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Thursday, 22 September 2011

wOnDeR On The Plate

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;

Dosa Batter 


  • 2 cups - Idli rice or parboiled rice
  • 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
  • 3 to 4 teaspoon - Sugar
  • 1 tablespoon - Salt
  • 1 handful - Chana dal (Yellow split peas)
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.
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
  • Salt


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


  • 1/2 cup - Coconut grated
  • 3 tbsp - Roasted split chickpeas
  • 6 nos - Small Green chili
  • 2 pieces - Ginger (small)
  • 3 tbsp - Coriander or Cilantro chopped
  • Tamarind - size of a grape fruit
  • 1/4 tsp - sugar
  • Salt to taste
Grind all the above ingredients with a little water into a paste. For tadka add 1 tsp oil, little mustard and few curry leaves in a pan on medium heat. When the mustard starts crackling for a minute add the tadka into the chutney paste and you are done.

Making the Dosa

1. Take a dosa tava or a non-stick pan and put it on a medium to high heat.
2. Apply few drops of oil on the pan. Take a piece of cloth and rub it all over the surface of the pan to grease it. Do this step for each dosa.
3. Now sprinkle a little bit of water with your hand. Wait for the water to crackle and evaporate. This ensures that the Dosa will spread evenly and not break because the pan is too hot. Do this step for each dosa.
4. Take 1/4 cup of dosa batter and gently pour this batter onto the center of the pan.
5. Now begin to spread the batter in sweeping circular motions to form a circle. Do not be alarmed if the Dosa develops tiny holes as you spread the batter. This is normal.
6. Apply oil and ghee over the surface of the dosa and also around its edges. If you wan tyou can hold the pan by its handle, lift up and swirl it so as to make the drizzled oil spread all over the Dosa.
7. After a minute or two you will see the the thinner part of the dosa is turing dark brown. This indicates that the dosa is coming out crispy and is almost done.
8. Now smear a little bit of the red masala chutney on the dosa as shown in the picture. the quantity of this chutney depends on how spicy you want the dosa to be.
9. As the last step add the onion potato subji to the center of the dosa and flip the 2 sides of the dosa one over the other such that the subji is covered. The dosa is now ready to be served. 



  1. Recipe is very nice.So tomorrow u've to prepare dis dish 4 me