Monday, March 24, 2008

Spiced Masala Dosa ~ 101 Dosa Varieties!

Sometimes you get great pleasures from simple things or almost castaway stuffs. The sour idli or dosa batter you might find in your fridge on a weekend is almost like this. What do you do with that? At Amma's place, she has a never ending supply of idli and dosa batter always, ready for anytime. She has them stocked on all days, grinds new batches almost on alternative days. Those days with so many adults and many helps at home, she always felt the need to have the batter ready. She never would send a person away without a tiffin served and in those times, the stored batter comes handy. And on top, a toddler's fancy has to be met. Konda would, at odd times, used to ask for dosa. And Amma makes sure she has fresh batter always on hand for her.

So when we have a never ending supply of Dosa batter, we are bound to have a batter that is two days old. For a Saturday breakfast, she makes upma for Dad and makes this dosa on the side for those who might like this type of dosa. And I was one of those who loved this. I used to love having this for breakfast and infact looked forward to those occasions. I never felt the sourness in the batter, but it would be just a nice excuse to indulge in this fashion, I guess. This being the tradition at Amma's place, we saw that we somehow couldn't keep up to it at our place. Though these days, we make it a point to have fresh batter as twins eat only dosa and idli, though it never matters what is made, as finally everything gets mashed up with milk. I remembered this spiced masala that amma makes from soured batter and though I didn't have a sour batter, just went ahead making it.


With the masala added, you will not find the sourness in the batter. One other better option of making good use of soured batter is to make Kulli Panniyaram, though those days, when Amma was using the iron skillet, it used to end up as a Dosa. This tastes great with both Coconut and Groundnut chutney. I never can confirm which tastes better!

Ingredients Needed

Dosa batter - as required
Onion - 1 big
Green chilies - 2 long
Turmeric powder a pinch
Bengal Gram - 1 tbsp
Cashew nuts - 5 broken to small bits
Curry leaves - few
Salt to taste
Oil - 1 tsp


Method to prepare:

Heat a pan with oil, fry the channa dal and cashew nuts to golden. Then add onions, turmeric powder, chili and curry leaves and sauté well

In a bowl, take the required dosa batter, add the spiced masala to the dosa batter and mix well.

Heat a tawa, once its hot, take a ladleful of dosa batter as you would do a regular dosa and spread as a regular dosa, sprinkle oil on top and cook with lid covered. Flip to the other side to get it cooked.

The result will be chunky spicy masala dosa. Serve with chutney or just topped with Podi.

Another entry for my Dosa Mela.

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16 comments :

jayasree said...

Liked the idea of adding turmeric to the batter. It gives a nice color to the dosa.

Jayashree said...

So many various forms of the dosa....I love this mela that you are hosting, Sri....

Kamini said...

This is such a nice idea - I will certainly try it out, although in the cold climate here, the dosai batter rarely ferments enough to become sour. Still, I'm sure it will taste great.
Kamini.

sra said...

Is this what's called a pullattu, Valli?

kamala said...

Dosa is looking colorful and spicy.Nice idea for the sour batter

Sukanya Ramkumar said...

This is nice to see...Nice picture... Great recipe... Love it..YUM! YUM!

Kalai said...

Great use of soured batter! Sounds delicious!! :)

Alpa said...

i completely agree with jayasree, i love the slight hint of yellow! looks beautiful. it does seem really fast if you have the batter ready.

Mansi Desai said...

that look great Srivalli:) and I agree, simple things can bring immense pleasure:)

satya said...

Lovely texture Srivalli....Adding generous tadka to the sour batter...this is exactly the way we make utappam.

Saswati said...

wow thats agr8 idea..thanx for sharing:)

SMN said...

Hey this luks similar to rava uttampam .. must be tasting good

Srivalli said...

jayasree, yeah it looks nice..thanks

Jayashree, :)..glad you like it..and thanks for your support too

Kamini, thats more of it..even mine never gets soured..still I made it...try it you will love it

sra, exactly ..:)..you always have the names right for the dish

kamala, thanks..glad you like it

Sukanya, thank you...good to see you here after a long time

Kalai, thanks...

Alpa, yeah..its just a matter of making the masala!

Mansi, yep!..thanks

satya, I know you would be already doing this...mam..why don't you start a blog of your own..I will have so many things to learn from you..seriously!

Saswati, thank you!

sushma, glad you liked it..yes it was good!

arundati said...

sometimes i think i will have a panic attack if theres no batter!! good one!!

Healthy Recipe said...

No batter, no need to panic. There is an instant mix that tastes exactly as the dosa made through the long process. it is not rava dosa, it is real dosa batter you can prepare in under two minutes. Watch a video on this site - Dosa Batter in Two Minutes

Meena said...

wow very innovative, i wanted to add recipe of dosa where ingredients are flax seeds . you can read on my blog

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