Monday, March 17, 2008

Spinach Masala Dosa ~ 101 Dosa Varieties!

We normally use palak or Spinach as Palak Paneer or mostly make Palak Dal. But when I saw this dosa variety calling for a Palak, I was wishfully wondering if it will be liked. Sometime earlier, Athamma used to grow Palak in our backyard. Whenever we feel we don't know what to prepare, she used to go check out the veins and come back with fresh Spinach leaves. It will then find itself emerging as a Dal. Palak Dal tastes great, it goes well with both Rice and Roti. So I was very apprehensive about masking in a Dosa batter. But I was ready for this, as my experiments with a new dish rarely goes wrong, excepting my flop yesterday. I set out to make Ambur Mutton Biryani but was so disappointed that it didn't come out well. It looked great and all, except it lacked the spice and whatever makes that briyani. I didn't know I will be so affected, but the fact was, I was feeling very low. This is the first time I had a flop at my kitchen. Disappointment leaves a very bad taste behind, I realised. The after effects of that left me drop out couple of other things that I had planned to prepare, the mood wasn't just there. I guess I just have to take flops in my stride. I know I will be making it again and get it right. But its just that I never expected it to go wrong.

Anyway coming back to the Spinach Masala Dosa, we found this to be very simple and easy to make. A good one for a easy dinner. I made this for Saturday night and it was perfect.

Preparation Time : 10 mins
Cooking Time: 5 mins
Soaking Time : 2 hrs
Serves about 6 dosas

Ingredients Needed:

Raw Rice - 1 & 1/2 cup
Oil for sprinkling on Dosa - 1/2 tsp for each

To be added to the batter as raw

Spinach - 2 cups finely chopped ( I used about 10 to 15 leaves)
Onion - 1 medium, finely chopped
Green Chillies - 2 , finely chopped

To be Roasted

Coconut - 3/4 cup
Urud Dal - 2 tsp
Coriander seeds - 2 tsp
Fenugreek seeds - abt 5-7
Cumin Seeds - 1/2 tsp
Red Chillies - 7 long
Oil - 1 tsp
Curry leaves few

Jaggary - Marble size
Tamarind - Marble size
Salt to taste

Method to prepare:

Soak the Raw Rice for 2 hrs. Then roast all the ingredients listed under To be roasted, one by one. Let it cool.

Drain the rice and add all the roasted ingredients along with tamarind and jaggary. Grind to a smooth batter using water. The consistency should be of the regular one, like dropping state. Then add the raw ingredients and mix well.

Heat a tawa and once its hot, smear oil on top. Since the batter has spinach and onions, you will not be able to spread it easily like a regular dosa. So take a ladleful of batter, and drop the batter in a circle and try to make an even spread. Sprinkle oil around the sides. Cover it with a lid and sim for 2 mins.

Once the bottom side is well cooked, gently turn to the other side. You will know its cooked on the bottom, when it turns to wheatish colour on the sides. Once you flip to the uncooked one down, press it well so that the place between the chunks gets cooked. Cover and sim for another 2 mins. When you are able to lift the dosa freely with the spatula, its ready.

As we use raw ingredients, it takes a while to get cooked well. Each dosa took about app 3 to 4 mins. So don't have more than oen person waiting for the dosas! And make sure you alert them on the green chillies in the dosa. I had no issues as hubby loved munching on those green ones.

Serve it hot as such. It should taste good, but I served it topped with Ghee and Podi. It tasted awesome. If Podi is not available, any pickle should do or even curds will go great with it. Athamma vouched that curds also tasted great with it.

This goes to my Dosa Mela. Have you made a dosa yet? Ran out of ides, fear not! Check out Sra's for hot ideas!

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sra said...

Valli, what did you do with the flop biriyani? (There I go, rubbing it in!) And hey, if I could make pickle dosa with old, leftover pickle, why can't we make biriyani dosa?

Now you're wondering, is Sra joking or teasing or out of her mind ...

Rachel said...

hehe flop yesterday! I heard the hue and cry ;D!

palak dosa....great.....I'm eager to see the roundup now!

