Breakfast/Tiffin Food Recipes

Thavalai Adai tikki

Thavalai Adai is a very unique tiffin item from the state of Tamil Nadu that is prepared like a tikki on the tava. It is best had along with Sahala thuvaiayl, a very versatile chutney that goes well with many traditional South Indian tiffin items.


  • Raw rice rava *     – 1 cup
  • Toor, urad, channa dhal mix – 1/3 cup
  • Fresh coconut grated  – 1/3 cup
  • Sugar                           – 1 tbsp ( optional)
  • Red chilli                      – 2 nos.
  • Black pepper               – 1 tsp
  • Cumin seeds(Jeera)     -1 tsp
  • Mustard                      – 1 tsp
  • Hing                            – 1/4 tsp
  • Curry leaves                – 8-10 leaves
  • Oil                               – 2 tbsp
  • Salt                             – to taste


  1.  * Take 1 cup of raw rice. Grind it coarsely to make rice rava
  2.    In place of rice rava, millets also can be used

Preparation time        : 15 minutes

Cooking time             : 15 minutes

Makes                         : 14- 15 nos.

Sahala thuvaiyal ( Tamarind chutney)

  • Tamarind            – 1 gooseberry size
  • Red chilli             – 3 nos.
  • Curry leaves        – 15 nos.
  • Jaggery                 – 1 tsp
  • Hing                      – 1/4 tsp
  • Salt                         – to taste

Preparation time    : 5 min

Procedure for Sahala thuvaiyal (Tamarind chutney)

Step 1:

Soak tamarind for 1/2 hour. Then grind all ingredients to a smooth paste.


This Sahala thuvaiyal goes well with upma kozhukattai and adai also.


Procedure for Thavalai Adai tikki (Cutlet):

Step 1:

Soak mixed dhals for 30 minutes. Also soak rava separately for 30 minutes.

Step 2:

Grind chillies, pepper and cumin seeds into a coarse powder.

Step 3:

Heat oil in a pan. Add mustard seeds and allow it to crackle. Then add hing and curry leaves.

Step 4:

Add two cups of water and bring it to boil.Then add the grated coconut, ground dhals and rava.

Step 5:

Add salt and stir well till the water in the mixture evaporates.


Step 6:

Take big lemon sized balls of the mixture and flatten between the palms.


Step 7:

Pour 2 tbsps of oil in the pan and place the tikkis.

Step 8:

Cook the tikki until golden brown on one side and flip it to the other side. Cook for another 4-5 minutes. The tasty thavalai adai tikki is ready and can be served with sahala thuvaiyal.



The below video gives the step by step process of making Thavalai Adai Tikki (cutlet)

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