Friday, November 13, 2009

Masala Dosa

My childhood memories of restaurant food always go back to Masala Dosa. For some reason I always ended up ordering this delicacy whenever we ate at, a famous restaurant in my home town,  the Indian coffee house.  The red colored masala from the beetroot they add, which I haven't seen anywhere else, is still fresh in my memories.  During my college days in Mangalore and Erode I used to enjoy Masala dosa with my friends.  Later, when I moved to Hyderabad after marriage we used to frequent a vegetarian restaurant in the neighborhood where they served masala dosa with meduvada and chutney.  They also have a special red chutney spread on the dosa over which they place the masala and wrap the dosa.  OMG! I am getting so nostalgic :-) So, what I am trying to point out is every place has a different masala dosa to offer.  I guess this doas will be included in their list of comfort foods by any Indian.  By the way, our kids also love this crispy and yummy crepe slathered with potato masala.

masala dosa

Ingredients

For dosa

Idli rice-3cups
Urad dal (black gram)-1cup
Salt-to taste
A few fenugreek seeds(if you are using the batter only for dosa-this will make dosa more crispy)

For Masala

Potato-2
Onion-1 big(sliced thin)
Green Chillies-3
Curry leaves-1 Sprig
Ginger-1Tbsp (grated)
Turmeric powder-1/2 tsp
Tomato-1

masala dosa

Method:

For Dosa
1. Soak the rice and dal for 5 - 6 hours
2. Grind the rice and dal and mix well. Ferment for at least 8 hours.If you are in a cold country keep the batter in the oven after warming the oven a bit.Do not overheat.
3. Again mix the batter well after adding salt.
4. The consistency should be just enough to pour on a tawa/griddle and should be able to spread it well with the bottom of the ladle.
5.Keep the dosakkallu(the cast iron tawa/griddle)/ a non sticky shallow pan and heat it on medium high over the stove. Spray with oil if the pan is not non stick.  Pour one ladle of batter when the pan is hot enough (when you sprinkle water you get that sizzling sound)and spread it as thin as possible.If you wish you could spread a little bit butter/ghee(clarified butter) on it.I normally skip this step :-)
6. When one side is done (takes about a minute), read golden brown, flip over and let the other side also get cooked .(you don't have to do this if your dosa is very very thin)
7. Flip over again and put 2 Tbsp of masala on top and spread it using the spatula.
8. Fold over the dosa to cover the masala.
9.Serve hot with the chutney of your choice/coconut chutney/ sambar/

masala dosa

Contributor: Namitha

44 comments:

  1. hey gulmohar...looks delicious..i was waiting for your version of dosa..and i totally agree with you about eating dosa's as kids..it was same with us too!!

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  2. lovely dosa with excellent clicks...feeling hungry

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  3. Wowie! Another favorite classic of mine! I want to swallow it down with a bowl of hot piping sambar!

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  4. Everybody I guess like dosa's isnt it???...Looks yummy

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  5. An all time favorite for me too. Every time I am at a restaurant I will pour over the menu thinking of trying something new. I will look up and see the waiter hurrying around with dosas everywhere and I will tell myself, no, I am eating something else. I will continue reading the menu ardently again and when the waiter comes to take my order I will look at him and then involuntarily blurt out masala dosa. Now, if my husband is around he will give me a smirk so I stop looking at him for a while after I place the order because no matter how hard I try and how much I love all kinds of food.. masala dosa just wins hands down.

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  6. lovely ckicks and yummy dosa dear....

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  7. This is simple. I always eat dosa and masala at the Indian store. Must try to make this one day.

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  8. THat looks too good, super crispy...love it.

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  9. Lovely click....Nobody can say no to this...so delicious and yummy.

