Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Masala Dosa (Crispy Savory Rice- Lentil Pancake with Potato Filling)

masala dosa

Masala dosa or dosai is a popular South Indian breakfast. It’s eaten all over India. Dosa is a healthy breakfast or snack item. You can also make plain dosa with this recipe that is dosa minus the potato filling. I made masala dosa today and they turned out very crispy and tasy. We enjoyed them with hot sambar.
Recipe of masala dosa/ dosai
1 1/2 cup parboiled rice (sela chawal)
2/3 cup dhuli urad dal (split, skinless black gram)
1/2 tsp soda bicarbonate
Salt to taste
Oil for making dosa

Potato filling
4 medium potatoes- boiled, peeled and roughly mashed
1/2 tsp mustard seeds
Salt to taste
2 onions- chopped
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
1/2 tsp red chilli powder
Few curry leaves
2 tbsp oil
1. For batter, soak rice, urad dal together for at least 6 hours or overnight.
2. Drain and reserve the soaking water. Grind rice and dal to a paste using some of the soaking water. Add some more water from it to get medium pouring consistency. Batter should be such that it should coat a spoon thickly when dipped in batter.
3. Add salt and soda bicarb to the batter and mix well.
4. Keep the batter, covered in a warm place for fermentation for 3-4 hours. After fermentation batter will rise a little and smell sour.
5. Now make potato masala for the filling. Heat 2 tbsp oil in a kadhai/ wok. Add mustard seeds. When they pop, turn the heat to medium.
6. Add curry leaves and fry for 1 minute.
7. Add onion and sauté till transparent. Add salt and turmeric and red chilli powders.
8. Add the potatoes. Mix well and cook stirring for 5 minutes. Turn off the heat. Keep aside.
9. To make dosa, heat a non-stick tawa (griddle) on medium heat. To season the tawa, for the first dosa, pour little oil on the tawa and wipe with a potato half.
9. Turn the heat to low while spreading the dosa. Pour 2 tablespoons batter in the center of the tawa. Spread the batter gently in an outward circular motion with the back of the tablespoon or ladle (karchhi) just like you would spread a chilla or any pancake. Turn the heat to medium.
10. Wait till dosa gets a little cooked, pour some oil on it. Spread it with a spatula.
11. When brown spots appear from underneath, loosen the dosa from the tawa using a wide, thin spatula.
12. Place some potato masala in the center of the dosa and spread a little. Fold over. Remove from the tawa. Serve hot masala dosa with sambar.

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