Everyone is going crazy over millets and their health benefits. I discretely add millets into our meal so my folks never know what actually goes into a dish as they are not able find a change in taste and I am happy that I am serving nutritious meals to the family.
One such meal had this Chola adai. Cholam or Shorgam is a very healthy millet. This used to be one of the major crops in the Kongunadu region in South India.. It grows well in dry
areas and is nutritious too.Sadly these days,shorgam is replaced by rice
as the staple food.
The batter for this dish does not require fermentation and can be used to make adai as soon as the batter is ground. So it makes for a quick breakfast if you remember to soak the grains the previous night.Or you can soak it in the morning and use the batter for dinner.
This dish goes to Blogging Marathon #71, Week 1, Day 1, themed ‘Make a meal’.
Cholam / Shorgum – 1 cup
Mixed lentils – 1 1/2 cups [I used toor dal, channa dal, urad dal]
Red chilies- 2[adjust to taste]
Onion -2,finely chopped
Curry leaves-a few chopped
Coriander leaves- a handful,chopped
Cumin seeds- 1 teaspoon
Asafoetida powder- a large pinch
Salt to taste
Soak the cholam,chilies and the lentils for 4-5 hours at least.Wash well and drain. Grind in a mixie / grinder adding water little by little to form a thick batter.
Transfer the batter onto a vessel and add salt, asafoetida powder,onion, coriander leaves, curry leaves, cumin seeds and mix well.
Heat a griddle and pour a ladle full of batter in the center and spread to a circle. Drizzle a bit of oil around teh adai if needed. Cook on both sides till done.
Serve with a side of your choice. We had this Tomato Kurma and unrefined cane sugar [ karumbu sakkarai]
You can also make this without adding the onions, coriander and curry leaves like the one you see in the picture above. When I made it the second time I left out the add-ons and made a plain adai which also tasted as good as the regular adai..
Here is another dish from the Kongunadu REgion using Cholam – Chola paniyaram that you can try for breakfast / snack.