Due to a family emergency (all good now, thankfully) I skipped doing a MoFo post yesterday. But today I'm back in action with a yummy recipe for you. :)
Dosas are a South India staple dish. Dosa batter is made of lentils or grains (most commonly rice) or a combination of both. There are innumerable varieties of traditional dosas which range from crispy thin crèpes to soft and fluffy pancakes. Avalakki dosa belongs to the latter category.
This batter can be used plain or turned into Khara Avalakki Dosa by adding chopped and grated veggies, green chillies, herbs etc... It can also be poured into Paddu/Paniyaram moulds and turned into a different dish altogether.
For the plain Avalakki Dosa:
1 C Uncooked Rice
1 C Thick Beaten Rice Flakes (Avalakki/Poha)
1 T Fenugreek Seeds (Methi)
Salt (Rock or Sea)
Thick Peanut or Soy Yogurt (optional)
Soak the rice, beaten rice and fenugreek seeds overnight in water or vegan yogurt or a combination of both in a wide vessel. There should be enough liquid to cover everything.
In the morning, grind them well into a smooth, thick batter gradually adding all of the soaking liquid plus more water if required.
Transfer to a large, airtight container (the batter should fill it only halfway through to give it space to expand), add salt and mix well with your hand.
Cover and let it sit in a warm place for 8-16 hours.
The batter will ferment and grow.
Heat a Dosa pan (Tava) or a flat frying pan.
Pour a ladleful of Avalakki Dosa batter onto the centre of the pan and drizzle with oil.
Cover and cook for about half a minute on a medium-high flame.
When uncovered, there should be bubbles and holes in the Dosa and the top should be cooked well.
You can optionally flip the Dosa over and cook on the other side too for a few seconds.
Remove the Dosa with a metal spatula and serve hot with chutney or pickle or curry.
For Khara Avalakki Dosa, stir in the following into the batter and proceed to cook on the same way as above:
Chopped Fresh Cilantro
Grated Carrots and/or Beets
Crushed Green Chillies
Asafoetida Powder (a pinch)
Soaked Channa Dal
Chopped Curry Leaves
Finely Chopped Coconut Pieces
You can also optionally top the batter with sliced tomatoes and then cook it.
All the above ingredients make for a delicious Khara Avalakki Dosa but you can choose to eliminate some of them or add your own stuff. Get creative. :) This is a very versatile batter.
What do you think you'd add to the batter?