MUTTAI ATTU-ADAI / EGG PANCAKES



This is a favorite egg dish of my father-in-law and it has been in the family for many generations. It seems that my father-in-law’s mom used to prepare this as a side dish with rice for lunch quite often and she used to mix duck eggs along with chicken eggs when she prepares these adais to add some richness to the dish. Adding channa dhal flour to the eggs is used for increasing the volume and stretching the buck during those days. Now-a-days we see this as a healthy protein-rich evening snack. The eggs can also be substituted with Egg Beaters or plain egg whites.

INGREDIENTS:
1. Eggs, 3.
2. Onion, medium size, 1.
3. Green chilies, 2-3.
4. Ginger—garlic paste, ½ teaspoon.
5. Roasted channa dhal or chutney dhal (pottukadalai or udaicha kadalai) , 2 tablespoons.
6. Salt as per taste.
7. Curry leaves and cilantro for garnishing.

PREPARATION:
Grind the roasted channa dhal into a fine powder. Dice the onions and green chilies finely. Heat a pan with some oil. When oil starts to bubble add the diced onions and green chilies along with 2-3 curry leaves and ginger-garlic paste and sauté for a few minutes until the onions are tender and let it cool. Break the eggs into a bowl and beat them along with the sautéed onion mixture, channa dhal powder, salt, and a tablespoon of chopped cilantro. Heat a thick-bottomed pan or a kadai with a tablespoon of oil and once the oil is hot, ladle the egg mixture into the pan. Cook closed for 4-5 minutes under medium flame until the corners get crisp, and flip it to the other side. Cook for another 2 minutes until that side also turns brown and crisp. Repeat the process with the remaining batter and serve hot with ketchup or as a side dish with rice.

VARIATION: Half a teaspoon of fennel seeds can also be powdered along with the channa dhal for much tastier and flavorful adais.

23 comments:

Chitra said...

this is definitely new to me ,siilar to making omlette ,with the addition of channadal powder.gr8, sure try....

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revathi said...

Yummy muttai adais...This is one of my favourite Chettinad dishes..:)
Reva

Andreea Elena said...

absolutly delicious! I like indian cuisine, I cook too,not perfect, I'm romanian...i try keep the indian flavour in my recipes...hope I manage well,I have only one indian cook book and from now on and your blog as a guide!
Andreea-Elena

Priya said...

Omg, salivating here, quite a delicious and irresistible adai..yummm!

GEETHA ACHAL said...

முட்டை அடை ரொம்ப நல்லா இருக்கு...சூப்பர்ப்..

John said...

I know a lot of folks who don’t eat eggs (they’re allergic, for health reasons, or concerns about animal cruelty). Here’s an awesome site that gives tips on cooking and baking without eggs: http://EggFreeLiving.com

Suja said...

Nice one dear,looks so delicious..yum

Hamaree Rasoi said...

Egg pancakes look awesome. Excellent preparation.

Deepa
Hamaree Rasoi

Madhura Manoj said...

Drooling here.Looks delicious & irresistible.
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Santosh Bangar said...

gr8 idea of dding chanadal in eggs pancake loking tasty
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Nitha said...

Totally new to me.. But looks yumm..

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Malar Gandhi said...

Thanks for the msg. Good to see ur recipes again.

Duck eggs in adai - family traditions sounds terrific:) I once wondered what to do with duck eggs. I will definitely try ur version soon.

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Treat and Trick said...

Looks yummy but adding chana dal is new to me...

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Suman Singh said...

Sounds new but looks totally delicious.

divya said...

looks delicious dear..very tempting..love it..

San said...

Hey gita,how have you been n the twins? Muttai adais are so delectable.

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Malli said...

Gita
This is something my husband loves with rice too.... I love your version it is delicious w/besan.

ChitraChaudhuri said...

Gita, your recipe brought back a lot of fond memories when my Mom used to make Muttai adai for us. We used to relish it as kids. :)
I tried the recipe and it was very tasty. Thank you for this yummy recipe.

ChitraChaudhuri said...

Gita, thank you for this yummy recipe. It brought back a lot of fond memories when my Mom used to make it for us. She has turned a vegetarian now.
I followed your recipe to the tee, and it tasted great.

Thanks again.
Chitra

ChitraChaudhuri said...

Gita, your recipe brought back a lot of fond memories when my Mom used to make Muttai adai for us. We used to relish it as kids. :)
I tried the recipe and it was very tasty. Thank you for this yummy recipe.