Though we love our idlis and dosas, sometimes the tongue craves for some other taste and texture. And that is when dishes like this Mixed millet adai recipe is born!

Adai is a healthy South Indian Breakfast dish made with rice and a few varieties of dals/ lentils. The ingredients are soaked and ground to a batter. Unlike the regular dosa batter, this one does not need fermentation. The dish can be made as soon as the batter is ground.

The rice in the adai recipe has been replaced with mixed millets in this dish. I used kodo millet, barnyard millet ,red jowar and foxtail millet.You can use this or any one of these millets to make adai.


If you have tasted the regular adai, you won’t find any difference with this one. It tastes just like the usual dish! I added onion,curry leaves and cumin seeds to the batter but that is optional.

Adai is one dish that can be served with any of these sides – Soft butter, jaggery powder, sambar and coconut chutney, tomato onion chutney, Avial ,Milagai podi, honey or just a bowl of curd!

Here are some other Adai varieties to try…

Mixed Millet Adai Recipe

Here is how to prepare Mixed Millet Adai Recipe

5 from 9 votes
Mixed Millet Adai Recipe

A healthy South Indian Breakfast dish.

Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 4 people
Author: PJ
Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup Kodo millet
  • 1/2 cup barnyard millet
  • 1/2 cup Foxtail millet
  • 1/2 cup Red jowar
  • 1/2 cup Toor dal
  • 1/2 cup Channa dal
  • 1/2 cup black urad dal
  • 1/2 cup Masoor dal
  • 1/2 cup Whole green gram
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 numbers Onion,chopped
  • A few curry leaves
  • 1 teaspoon Cumin seeds
  • 3 numbers Red chilies, adjust to taste
Instructions
  1. Take the millets and lentils, red chilies in a bowl. Add enough water to soak them.Cover and let it soak for 5-6 hours / over night.

  2. Drain and grind to a semi coarse batter adding little water. Do not make it too watery though.Grind in batches and transfer the ground batter into a bowl.

  3. Add chopped onions, cumin seeds, salt and chopped curry leaves and mix well. Heat a griddle.Pour a ladle full of batter and spread it a bit. Cook till both sides are well cooked.

  4. Serve with a side of your choice.

Recipe Notes
  • Use any combination of millets and lentils
  • Black urad can be exchanged with white whole urad dal.
  • Similarly, regular jowar can be used instead of red jowar.
  • Ginger can be added while grinding the batter.

Step by step method to prepare Mixed Millet Adai Recipe

Take the millets and lentils, red chilies in a bowl. Add enough water to soak them.Cover and let it soak for 5-6 hours / over night.

Mixed Millet Adai Recipe

Drain and grind to a semi coarse batter adding little water. Do not make it too watery though.Grind in batches and transfer the ground batter into a bowl.

Mixed Millet Adai Recipe

Add chopped onions, cumin seeds, salt and chopped curry leaves and mix well. Heat a griddle and make adai as usual.

Mixed Millet Adai Recipe

Serve hot with a side of your choice.

Mixed Millet Adai Recipe

Note:

  • Use any combination of millets and lentils
  • Black urad can be exchanged with white whole urad dal.
  • Similarly, regular jowar can be used instead of red jowar.
  • Ginger can be added while grinding the batter.

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15 thoughts on “Mixed Millet Adai Recipe”

  1. Such protein packed and whole grain packed adai this is. So hearty, filling and delicious. Just a small adai would probably enough to fill up the stomach — good one PJ.

  2. After reading this post I realise that this is such a simple breakfast or a lunch recipe . Nutrition packed Adai looks great , with all those flavours . By the end of the marathon I might shift to South Indian millet breakfast !

  3. Wow PJ mixing and grinding all those millets for dosa is superb!..My MIL got a ready to make flour made with many millets and I made it just last night..it tastes so good..

  4. wow this is such an amazing adai and so healthy as well, it looks very delicious !! Excellent idea of combining all the millets and making this protein-packed breakfast dish which tastes same as the regular adai ..

  5. Adai is one of our favorite for dinner. Such a healthy and filling dish when served with aviyal it is one filling and complete meal. Red jowar is new ph, need to check on that! Scrumptious ❤️

  6. Mixed millet adai sounds healthy and tasty breakfast or lunch dish. I guess it is the chutnies that make the adai or dosa more inviting.

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