Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Thavala Adai ( Rice & Dal Cutlet)

Thavala Adai is my Mom's recipe which we had very recently and even my son enjoyed eating it. I learnt from her last week when she was with me. I remember my mom making this when I was young as I don't like Rice Upma for some reason. Still now, I don't like it, so Thavala Adai is the next version of Arisi/Rice Upma in form of  cutlet.

 I want to thank my mom as she had so much patience guiding me through out this preparation & process!!
We prepared Orange peel kolambhu as a side dish for this. The combo was truly a heaven for all of us :-)
We could give this Cutlet to kids too as we are using Pepper instead of  red chillies. Its filling food and healthy too!!
Everyone from 2 yrs to 70 + could have this. I guarantee this as my 2 yrs old son and my Dad had fun having this Adai alias Cutlet (I introduced this Adai as cutlet to my son).
Now lets go to the recipe.
For coarse grinding:
Raw rice - 2 cups 
Toor Dal - 4 tsp 
Chana Dal - 2 tsp
Jeera - 1 tsp
Pepper - 1 tsp
For tempering:
Oil - 2 tsp
Mustard seeds- 1 tsp
Urad dal - 1 tsp
Hing - a pinch
Grated Ginger -  1 tsp
Curry leaves - 5 - 10 leaves
Red chilli (optional) - I didn't use it.
Coconut (optional) - I didn't use it
Salt to taste
Water - 11/2 cup
Coarse grind the ingredients given under "For coarse grinding" - Rice, Toor Dal, Chana Dal, Pepper, Jeera(Cumin seeds).

Heat Oil in a pan and add mustard seeds. Once mustard splutters, add urad dal, hing, grated ginger and curry leaves. 

Add water and salt  & once it comes to boil, put the ground rice and dal mixture to it. Stir it till everything gets mixed and semi solid form(thick). 

Close it with lid and let it cool for 15 -20 minutes.
Once it is cool,  take out a ball and flatten it like the shape of ural dal vada (put a hole in the centre like that of donut).

Heat a pan and deep fry the adai's till golden brown on both sides (I used only less oil).

Serve hot with any chutney or podi or pickle or kolambhu or just eat it like a vada or donut :-) - my son is showing how to eat just like that!! LOL

I feel you don't need any side dish at all for Thavala Adai. I am so glad I made this Adai under her guidance and we cheered our memories while eating them!!
This is very easy recipe. You could coarse grind the rice & daal in the night and prepare this Adai for next day breakfast. 
Note: If you have time, you could soak the rice for 1 -2 hours and dry it, then coarse grind with the dal. Adding coconut and red chillies gives nice flavor and Spicy touch to Adais.

Sending this to  A.W.E.D. Indian event by DK, guest hosted by Ayisha, Walking through the memory Lane event by Gayathri and to the B for Breakfast event hosted by Charitha.

Also sending this to My Legume Love Affair #33 event by Dee of Ammalu's Kitchen and Bookmarked Recipes - Every Tuesday (Volume 32) hosted by Aipi and Priya.

Being a kid's foodie, sending this to Toddler's Breakfast ideas hosted by Sowmya

Thanks to Charitha for Participation Award in the event :B for Breakfast event Round up


  1. will try for sure. yummy in my tummy.............

  2. Just drooling here, wat a delicious,inviting and comforting cutlet...irresistible!

  3. Ur kid is really cute, loved the cutlets full of yummy flavours:)

  4. cutlet looks really good..must try

  5. Wow, yummy and delicious cutlets..love to have this with some ketchup..oh yumm!

  6. Cutlets look so delicious and healthy. Would love to have a couple of them.

    Hamaree Rasoi

  7. Thank you for seding this awesome recipe to the event dear..this is nice idea of doing rice upma donuts(my daughter calling it like that)

  8. wow...very healthy and delicious adai....
    Thanks a lot for sending this to the event....

  9. Bookmarked it dear , it sounds fab n looks so crispy n yummy! Loved the pic of your kiddo..very cute!!

    Thanks a lot for linking this to bookmark event :)
    US Masala

  10. Adai looks so yumm. Thanks for sending..

  11. The adai's are looking super healthy.

  12. Although I'm very familiar with this vadai, never made my own. Now I have got a perfect recipe from you. Looks very yummy, thank you for sharing with AWED :)

  13. Definitely a healthy and nutritious adais..marvellous!

  14. love this a lot....
    looks healthy and delicious dear :)

  15. my grandma makes it so yum and even i wanted to try this for a long time.looks nice

  16. Delicious and healthy cutlets..nice recipe

  17. Delicious thavala adai, nice recipe, if mom teaches you then it is awesome always.

  18. Hi, lovely heathy dish... it sure kindles my memories from my childhood. First time here and I enjoyed browsing through your blog... very beautiful collection of recipes presented in a nice way.... keep up the good work.. Glad to follow u..

  19. Made this yesterday, with very little variations, and that too only for the water quantity. I needed close to 1.25 cups of water for each cup of ground rice.

    I got rave reviews from my grown nephew who was insisting that this was the best upma amoung all upmas, and the best thavala adai he has ever eaten!


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