One of the most popular foods of South India, dosa has gained nationwide fame and acceptance both due to its flavor as well as its low calories. It is eaten both as breakfast and at meal times and is considered very healthy and nutritious.
From roadside cafes to big restaurants the dosa is now ubiquitous. Containing only 80 calories with 15 grams of fat, 18 grams of complex carbohydrates and 2.3 grams of protein at each serving it has a perfect nutrition profile and is filling.
Ingredients for Dosa :
3 cups semi-boiled long grain rice
1 cup urad dal
1 teaspoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon sugar
Method for Dosa:
Soak the rice and pulses overnight separately.
Next morning grind them to a fine paste. This can be done traditionally using grinding stone or using a blender.
Mix both together and add the baking powder.
Allow the mixture to ferment for at least 8 hours.
Stir in the salt and sugar into the batter
Brush a spoon of sunflower oil or ghee in a non-stick frying pan or better still a tawa.
When the oil is hot take a large spoonful of the batter (about 50 ml) and using a round bottom
spoon spread it evenly across the tawa. Take care that the flame is low.
Within a minute the underside will turn brown and crisp.
Fold both ends and bring them towards the center. It can also be rolled into a cylinder.
Remove and serve on a plate. It is best accompanied by sambar.
For making sambar your require –
1/3 cup Toor dal
1/4 spoon turmeric powder
1 cup chopped tomatoes and bottle gourd.
1/2 spoon mustard seeds
4 Curry leaves and 2 red chilies
One small onion sliced
1/2 tablespoon tamarind without seeds
Soak tamarind in half cup water for 15 minutes. Extract the juice by straining through a sieve.
Boil together Toor dal, turmeric, and salt in water. You can add in the bottle gourd and any
other vegetable of your choice at this time.
Heat oil in a frying pan and add the mustard seeds. When they begin to pop, add the chilies,
curry leaves and asafetida and fry over low heat for 30 seconds.
Add chopped onion to the frying pan till it turns transparent and then add tomatoes.
Add cooked Toor dal to the mix in the frying pan.
Simmer gently for 5 minutes and serve with dosa.