This recipe uses more of tur dal & less of other dals.In some recipes, chana dal is used generously & other dals are used in lesser quantities.In another recipe, both toor dal & chana dal are used in equal quantities & other dals are used sparingly.In fact, you could have you own measurements for dals.There are other combinations as well.
I asked about adai recipe from one of my mother's friend & she gave me her adai recipe. This is her recipe.
My husband is off onions.So I have skipped adding finely chopped onions to the batter just before making adai on tawa.You can add it. In fact, even methi , palak leaves can be chopped finely & added. Carrots, dudhi, etc can be grated & added as well just before making adais on tawa.
Ingredients : 1 cup rice, 1/2 cup tur dal, 1 tbsp split urad dal, 1 tbsp split mung dal, 1 tbsp chana dal,5-6 byadgi mirchis, 3-4 tbsp oil for greasing tawas , 1/4 tsp hing, salt to taste, a few curry leaves finely chopped after washing.
Method : Soak rice dal mixture along with byadgi mirchis for at least two hours. After soaking period is over, drain the water. Grind it all into a coarse textured batter inn mixer ( not wet grinder as wet grinder would make it very fine batter ). Keep adding water little by little as it is ground in the mixer. I kept it to ferment for 1 hour .Then ,I kept it in refrigerator.I made them the next morning after adding salt.
Add chopped & washed curry leaves to batter. Mix nicely. Take anon stick tawa & pour a ladle full of batter on the tawa. & spread it like adosa. Cook by covering with a lid. After 1-2 minutes, remove lid.The adia would have cooked on bottom side. Add 1 tsp oil on dosa.. Flip it up & cook on the other side.After a minute, take it off the tawa.Repeat making more adis with the remaining batter.
Serve adi with coconut chutni though my husband reminds me time & again, that adai is best eaten with avial.
Tips : De skinned mung dal & de skinned urad dal can be used. In fact, they are used in place of split urad dal & split mung dal.The colour of adai may turn out golden brown in that case.In the case photographed above, browny gold !