Thavala Adai - Tanjore /Thanjavur Special

For letter T,there were various options such a thavala vadai,thenga mangai pannai sundal,thakkali rasam and many more.But I chose Thavala adai,a famous evening snack popular in Tanjore/Thanjavur Brahmin house holds.
Its a kind of pan fried patties/pancake made with ground rice and dhal.This thavala adai can be made in number of ways,in some house holds its made like a thick pancake in a shallow bottom pan.Here I shared the pan fried version and this is quite addictive when it is served hot along with coconut chutney.Off to the recipe................

                                                   Thavala Adai

   Basic Information

   Preparation time ~ 10 minutes
   Soaking time ~ 2-3 hours
   Cooking time ~ 25 minutes
   Makes ~ 6-7



Raw rice/pacharisi
1/2 cup
Toor dhal/thuvaram paruppu
1.5 tbs
Channa dhal/kadala paruppu
1 tbs
3/4 tsp
Cumin seeds/jeergam
1/2 tsp
Black pepper/milagu
3/4 tsp
4 tbs
Mustard seeds/kadugu
3/4 tsp
Urad dhal/uluthamparuppu
1 tsp
a pinch
Curry leaves/karivepillai
few leaves
3-4 tbs

  • Rinse the rice and  couple of times in water and soak it for 2-3 hours minimum.After the soaking time drain the water completely and grind it coarsely in a blender along with salt,cumin and pepper.Add water if its needed.Heat a pan with 2 tsp of oil and do the tempering with mustard seeds and urad dhal.Toast the curry leaves and add the asafoetida powder.
  • Add in the grated coconut and fry it for a minute.Add around 11/2 cups of water,let it boil.To this add the ground rice and dhal paste.Mix it well.
  • Let it cook till all the water gets absorbed.Put off the flame and let it sit for 2-3 minutes.When the batter is warm enough take a lemon size ball on a greased sheet or banana leaf.Grease the palms with water and gently press the ball and flatten it.Make a hole on the center of the flattened disc.Make 2-3 disc and keep it aside.
  • Heat a dosa griddle add a tsp of oil and transfer the flattened disc to the griddle.Drizzle a tsp of oil and cook it in a medium flame for couple of minutes.Then flip gently it to the other side and drizzle a tsp of oil.Cook it till both the sides gets nice and golden.Remove it from the pan.Continue for the rest of the  dough.
  • Serve it hot with coconut chutney.

  • While cooking the ground batter do not cook it till it becomes dry,otherwise its difficult to flat and make the disc.
  • When the flatten discs are cooking do not flip it often,otherwise it may break and get cracked.
  • Grind the rice and dhal to a bit coarser consistency.
  • Cook it with a generous amount of oil to get the adai crispy.


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Brilliant !! I had this bookmarked but cud D get around to make it .. I make it with idli Rava too

This version of adai is new to me. Good pick for T. Looks yummy and would not mind having for breakfast right now.

Oh I am drooling over the clicks and this donut is too hubby who was next to me , says I got to make these asap..simply mind blowing.

Makes a great snack and lovely clicks.

Such lovely clicks Nalini...not sure how I missed this post...and the pan fried adai sounds too good..

I want to have a plate of this thavala adai and this pan fried version rocks.

Totally new dish for me and I'm literally drooling over the pics. Pan fried adai sounds healthy & delicious.

Very tempting clicks and the snack is tempting as well. Bookmarked.

Brilliant recipe and well presented step by step pictures. Bookmarked the recipe right away :)

Those adai looks so delicious and very interesting recipe.Love the clicks.

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