Sunday, January 29, 2017

Sada Dosa (South Indian Recipe)

Dosa, a crisp and thin crepe made of rice and urad dal batter, is an extremely popular dish in south India. Making a homemade dosa involves three simple stages with the batter: soaking, grinding and fermenting. You may make different kinds of dosas with the same batter. For example, a masala dosa, mysore masala dosa, paper dosa, cheese dosa, paneer dosa etc. You can do numerous dosa variations by using few simple additional ingredients.

Soaking time: 4 hours
Fermentation time: 6 to 7 hours
Prep time:  15 Minutes
Cooking time: 30 to 35 minutes
Servings: 4

  • 1-1/2 cups parboiled rice
  • 1/2 cup urad dal (split black urad dal)
  • 1 teaspoon fenugreek seeds
  • Oil and ghee for frying
  • Salt to taste
  1. Soak urad dal and fenugreek seeds in water for 4 hours and then drain. At the same time, soak  rice in water for 4 hours and then drain.
  2. Blend the urad dal and fenugreek seeds together in a mixer until you have a smooth paste-like consistency. Add water little by little, as required.
  3. Blend the rice in a mixer adding a little water, as required.
  4. Combine both pastes together in a bowl, cover it and keep aside to ferment (6 to 7 hours).
  5. Once the batter is fermented, add salt to the batter and mix it well. Thin with water, if necessary, before proceeding.
  6. To make the dosas, set a griddle or cast iron skillet over medium heat and brush with 1 teaspoon of oil.
  7. Ladle 1/4 cup batter in the center of griddle, using the bottom of ladle, and quickly spread the batter outward in a circular motion to a diameter of about 7 to 8 inches. Drizzle oil or ghee over the top.
  8. Leave the dosa batter to brown gradually until the outer edges begin to look dry. Cook on one side only. With a spatula, carefully loosen the dosa from the griddle. The bottom should be crisp and browned.
  9. Continue making dosas, one at a time.
  10. Serve hot with coconut chutney, sambar and aloo bhaji on the side.
Check out the recipes for Coconut Chutney, Sambar and Aloo Bhaji on my blog!

Dosa with chutney, aloo Bhaji and sambar:

Sada dosa

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