Through my day morning schedule all I could think of was of that perfectly rounded dosa…. and that beautiful, enthralling smile…..that nice crunchy paper thin crust; those twinkling hazel eyes....those well-cooked yellow potatoes with hint of the wet earth; that free, pleasant, mellow laugh....that spicy masala dosa;
Add parboiled rice, methi, poha, cooked rice, yellow spilt peas into one large vessel containing sufficient water for soaking. Then soak urad dal in water in a separate vessel. Soak for 6-7 hours or overnight.
- 1/2 cup - Skinless split urad daal (skinless black gram)
- 1/2 teaspoon - Methi seeds (Fenugreek seeds)
- 1/4 cup - Poha (beaten rice)
- 1/4 cup - Cooked rice
- 1/4 teaspoon - Cooking Soda
- 1 tablespoon - Salt
- 1 handful - Chana dal (Yellow split peas)
Then grind the contents from both the containers separately to a smooth paste adding water as required. After grinding the urad dal, add it to the main batter container and mix well. Add water as required until you get a pouring consistency.
Now add sugar, salt, cooking soda and mix well. Cover and keep aside in a warm place for at least 7 hours. During this time the batter raises and reaches approximately two and a half times the original volume. So make sure you use a big enough container for the dosa batter.
Red Chilly Chutney
- Red chillies 7
- Garlic 5 small cloves
- Salt 1/4 tea spoon
Soak chillies in 1/2 cup hot water and close the lid of the vessel). Keep for around 1/2 to one hour so that chillies become soft. Then grind them with garlic and salt to a smooth paste(do not add extra water).
- Onion 2
- Potatoes 3
- Green chillies 3
- Mustard 1/2 tea spn
- Chana dal 1/2 tea spn
- Turmeric a pinch
- Curry leaves 1 strand
- Coriander leaves 5-6 strands
- Oil 1 tea spn
Cook potatoes with a pinch of turmeric in pressure cooker or microwave. Peel and mash them with hand.
Heat oil and add mustard seeds. When they start spluttering, add chana dal, curry leaves and green chillies. Fry for a while. Then add chopped onion and fry till they are transparent. Now add potatoes and salt. Add a half cup of water. Cook for 2 minutes(till the water gets absorbed) and remove from flame. Garnish with coriander leaves.
Green Coconut Chutny