Thavala Adai

Author: kittymatti / Labels:

Recipe courtesy: Kamala (my grandma)
Photo courtesy: Padmini, Srinivasan (my parents)

This is a true delicacy!! It is a traditional recipe given to me by my Kamala paati. She makes the awesome thavala adais.
Mom made these adais few days back and sent me the picture!
(recipe reposted with picture)


Ingredients:
1 cup boiled rice (puzhungal arisi)
1/4 cup toor dal
1 half of a broken fresh coconut (grate it completely)
1 tsp jeera
1 tsp peppercorns
salt to taste
hing 3 dashes

Soak boiled rice (puzhungal arisi) for 2 hours and the toor dal for 1/2 hour.
Grind separately the soaked rice to a slightly coarse paste (like idly rava consistency).
Please do not add any water. The paste must be thick.
Grind the toor dal separately to a coarse paste (1 dal should be broken into 4 parts), again without water.
Mix the two pastes together evenly. Add grated coconut, jeera, pepper, hing, salt.
Mix evenly to a dough. Take out a ball of the dough and flatten it out in the shape of urad vadas (with the hole in the centre like a donut).
Use a heavy thick broad aluminium/ indalium kadai, add lots of oil (for about 2-3 inches on the surface).
Place these flattened out adais on the sizzling oil and roast evenly on either sides till golden brown and crunchy!!!
Served with molagapodi (chutney podi) and oil and some puli molagai (molaga thokku)

Since I don't have such beautiful traditional vessels or heavy kadais here, I just use the iron dosa griddle. Ofcourse, nothing like doing it the authentic way...It makes a huge difference!!

41 comments:

Lakshmi Venkatesh said...

Thavalai Vadai looks different and tempting. we give it a different shape.

Padma said...

Really authentic Preethi ... looks nice crunchy and perfect in shape :)

kittymatti said...

actually lakshmi, this is adai...vadai have a different shape..
thank you so much for your visit and lovely comments.
thanks padma

A2Z Vegetarian Cuisine said...

Lovely one. This is one of my Dad's favorite dish and my Mom makes sambar or morkuzhambu as side dish. Your post is kindling fond golden memories for me. Feel like having it right away.

Mahimaa's kitchen said...

looks very crunchy..can we use raw rice? never tried this one.

kittymatti said...

thnx sadhana,muskan and mahimaa
Using plain raw could affect the texture... howevere, there is an idea... A simple method to convert raw rice into boiled rice..
Just transfer the sedired amount of raw rice(like long grain or any variety) into a pressure cooker safe vessel. Steam it for 5-7 min without adding the weight and without adding water in that vessel. Do add water at the bottom of the cooker for steaming. It will turn into par-boiled rice (puzhungal arisi)
I am yet to post this tip on the blog... this is a cool idea from my friend who does this to make her idlis with long grain rice:)

kittymatti said...

it should steam for 5 min (meaning the steam should come out for 5 min..so it might a few 2-3 min more for the cooker to heat up

Priyameena said...

wow...authentic recepie...Love it..

Aysha said...

I would love 2 have this dish..very crisp n nice...

Sushma Mallya said...

hi preethi....lovely pic...must be delicious as well....

ARUNA said...

that looks great and authentic!!!

kittymatti said...

thnx aruna sushma, aysha, priyameena

Nithya said...

Looks traditional and nice. :)

shanthi said...

Hi Preethi,This is my MIL's masterpiece. But we do not soak and grind. we grind it in a flourmill to a rava consistency and mix in boiling water slowly as of "kozhakattai" and then the same procedure.

Pari said...

Hi Nice adai . lucky u, mom making such nice stuff ,truly a delight right!I love the south indian cuisine so I am following u. Will do try this adai. Have already bookmarked. Find time to visit my blog and leave a comment . If you like my preparations follow me.

sangi said...

This is really new to me...have to try...

sangi said...

This is really new to me...have to try..

Hari Chandana said...

vada looks very tempting and tasty.. nice click.. thanks for the recipe :)

Kitchen Flavours said...

New to me...looks yummy...

Shama Nagarajan said...

a new adai to me...looks yummy

Doloncookbook said...

i never had this or heard the name also ... But looks delicious ... Nice click dear ...

Nithya Praveen said...

Never heard abt this one preethi...sounds new to me...very interesting one too.Am gona try this!

BestHangout said...

I like the name of your recipe.. keep rocking

Vrinda said...

OMG i was shocked by the name.in malayalam thavala means Frog ,weird naa...anyway this snack is totally new to me ,great recipe preeti...

kittymatti said...

hehe, true vrinda..thavalla (big lla) means frog in tamil too! thavala seems to be the vessel, ..guess im rite..haha, true true...we always make fun of thavala vadai and thavala adais!
welcome pari, nice to see yr comments, will love to follow yr blog..

Im so glad that u guys are giving it a shot..

Nice idea shanti..actually i can try that with idly rava, should give similar results..

thank u all, glad u liked it

Ramya said...

Yummy thavala vadais Kitty!!Ive tasted these in my friend;s house..her patti is an expert in it..I wanna try this..Bookmarked it..Thanx for posting such traditional recipes

viki's Kitchen said...

WOW... Thaval adai from kamala paati'S recipe and mom's experience reflects in the picture.
Nothing can beat those traditional snacks. Nice recipe dear.

rads said...

I love this..its quite common n famous in Andhra...personally i don't like it very much but thanks for sharing it..its like a classic.

rads said...

Hey you have been awarded the International Bloggers' Community Award by me :)...chk my blog for the rules to pass it on to other deserving bloggers.

kittymatti said...

Eeeeeeeeee! thank u radhika, u r such aa sweetheart!!

wow! thank u all so much, viki, rams, feel sooo good!

Mythri N said...

Looks delicious...Thanks!!! btw, can I do with any other kind of rice?

Sarah Naveen said...

wow!!! truly traditional recipe...looks so yummy...
reminds me of the snacks granny's use to make...

charanya said...

Looks fantastic Preeths.. can't wait to try it!! Wish you lived somewhere nearby so I could just pop over and eat all this yummy things I'm too lazy to make :)

Parita said...

Another classic traditional recipe dear, u simple rock!

Ann said...

Hey Preethy,first time here...how are you ?
Adai looks truly unique and yummy.i havent heard this yet..makes me hungry.so,expect me often here.adding you.thanks

Bergamot said...

this looks really yummy. i have never seen or tasted anything like this.

Priti said...

Looks yum...nice adai...say thanks to your pati and parents ;)

kittymatti said...

thank u all made my day!!

Sure cherry!, my pleasure

Mythri, u could use idli rice instead... Also u can steam raw rice for 5 min to convert to boiled rice

Ann, thnx!

munchcrunchandsuch said...

my my! I have been looking out for this recipe and u posted it at the right time. thank u so much.

kittymatti said...

so nice shubha!
Mythri, may be you should try idli rice or steamed raw rice(just steam it for 7 min in the pressure cooker without adding water or weight..)just add water at the base for steaming...

Anu said...

Wow authentic recipe....
Looks delicious and yummy......

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