Feb 29, 2012

Whole-grain Quinoa Adai/Crepe

Are you someone like me who hoards whole grains and other healthy ingredients in your pantry? I often get grains like steel cut oats, wheat bran, wheat berries and quinoa with an enthusiasm to cook healthy wholesome meals. But after using the ingredients in a recipe or two, the bag lies somewhere behind in my pantry, begging to be looked upon again! When I saw this adai recipe, I knew I can use up all those lurking ingredients in my pantry to make up a wholesome adai.

This adai is wholly made of wholesome ingredients and would make a great addition to a diet. It is very filling and can be had for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

Recipe Source: Veg Inspirations

Brown Rice - 1/2 cup
Pearl Barley - 1/2 cup
Steel Cut Oats - 1/2 cup (can be replaced by rolled oats)
Quinoa - 1/2 cup
Urad dal(whole black gram dal) - 1/3 cup
Toor dal (split pigeon peas) - 1/3 cup
Mung Dal (Green gram dal) - 1/3 cup

Green chillies - 4
Dry red chillies - 4
Asafoetida/Hing - 1 pinch
Sesame oil / Any vegetable oil - to cook the adai
Salt to taste


  1. Soak the first seven ingredients in enough water for about 3 to 4 hours. Then drain the water.
  2. Grind together the soaked grains with the green chillies, red chillies, asafoetida and salt in a mixie/blender into a smooth batter adding a little water if required. The batter should be in a consistency similar to the regular dosa batter.
  3. In a tawa or griddle, pour a ladle full of the batter in the center and slowly spread the batter in circles.
  4. Drizzle some oil around the adai and allow it to cook for about 2 minutes until it gets golden brown in color.
  5. Flip with the help of a spatula and cook on the other side as well.
  6. Serve warm with a chutney or podi of your choice.


  1. wow divya akka...u have a really interesting blog out here...it is toooooo good ka..you know what, hereafter i am not going to walk into the kitchen with my mind blank and stand there helpless.i will follow ur useful customized (more indianized i should say)recipes. It is a boon for housewives far from homeland!

  2. Healthy Adais..Bookmarking the recipe...I luv the whole wheat version in adais..

  3. Very healthy crepes & beautifully done.......Bookmarked.

  4. Lovely adai !! Truly a healthy bfast/dinner recipe !!

  5. thanks for sharing the recipe...


  6. I too have so many of those grains and oats left unattended, seems like they can be put in action!

  7. what a lovely idea! never would have thought of this

  8. A combination of healthy grains used in the recipe definitely makes it a must-try.

  9. sounds new and healthy too and looking delicious..

  10. Very healthy and a tasty weeknight meal.

  11. this is a nice idea, adai with quinoa :)

  12. Really - you can do this with Quinoa - sending this to a friend who loves quinoa!

  13. One more way to integrate quinoa into the daily routine! Love this recipe..following your blog :-)

  14. I hear you and that is what I do too... so since my husband and baby will not eat brown rice etc in a regular meal, I make my dosais and adais using all these healthy grains.

  15. Adai..... If it is with Muttai chutni? Love to eat.


  16. This is the best way to add up all the healthy food items in our food. Thanks for reminding adai with quina.

  17. Wow..I had my quinoa lying untouched for long...now I know what to do with it...thanks for the healthy dish...

  18. Awesome adai! Wll try it soon. Just had a question, what can be used in place of pearl barley? I don't have it in stock now, but have all the rest of the ingredients. So was wondering if we can use anything else in its place? Thanks!


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