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Thavalai adai

Thavalai adai is a popular Indian Breakfast
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Shallow Fry
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Preparation Time :
7 hours
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Serves 4
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1 cup of raw Rice

1/2 cup of Urad Dal

1/2 cup of tur dal

3 -4 Red Chillies

pinch of Asafoetida

1 tsp. of black pepper

Salt to taste



  1. Wash and dry the raw rice.
  2. In a pan, fry the tuvar dal, urad dal, chillies, asafoetida, black pepper slightly till a rich smell comes from it and keep it aside.
  3. Now grind the dried rice in a blender, coarsely (rava consistency).
  4. Grind the roasted ingredients in the same way .
  5. In a bowl, mix all the ground items together with salt and water to a batter consistency.
  6. Keep this aside for about 6-7 hours.
  7. In a heavy bottom pan, add this batter and keep stirring until you get a dough (you should be able to make balls from them.
  8. Make sure you keep stirring continuously or else it will stick on to your pan.
  9. Take a big ball from that dough and flatten on a tawa, pressing it into a circle. Apply oil on its sides and cook.
  10. When the bottom is well cooked, flip, cook the other side and apply oil.
  11. Thavalai adai is ready to taste.

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