April 5, 2008

Dosa 101 with Coconut Chutney and Dosa Podi

"So much to do, so little done, such things to be."

- Lord Alfred Tennyson 1809-1892, British Poet

For me, cooking is a journey where you have no idea whats gonna happen next?.. Confused??. I mean, one has no idea whether the *outcome* would be good or bad..in spite of that known, we always try .. put in our best to get the dish right..

...'Making a Dosa' is one such a thingy for me since a long time. . Hey, I always had these instant dosas.. which are so cool and damn easy. Though, I started *proper cooking* (..not bachelor cooking) just a couple of months back, I never dared to venture into the *DOSA* area.

What if the batter turns out too thin ?

What if they taste bad and I end up throwing up?

What if...

What if...

Thanks to Srivalli's Dosa Mela which pushed me to actually soak some rice and grind to make my first ever dosa...

....drumroll please...

Tada Tadah...Here I present people .. 'MY FIRST DOSA'... Yey Yey!!!

I was super happy when they turned out good and my happiness had no bounds when I put the first piece (dipped in coconut chutney) into my mouth..:D

Ok guys.. enuf of my rambling, I will get to the recipe first. my mom also sent me this amazing 'Dosa podi' recipe which tasted just out of this world..

Dosa Batter:

3 cups of rice
1 cup split urad daal
1/2 tsp fenugreek seeds
Salt to taste

How to make:

1. Soak rice, urad dal with fenugreek seeds overnight.
2. Next morning, drain the water and grind to a smooth-slightly grainy paste, adding little amount of water.
3. Pour the paste into a bowl and add enough water to make a batter.
Consistency test: The batter should thickly coat a spoon dipped into it..:D
4. Now add salt and keep the batter aside, covered for an hour.
5. Heat a nonstick pan and spread the batter and make our usual dosas out of it!!
6. I served with some coconut chutney and dosa podi.

Coconut chutney:

1 cup shredded coconut
2-3 Green chillies
1/4 cup Roasted Chickpeas (dalia/putnalu)
small Ginger very finely chopped

For tampering:

1 tsp mustard seeds
1 tbsp urad daal
2 dry red chillies
5-6 curry leaves
Salt to taste
2 tbsp oil


1. Grind all the ingredients listed (except for 'Tampering) into a fine/coarse paste in a food processor. Add water if desired.
2. Heat oil in a small pan and add in the tampering ingredients.
3. Add to the coconut paste and stir the contents well.

Dosa Podi:

1 cup Fried, skin removed Peanuts
1 cup Roasted Chickpeas (putnalu)
2 tbsp Fried Coriander seeds
2 tbsp Jeera/ Cumin seeds
3-4 Red Chillies
1/2 tsp Fenugreek seeds
1/2 tsp sugar
Salt - to taste
2-3 Crushed dry garlic (for flavor)

How to make:

Mix all the above listed ingredients and Powder them into a coarse powder in a grinder. Store it in an air-tight container to stay fresh months.

Recipe Source: My Mom..:)

Hope you all enjoied my 'DOSA' adventure. Any suggestions/tips/tricks to make yummier dosas are always welcome. To keep safe them, I will update this post with ur tips. Being an amateur in making these, I would love to incorporate them next time around..:))


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  1. Siri, you are so sweet...thanks for the great looking dosas!

  2. I can't believe this is your first dosa adventure! Dosa is simply perfect. Pics are awesome. I think you don't need any suggestions, Siri! You are a fabulous dosa maker. Nice entry for the dosa mela.

  3. somebody is getting v enthu in their medium of expression! Is it the Dosa doing the trick! But I sure heard that excitement the day u made them :-)

    Way to go girl...They rock..ur pics are getting fabulous day by day! Keep rocking!
    Hey by the way..I kept the pact the other day and made that Dosa I was talking about...It was pretty decent..but it dint have my touch :( So am not going to post it..so back to the drawing board :-)

  4. Ah Siri, is it u r first dosa??? we cannot give any tips to dosa experts :) They are round and look crisp 2 :)

  5. That's a perfect looking dosa, girl....

  6. Congrats Siri... that is a lovely dosa! I've never made a dosa from scratch... store bought batter is good enough for me ;)

  7. I felt the same when I baked a good cake for first time..Dosas looks nice Sri, when it comes from mom's recipe it is great.. :)

  8. Your dosa looks yummy!

    Congratulations on your first dosa.

    I wish I could ask you to do a test for me.

    Prepare one the way you have just done.

    Prepare another one with instantdosamix.com dosa mix.

    Compare both for taste and send me a review :)


  9. @ Srivalli: Thanks Srii, glad u liked my entry..:D..

    @ Uma: Thanks Uma, thats so sweet of you. This is just the basic version of a dosa and my mom wanted me to do this first. hehe..:)

  10. @ DK: I was smiling all thru reading ur comment Dhivs. I am just trying to be as enthu as u r in ur posts..hehe..:DD..Sad, to know that ur dosa experiment didn't turn out fab enuf to post on the blog.. I am curious to know what wud be ur entry..;)

    @ Cham: Oh ya cham, this is my first. I always relied on these instant dosa batters or dosa mixes.. which never had those authentic dosa flavor. glad u that u liked them..:)

  11. @ Jayashree: Thanks Jaya.

    @ Sig: Even I used store bought dosa batter (or) instant dosa mixes for past 2 yrs da. Just thought its time make the real one...did this dosa adventure.. hehehe..Thanks for ur sweet comment Sig.

  12. @ Seena: Baking a cake?? that adventure is still left for me Seena.. then prob I wud say - 'Join my first Baking adventure!'... hehehe..:DD

    @ Srinivas: I lived on instant dosa mixes and store bought dosa batter uptill now. and I really felt the homemade dosa batter has better taste.. but of course its about convenience too!

  13. now, you
    re set, baby. if you know to make dosa, you don't need to know anything else. (except, maybe, to make a margarita)

  14. first of all congrats on your first Dosa(proper home made batter one) and to tell you the truth your dosa looks amazingly perfect...:)

  15. @ Bee: Thank you, so next on my list is to learn making a margarita..;)

    @ Saswati: Thanks dear..:)

    @ Cynthia: Yayayayyay!!

  16. Yaay!! ur first dosa!! cooooool!! looks wonderful!!
    That dosa podi is a must try!

  17. Nice dosa.... is this really ur first dosa... its very nice and perfect n looks so crisp...:) do check my blog too...:) and give me ur advice...

  18. Nothing can compare to the thrill and adventures of a first time! hope you enjoyed it with a toast and desserts too Siri!!:)

  19. Nothing can compare to the thrill and adventures of a first time! hope you enjoyed it with a toast and desserts too Siri!!:)

  20. Siri dosa luks perfect and crispy.. hey add liltle bit of paper poha or thin poha which makes dosa soft.

  21. Dosa looks awesome, very crispy, mouth watering!!!

  22. Dosa looks nice with chutney and podi.Good entry

  23. What is the key to keeping the batter from sticking to the spoon when spreading it on the tava? I am having that problem.


  24. I love Dosa very much. Thanks to share this recipe with us. your blog is very nice.I must try this at home.

  25. For the dosa batter , what type of rice should I use: raw rice , boiled rice ? Is it ok to use rosematta ?


    1. Usha: I use normal, everyday (sona masuri) rice. You can play around with any kind of rice like rosemetta or brown rice, follow the same soaking method and grind to a smooth batter and let it ferment. The dosa texture will vary slightly. Hope this helps.


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