3 cups parboiled rice
1/2 cup split urad dal with skin
1/2 cup toor dal
1/4 cup channa dal
Green chiles to taste
1 teaspoon salt or to taste
1/2 teaspoon of asafoetida powder (also called hing or perungayam)
Water as needed
Sesame oil as needed (also called til ka tel or nalla ennai) you can use any oil or ghee
Preparation: Soak rice for at least 8 hours or overnight. Grind with green chillies, curry leaves and water. Grind to a coarse batter.
Soak the dals together one hour before grinding. Grind to a coarse batter.
Mix the ground rice and dals together. Add salt, asafoetida and mix it thoroughly into the batter. The batter is now ready to make adais.
To make the adais. Heat a griddle on medium heat and wait for it to warm up. Grease the surface of the griddle with some oil. For best results use the Indian variety sesame oil.
When the griddle is hot, take a few scoops of batter and with a spoon spread it evenly around the surface of the griddle making a round shape. Spread a few drops of oil around the edge and a few in the middle. Wait for the adai to cook. When the edges start to loosen turn it over and let it cook on the other side. Apply a few drops of oil to the other side. When you see it turning brown on both sides the adai it ready to come out and to be served.
The batter will last for 4 to 5 days if kept in the refrigerator. As the batter gets older it becomes more sour, making it more tasty.
You can serve adais for snack, breakfast or appetiser. This is a very filling dish. If you are serving it for appetiser make the adais smaller. Serve adais with chutney, pachadi or avial. Sweet chutneys go really well.