Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Chana dal Chutney with Egg Dosa

I wonder where dosas originated. It did in the south of India for sure.  Which state, however? Tamil Nadu, Andhra, Karnataka or Kerala is what I wonder. While you ponder over that let me share a spicy chutney that goes with dosas. If you do not know about dosas it looks like crepes.  The batter is made with  lentils and rice soaked separately and ground to a smooth paste. Left overnight in a warm place it ferments and is ready to be ladled on a hot griddle to make crisp dosas.  Please check our post on dosas here for measurements and exact process.
Chickpea Chutney
  Just like pancakes are served for breakfast in the U.S. Anywhere in the south of India you will find restaurants serving dosas.  If its IHOP or waffle house  in America to serve pancakes you have Shanthi Sagar, Udipi Restaurant, Sukh Sagar, Anand Bhavan and myriad other names in south India for dosas.  Folded in banana leaves with the chutney pressed between the folds is how it is served when you order a 'to go.'  This chutney is difficult to find in Kerala but common in all the other southern states.  Having been fortunate to move around a lot in the south I have always enjoyed the different chutneys.  This is spicy, rich in proteins and very filling.  

Ingredients:

Chick pea grams (Chana Dal)    - 1/2 cup
Grated coconut                         - 1/4 cup
Thai Chilli                                 - 3 nos
Dry Red Chilli                          - 2 nos
Coarsely chopped ginger          - 1 tbspn
Garlic                                       - 1 or 2 cloves
Curry Leaves                           - 1 sprig
Coriander Leaves                    - 1/2 a bunch
Salt                                         - 1 tspn
Tamarind                                - 1 marble sized ball
Onions                                    - 1/2 of  a medium size
Dosa and Chutney
Method:

1. Heat a teaspoon of oil in a skillet and on medium flame or temperature on your stove fry the chickpea for a while.  You will see them puff up or slightly turn color when you can add the next ingredient
2. Add red chillies and saute
3. Followed by ginger, onions, garlic, curry leaves and coriander leaves.  Once you add the coriander leaves  toss it around and then switch off the stove.  We are only trying to incorporate the coriander leaves to exude some some of it is aroma and yet not lose its fresh taste completely. 
4. Remove mixture from pan and transfer the ingredients into another vessel to cool off 
5. In a blender grind all the fried ingredients, coconut, green chillies, tamarind and salt.
6. I added around 1/4 cup of water while grinding but the lesser water you can add while grinding the better your chutney will taste

Egg Dosa

To make dosas follow instructions here.

Once you have ladled the batter and whirled the batter to make crepe shaped dosas beat an egg and pour it over.  Cover the girdle with a lid and and cook on medium heat.  Flip the dosa over making sure the egg is thoroughly cooked.

Server with sambar and chutney or only the chutney mentioned above.

Serving Size for chutney
Serves 4 - 6 people
Eggs
Note:

     The photo of the eggs are because I got carried away with some farm fresh eggs I got last week.  They are eggs from chickens raised on a friends farm. There are two lovely light green shelled eggs that you see with the beautiful brown eggs.  Apparently, the green eggs come from a different breed/stock of hens.

53 comments:

  1. I bet Dosas are from Tamilnadu although around the Tamilnadu border towns in Karnataka (where my grandparents live), Dosas are everyday fare, very much like TN. Love the chutney and Egg Dosas are great idea for breakfast as it provides protein for non-veg eaters and Eggitarians too!

    Love the Egg basket photo.Good job.

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  2. You don't have publish this comment but just want to bring it to your notice. Spelling mistake there, you typed "Girdle" for "griddle" :)

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  3. wow..awesome pictures and wonderful recipes !! yummy

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  4. Egg thosai with channa dal chutney..great combination:)

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  5. Thank you for stopping by guys..Asha.. I have made the spelling corrects, thanks for pointing out :)

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  6. love the chutney and clicks are lovely too very original and creative.

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  7. lovely tempting chutney and egg dosa for breakfast.

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  8. Wat a delectable pair, just love egg dosa..chutney looks really tempting..

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  9. Tempting and delicius recipe!!!!
    See you soon!!!

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  10. Can't get enough of pancakes! Yours look so delicious.

