Hominy Grits And Daal Adai

Quick Grits Adai

Thanks to each and everyone of you for the words of support and wishes.  My mom made the journey without any problem. The only negative thing was her flight was delayed by 2 hrs due to bad weather.
We made the mistake of not checking the flight’s status before leaving to the airport.  My mother was taking the British Airways flight from Chennai via London and it was supposed to reach here at 7.30pm. We started around 6.15pm, but that day the traffic was unbelievable and we reached the airport only at 8.30 pm.  I was worried that my mother would get panicked that we had not come.  Only a handful people were there in the arrival hall and my mother was not there.  Is this not enough to panic me?  Then we saw the message board where they have the list of flights coming into the airport with their arrival time and status.  We were so tensed that we could not locate my mom’s flight.  Then after a couple of minutes we located it and confirmed that the flight had not yet arrived and was delayed by 2 hours.  Then only I was able to breathe.  By the time we reached home it was 1.00 am.

My son is already having a blast with her.  When she was in India she used to come online daily and we used to have conversation via web camera.  So he easily recognized her and yesterday night he slept with her only.  It’s like he has totally forgotten me.  He wants his grandma to do everything for him, from brushing his teeth, giving him a bath and what not!

I wanted to bake something for my mother, but she has brought us a lot of sweets and snacks from India.  I think I’m gonna put on a couple of pounds easily.

For dinner yesterday I made adai using corn grits.  I usually prepare adai using Idli rava, instead of rice.  So I thought why not try it with grits, which has a similar texture.  I used Quaker brand, quick grits, which cooks in five minutes and enriched with hominy.

Hominy Grits Adai Recipe

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Prep TimeCook TimeMakes
3-4 Hours Soak Time + 15 Mins15 Mins14 Adais
AuthorCategoryMethod
Tiffins/Main-CourseFermenting/Cooking
Hominy Grits And Daal Adai An easy recipe to prepare adai using quick cooking hominy grits and daals.
Ingredients:
  • 1 Cup Quick Grits
  • 1/2 Cup Channa Daal
  • 1/2 Cup Toor Daal
  • 1/2 Cup Moong Daal
  • 1 Tablespoon Urad Daal
  • As Per Taste Green And Red Chillies
  • 1 Tablespoon Grated Ginger
  • 1/2 To 3/4 Cup Grated Coconut (Preferably Fresh)
  • As Per Taste Salt
  • As Needed Finely Chopped Coriander/Curry Leaves For Garnishing, Optional
Procedure:
  1. Lightly rinse the grits and soak it with 1.5 to 2 cups of water.
  2. In a separate bowl add all the daals, rinse it and soak it in 3-4 cups of water. Also add the red chillies with the daal.
  3. After 4 hours either using a blender or wet grinder first grind the daals (adding water little by little) along with the chillies, also add the green chillies, ginger and coconut.
  4. Once it is ground coarsely add the grits also and grind it for another couple of minutes. The batter should not be very smooth and also not very coarse.
  5. Transfer the batter to a bowl, add salt and coriander leaves.
  6. Now prepare the adais as usual.
Taste:
  1. I got around 14 medium size adais for the above measurement. It was so delicious, especially with avial.
My Notes:
  1. I usually use a combination of red chillies and green chillies in my cooking. The taste is definitely different and very good when compared to using either one.
  2. Using fresh coconut and a lot of it really enhances the taste of adais.
  3. Check this recipe for preparing adais using sweet corn.
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17 COMMENTS

  1. Hi,
    First of all I would like to say that your recipes are awesome. I have a small question. I often prepare adai at home. But it takes too much oil. Though it is protein rich it is fatty too. So I wanted to know if Adai can be baked like Idli’s in steamer. If we can do that, what would be the proportion of each lentil to do that. Thank you and waiting for your response.

    Hi Bhuvana, thank you for writing to me. You can prepare adai with very less oil too. My husband doesn’t like oily/spicy food either. First the batter has to be in the texture of rava, not very coarse and not very fine. I use a non stick pan, pour the batter, spread it and close it with a lid. Once the water starts condensing on the lid, remove it and flip the adai and cook the other side. You don’t need to close it with lid again. This method requires no oil at all, but it’s not going to be crispy. If little oil is ok, what you can do is after pouring the batter and spreading it, using a non stick spray (like PAM or any store brand) and spray it on top of the adai in a circular motion and cook it until you are able to lift the adai and do the same for the other side. These adais are little crispy than the first one.

    If you want to steam it like idli, you can still do it with the regular adai batter, no need to change the lentil/rice ratio. I have done that too. I also prepare upma after making the idlis.

  2. awesome madhu…i am definitely going to make this…i have some leftover grits ..i thought of making kesari with it..this one is healthier :)..
    All grandmas have a way with kids..even if they are meeting for the 1st time..enjoy ur time and time to get pampered too 🙂

  3. Nice to hear your mom has reached safely.Kids are more attached to grandma..My kids too like my mom very much.Adai looks so healthy

  4. So you now having fun with your mother….good to know that she had a nice and safe trip.

    I have never used quick grits, need to explore them, have seen so many recipes around using them.

    Your adai looks yummy

  5. it must be wonderful to have your mom there! i’ve never had grits, and i doubt we get it in india! but that looks delicious!

  6. I know how excited your son would be to see his grandma! Glad to hear that your mother reached safely. the adai looks so delicious and healthy.

  7. Glad that your mom reached safely. Coincidentally, I made adai-avial this week too – did not take any pictures though 🙁 I love this combination.

  8. Glad to hear that the family is having a great time with your mum being there. Enjoy all the moments,… they are all to cherish 🙂

  9. When it comes to our dear Moms, we daughter’s are extra worried 🙂 Glad that your mother reached safely.

    Never tried Grits till now but this one sounds like a easy and healthy recipe to try.

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