Milagu (Black Pepper) Adai


  • Parboiled / Idli Rice – 1 cup
  • Raw Rice – ½ cup
  • Urad Dhal – ½ cup
  • Bengal Gram Dhal – 1 tablespoon
  • Thuvar Dhal – 1 tablespoon
  • Black Pepper – 1 tablespoon
  • Cumin (Jeeragam) – 1 teaspoon
  • Fresh coconut grated – ½ cup
  • Coconut cut into tiny bits – 1 to 2 tablespoons
  • Salt – 1 teaspoon or as per taste
  • Oil – as required


  1. Soak rice and dhals for about 4 hours. Wash and drain the water. Put it in a mixie along with pepper, jeera and salt. Grind it to a coarse paste. Before removing, add coconut gratings and run the mixie for one to two rounds.
  2. Heat a tawa and grease it with oil. Take a handful of batter and put it on the tawa and spread it with your fingers. Sprinkle few pieces of coconut on the top and pour little oil around the adai. Cook on medium flame till light brown spots appear. Turn it and cook on the other side also.
  3. Adai prepared in the above method will be slightly hard, but crispy and tasty. If you want softer adai, then add little water and make a thick batter. Pour a big ladle of batter on the Tawa and spread it round. Sprinkle few coconut pieces on top and cook as above.
  4. This is mostly prepared on “Karthigai Deepam Day” and hence it is also called as “Karthigai Adai”.
  5. Can be served with Vellam and Vennai (Jaggery and Butter). For spicy taste, serve with Idli Milagai Podi.


  1. looks beautiful and yummy

  2. Thanks Ma,
    May this day with Barani deepam all prosperity come to You and the Maha karthigai deepam may burn all the hurdles in your path.

  3. sujatha rs

    Can you please let me know the receipe for karadaiyan kozhukattai sweet and salt.

    • Hi Sujatha,

      Thank you for visiting. Since Karadaiyan Nonbu has just over, I think you would have prepared the adai already. I will post it shortly.

  4. Dear Kamala,

    I made this adai today and it was yummmy. Only diff is – I had made the batter yesterday and saw your receipt today. I grinded jeera and milagu and mixed to it. Awesome receipe. I couldnt stop eating 🙂 🙂 thanks a lot!

  5. Maragatham Vetrivel

    . I prepared this adai. my God, so tasty it was.

  6. Namaskaaram,Kamala Mami,tried out your recipe for Milagu adai today.Turned out to be very delicious.Pepper has a salutary effect.

  7. Dear kamala,
    Tried your adai today. It was wonderful. My family liked a lot.mikka nandri.

  8. hi kamala aunty i have been reading ur dishes since three days finding v intrsting have also cooked brinjal n drumstick kozhambu it was too gud n did nt patience i had before my husband cane for lunch

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