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  11. Très belle réalisation.
    Bravo!
    A bientôt.

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  12. I love dosa...can't make it very thin...yours look perfact and chutney looks tempting..

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  13. I love crepes & pancakes, so I know I would love dosas, too.

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  14. Nice combo. Dosa and chutney look mouthwatering. Beautiful pics.

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  15. Awesome! Beautiful pics and yummy dishes:)

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  16. such a yummy combo!... I love egg dosa :).. perfect pair :):)

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  17. Egg dosa is my fav..Your platter looks fantastic sunitha, especially the colour of the chutney makes me feel cooler, never tried chan dal chutney...ur recipe sounds..will give a try!!

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  18. wow very nice combo...egg dosas luk yumm n the chutney is superb..hey i hv just shared couple of awards with u, pick them up at your convenience....

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  19. Your photos are so pretty, you do very nice work on that. I would love to try this combo, it looks delicious! The eggs are beautiful, I think I'd get carried away too:)

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  20. Sounds great ..never tried egg dosa..thanks for the recipe!

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  21. Super clicks!! Egg dosa? anytime I say :)

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  22. Wow...these are very wonderful clicks :) My husband also loves egg dosas...he'll have it anytime...your chutney sounds so tasty with all the spices...it must have tasted so good with the dosa :)

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  23. Sure dosa is from TN, Tamilian with only one batter came with idli, next step dosa, the third day uttapam and panniyaram (when the batter turn sour). We do have plenty of jokes about idli dosa in Tamil! Even far from India, Tamilian (we) cannot live without idli/dosa batter :)
    The eggs are very catchy- excellent click of course :)

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  24. awesome egg click...
    love the simple chutney too...

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  25. Channa dal chutney is very new to me,hav to try this...sounds yumm with dosa.,,Regarding font size,i didn't make any changes dear...mutta click adipoli...

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  26. Dosas are from Tamilnadu, we can have it for breakfast or dinner every day, every week :)

    Chutney, eggs and dosa is fantastic combo.

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  27. Wow awesome recipe and tempting pictures..

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  28. The egg pictures looks simply fantastic.I admire the photographs in your blog.Awesome!I can have any type of dosas at any time with chutney.Yummy Dish

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  29. Oh, I eat dosas all the time, but I had no idea what they were made of. Thanks for the lesson.

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  30. Both are my hubby's fav! Attractive pictures!

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  31. Awesome snaps..Never tried channa dal chutney! Will give it a shot soon.

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  32. oh wow girly!!!
    excellent clicks as always...so professional ...
    And a wonderful combo..Adipoli

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  33. What a presentation! Luve dthe last egg picture very much

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  34. wow!!very cuteeeee and lovely presentation!!nice egg dosa!

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  35. I need to make dosas sometime very soon!

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  36. What a lovely and unique combination. Chana dal chutney and egg dosa looks perfect for breakfast. Thanks for this wonderful recipe.

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  37. Yummy! Dosa just looks perfect...

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  38. Excellent clicks.the chutney recipe is quite new to me.Both the recipe sounds intersting.

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  39. Yummy combo, love egg dosa, beautiful presentation.

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  40. I have never attempted making dosa before but your post has given me a lot of confidence! Thanks ;)

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  41. I have never attempted making dosa before but your post has given me a lot of confidence! Thanks ;)

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  42. Hi, that's a beautiful picture..enjoying my first visit, am sure will drop in again..Nice to see a team effort here..

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  43. Yumm I love dosas!!! first time hearing of channa dhal chutney. How are you ladies doing? Sorry havent been in touch for a while :)

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  44. Beautiful clicks!!! U've got a lovely space here...

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  45. wooww....so beautiful the pics are and is the post.....
    green eggs kept m ethinking for a while...nver saw or heard of one!!!

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  46. Channa Chutney is very new to me...
    Amazing pics of eggs..

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  47. I've already told you how much I love these clicks...esp the EGGS :D

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  48. The chutney is very new to me...will try it soon.

    Awesome clicks as always esp the eggs :).

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  49. Ithu kandittu vayiloode oru kappalodikkan patunna sdithi aye....

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  50. Love the last click, wow such a lovely assortment!!
    Sure the chutney looks delicious n a perfect choice for the egg dosa.

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