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  10. wow!!!masala dosa ittu alle! adipoli crispy dosa!!Looks perfect da...your pics made me get tempted.onnu vilichirunenkil njan vannene..:)

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  11. Perfect click and Well-written Nami!! Same is the case with me, I am a die-hard fan of Dosa, but I love to have Masala outside the dosa. Wierd huh? :)
    It is raining dosas at my place too, will post my version soon :)

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  12. Hi Namitha,
    Oh so true ...Masala dosa ranks the top most in most of the Indians fav. list :) n ya some how I too land up ordering masala dosa whenever we eat out :) This is the one thing that I think none will get bored ever :)
    Ur masala dosa makes me drool...though I recently made them I am craving for some more :)

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  13. My favourite Indian food could be dosa too! You even grind the rice yourself! I usually get the rice powder from the Asian stores.

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  14. Masala dosa looks yummy Namitha! same pinch,we also made it here yesterday.Mine is a bit different in the masala part that I splitter mustard,uraddal,channadal,some peanuts&cashews first and then add all other ingredients given in ur list(I dont add tomato though.Will surely try ur version too next time...

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  15. Yours dosa looks so crisp and yummy and till date masala dosa is my fav restaurant dish.I share ur memories abt hyderabad because i lived there for some time.We'll catch up soon on hyderabad topics.

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  16. Wonderful click :)
    One more Dosa to go !

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  17. I could kill for a dosa from Mangalore Dosa camp now...your photos put me in the mood for it..Great shot, Nami!

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  18. Thats a delicious crispy dosa...wonderful pics too namitha

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  19. All time fav..i always prepare for dinner with leftover idli batter...yuuuuuum

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  20. Every time I read one of your incredible post, I long for my days in New York City where I could always get some excellent Indian dishes. Luckily, you are sharing some of my favorite dishes. Many many thanks.

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  21. That's my fav dosa. Looks yummy!!

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  22. Ente checheee kothipikalle....adipoli ippo kittiya ithu muzhuvan akathakkum...sadarana kazhikilla but ippo ithokke kazhikan thonunnundu...

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  23. Dosas are forever !!!!
    I normally give a mustard or Jeera/mustard combo seasoning in the potato filling.. Is it not given in Keralite style cooking ?, not sure
    Nice photo..

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  24. wow,what a delicious dosa,and a perfect click too.my all time fav.

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  25. adipolii...superb..kandittu kothiyayi..

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  26. wow! im so hungry now! when i was pregnant 1st time arnd this was my fav food. i even had it a day b4 yash was born. willd eftly try ur version!

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  27. Thanks for stopping by my site and commenting. I see you have an excellent collection of recipes. I will check often

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  28. OH my, this is sooo impressive and looks absolutely delicious!

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  29. Wow! This looks really good! I remember eating Masala dosa when I was living in Silicon Valley. It brings me back some memories. I have to find a good Masala dosa place in NY also!

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  30. Yummy Dosas,beautiful clicks,looks tempting

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  31. wow! it looks delicious!
    Check out Oats series round up and i welcome u to join with us in the Variety Rice Series going in my blog!

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  32. Thanks a ton everybody !!! Glad to know that there are so many out there who loves masala dosa just like me :D

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  33. One more of my favorites... during my school days, whenever my Mom made masala dosas, we would have it for breakfast, lunch and dinner :-)... your masala is absolutely tempting and I totally agree with you with the masala staying outside the dosa... I've always felt that putting the masala inside the dosas sort of makes the dosa soggy...

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  34. Wow !. Mouth watering. I am so lucky :-) .

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  35. my all time favourite, dosa looks cryspy and tasty....

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  36. Manj, i have always wanted to try making dosa from scratch, have to go to indian store to see if i can find the ingredients easy but sure am inspired by the simple recipe.
    Must tell u that what u said about comfort food for all Indians, it holds true for Raj n girls too. (of course i eat all sound indian since childhood, but nothing compares to the one we get in India) Thx again hon. Great job!

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  37. Thanks...
    Sims,I guess you are Manju's friend.Thanks a lot for visiting us :-)Hope you will find the ingredients and try it out soon :-)

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  38. lovely dosas..super pic..makes me hungry!

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  39. delightful masala dosa..i luv it and i luv ur blog too..first time here..gud way of presenting..simple & excellent...

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  40. give me masala dosa any time of the day... i will be more than happy!

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