Sunday, 3 January 2010

Soybean and Rice Adai

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Hi Friends.
Now that I felt rejuvenated after enjoying a fun filled long weekend with my family, I decided to clean my pantry and to take a stock check of what all I have in there and clean up the mess if any (a part of my resolution for this year..not to let the grocery go waste).
While doing the stock check I found that I have very good quality Soybeans which were completely neglected by me. This packet of beans looked at me very angrily and castigated me to overlook it’s presence, not fair, not fair it said. So in the urge to finish these extremely healthy and nutritious beans I soaked them all overnight without thinking what I will do with them (did I decide that I will plan out things well in advance as a part of my new year resolution?). I just told myself I will make something interesting.
Just before I decided to retire to bed I was attacked by another thought… I have not thought about breakfast. These days I plan and keep my veggies and other ingredients ready for morning as I feel too lazy to come out of the comforter…so cold it is!!!!! Instantly with no second thoughts I decided to soak some rice….Yes, you guessed it right! I surely had Adai in my mind.  I did think wisely, right!!!Smile 
 Adai are Indian pancakes made from rice and legumes. It’s a  kind of Dosa and very popular in Tamilnadu. These pancakes have a crisp outer texture and are soft inside. Served with Chutney or Podi they make a filling breakfast/ lunch/ dinner.
Health facts
Soybeans are extremely nutritious, it contains carbohydrate, fat, protein, vitamins, minerals like calcium, folic acid and iron. The protein in soybean has all the essential amino acids that is adequate for human health. It has high lecithin content and is therefore excellent for mental fatigue and for protection against cholesterol deposits. Lecithin is a brain food, a tonic and energizer.
I found this as a good way to provide a PROTEIN PACKED MEAL for the kids, an ideal way to add soybean to our diet.
As I have mentioned that I soaked things without any measurements so I am providing you with approx quantities.
Ingredients to grind
1 1/2 cups of soaked soybeans (approx)
2 cups soaked rice (approx)
5-6 green chilies
1-tsp cumin seeds
1-1/2 inch piece ginger
 to add to the batter
2 chopped onions
1 tsp cumin seeds
2 tsp pounded fennel seeds
chopped cilantro (optional)
salt to taste and
oil for cooking
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Method
Grind together soybeans, ginger, green chilies to a  paste ( keep it a little coarse).
Grind rice separately to a not so fine paste.
Mix the two and add all the other ingredients. I would definitely recommend the addition of fennel seeds which imparts excellent taste to this Adai. Add water to adjust the consistency of a dosa batter.
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Heat the girdle and smear it with some oil. Take a ladle full of batter and spread it in concentric circles. These are not made very thin and are slightly thicker than the normal dosa.

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With the help of an oil dropper spread some oil in the centre and the sides. When one side is done and is nicely golden brown in colour flip and cook  the other side. The edges of Adai are not as even and smooth as that of a Dosa, so do not panic..

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When both the sides are done, serve it hot with with coconut or any other tangy, spicy chutney of your choice.
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Do I really need to tell you that these are very very tasty and quite filling too….Thumbs-up. I am surely ready to make them again!!
Sending this as my entry to EC’s MLLA-19 the brainchild of Susan    , to CFK-creative food for picky/fussy eater’s Hosted by Sara and is the brainchild of Sharmi of Neivedyam and to Srivalli’s Kid’s Delight – Wholesome Breakfast.
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54 comments:

Sailaja Damodaran said...

High in protein.....very healthy.Nice click

Rachana Kothari said...

Wow! Dosa with soyabeans!!! Sounds great and looks yummy too:)

PJ said...

very clever to use soybeans in adai, Pari! Looks great.. I wish I had one for breakfast right now :)

Preeti Kashyap said...

Lovely idea of adding soya bean instead of the usual dals! Nice click!

kothiyavunu said...

Healthy and yummy adai pari..love to try this..Thanks for sharing.:)

Home Cooked Oriya Food said...

Looks wonderful and healthy too..

Renuka Bedre - Rao said...

this is so nutritious n looks so tasty!! gr8 post Pari..

Renuka
http://cookingyummy.blogspot.com/

Soma Pradhan said...

Really Love this dish..I am definitely going to try this one...today or tomorrow...very very healthy.. Wish you a very happy new year

Nandini said...

Healthy,gorgeous & innovative adai!

Ms.Chitchat said...

Wow!!! An healthy dish and very tempting too. Pic looks very inviting. Sure to try too :):)

Chitchat

Sushma Mallya said...

Quiet an interesting one for sure...looks crispy as well as delicious

Lena Rashmin Raj said...

i dont know how i missed your blog till now...this looks amazing...highly protein recipe.. .wish you a very happy and prosperous new year... :)

Pari said...

Hi ladies.
Sailaja, indeed very high in protein, good way to add that in our diet.
Rachana, do try they are amazingly tasty.
Thanks PJ you are most welcome to have some..distance might be a constraint though. :)
Thanks Somoo and Renuka.

Pari said...

Thank you Priti, Sangeetha and Soma for your lovely comments. Soma understanding your taste you are surely gonna love this.
Thanks Nandini for that encouraging statement.
Thank you Sushma and Chitchat. Hey I would love to know ur name.
Thanks Lena for following me, I am glad you liked my blog. Will love to interct with you.

Gouri Guha said...

This looks appetising and healthy. Thanks for sharing.

