Sunday, January 3, 2010

How to make Dosa at home

How to make Dosa at home - Dosa recipe

how to make dosa at homeDosa is a crepe made from rice and lentils. It is rich in carbohydrates and protein and is usually prepared for breakfast or dinner. It is served with sambhar or chutney. Dosa is a favourite among kids. If I ask my kids whether they want idly or dosa ,their choice is always dosa.
There are a number of varieties of dosa but before going to all that I wanted to give the basic dosa recipe for the novice to the kitchen. It is long since I posted anything in my "how to series" for budding cooks.

How to make dosa batter? I have given 2 measurements from which you can choose either.

1.
Dosa Batter Recipe

Parboiled rice/Idly rice - 3 cups
Whole White Urad dal - 1 cup
Salt as required

Method of preparing this batter is the same as that of Idly batter (refer how to make soft idlys)
You can prepare both Idly and dosa if you are using the above measurement.

2.Another Dosa Batter recipe

Raw rice -1 1/2 cup
Parboiled rice/Idly rice - 1 1/2 cup
Whole White Urad dal - 1 cup
Fenugreek - 1 tsp
Salt - 1 1/2 tbsp ( I use crystal salt). Use less if you are using table salt. Adjust salt as required.

With this measurement you can prepare only dosa.

1.Wash and soak both rice and dal for 5 - 6 hours separately. Soak fenugreek seeds along with urad dal. Drain water.

2.Grind dal adding needed water until smooth and fluffy.

3.Grind rice adding needed water until smooth.

4.Mix both the grounded rice and dal together. Add salt and leave it for 7-8 hours for fermentation. ( in cold places it will take a longer time to ferment). Place the batter in a large container, as the batter will increase in its volume.
The consistency of the batter should neither be thick nor thin. Now your dosa batter is ready. Mix it well.


Ingredients for making dosa

Dosa batter
Non stick tawa/ cast-iron tawa
Sesame seed oil
Bowl of water (for dipping the spatula which makes it easy to take the dosa from the tawa)
Ladle
Spatula

dosaHeat a non stick tawa/cast-iron tawa, grease it with oil. Cut an onion into half and rub it all over the tawa. This is done so that the dosa will not stick to the tawa. (optional)

Take a ladle of batter, pour it in the centre and spread it from the centre of the tawa in a circular motion.

Drizzle a tsp of oil around the dosa .

If you want paper thin dosas, flatten it or scrap excess batter with the spatula ( See Top pic 4) as shown in the picture.

When it is cooked, flip it over to the other side, drizzle a little oil and cook till done.

Now fold it and serve with sambar or chutney or milagai podi. Repeat the same process for making another dosa. Enjoy!

Refer

Side dish for dosa and idly

Chutney Recipes

Coriander Chutney
Tomato chutney
Coconut chutney

Meet you all again with an interesting post, till then it is adieu from Padhu

38 comments:

  1. Padhu - that dosa looks so good. I want one too...
    Happy New Year!

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  2. lovely dosas - can I have 1 ?
    Happy New Year!

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  3. Very nicely explained and shown through those pics....very useful post for the beginners..

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  4. My family love dosa, must try to make this. Thank you for sharing this recipe.

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  5. Nice post, you have explained how to do it well. I'd love to try this!

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  6. Perfect dosa,nice presentation...

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  7. Hi. Very nicely explained Padhu, it will be of great help for the beginners. Personally I like cone dosa.

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  8. Oh, they look so tasty and perfect! I wish I had a grinder!

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  9. Nice Post. I feel like having Dosa's now:)
    Thanks for dropping by my blog and leaving lovely comments.
    http://rachanakothari.blogspot.com/

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  10. great post! and a nice start to a recipe-filled 2010!

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  11. That a lovely post explain how to make dosa at home...looks great:)

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  12. Love this post very much. Dosa procedure explained very well. Good job dear.
    Wish you and family a happy n prosperous new year.

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  13. delicious dosas and perfect step by step naration. Thanks for dropping by....:)

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  14. Yummy dosa with nice presentation.

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  15. A helpful pictorial about dosa making .My best wishes for 2010 :D

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  16. One of my most favorite bfast item. n ur pics r so cool..loved pic of cone dosa!! ur blog is wonderful..i m ur regular visitor now :)

    Renuka
    http://cookingyummy.blogspot.com/

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  17. Wish yo & your family a very happy new year.. The dosa looks perfect.. I was already for it since friday..seeing ur pic makes me crame more !!!

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  18. Perfect dosa :):)Nice demo.

    Chitchat

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  19. Lovely dosa and a perfect way of explaining the making of it.

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  20. Wow my all time fav...So comfortable and easy dish....Nice pics too dear...

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  21. I love dosas Padhu, beautifully explained with pictures. Pass me some:)

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  22. Very useful for novice cookers...lovely clicks!!

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  23. wow, Dosai is my fav!!.. I can eat it all day!!, nice dosai's :), wish you and your family a very very happy new year!!

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  24. Lovely presentation... they look perfect. My family's fav.

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  25. Dear Padhu, Your Dosas look perfect. Nice and crispy, just the way I like. I have nominated you for a Kreativ blogger award as one of my favorite blogs. Please come visit my blog and see how it works and pick up your award. Thank you.

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  26. hey nice way of explaining how to make dosas...very gud n detailed pics...dosas luk realy crispy

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  27. looks so crispy...well presented

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  28. Hey Padhu, thanks for the lovely elaborate post and especially the Onion tip. Will do it the next time I prepare dosas. Wish you a happy new year!

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  29. Nice post..those lovely yummy dosas are making me hungry ...

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  30. i love dosai, i have a tawa and now your recipe, i'll give it a try!

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  31. Dosa varieties are yummmm for foodies

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  32. Padhu I always mess up my dosa's. If I'm making 10 5 go to the bin and 5 come out good! I guess i lack the technique. I'm going to try your second batter. Question :
    Which raw rice do u use? Can I use basmati rice? or shd i use something else?

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  33. Dear Kulsum
    Dosa with the second measurement comes so well and there is no chance to mess up .I use ponni raw rice which is easily available in India and for boiled rice I use the one which is sold especially for making idly and dosa .You can use ordinary boiled rice also .I have not tried with basmati rice.Always grease the tawa with oil and rub it with half an onion for your dosa to come out well.Good luck

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  34. Thanks for the great dosa recipe! I had my first dosa at a local restaurant and really like the texture and flavor. Cheers!

    Tony
    http://www.realmeneatgreen.com

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  35. hello padhu... can u tell me what is idly rice in telugu plss?

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  36. You prepare the dosa batter just like my Mother does. I miss her Dosa.

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  37. Hi Padhu, thanks for the recipe. It look great.
    I've tried it, but somehow my batter didn't fermented nicely and when cook it turn hard.
    Do u have any tips how to make it right? Or any adjustment that I can do to my batter? Thank you

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  38. Aseah Othman- If the batter does not ferment well, then your dosa will be hard. So it is very important that you ferment the batter well before making dosas.

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