A big dose of dosas…

Mmm…the Indian dosa. Whenever I return from a trip around India I long for these golden pancakes. Crisp on the outside and spongy on the inside…just the thought of them makes my mouth water. They are a speciality of South India and are perfect for breakfast.
They need thought beforehand to make them because you need to soak some of the ingredients overnight. The following is a recipe by the wonderful Mrs. S. Mallika Badrinath from her cookbook 100 Tiffin Varieties.

2 cups par boiled rice
2 cups raw rice
1 cup dehusked black gram
3 pinches kesar colour
1/4 tsp cooking soda
4 heaped tsp salt
Oil (enough for frying)

1. Soak rice and dhal together in water for 4 hours.
2. Grind to smooth paste.
3. Add salt just before taking out of grinder.
4. Allow to ferment for 15 hours.
5. Next day morning add colour and soda to the batter.
6. Mix well. Pour onto hot fry pan or tawa.
7. Fry both sides with oil.
8. Serve hot.

Mrs Badrinath also includes the calorie value (Ganesha bless her) 1 dosa = 121 calories. Sounds pretty good to me. Do try it and see if you agree.

26 thoughts on “A big dose of dosas…

  1. One thing I never tire of! Never heard of colour in a Dosa either! I get that shiny golden surface by adding a tbsp of sugar to the batter. Substituting butter or ghee (clarified butter) for the oil makes it taste way better, even if the calorific value is upped a bit as well 🙂

  2. There is a local cultural festival in Winnipeg where I live called Folklorama that represents cultures from around the world and last night I went to the Tamil pavilion and had a wonderful masala dosa served with some really good sambhar. Finding a good dosa, actually finding any dosa, is particularly difficult here, so it becomes a once in a year event for me.

    I rembember having them everywhere on my last trip to India, particularly in Pondicherry.

    I’ll have to give this recipe a try. 🙂

    • Sounds like a wonderful cultural festival. We had some fab dosas in Pondicherry too. Once near the Muddumalai National Park my sons had a dosa. They both were wearing hats as they entered the restaurant and the dear chef made the dosas into the shape of a hat. My boys were very impressed 🙂 so lovely to hear from you ~ Lakshmi x

  3. So happy to learn that the set dosa is only 121 calories! Though once you add the “masala” mixture the count will, no doubt, go way up. They are worth it!

    • Dearest Anil thank you for thinking of me…it was very sweet of you 🙂 my reward is following your darling blog and you enjoying mine so please pass the award on to another blog you love. Thank you for being such a loyal blogging friend ~ Lakshmi x

  4. The dosa sounds delicious. I am not clear, however, about some of the ingredients in the recipe, black gram and dhal. I have no idea what they are and what to do with the black gram.

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