Srivalli said...

sra, you know I was walking around the place when I served him and looking at his face, no reaction at all. The thing was he didn't know what to say...:D...well since I didn't make anything else, unfortunately he was forced to eat that..but I spiced it up for night by making mutton pulusu...:)...yeah I might have surely thought of this had it been a curry...I don't think we could top the dosa with rice or can you???

knowing you, I know you would've said it in all seriousness...:D:D..

Rachel, oh you heard the cry??..boy and here I was thinking I was sulking within my walls!...yeah palak dosa was great and I was all sunny then..cos it was the previous day! too me too..:D

Latha Narasimhan said...

No doubt that you are a dosa specialist! Mouth watering recipe! I may prepare for tomorrow's breakfast!! :) I will let you know how it tuned out!

kamala said...

the dosa looks healthy.By the way,
I have one Ambur mutton Briyani recipe which i got from one of
popular tamil magazine.If u like i will send.thanks

Happy cook said...

First time a flop in the kitchen. Srivalli that is not bad, i have had many!!!!!!!!!!
It is indeed dosa mela, just came from Ashas place and there it is really mela going on.
As i see so much dosa i think will send you belgian pancke with a surprise.
I can't beat you guys in dosa, i am a real amature in it :-((

Asha said...

HeHe! Don't woryy Sri, happens to the best of us! ;D

Palak dosa is yum, you can add some palak in my my Adai too, ultra nutritious dosas! :))

Cham said...

Looking forward about the Ambur biryani soon..... Spinach masala dosa looks great and different one for me :)

Siri said...

Not to worry Srrii. I am sure next time it will cum out really well.. and ur Dosa Mela is making us go crazy dear.. I am scratchin my head still about what to do ... will post one when I decide upon one.. before deadline ofcourse.. take care n cya dear!


Uma said...

teh spinach dosa looks wonderful, Srivalli! Love the color of the dosa.

Kalai said...

Spinach dosa looks wonderful! I have a hard time dealing with flops, too. Don't worry, Srivalli. It happens to the best of us! :)

Laavanya said...

That dosa looks yummy Srivalli.. Great idea.

KayKat said...

o.m.g.! It is raining dosas everywhere, what is this insane trend that you've started?!! :)

I'm yet to lunch, can't believe I'm staring at these super tasty dosas *sigh*

AnuZi said...

Spinach dosa!! Wow never heard of it but pics look yum :o) Would love to taste hehe.

jayasree said...

Spinach Masala Dosa is looking very colorful and tempting.... I just can't wait for ur roundup... so any varieties...

Sagari said...

thats a healthy dosa srivalli

Srivalli said...

Lathamma, you are too specialist..just very fond of dosas...sure sure..if I get an approval mark from will be very nice..

kamala, thank you...oh you have...pls do send it across to my email, if you don't mind. Will love to know the details..

Happy cook, oh thanks for the encouragement...yeah I saw..she has made me very happy...whatever you can send, its fine with me...

Asha, yeah so I hear...thanks for the encouraging words...sure sure..will try that too...

Cham, sure will try it again and get it right too...thanks..

Siri, yeah hope so..thanks for the words...hahah..good good...lets see how creative each one is going to turn out!...even after deadline I will accept them...there is no deadline for a great dosa!..

Uma, thank you..and it tasted great too..

Kalai, thank you...good to know about that...and thanks for the encourgement.

Laavanya, glad you liked it..

KayKat, that was my intention..for the next one month, nobody should think of anything else...hehhehe...try it and I am sure you will love it..hope I will get you participate in this insanity too???

AnuZi, you are most welcome to it...:D

jayasree, thank you..hope the round up will be a good collection!

Sagari, glad you liked it

satya said...

Been there.....done that...umpteen times....I mean the flop..:-DD
Adding the masala to the batter itself is very innovative.Looks yummy Srivalli.

Meera said...

spinach masala dosa looks fabulous. I cooked something for ur dosa event yesterday. hopefully will blog about it soon.

Srivalli said...

satya, ehmm..thats quite surprising to know that from you...glad you liked the spinach try if you have turned out real tasty

Meera, glad you liked it...really thats great..looking forward to that post

Sunshinemom said...

Must try on my never ending list! You have got some really good varieties here!

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