We decided to make Payatham Paruppu (Moong Dal) Adai a.k.a Pesarattu, as a close friend of ours' called up and said they're coming over for dinner and we ran out of usual options for roti & side dishes, poori & masal, briyani & raita. Mainly because, we were too bored to do those usual things and/or the fact that we didnt have enough to prepare one such. Just before we could pluck our last hairs to decide what we should make for them, something struck our minds and we started off with this simple, yet mouth watering dish...
- Moong Dhal - 1 1/2 cups
- Plain raw rice - 1/2 cup
- Red Chilli - 5-6
- Asafoetida - 1/3 tsp
- Salt - As much as you want
- Curry Leaves - 12-15
- Corriander Leaves - 5-7 stems
- Soak the Moong Dhal and Raw Rice in water for 90 minutes. (True, you can get this going as fast as this)
- Grind the soaked contents with Red Chillis, Asafoetida, Salt (Dont grind it fine, let it be a little coarse - just like you would do for adai)
- Cut the Curry Leaves & Corriander Leaves into small pieces and mix it well with the grounded mixture
- Heat kadai and pour a little oil and lay the batter just as you would for dosai/adai and cook on medium flame
- Don't over heat the kadai as the adai would become dark (karinju poidum)
Variations: You can add finely chopped onions/spinach/cabbage to the batter.
For the record - Nobody called up and said they would come for dinner, I was just trying to accentuate just for the sake of this post.
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