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International Cooking – Plain Dosa

April 6, 2007 by  
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Interesting Facts
While in India this March, we found some foods really good.  One thing we really enjoyed was Dosa.  It was similar to a very thin pancake, served warm, and tender.  It was a large “cake” rolled up placed on a platter and actually served on banana leaves along with a variety of flavorful chutneys.  Sometimes Dosa was huge when brought to a table with several people.  Eaten with our fingers, we would break off a piece and dip it into one of the variety of chutneys that were served with the Dosa. 
Normally there were four little bowls of chutney — ginger chutney, coconut chutney, mango chutney, and some kind of warm soup-like dip.
Dosa comes plain or made with chilles and vegetables; we preferred it plain and enjoyed the ginger chutney best.  When it was freshly made, it was delicious!

(Plain) Dosa

  • 1 cup plain rice
  • 1 cup parboiled rice
  • 1/4 cup white urad dal
  • 1/2 tsp. methi (fenugreek) seeds
  • 1 /2 tsp soda bi carbonate
  • 1/2 cup curds
  • 10-12 tsps. ghee or oil as preferred
  • water for grinding  

Wash the rices and dal together. Add plenty of water and methi seeds. Allow to soak for 7-8 hours or overnight. Rewash the rice by draining the water 2-3 times. Grind to a paste. Rawa -like grains should be felt in the batter. Add soda bicarb and salt and mix well. Keep aside in a warm place for 8-10 hours. Beat the curds well.

Add to the batter, add more water if required. The consistency of the batter should be thick enough to thickly coat on a spoon when dipped. Heat the iron griddle or non-stick tawa well. Pour a spoonful of batter in the centre, spread with the back of the spoon to a thin round. Pour a tsp. of ghee or oil over it. Remove with spatula when crisp. Serve hot with chutney and / or sambar.


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