Friday, June 1, 2012

Vegetable Dosa

Sounds good isn't it? Yeah, this is what I do when I have left over dosa batter (well, I prepare so much batter that I make sure I have left overs! :P). Having dosa batter makes me feel so secured (yeah, I mean it!). With it, there are so many variations. This one is so easy and so creative. I remember that my mom used to make this in India. She used to make different shapes of dosa - Sun, moon, star or telephone, you name it! We would ask for some alphabet and amma would make that. It would be so exciting for the baccha party.
You can make this for breakfast on weekends or for dinner any time. This is so much fun, you can make any cartoon character your kids like and personalize it to their taste (spongebob & square pants or mickey mouse may be)

Preparation time for dosa: less than 30 mins (considering batter is ready)
Soaking time: minimum 4 hrs
Fermentation: minimum 6 hrs or over night
cooking time: 3-5 mins
Quantity: makes 25 veg dosas

Ingredients for dosa:
Rice - 2 Cups
Split Urad Dal - 1 Cup
Poha or beaten rice - 1/2 Cup or Puffed rice - 1 Cup
Split Chana Dal - 1/4 Cup
Methi or Fenu greek seeds - 2 Tb spn

Soak all the above for minimum 4 hours in water, grind it to a smooth paste using the same water. Cover the batter and let it ferment in a warm place. I usually keep it in oven over night and switch on the light in summer. In winter, I will pre-heat the oven to 180 F and turn off and then let the batter ferment over night. The next day, take it out, give it a good mix and add salt.

For topping:
finely chopped beans, cabbage, bell peppers, carrot, onions, sliced Jalapeños and peas - 2 Cups
oil - 1 T spn or less for each dosa

You can use as many or less veggies as you want. Use what ever is available or which ever you like.


1. Over a heated skillet, add 1 T spn oil and sauté beans for 2 mins on medium heat (you can skip this step if you don't wish to use beans or use super tender beans)
2. Turn off the heat and add rest of the veggies
3. Sprinkle very less salt and mix well
4. Heat the griddle over medium flame, spread 2 scoops of batter
5. Top the dosa with 2 table spoons of mixed veggies
6. Spray oil and cover the dosa with a lid and let it cook for less than a min
7. Flip the dosa and let it cook until all the veggies are soft (you can also let it cook longer in case you like the veggies crispy)
8. Turn over, put it on a platter and serve hot with chutney
Have a happy weekend and keep Smiling!!!