Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Nine grain Adai.(Nava dhanya Adai)

I am sure everybody is interested in making fiber rich recipes. Fiber plays a vital role in reducing body fat.Traditional Indian foods are always rich in fiber and less in carbohydrates. Here is a recipe for adai. Adai can best be served as breakfast or dinner.Since it is full of fiber , it takes a lot of time to digest. so people prefer to have adai fo breakfast or as an early dinner.Navadhanya means nine grains. Those grains are used in Hindu poojas and homams.

black pepper- 1 tsp
red chilli - 2
red onion - 1
ginger - 2 inch long
garlic- 2 pearls
turmeric - 1/4 tsp
curry leaves - 2 brig
Asafoetida- 1 pinch

Soak the following Navadhanya in water for 4 hours.
1.Bengal gram - 1/2 cup
2.rice - 1 cup
3.Red gram - 1/2 cup
4.Black gram (without skin)- 1/2 cup
5.sesame seeds - 2 tbsp
6.green gram - 1/2 cup
7.wheat - 1/4 cup
8.horse gram - 2 tbsp
9.Black eyed peas/cow peas - 1/4 cup

To grind:
Add the soaked navadhanya to the Indian mixer or grinder.
Add 1 tbsp salt.
Add all the ingredients except onion and curry leaves.
Grind them in to a coarse batter. store in refrigerator.


Heat a dosa tava / pancake pan.
coat the pan with sesame oil.
Add chopped onion and curry leaves to the batter.
Spread them into thick dosa/ pancakes.
with a spoon make a small hole in the center and add a drop of butter or oil.
Watch for a red color in the edges.
Turn it upside down with a spatula.
serve hot.

Serving suggestions:

Makes 25 Adai.
Onion chutney or coconut chutney can be served as dippings.
Refrigerate the remaining adai batter immediately. Do not use fermented adai batter, as it is harmful.

Look for Priya Madan's pages for meanings:
(Tamil, Kannada,Telugu,English names for Navadhanya.)

English - Kannada - Telugu - Tamil

Wheat- Suji Godi- Godumulu- Goduma
Rice- Akki- Beeyamu - Arisi
Red Gram - Thogari Bele- Kandi Pappu - Thuvaram Paruppu
Green gram- Hesaru Bele - Peraru Pappu - Pasi Paruppu
Bengal gram- Kaddale - Senagalu - Kondai Kadala
Black eyed peas- Aura Bele- Chikudu Pappu- Thattam payaru
Sesame - Yeilu - Nuvullu - Yellu
Black gram - Uddina bele- Nalla Minumulu- Pappu Ulutham
Horse Gram- Hurli - Ullavalu- Kollu

1 comment:

Malar Gandhi said...

It has been ages seeing such an authentic Tamizhar food. Navathaniyam plays a vital role in a hindu family...its symbolic that all the nutrients should be provided to an individual...I love this adai, dear. If I get these items....will sure try this!

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