Verum Kambu Adai

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Cooks in: 20 Minutes Serves: 2 People

Verum Kambu Adai means it has only kambu or pearl millet as the main ingredient. Verum airsi adai is an age old recipe of Tamilnadu and Palakkad  where adais are made using only rice.  This adai can be served as breakfast as well as snack. The crispy adai or pan cake is loaded with veggies and has the goodness of whole grains. Kids will love the crispy texture and taste. 


  • 1 Cup Pearl Millet/Bajra/Kambu Grains
  • 4 Green Chillies
  • 1 inch Ginger Piece
  • 1 Cup Grated Mix veggies (carrots, raw mango and chopped onions and coriander leaves)
  • 1/2 Tsp Salt
  • 1/2 Tsp Salt
  • 1/2 Tsp Salt
  • 1/2 Tsp Asafoetida Powder
  • Idli Milagai Podi to serve with
  • Idli Milagai Podi to serve with
  • Idli Milagai Podi to serve with


  1. Wash and soak  the grains for 4 hours. Drain.
  2. Grind along with green chillies, ginger and salt to a thick fine batter by adding little water.
  3. Mix in the veggies and asafoetida powder.
  4. Take a small ball size batter and pat it on a greased banana leaf. Transfer to a hot tawa and sprinkle oil from sides and in the middle. Cover with a lid and cook on medium flame till the bottom becomes crisp and the top gets cooked in the steam formed inside the lid.
  5. Serve with chutney/sambar/ podi/jaggery/butter.


1. Vegetables like bottle gourd, cabbage, beetroot, moringa leaves can be added.

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  1. We tried it for breakfast today with Carrot, Onion and Coriander as per the recipe. We totally loved the taste and the adai doesn’t feel heavy at all as its loaded with veggies. Highly recommend it🥰

  2. Very different recipe; must try one👏👍 no need for fermentation is it?
    Will the millet get cooked without fermentation?

    1. Hi Srividya,
      Glad to know that you liked this recipe. Adding drumstick leaves makes it more healthy! Thanks so much for sharing your experience.

  3. Tried using cabbage and onion we all liked it definitely will add weekly once… thank you so much mam for this healthy recipe

    1. Hi Girija,
      Happy to see a quick validation!! Glad to know that you all liked it. Thanks so much for sharing your experience.

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