Thavala Adai is a heavy yet tasty snack or dinner recipe prepared in Tamil Nadu. It is a very filling recipe and my grandma used to make it with much passion. Loaded with lentils and rice this is liked by people of all ages. Some make the powder in advance and store it and make it whenever necessary. This is a Tanjavur District dish of Tamil Nadu. The crust formed on the outside portion is very delicious and coconut adds a nice flavour. It can be had as such without any side dish but coconut chutney would be an awesome combination. I have always wondered why it is named Thavala Adai ? I found an answer speaking to mom She said in olden days it was made in a bronze vessel with coconut oil and thus the name.
I have made this a few times now and I still remember the first time I made this. I ground the dals nicely and the result was a flop. I also have another recipe close to this one but it is deep fried. It is called Thavala Vadai. The dals and rice make the dish filling and so it can be had at any time of the day. As I was wondering what to make for lumch, I came up with this and mabe this for my hubby’s lunch box and he loved it. It tastes awesome even when cold and so apt for packing. You can also use par boiled rice which is much tastier as well. This long lost recipe has found way in my home and is creating waves. What about yours? Do try this recipe and it will be a sure hit at your homes too. Planning to post more forgotten recipes in the near future.