Monday, 22 January 2018


Nellikai / amla / gooseberries adai is the healthy , tasty and spicy one. Almost all dals and grains are added in this adai.  The batter for Adai is ground thicker and coarser than the regular dosa batter and it does not require any fermentation.  This  version  I have made is, instead of adding ponni rice I added  brown  rice.  And The Indian gooseberry, known  as nellikkai or Amla,  that is famous for its nutrient rich fruits. It has been a common ingredient in the ancient Indian medicinal practice of Ayurveda. It’s a potent source of Vitamin C and also contains iron and calcium. Because it is so versatile, it has become a favourite among the health conscious I thought of  adding this gooseberries to adai and make it more healthy.
Some don’t like the taste of gooseberries / amla / nellikkai, for those persons we can give in the form of tasty adai.

Lets see some of benefits of amla / gooseberries/ nellikkai

Gooseberries / amla slows down ageing, it strengthens our bones, cools our body, prevents jaundice, prevents constipation, reduces risk of cancer, boosts our immunity,it orevents formation of gall blader stones, it improves eyesight, it prevents ulcer, it reduces blood sugar, cures soar throat etc.



 Brown rice                              -1 cup
Black uradh dal                                 -handful
Channa dal                            – handful
Toovar dal                              – handful
Kabuli channa & ordinary channa – each a handful
Green gram dal                                 – handful
Chickpea                                 – handful
Horsegram                             – handful                             
Cumin seeds                          – 1 tsp
Pepper corns                          – 10 to 20
Asafetida powder (hing)       – ¼ tsp
Salt                                          – to taste
Nellikai / amla / gooseberries          - 10 nos
Green chillies                         - 6 nos
Small onions                          - 1o nos
Coriander leaves                     - ½ bunch


  Wash & soak rice & dals together for 8 hours
 Wash again & drain the water and grind coarsely adding all other ingredients
 The batter should be slightly thicker than dosa batter Grease a tawa  & heat . Pour one ladle of batter in the centre of tawa & spread in a rotating manner with the same ladle to give the thickness & proper round shape .
  Pour one tsp of til oil around the edges .
 After a few  seconds with a sharp edged spatula gently turn over the ada to the other side.In two or three places make small depressions ( holes ) .
 Pour one tsp of oil in & around .
 When the adai is crisp & golden in colour remove from the tawa .
Yummy healthy nellikai / amla / gooseberries adai is ready to serve.

Serve hot with chakka varatti / jack fruit jam  or any other accompaniments like dosa podi ,jaggery , fresh butter or aviyal.

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