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Milagu Adai | Pepper Adai | Karthigai Adai

Karthigai Deepam is celebrated on the full moon day of the Karthigai month which coincides with krithikai star. This year it falls on 5th of December. Karthigai deepam is considered as the extension of the Deepavali festival. The traditional neivedhyams (sweets) made for karthigai deepam are appam, pori urundai and jaggery based payasam.

In our house, we make our regular adai for karthigai. Milagu adai is another traditional karthigai deepam recipe. My mom shared this adai recipe from a cookbook. It is slightly different from our regular adai. This milagu adai is made of raw rice and peppercorns instead of parboiled rice and red chillies. Usually for neivedhyams, par boiled rice or boiled rice is not used. This adai is very healthy and can be made for regular breakfast too. It tastes best with butter or jaggery.


{ South Indian crepe made of rice, lentils and black pepper }
Makes 8-10


1 cup raw rice / pacharisi
¼ cup urad dal
¼ cup toor dal
¼ cup chana dal
2 tsp black pepper
1 tsp cumin seeds / jeera
1 inch ginger, roughly chopped
½ tsp asafoetida / hing
2 sprigs curry leaves
Salt to taste
Oil to drizzle


1. Wash the rice and dals together and soak for 3 hours.

2. In a mixie jar add soaked rice, dals, pepper, jeera, ginger, asafoetida and 1 sprig curry leaves. Grind to a lightly coarse mixture adding little water.

3. Transfer the batter to a vessel and add remaining curry leaves, salt and mix well. Set aside for 1 hour.

4. Add required water to the batter and mix well. The consistency of the batter should be thicker than dosa batter.

5. Heat the tawa/griddle. Pour a ladleful of adai batter and spread it thinly like dosa. Pour 1 tsp oil all round the edges and in the center.

6. Cook till its golden brown in color. Now flip the adai and cook till the other side also turns golden brown.

Serving Suggestion ~ butter or jaggery.

Notes and Tips
  • The adai is usually made little thick but I prefer it thin and crispy.
  • You can also add thin coconut slivers to the batter.


  1. I love pepper flavour.. This looks amazing

  2. This is such a flavorful dish, would love to try it soon :)

  3. very flavourful and perfect recipe!!

  4. Delciious milagu adai sona Love to try it

  5. this adai recipe is new to me. looks crispy and delicious..

  6. flavorful adai with pepper..yumm!

  7. yet to prepare this for blog delicious and this is perfect for winter

  8. Crispy and delicious adai.
    Nice pics.

  9. Will try this soon..Never tasted it before.

  10. I am really curious about the pepper flavor... would give a nice feel to it...

  11. This is very new to me. Adai looks delicious. Nice pics.

  12. Best recipe for the for this festive time!!

  13. flavorful and healthy adai. will try this version next time..

  14. How interesting and they look delicious too!

  15. Looks too good.. Flavorful and crisp

  16. Flavourful tasty adai. Perfect fort this season!!!


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