Thursday, November 6, 2008

Oat Barley Adai ~ Dhal Dosa ~ Savory Indian Crepes made with oat, barley and mung bean

Barley is a type of grain that contains high levels of dietary fiber and selenium (which is a type of anti oxidant ). A cup of cooked barley provides 52 percent of the daily value of selenium.Selenium is an essential component of various metabolic functions like thyroid hormone metabolism, antioxidant defense systems and the immune function. In addition studies have shown that a diet high in barley helps in lowering LDL cholesterol (the bad one) and lowering high blood pressure.It may also help in stabilizing blood glucose levels.

After learning how much barley really benefits us , I felt very guilty that this super healthy grain does not appear in my recipes as much as it should. This got me thinking that maybe I should use barley in something like adai. Adai is a traditional savory crepe made with rice and three types of lentils and it belongs to cuisine from southern India. You will find the traditional recipe of adai here


Oat Barley Adai ~ Dhal dosa with moong dhal ~ Savory Indian crepes with oats and mung bean

I used the basic idea of adai and included both oats and barley in this recipe. We loved the final result of this experiment. For those of you familiar with adai the inclusion of barley and oats does not change the basic taste of adai very much and it still tastes a lot like the one with three lentils.


 Oat Barley Adai ~ Dhal Dosa ~ Savory Indian crepes with oats, barley and mung bean

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Ingredients and Method to make  Barley Oats Adai

1 cup brown rice (or white rice) (chawal/ arisi)
1/2 cup split mung bean (Moong dhal/ pasi parappu/ paitham parappu )
1/2 cup quick cooking barley or pearl barley (jau/ vargodumai)
1/2 cup quick cooking oats

Thai green chillies (6-7) ( or according to taste) (hara mirch/ pachai molagai)
Dry red chillies (4) ( or according to taste) (lal mirch/ molagai vathal)
curry leaves (7-8 ) (optional ) (kadi patha/ karvapillai)
1 tsp chopped ginger ( optional )(adrak/ inji)
1/8 tsp Asafoetida (hing) (optional but recommended)
salt to taste (namak/uppu)

Few teaspoons of sesame oil (til ka tel/ nalla ennai) 

In a large bowl mix the first four items. Wash and drain these four grains together.

Soak these grains in sufficient water for about 3 hours.

Drain water and grind these grains in a blender/ mixer with the curry leaves, ginger if using, green chilies and red chilies with some water to help in the grinding process. 

This does not have to be ground very smooth, the grains could be of the texture of coarse semolina/ rava. 



The batter should be of pouring consistency but not too thin and runny. When in doubt err on the side of thicker batter, you can always add water later if needed to achieve correct consistency. 

Add asafoetida and salt to taste and mix well.

Heat a flat pan / griddle / tawa on medium high heat. When the griddle is hot pour a ladle full of batter and spread quickly and evenly to create a thin circle.

Pour a few drops of sesame oil on the side facing up. When the lower side is slightly browned, flip it over and cook the other sides for a few seconds.

When the other side has a few pinkish/ brownish spots, it can be removed.


Proceed with the rest of the batter in the same manner.

Yields approximately 15 crepes/ adais

Serve hot with spice powder or a little plain yogurt spiced with spice powder or just plain honey.

Notes:

In case of leftover batter,it could be kept in the refrigerator for a day or two and used as required

Do keep in mind that different green chillies and red chillies vary in their levels of spiciness so do adjust the quantity of green and red chillies according to taste

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44 comments :

anudivya said...

Barley as you said, is an exceptionally healthy food, but we don't use it as much as we like to. The adais are a great way to incorporate them, brilliant idea.

Pam said...

Served with honey sounds delicious.

Curry Leaf said...

Lovely,and healthy.>I do not use barley much and this is brilliant.the adais look excellent.

Holler said...

Nice recipe Usha! Thay look great :)

Holler said...

Nice recipe Usha! Thay look great :)

karuna said...

this is a nice way to get good grains in ones diet. very innovative.

