Thursday, May 11, 2017

Tirunelveli Thavalai Adai | Traditional Adai Recipe | Gluten Free and Vegan Recipe

Tirunelveli Thavalai Adai

Hi Supermoms,

'Tirunelveli' also known as 'Nellai' is a popular city in Tamil Nadu. Nellai Cuisine is unique and has so many world famous dishes like the Tirunelveli Halwa. I have earlier shared Tirunelveli Style Sambar, Tirunelveli Mor Kuzhambu recipes with you all. 

 Today, I am so thrilled to share a unique Thavalai Adai recipe made in the authentic Tirunelveli Style . My friend Priya generously shared her  mother's signature recipe with me . The recipe is a keeper and is so delicious.  Don't miss trying this traditional and authentic recipe. 

You can pan cook the adai if you are calorie conscious. But there will be a significant change in the taste. 

Recipe Courtesy :Mrs. Priya Siva 

Tirunelveli Thavalai Adai

Tirunelveli Thavalai Adai:

Preparation time : 4-5 hours
Cooking time : 20 minutes
Serves : 6-8
1 cup = 250 ml cup

Ingredients :

To soak and grind :

1 cup raw rice 
1 cup toor dal/pigeon peas
1 cup channa dal/Bengal gram
1 cup urad dal ( husked or with skin)
5-6 dry red chillies
salt to taste

To soak separately :

1/2 cup moong dal/ husked and split green gram

To add after grinding : 

2-3 green chillies ( finely chopped)
1 onion ( finely chopped, optional)
1/4 cup fresh coconut ( finely chopped)
1 sprig curry leaves
handful of cilantro /coriander leaves ( finely chopped)
pinch of asafoetida

Oil ( for frying )


1. Soak the ingredients given under 'to soak and grind' for 3-4 hours.

2. Soak moong dal separately to be added to the ground batter.
3. After the soaking time, grind the rice and dals to a coarse batter.
4. Add salt, coconut pieces and soaked and drained moong dal.

5. Add the ingredients given under 'to add after grinding' and mix well.
6. Your adai batter is ready.
Chef tip : The adai batter should be of pouring consistency. 
7. Heat oil in a small pan/kadai.
8. When the oil is hot, pour 2 ladles of adai batter and spread to form a circle.

9. Fry on both sides till golden brown and drain in a kitchen tisssue.
10. Repeat the same process for the remaining batter.

Your Traditional and amazingly tasty Tirunelveli Style Thavalai Adai is ready. Serve it along with your choice of chutney. I served it along with ridge gourd peel chutney and strong filter coffee. 

Tirunelveli Thavalai Adai

Happy Cooking !

With love,


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