Thursday, March 26, 2015

Varagu Adai | Kodo Millet Adai with Drumstick leaves

Varagu Adai, a healthy breakfast / dinner recipe made from kodo millet, lentils and Indian spices. In recent times, cooking with millet is famous everywhere like tv shows, cook books and in the blog world too.
In general, I'm not too comfortable in including any new millet in my diet as soon as I hear about it or just because it went viral in the online world. Hence I'm a little late for the millet party. 

For a while now, I have been including all kinds of millet in our diet little by little. Instead of replacing rice with millet for our lunch, I like to add them in dosa batter or  adai. And this varagu adai is my recent favorite. 

Millet Vs Rice 

Compared to rice, millets have a good amount of fibre, protein and amino acid. Therefore including millets in your diet adds more benefit to your overall health. 

Other millets 

Millets like samai(little millet) and kuthiraivali(barnyard) can also be used in this recipe in the place of kodo millet. I have tried with all these three millet and it tastes good without much difference in taste. 

Drumstick leaves

I have tried this adai with and without drumstick leaves. Adding drumstick leaves definitely gives nice flavor to the adai. But it's totally optional. In recent times, I have made them mostly without drumstick leaves because it's really hard to source here. 

Ok, now let's check out on how to make these delicious 

Disclaimer: I'm not a nutritionist or dietician, all my knowledge about the food/grains are acquired through reading or watching videos from the experts in the field. 

Millet Adai/Varagu Adai

Preparation Time : 2 hrs | Cooking Time : 20 minsServes :
Recipe Category: Adai | Recipe Cuisine: Indian
Millet Adai, Varagu Adai, Adai with drumstick leaves, Varagu Adai, a healthy breakfast / dinner recipe made from kodo millet, lentils and Indian spices.
Varagu/Kodo Millet Rice - 1/2 cup
Toor Dal - 1/2 cup.
Channa Dal - 1/2 cup.
Urad Dal - 1/2 cup.
Red chili - 5 no
Cumin seed - 1 tsp
Fennel seed - 1/2 tsp
Ginger - 1/2 inch pieces
Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
Asafoetida - 1/8 tsp
Drumstick leaves - 1/2 cup loosely packed
Salt - to taste
Mustard & split urad dal - 1/2 tsp
Onion -1(finely chopped)
Curry leaves - few
First put all the dal and varagu rice in a bowl and wash it well. Then soak it in water along with chili,cumin and fennel for 1 1/2 - 2 hrs.

Once it's soaked well.Grind it in the wet grinder/mixie along with ginger into fine paste and remove it in a bowl and keep aside.

Heat the pan with 1 tbsp of oil and  add mustard ,split urad dal,curry leaves & onions,saute it with pinch of salt until onions becomes translucent.

Add this onion into batter along with turmeric,salt & asafoetida and mix well.Finally wash the drumstick leaves and add it into the batter. Add water and adjust the consistency of the batter. 

Heat the tava ,grease the tava and pour the ladle full of batter and spread like dosa(keep it in low flame,so that you can able to spread,after spreading the batter increase the flame)and cook it for 2-3 mins,then flip it and  cook on other sides.Once it becomes golden brown on both sides,remove it.
Healthy Varagu Adai Dosai is ready. Serve it  with coconut chutney/ Sugar or even with jaggery.
  • Drumsticks leaves is optional, but adding that gives great flavor to this adai.
  • You can make this adai as thick or thin as per your liking.
  • Try to finish the batter within two days. After that, it wont taste good.