Mahimaa's kitchen said...

hey it's news to me that barley is good for thyroid..where do u get quick cooking barley? i would like to include it in my diet. let me know.. pls comment in my blog or email me..

Gita's Kitchen said...

Thanks for this healthy recipe :)

Pearlsofeast said...

Excellent Usha and thanks for focusing on Barley,I haven;t so far.

Divya Vikram said...

Havent heard abt the health benefits of barley..Thanks for the info..

Uma said...

this adai is a delicious and super healthy dish Usha! thanks for sharing.

Sujatha said...

super healthy recipe! and a very new combination.. good one, Usha :)

Cham said...

I made barley thayir sadam from Bee 's site. It was awesome... the crepe sounds healthy too..

Jaishree said...

Lovely,and healthy recipe Usha! the adais look excellent & great :)

Sireesha said...

Looks very healthy and very tasty one...Never tried anything with barley ..Thanks for sharing usha:)

Dibs said...

Hey Usha. Very nutritious adai! Barley is quite a 'star' grain. My dad has been advised to have barley water daily..its supposed to help his knee joint problem!

Laavanya said...

I would love to incorporate more barley too.. this adai sounds like the perfect way.

Sagari said...

healthy adai ,usha , nice one

Malar Gandhi said...

Sounds very healthy to me! First time here....your blog is rocking dear! Love it!

srikars kitchen said...

wow.. sounds delicious.. new 2 me.. thxs for sharing..

Ramya Vijaykumar said...

WHOA HEALTHY CREPE AND A GREAT COMBO OF INGREDIENTS

raaji said...

Usha did they turn out crisp.???bcoz my husbad likes dosas to be crisp....so let me know so that i can try

Happy cook said...

I would love love love to have them.

Bhawana said...

nice and informative post :) Liked the idea of using it as a dosa.

Cynthia said...

Those look really fluffy, I thought maybe the oats would have weighed them down. Good to know.

AnuSriram said...

That indeed a healthy stuff... Looks delicious...

Clumbsy Cookie said...

I think I only had barley like once or twice but I liked it! The crepes are really nice looking and I'm sure delicious!

jayanthi said...

nice way to use barley in our cooking without having to see people making faces at it!!!

Priya said...

Wat a healthy pan cakes usha...would love to have them rite..great job dear..

n33ma said...

Adai looks so crispy and oh so healthy.Thanks for dropping by my blog.

Purva Desai said...

This is really nutritious and healthy Adai...and serving it with honey is really a good idea...
thanks for sharing...

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Sunshinemom said...

Looks great and I guess very beneficial too. Again a must try!

Lisa said...

Lovely recipe. Just the perfect choice for a light dinner.

Ann said...

Usha,thanks for leading me here..Yours is a very healthy and mature blog.I loved this place..
this is a healthy breakfast to experiment..

Ann said...

Usha,thanks for leading me here..Yours is a very healthy and mature blog.I loved this place..
this is a healthy breakfast to experiment..

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Sia said...

it's really interesting to see how we indian can adapt any ingredients in traditional recipes. lovely adais...

Jo. said...

I have never tried pancakes this way but I guess it's the highest time to give it a try :-)

Madhavi said...

this sounds and looks delicious!!!

Mansi said...

you do know how to make things healthier Usha! these look so well-made!:)

Roshni Mitra Chintalapati said...

very innovative and really healthy!

Sukanya said...

Usha, you truly are a genius. You take the traditional recipes and add things like oats and barley which are good for health and change the dynamics of the dish and induce people to eat healthy while still eating tasty....Remarkable....

Barley Grass said...

Amazing delicious recipe. Barley is very healthy. It is rich in nutrients. It helps in various ways like for skin purifier, cures pimples, helps to get taut skin, it act as skin whitener and has many other benefits. It can also be used as body scrub, which can be rubbed on the skin for 15-20 minutes to get optimal exfoliation.

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