Quinoa Adai /Quinoa and Lentil Adai

We are towards our final week of Cooking Carnival in mega Blogging Marathon and for this week I am sharing Adai,aapam and uthappam recipes.As these recipes also comes under dosa category,I decided to share.
For the day 1,I am sharing an adai made with quinoa and lentils.Adai is made with of lentils and rice is most of the households in South India.
But this recipe is rice free and I used quinoa,broken wheat.The taste of the adai is almost like the regular adai.The only thing needs to be careful is rinse the quinoa with water for several times.Otherwise it will end up in a bitter taste.Let's move on to the recipe..........

                               Quinoa Adai/Quinoa and Lentil Adai

   Basic Information

   Preparation time ~ 25 minutes
   Soaking time - 2-3 hours
   Cooking time ~ 3-4 minutes
   Makes ~ 5- 6


1/2 cup
Broken wheat/cracked wheat
1/2 cup
Toor dhal/thuvaram paruppu
1/4 cup
Channa dhal/kadala paruppu
1/4 cup
Moong dhal/paasi paruppu
1 tbs
Red chilly/varamilagai
Fennel seeds/sombu
1/2 tsp
1 inch piece
1 clove
1 tsp
a generous pinch
Onion(finely chopped)
1 (large size)
Curry leaves
2 sprigs(finely chopped)
Coriander leaves
2-3 tbs(finely chopped)
as needed to cook
  • Wash and soak the dhals and broken wheat,quinoa together with water.Let it soak for 2- 3 hours.After soaking completely drain the water and grind the red chilly,fennel,garlic,ginger,and the soaked mixture with little water to a bit coarse paste.
  • Transfer the ground batter to a bowl,to this add the finely chopped onion,curry leaves and coriander leaves. Add in salt and asafoetida and mix it well,adjust the consistency with water.
  • Heat a griddle in a medium flame,once the griddle becomes hot pour a ladle full of batter and spread it. 
  • Drizzle a tsp of oil and cook it for a minute or two,till it becomes golden.Flip it to the other side and cook it for couple of minutes,drizzle another tsp of oil. Remove it from the griddle.
  • Serve it with coconut chutney and sugar or pickle.

  • Keep the flame in a medium to get a nice crispy edges.
  • Grated carrot and coconut can also be added.
  • Rinse the quinoa for at least 4-5 times


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Amma makes a similar adai n we love it a lot ! Liked d addition of onions n broken wheat here

I am ok for any dish which avoids rice. This adai looks so yum and absolutely healthy...

That is a superb combination of grains in an adai!

More healthier and nutritious version over the rice one.

Quinoa adai is nutritious and looks amazing! I am loving the monochromatic color scheme you are using in the pictures.

Quite a nutritious adai and i do often this adai as its a prefect and wonderful way to sneak quinoa. Lovely platter there.

Healthy and tasty Adai!! Nice variation from the regular adai and a great way to include Quinoa in our Indian diet..

Wow adai with quinoa -- love this fusion dosa. So healthy & nutritious.

Such an healthy option Nalini..too good..

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