepe and liberally sprinkle some oil/ghee on top.

Once the crepe is golden brown on one side, flip the adai to the other side and let it turn golden brown in color. Transfer to a plate and serve it with aviyal!.

I just made plain adai, though combinations of onion, cilantro can be sprinkled on top of the adai. Other favorite topping is to use drumstick leaves on top of the adai which makes the adai a legume and folic acid rich food!
Another favorite side dish for adai is butter and jaggery. Which ever is your favorite, you will surely enjoy this hot combo!

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12 Comments to “The classic combo- Adai(Legume Crepe) and Aviyal(Stew)!!”

  1. shama says:

    superb combo….we love this

  2. bergamot says:

    Adai is one of my favourite dosa. Looks good.

  3. Perfect combo,my fav too…

  4. Hi sowjanya, how are you doing? amit ‘s vacation are starting from tommorrow, so quiet free now and going to india also….and love both these dishes, looks so yum

  5. Priya says:

    Adai and aviyal, am inviting myself to ur place sis…droolworthy dishes together..

  6. Sayantani says:

    I crown you the Dosa queen. have not seen such crisp and perfect round dosas anywhere. how did you do that? lovely. love adai and aviyal. so bookmarked.

  7. indosungod says:

    Sowjanya, I like the look of your adai crispy and I am sure utterly delicious. Avial is a favorite but I don’t cook it often enough.

  8. Suman Singh says:

    looks delicious…do agree with Sayantani on this..they look so crispy and perfect..yumm

  9. Joanne says:

    I crave home-cooked food in the middle of thunderstorms as well…stay safe! This looks delicious. Also, I will respond to your email ASAP!

  10. G.pavani says:

    looking delicious and nice comb

  11. Hamsamalini says:

    Lovely blog and lovely combo of Adai and aviyal. My evertime favourite. Nice presenation also. I like it.

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