Adai Recipe – The Best Protein Dosa/ Crepes for Babies & Toddlers

The Adai Recipe or mixed Dal is a protein rich dosa made using 4 kinds of lentils. This makes a great breakfast for babies, toddlers and a healthy family. The mixed dal & rice gives high protein, carbohydrates and minerals for growing kids. This is a super versatile recipe. You can choose to replace rice with quinoa and choose the lentils of your choice. The high protein dosa batter can be used with or without fermenting it. These are quick to make and serves best with or without chutney.

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Protein Rich Dosa

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I make this mixed lentil dosa for my family almost every other week. With all the nutrients, this makes a wholesome breakfast for kids. I have used split pigeon peas, chickpea lentils, green gram dal, black gram and rice in this recipe. And adding some spices makes it super delicious and crispy.

Adai Dosa Ingredients

Here is what you need to make this delicious and healthy dosa recipe:

  • Split pigeon peas/ Toor Dal – With its natural source of protein, carbohydrates and fibres this lentil is essential for the growth of kids. I have equal quantities(1 cup – 250 ml) of all the lentils mentioned here.
  • Chickpea lentils/ Channa Dal – Rich in B Vitamins, Channa dal helps with metabolism and generate enormous amounts of energy.
  • Green gram dal/ Moong Dal – Rich in iron and calcium, this is one of the first lentils that is introduced to babies.
  • Black gram/ Urad Dal – With good amounts of potassium, magnesium and fibre, this lentil adds more nutrition to this recipe.
  • Rice – I have used equal quantity of rice. You can totally choose to use quinoa or red rice or brown rice. I have tried the recipe with all the alternatives and it all tatses delicious.
  • Onion – Onion adds flavour to this recipe. You can choose not to use it if you do not like the flavor. I have used half an onion in this recipe.
  • Cumin – Cumin helps with digestion and a great flavour to this recipe. You can avoid any kinds of gas in babies by using cumin or cumin powder in their food. 1 full generous spoon of cumin is used in this recipe.
  • Ginger – Adds flavour and helps with digestion. I have used an inch of ginger.
  • Coriander – A handful coriander bunch gives you taste and colour.
  • Red chillies – 2 red chillies makes a this dosa delicious. You can choose to add green chillies as well or no chilies if you do not prefer.
  • Water – As required for soaking and grinding.
  • Butter/ Olive oil – To smear on the pan. I use a generous amount of butter while making it for kids.
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Instructions to make High protein Dosa Batter

Here is a simple way to make this dosa batter:

  • Wash and soak equal quantities of lentils and rice together in a bowl for up to 6 hours until they are soft.
  • Add soaked lentils and the rest of the spices to the blender and blend them to make a smooth batter with parts of water added when required.
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  • You can mix the batter or dough well and choose to ferment it or directly make dosas.
  • Fermenting gives you an authentic taste. So you can ferment it overnight.
  • Add salt if you are making for babies above 12 months.
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  • Pour a spoon full of batter on a hot pan and spread it to make thin crepes or dosas.
  • Add a spoon of butter or olive oil and cook the dosa well on both sides.
  • You can make it crispy or soft based on your preference.
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FAQs Protein Rich Dosa

1. What is Adai made of?

Adai is normally made of different kinds of lentils and rice. You can choose to use your favourite lentils and make this versatile recipe for breakfast or snacks. As there is no fermentation required, adai makes a quick healthy breakfast.

2. How many calories does Adai dosa have?

One Adai dosa gives you anywhere between 70 and 100 calories depending on the number of lentils and rice used in the recipe to make.

3. Is dosa high in protein?

While the normal dosa made of rice and urad dal gives a good amount of protein, this protein rich lentil dosa has a very high protein content in it.

4. Is dosa healthy for breakfast?

Dosa made using simple lentils and rice or quinoa is considered a healthy breakfast as they are rich in protein, carbohydrates and provide good calories for an individual.

5. Which dosa is the healthiest?

Dosa that is fermented is the healthiest as they help digest easily. And this lentil dosa that’s fermented is perfect as they are rich in protein. And great for babies and toddlers.

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Adai Recipe – Best Protein rich Dosa

Rashmi Madhwaraj
The Adai Recipe or mixed Dal is a protein rich dosa made using 4 kinds of lentils. This makes a great breakfast for babies, toddlers and a healthy family. The mixed dal & rice gives high protein, carbohydrates and minerals for growing kids.
Prep Time 6 hrs 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 6 hrs 20 mins
Course Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine Indian, South Indian
Servings 15 Dosa/ crepes

Ingredients
  

  • 1 (250 ml) cup Split pigeon peas/ Toor Dal
  • 1 (250 ml) cup Chickpea lentils/ Channa Dal
  • 1 (250 ml) cup Green gram dal/ Moong Dal
  • 1 (250 ml) cup Black gram/ Urad Dal
  • 1 (250 ml) cup Rice
  • 1/2 Onion
  • 1 tbsp Cumin
  • 1 inch Ginger
  • 1 cup Coriander
  • 2 Red chillies
  • 1/2 cup Water
  • 1 tbsp Butter/ Olive oil (to smear)

Instructions
 

  • Wash and soak equal quantities of lentils and rice together in a bowl for up to 6 hours until they are soft.
  • Add soaked lentils and the rest of the spices to the blender and blend them to make a smooth batter with parts of water added when required.
  • You can mix the batter or dough well and choose to ferment it or directly make dosas.
  • Fermenting gives you an authentic taste. So you can ferment it overnight.
  • Add salt if you are making for babies above 12 months.
  • Pour a spoon full of batter on a hot pan and spread it to make thin crepes or dosas.
  • Add a spoon of butter or olive oil and cook the dosa well on both sides.
  • You can make it crispy or soft based on your preference.

Notes

  • This high protein dosa batter can be stored in a refrigerator for up to a week after fermenting and for up to 2 weeks without fermenting.
  • You can also freeze this dosa batter or even ready dosas in the freezer for up to a month.
  • Thaw well to use the batter and dosas can be heated on a hot pan/ microwave.
  • Check out other healthy protein rich breakfast recipes:
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