Coriander Adai

Coriander Adai
Come on, we all do it.In the privacy of our cubicles or in our bedrooms, at a desktop or cocooned with a laptop, we pull up Google, type in the name of an old crush to see what they’re up to or a new one to find out who they really are. We peek voraciously into the lives of the people we know, and the movie star we so admired in their last performance. Or we just look up information on something we want to learn more about, like how to fix drywall, prune a rose, or bake a carrot cake.

Much as I enjoy googling anything and everything that comes to my mind, I’ll admit there’s one more thing I enjoy as much, if not more, when I can find the time to do it: Looking in through the other side, at the terms others type in that bring them, ultimately, to my blog.

Most are pretty run-of-the-mill and matter-of-fact, like, say, “whole-wheat pancakes” or “holy cow vegan,” and such. Some are a little more interesting and serious enough, but they put a smile on my face, like “can dogs eat chickpeas?” or “pasta sambar” (if the person who did that search reads this, please, please tell me how that turned out.)

There are some that make me scratch my head. Like this search term that went “Gujarati masala songs scene Jayashree T.” I can imagine that searcher’s disappointment when he (I presume) found my recipe for Oondhiyu instead of a hot and heavy video of Jayashree T, an old-time actress/dancer of Indian movies, gyrating to some ’70s music. Better luck next time!

This one really stopped me in my tracks: “how to cook a tender baby.” Presumably, the searcher had just missed typing in a word or words, or so I hope!

And then here’s my absolute favorite one of all time: “Did Mohandas Gandhi make waffles?”

Now I’d definitely like to know the person who would have thought of that!

Coming to today’s recipe, one of my most popular posts has always been my Golden, Delicious Adai, a South Indian rice-and-lentil crepe, which I shared in the early days of this blog. I love the Adai, far more than a plain dosa. A big part of it is because of how delicious it is, but also because Adai requires less soaking time and because I can add to it all kinds of flavors that make it extra-special.

This time, I decided to make a coriander-flavored Adai. I love the fresh, lemony-spicy flavor of coriander, and it really helps pack a punch into foods that start out with a bland base, like tofu-based dishes or dosas.

I tweaked my old Adai recipe, and added another 1/4 cup of green split peas, because my Lalitha Manni insists that split peas (you can also use yellow ones) add more crunch to the Adai.

I have a guest, Heidi, staying over, and she absolutely loved this Adai, as did Desi, so I guess it turned out all right. I served it with some sambar and green coriander-coconut chutney for a wonderful and healthy Friday night meal.

As always, I spread the Adai out very thin to make it extra-crispy, although most traditional versions of Adai tend to be thicker. It’s really up to you and your tastes.

Here’s the recipe. Enjoy the weekend, everyone!
Coriander Adai

Coriander Adai
Cook time
Total time
Recipe type: Snack
Cuisine: Indian
  • 1 cup medium-grain rice
  • ¼ cup chana dal (bengal gram dal)
  • ¼ cup udad dal (black gram dal)
  • ¼ cup green split peas (can substitute with yellow split peas or tuvar dal)
  • 2 hot green chillies
  • 1-inch piece of ginger, grated
  • 1 cup packed coriander leaves (I use the stems too because I find they add a lot of flavor)
  • Salt to taste.
  1. Soak the rice and the dals together for at least 2 hours. Drain, and place in a blender along with all the other ingredients.
  2. Add enough water to keep the blades moving and grind until you have a fine batter. It should be just a little grainy so the adai turns out crispy, but not too coarse. The batter should be spreadable but thick enough to coat the back of a spoon.
  3. Heat a griddle, either cast-iron or non-stick.
  4. Using a ladle with a rounded bottom, scoop up ½ cup of the Adai batter.
  5. Pour the batter into the center of the hot griddle and, quickly, spread it outward in concentric circles using the bottom of the ladle. Work fast, and don't panic if it doesn't look perfect the first time. No one gets it right in the beginning.
  6. Pour a few drops of oil around the edges of the Adai and on top so it turns extra-crispy.
  7. When the bottom of the Adai looks crisp and golden, about 1-2 minutes, flip over and cook the other side for another minute.
  8. Serve hot with chutney and sambar.
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  1. says

    Loved that picture. I make adai with green pea daal too. Actually, when making adai, I open the pantry and use all the possible daals I see there, that’s how green peas daal gets included!!:-D
    Those search queries are indeed funny.

  2. says

    Wow the adai looks multicoloured! Awesome! I too add channa dal but never added split green peas and cilantro. Would try next!

  3. says

    Funny you mention about Google search that leads to our blog. I do that too nad I thought I was the only one. I agree there are some really strange search words. I need to store them too.
    Love adai anytime.

  4. says

    I too like my adai thin and crisp.:)
    Adding coriander to make the adai batter is a nice idea and I’m going to try it the next time I make adai.

    Looking at blog stats is one of my favorite pastimes.:)
    Some of those searches are hilarious! I’m trying to picture Gandhi with a waffle maker now.:D

    “How to cook a tender baby”- now that’s scary! Hopefully, as you said, someone missed a word.

  5. says

    How do you find out what searches have lead to your blog? Your adai looks delicious…I hope to be trying some of your recipes soon and I will let you know how I do!!
    Peace, Stephanie

  6. says

    Did Mahatma Gandhi make waffles??

    😀 When I saw this post yesterday, I laughed so hard that my DD and DH who were having an afternoon siesta woke up.

    The adai looks scrumptious.I’m going to try it soon.

  7. says

    That was hilarious Vaishali. Maybe it was how to cook tender baby spinach? We too have our share of laughs looking at the search terms. Recently I too saw something funny but I forgot. The other funny thing is the spam comment. We read on this afternoon. It was under my Relocation to Canada post. Somebody had written “Wow that’s interesting, how did you get all these information!”

    The adais look delicious. I too add a lot of coriander in my adais and spread it thin. These days I’m using part rice and part cracked wheat, or sometimes even cracked wheat only.

  8. says

    What a beautiful looking adai that is.. mine is hardly that thin & crisp since i tend to pile on lots of chunky veggies in the batter. Adding coriander is such a nice touch.

  9. says

    I am with you on adai being more special than dosai on occasion especially because of the variety of lentils we can include in them…. crispy and thin adais are my favorite kind too…These adais look scrumptious and I am sure coriander made them even better…LOL the search terms part was so funny !

  10. Cynthia Rose says

    Never heard of Adai before? Why is this not a dosa? I’m a curious cat!. Thank you for your recipes and your readers comments I think I’ll venture into trying these at some point. I’m assuming I could grind the rice and lentils first and then soak too – I might try that. Thank you!!

    • says

      Hi Cynthia, it’s just a different kind of dosa –it is usually thicker than a dosa although I make it thinner because we like it that way. If you do try these keep in mind that soaking the rice and lentils before you grind them is very important or you won’t get the desired result.

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