Saturday, November 19, 2005
Masala Dosa (sourdough crepe wrapped round potato curry)-South Indian Tiffin/Snack
Masala dosa is a South Indian snack/tiffin made with a fermented rice and dal(lentil) batter.If you want to eat dosas on a Sunday morning then you need to start the preparation process for the dosa batter on Saturday morning.
Soak 1 cup urad dal(black gram lentil),2 cups rice and 1 tsp methi seeds(fenugreek)for 5-6 hours.Grind to a fine paste adding water.Let it sit overnight with lid for fermentation.Next day mix the batter well adding salt.The batter(which is similar to pancake batter consistency)is ready for making dosas.
Potato Curry (for the filling)
3 big potatos, peeled and cooked
½ cup of boiled green peas (fresh or frozen)(optional)
1 carrot boiled and cubed(optional)
1 inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled and minced
3 green chillis slit lengthwise
2 big onions finely sliced
¼ tsp turmeric pwd
2 tbsp oil
1/4 cup water
1 tsp mustard seeds
1 tsp cumin seeds(jeera)
1 tsp urad dal (black gram)
1 tsp chana dal(Bengal gram)
10 curry leaves
Mash potatoes roughly into lumps with hand.
Heat 2 tbsp of oil in a cooking vessel.Add the mustard seeds and let them splutter.Lower heat and add cumin seeds, urad dal,channa dal,curry leaves and fry till light brown.Approx 15 seconds.The tempering should not burn.
Add curry leaves,chopped green chillis and minced ginger.Mix and immediately add the sliced onions.
Fry till transparent,add turmeric and salt.Now add the mashed potato lumps,boiled peas and carrots.Mix and sprinkle 3 tbsp of water and let it cook with lid on medium heat for 3 minutes.Turn off heat and adjust salt.
Heat a griddle(you can use a non-stick pan).Grease the griddle with peanut oil or any other oil. Pour one ladle full of batter over the griddle.
Spread the batter from the bottom of the ladle evenly making circles. Drizzle oil or butter around the edges of dosa and let it cook on medium heat.The dosa should turn light brown.The dosa generally takes 4-5 minutes to cook on medium heat.Take care not to burn it.
Spread some butter over the dosa and then spread potato curry filling in the center of the dosa and fold it towards the center such that it covers the potato curry.
Similarly fold the other side also such that it covers the potato curry.
Your dosa is ready to eat.Dosas can also be served with any chutney , poodi or sambar.Here is the link to my personal collection of chutneys and poodis
It is best to eat the dosa the moment its off the griddle..hot.I have tried to take some amateur pictures of the dosa batter spreading on the griddle....but hey, it tastes good and thats what matters:):):)
Posted by sailu at 11/19/2005 09:22:00 AM