How to make Special Onion Adai -

Thick onion dosa.

Sanjeev Kapoor

This is a Sanjeev Kapoor exclusive recipe.

Main Ingredients : Onion (प्याज़ ), Rice (चावल)

Cuisine : Kerala

Course : Snacks and Starters

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Special Onion Adai

Special Onion Adai Recipe Card


The cuisine of Kerala is very hot and spicy and offers several gastronomic opportunities. The food is generally fresh, aromatic and flavoured. Keralites are mostly fish-and-rice eating people. The land and the food are rich with coconut, though one cannot imagine Kerala food without chillies, curry leaves, mustard seeds, tamarind and asafoetida. Just a little tamarind can substitute tomatoes, but there is no real substitute for curry leaves. 
The locals put to good use whatever the land offers and the result is a marvellous cuisine that is simple yet palate tickling. 
Kerala has an abundance of jackfruits, pineapples, mangoes, custard apples and an endless variety of bananas. The unusual cuisine of Kerala brings to the fore the culinary expertise of the people of Kerala. Producing some of the tastiest foods on earth, the people of Kerala are gourmets with a difference.

Prep Time : 5-6 hour

Cook time : 31-40 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Easy

Taste : Spicy

Ingredients for Special Onion Adai Recipe

  • Onion chopped 1

  • Rice 2 cups

  • Split red lentil (masoor dal) 1/4 cup

  • Split Bengal gram (chana dal) 1/4 cup

  • Split pigeon pea (toor dal/arhar dal) 1/4 cup

  • Split black gram skinless (dhuli urad dal) 1/2 cup

  • Green chillies 4

  • Ginger 1 inch piece

  • Fresh coriander leaves chopped 1/4 cup

  • Curry leaves 10-12

  • Whole dry red chillies 8

  • Salt to taste

  • Asafoetida 1/4 teaspoon

  • Coconut scraped 1/4 cup

  • Oil to fry


Step 1

Wash and soak the rice and the dals for about four hours. Grind green chillies, ginger, coriander leaves, curry leaves with red chillies and salt to a coarse paste.

Step 2

Drain and grind the rice and dals to a coarse batter. Rest the batter for about an hour. Add ground paste, asafoetida, onion and coconut to this batter and mix well.

Step 3

Adjust salt. Heat dosa tawa, smear oil and spread one ladle full of this batter to a thick circular shape. Make a few holes in the center.

Step 4

Pour oil on the sides and in the center, cover and cook over low heat. Turn over and pour oil and let it cook till it is crisp all around and golden brown in color. You can make about eight to ten adais. Serve hot with the chutney of your choice.

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