Thavala Adai

Thavala Adai

SOLARA product used : Air Fryer

Thavala Adai, a traditional South Indian dish, offers various health benefits due to its wholesome and nutrient-rich ingredients. This dish is primarily composed of a combination of lentils, such as toor dal, urad dal, chana dal, and masoor dal, along with rice. These ingredients provide a significant protein and fiber boost, aiding in muscle repair, satiety, and digestive health. Thavala Adai is also rich in essential vitamins and minerals from lentils, contributing to overall well-being. 


  • 1 cup raw rice
  • 1/2 cup split pigeon peas (toor dal)
  • 1/4 cup split black gram (urad dal)
  • 1/4 cup Bengal gram (chana dal)
  • 1/4 cup split red lentils (masoor dal)
  • 1/4 cup grated coconut
  • 2-3 dry red chilies 
  • 1 inch ginger, grated
  • 1 sprig curry leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon hing 
  • Salt to taste
  • Water, as needed
  • Cooking spray or oil for the air fryer basket


Soak the Rice and Lentils:

  • Rinse the rice and lentils together, and soak them in water for about 2-3 hours.

Prepare the Batter:

  • After soaking, drain the water and grind the rice and lentils together to form a coarse batter.
  • Add dry red chilies, grated ginger, grated coconut, curry leaves, asafoetida, and salt to the batter. Mix well.

Preheat the Air Fryer:

  • Preheat your air fryer to 375°F (190°C) for about 5 minutes.

Shape the Thavala Adai:

  • Take a portion of the batter and shape it into a thick pancake, similar to a uttapam.

Air Fry:

  • Lightly coat the air fryer basket with cooking spray or a small amount of oil.
  • Place the shaped Thavala Adai in the air fryer basket. Depending on the size of your air fryer, you may need to cook them in batches.
  • Air fry at 375°F (190°C) for 12-15 minutes, flipping halfway through, or until the Thavala Adai is golden brown and cooked through.


  • Repeat the process for the remaining batter.
  • Serve the Thavala Adai hot with coconut chutney or any South Indian side dish of your choice.