Plain Dosa


Dosa is a kind of crepe made from a fermented batter. Its main ingredients are rice and black gram(urad dal). It is a typical  South Indian diet and popular all over the Indian subcontinent. Traditionally, Dosa is served hot along with sambarchutney

This traditional South Indian dish usually ate for breakfast or dinner  They can either be made plain or stuffed.A Lot of variation of dosa can be prepared using a batter like a masala dosa,Onion dosa, Butter dosa, Masala dosa, Mysore masala dosa.one can check other south Indian delicacies on my blog Soft Idli Medu Vada Mini Plain Uttapam

I am sharing my recipe of Plain dosa ,this crepe has to be crusty and crisp.

Ingredients

make 10-12 dosa

Plain rice 1/2 cup

Parboiled rice 1/2 cup

Flattened Rice 2 tbsp

Black Gram(urad dal) 1/4 cup

Fenugreek (methi)seeds 1/4 tsp

Ghee or oil for cooking as preferred

Water or as required for grinding

Salt to taste

Method

Wash & Soak Rice and Black Gram together.In a separate bowl soak Fenugreek seeds & flattened rice .Allow to soak for 7-8   hours or overnight.Rewash the rice by draining the water 2-3 times.Grind to a paste adding Fenugreek seeds & flattened rice ,like grains should be felt in the batter or smooth consistency.now take the batter in a large bowl or pan.add salt. mix very well. cover and allow to ferment for 8 to 9 hours or more. time of fermentation will vary depending on the temperature conditions. lightly stir the batter before you begin to make dosa.

Heat the iron griddle or non-stick Tawa well.Pour a spoonful of batter in the center, spread with the back of the spoon to a thin round.Pour a tsp of ghee or oil over and cooked  for a very short time with oil or ghee until golden brown. The dosa may then be folded in half and served or rolled as in a wrap.Remove from Griddle & Serve hot with chutney & sambar.

Tips

1)proper fermentation will double up the volume of the batter and one can see tiny air pockets in the batter with a light sour aroma.

2)cook till the base is nicely golden and crisp. the base will leave the pan when its gets cooked.

Medu Vada


It is made with spiced urad dal batter and fried in donut shape dumplings. They are crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. They are served with Sambar or Coconut Chutney.

ingredients

1 cup urad dal
3 green chillies , roughly chopped
3 to 4 peppercorns 
8 to 10 curry leaves
1 tsp ginger
salt to taste
Method
Clean, wash and soak the urad dal in enough water for at least 2 hours.Drain, add the green chillies, black pepper, curry leaves ,and ginger and blend in a mixer to a smooth batter, adding a little water.
Add the salt and mix well and divide the mixture into equal portions. Keep aside.Wet your hand.Take a portion of the mixture in your hand.Make a hole in the center with your thumb.Heat oil in a kadhai(temp Med-hi) up turn your hand and drop the vada in oil.Deep fry the vada till both sides turn golden brown in color.Repeat with the remaining batter to make more medu vadas.Drain on absorbent paper. Serve hot with coconut chutney and sambar

Sambar


Split yellow pigeon pea cooked with vegetables ,tamarind & seasoned.a lentil based soup or stew which is served with idli ,vada or rice .A Famous dish from south India.

ingredients
2 Cup -Split pigeon peas(Toor Dal)
water- to cook dal
1/2 tsp- Turmeric optional
3 Red Chillies (to taste)
1-2 tbsp Sambar powder
2 tsp Mustard seeds
Tamarind paste-(as much sour taste u like )
1-2 cups Vegetables washed & chopped (choice of u r fav veg)
Green Chillies to taste
Few Curry Leaves
Salt to taste
Cooking Oil
Method
Pressure Cook Toor dal with turmeric ,salt and water and keep aside.Cook the vegetables in water enough to soften them and add Turmeric and salt.When vegetables are cooked add tamarind paste.Heat some oil in a pan, splutter mustard, add red chillies, green chillies, curry leaves, and sambhar powder and keep stir for few minutes.Add this to the boiling vegetables.Add Cooked Split pigeon peas and let it cook for a few more minutes.
Sambar is ready.Serve with rice,idli,dosa .