Little millet and Sago Pearl Dosa /Crepe Recipe

Millets have been a staple in rural India from times immemorial, though the urban crowd has realised its benefits of late. They are a healthy option to eating rice or other carb rich food. This little millet and sago dosa is a crisp and crunchy one which can be enjoyed with fresh home made butter or with a coconut chutney. A special thanks to my sister in law Roopa Prabhu for her recipe.

Ingredients :

  • 500 gms Little millet/Varai/Samai
  • 250 gms Sago Pearls/Sabudana
  • 15 Green chillies
  • 2 inch piece of ginger
  • 1tbsp of Asafoetida /Hing
  • 5 sprigs of curry leaves
  • 1tbsp Cumin seeds /jeera
  • A small bunch of coriander leaves
  • Salt
  • Oil to roast the dosa

Method :

Soak the little millets and Sago for four hours. Grind to a smooth batter. Make a coarse paste of the green chillies and ginger. Chop the curry and coriander leaves fine. Tip in the ginger chilly paste, the chopped leaves, jeera, hing and salt into the batter. Add enough water to get a batter of free flowing consistency. It should be neither too thick nor runny. Keep it aside for an hour for the flavours to infuse. Heat a tava/skillet. Drizzle oil. Pour a ladleful of the batter and swish the Tava to spread the dosa. Do not use the ladle to spread. Drizzle with oil. Roast to a golden yellow. Flip and roast on the other side too. Serve hot with chutney.

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Black, Green and Bengal Gram Dosa/Crepe Recipe

A healthy, protein rich option to the dosa is this Black, Green and Bengal Gram Dosa. No fermentation process involved, though it needs to be soaked for a good 5-6 hours to facilitate grinding. It can be enjoyed with home made butter as it is spiced up with Green chillies and ginger. I love mine with chutney which has not been seasoned or with pickle.

Ingredients :

  • 200 gms Urad dal/black gram dal
  • 250 gms Moong dal/Green gram dal
  • 250 gms Chana dal/Bengal Gram Dal
  • 18 green chillies
  • 3 inch piece of ginger
  • A Kidney bean sized piece of hing/asafoetida
  • 9 sprigs curry leaves
  • Salt
  • Oil or ghee/clarified butter for roasting the dosa.

Method :

Wash and soak the dals for 5-6 hours. Grind them non stop for half an hour in the wet grinder to a smooth batter with water just enough to give you a pouring consistency. Crush green chillies, hing and ginger coarsely and, add to the batter. Chop curry leaves fine. Tip them into the batter along with salt. Mix thoroughly. Heat a tava/skillet. Pour a ladleful of batter and spread it thinly to cover the skillet. Drizzle with oil or ghee. Allow to roast for a couple of minutes and then flip it over. Roast the other side too, to a rich golden brown. Serve with chutney or butter. The recipe for chutney can be found under the catagory, ‘Chutneys’ of this website.

Note: the proportion of green chillies and ginger is for those using the wet grinder. If using a blender or mixer cut them down into exactly half the quantity mentioned above. The batter increases to double the volume when, ground in the wet grinder as compared to the mixer. This dosa is not fermented.

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Urad vada/ Biscuit Ambado / Black gram dumplings Recipe

Biscuit Ambado is a Mangalorean delicacy served particularly during breakfast at weddings and religious get togethers. I do gorge on them once in a while as they are simply irresistible. Since it is a deep fried preparation, the healthier option would be Appo made of the same batter in an Appam pan. It is served with a coconut chutney which is flavoured either with Asafoetida or ginger.

Ingredients :

  • 250 gms Urad dal/Black gram dal
  • 3 tbsps rice flour
  • 6 green chillies
  • A big Chickpea sized piece of Hing /asafoetida
  • 2 inch piece of ginger
  • 8 sprigs of curry leaves
  • A small fistful of coconut slivers
  • 1/2 tsp pepper ground extremely coarse
  • Salt
  • Oil for frying

Method :

Soak the urad dal for five hours. Drain and grind to a smooth thick batter without adding water in the wet grinder. Those of you using the mixer will need to sprinkle a little water to facilitate grinding. Tip into a bowl. Grind the ginger, green chillies and hing coarsely. Add it to the batter along with the coarsely ground pepper, slivers of coconut, salt and finely chopped curry leaves. Add the rice flour and mix thoroughly. Heat oil in a pan. Drop in tiny dumplings of the batter into the hot oil, and fry to a rich golden yellow. Remove, drain on a tissue and serve hot with coconut chutney. You can access the recipe for chutney under the catagory ‘Variety of Chutneys’ of this website.