Ushnish Ghosh said...

Dear pari
Great one indeed. This reminds me of my Korea days...I really used to love a dosa type of thing made out of fermented soya rice mix...and with grated vege...( You dont get dosa there unless a friend from south invites :-).
If I am back in Korea , I will surprise my friends with this, the Indian version..
Have a nice week

Tina said...

Healthy and crispy dosa...

Mythreyi Dilip said...

Perfect and healthy Adai Pari, beautiful clicks:)

Priya said...

Wat a healthy n crispy dosa, looks fantastic Pari..

Kanchan said...

Innovative way to prepare this with soybeans !

Pari said...

Thanks Gouri and Tina.
Ushnish da I do want to try the fermented version again, had made it few years back, I did not have a blog then to save my recipe.
Thanks Kanchan, Priya and Mye for your lovely comments.

aquadaze said...

that's indeed a great way of using soybeans.

Madhuram said...

That's a great idea Pari. I'm going to try this one very soon. Happy New Year.

Katy ~ said...

Excellent, excellent. Well written and photographed. Thank you so much. I am interested in trying "exotic" (to this New England Yankee, anyway!) foods and your post has given me the confidence to try. I'll need to make a trip to the health food store because our regular grocers does not carry the soy beans. This sounds good!

Pari said...

Thanks Aquadaze and Madhuram for appreciating my recipe.
Dear Katy, you made my day,I am genuinely touched by your comment. I am indeed very happy that you liked the post, coming from you means a lot to me. Do try it and let me know.

Pavithra said...

Thats wonderful crispy and healthy adai.. I love it.

rekhas kitchen said...

perfect, healthy and realy a protein rich break fast nice color too

munchcrunchandsuch said...

looks crisp and nice.many a times, taking stock will help u find out new dishes

Shri said...

Yummo, Pari!Very healthy!Wish you and your family a wonderful 2010

Uma said...

lovely dosa! looks so delicious. I recently prepared a similar kind of dosa with soya beans. I will post my version soon. Yours look more yummy :)

Belated wishes for the happy new year to you and your family!!

Cham said...

Soya adai sounds great recipe!

Simply Life said...

Yum! this looks just delicious!

Madhuram said...

Pari, didn't I tell you that I'll try it soon. I did it already and we all liked it very much. I used pot barley instead of the rice and made it as plain dosas instead of adai. That is, I did not add the onions and spices. Just used the plain batter with spicy chutney. Thank you very much for this simple and healthy recipe.

Soma said...

Healthy packed goodness! I love adai, but for some reason nver make it:-( Liked your use of soy here.

Susan said...

Fennel seed does sound like a wonderful addition, just that little bit of anise flavor. Lovely.

Happy New Year, Pari!

Pari said...

Dear Madhuram, I am glad you tried itand liked it.Now I must try your version. I might not get pot barley here, but pearl barley is readily available.
Susan fennel surely adds an excellent flavour and I insist on it's add.
Shubha, I am so glad I did the stock check, should do it more regularly now.Definitely forces you to search for new..
Rekha, do try it.

Pari said...

Dear Pavithra and Soma, many thanks for visiting my blog. Soma do try this version and you will keep making adai for sure.
Uma looking forward to read ur version dear. That's so generous of you to say like that, you are an excellent cook.

Jaya Wagle said...

After your comment on my blog I had to come and check out your adai. That is a very healthy and nutritious Pari. I am not sure we get soybeans here but I will look for them the next time I go to the Indian grocery.

Pari said...

Thanks Jaya for dropping by and reading the post, truly appreciate that. I hope you find the beans. Keep visiting dear :-).

Siddhi Shirsat said...

hey pari very healthy n filling dosas...nice creation by u

ruchikacooks said...

I make dosas every week, if not more :)
Your adai is healthy and what a way to incorporate soy to the diet and get proteins..

Thanks for visiting ruchikacooks pari. I am adding yours to my blog roll, dont want to miss all these recipes.

Malar Gandhi said...

Oh, thats very fulfilling and creative adai there...sounds healthy to me:) Good job with clenaing the pantry, same here:)

meeso said...

It looks so crispy and delicious, my daughter would go nuts seeing that pic :P

sowmya.s said...

this is so healthy and delicious..yes hope to see you more often this year..

Oraphan said...

What a wonderful way to start the New Year! Good for you! This looks so yummy and sounds healthy, I really love this recipe, thanks:)

RAKS KITCHEN said...

Thats a heathly version of adai using soy bean! Looks good too Pari :)

Padhu said...

Adai is tempting me .I use garbanzo beans but have not used soy beans.Will try next time I prepare adai.
http://padhuskitchen.blogspot.com/

Viki's Kitchen said...

Adai has come out so crispy n perfect. Nice one dear.

Deepa G Joshi said...

wow..Adai looks very tempting..very nice and healthy..good clicks

n33ma said...

Haappy new year to u!nice and healthy dosa.Its one of my resolutions too -not wasting groceries or food.

Spice said...

Nice idea of adding soy beans to dosa/adai.....HAppy NEw Year dear...

Kitchen Flavours said...

Wow...that's an super healthy recipe...love the variation in Adai...looks yummy...

Jagruti said...

Hey Pari

thanks for letting me know about your this dish..definetly gone make it,b'cos i love to add lots of protein in my diet..

cheers

Srivalli said...

Thank you for the lovely entry

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