Note: Always drop in a small dumpling of the batter to check the temperature of the oil. It should rise to the top immediately. If it doesn’t, wait for the oil to heat. Dumplings fried in underheated oil result in greasy Biscuit Ambado.

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Five in one Dosa/Crepe Recipe

This five in one Dosa is not only a healthy and filling breakfast eat, but also delicious as well. You can add any chopped vegetables of your choice or stick to the tomato, onion and coriander option that I did. Enjoy it with green chutney and tomato ketchup.

Ingredients :

  • 100 gms of each of these flours:
  • Jowar/Sorghum or new Quinoa
  • Bajra/Pearl millet
  • Oats
  • Besan/Chickpea
  • Rice
  • Salt
  • 2 tsps jeera/Cumin seeds
  • 1 level tsp hing/asafoetida
  • 2 tomatoes
  • 2 onions
  • Coriander leaves
  • 1 tsp chilly powder
  • A pinch of turmeric powder
  • Salt

Method :

Mix all the five flours together in a bowl. Chop onions, tomatoes and coriander leaves fine and tip them into the mixture. Add hing, jeera, salt, chilly and turmeric powder. Add enough water to make a batter which is neither too thick nor thin. Allow it to stand for about ten minutes. If you find it a little thick, add some more water and adjust the consistency. Heat a tava/skillet. Pour a ladleful of batter and drizzle with oil. Cover and cook. Flip and roast on the other side too. Serve with green chutney and tomato ketchup recipes of which can be found under the ‘Varieties of Chutneys’ of this website.

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Hyacinth Beans Pan cakes/Akki Rotti

Akki Rotti which literally translates into Rice Roti is rice ground along with coconut and flavoured with chopped onions, green chillies and coriander leaves. Tender Hyacinth Beans too are added when in season. I have also added finely chopped mint leaves as I love the wonderful aroma that spreads when the akki rotti is being roasted.

Ingredients :

  • 250 gms rice
  • 1/4 of a large coconut grayed
  • 8 green chillies
  • 2 large onions
  • 100 gms tender Hyacinth Beans deskinned
  • A small bunch of coriander leaves
  • 5 sprigs of mint leaves
  • Salt
  • Oil for roasting (optional)

Method :

Soak the rice for about 2-3 hours. Grind the coconut fine and then add the rice. Grind it to a Semolina like consistency with enough water to make a batter which is neither too thick nor runny. If you wish to pat the rotti with your fingers, see that the batter is thick. Chop onions, coriander leaves and the mint leaves fine and drop them into the batter. Add the tender Hyacinth Beans too. Grind the green chillies coarsely and add them to the batter along with salt. Mix well. Heat a tava/ skillet. Pour a ladleful of the batter and drizzle with oil. Roast on a gentle flame. Flip and roast on the other side too. Serve with chutney of your choice.

Note: One can skip oil or any kind of fat while roasting as the coconut and onions make the akki rotti really soft.

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Poori Recipe

Poori is Indian bread which is deep fried and enjoyed with a side dish. Every state in India enjoys the Poori with the speciality of that particular state. Maharashtra is famous for it’s Poori Srikhand, Gujarat for it’s Poori Aamras, the Northern states with Aloo matar or any of their Punjabi dishes, the Southern states enjoy it with a potato Bhaji and the Konkani community of Mangalore serve it with their traditional tender cashew stir fry.

Getting the right consistency while making the dough for the Poori depends on the amount of water added. The dough has to be a little hard, as it absorbs a lot of oil if it is soft. The trick is to knead the dough well and to leave it aside for about half an hour. The end result is a fluffy poori with no trace of oil. Posting the recipe for the same today.

Ingredients :

  • 500 gms wheat flour
  • 250 ml water
  • 5 tsps oil
  • Salt
  • Oil for frying the Poori.

Method :

Pour the water in a bowl. Add the salt and stir to dissolve it. Add the wheat flour and mix gently. Add the oil and knead the dough to a smooth mass. Cover and leave aside for half an hour. Knead the dough again for a couple of minutes. Make 50 balls of the dough. Dust them in wheat flour and roll out into a three inch diameter disc, which is neither thick nor thin. Heat the oil in a pan. Drop in a small piece of dough to check the temperature of oil. The dough should rise up at once. If it does not, wait a while for the oil to heat. Slide in a poori and fry to a golden brown. Flip. Fry on the other side too. Drain and place on a tissue paper. Finish off similarly with the remaining pooris. Serve with subzi or sweet of your choice.

Note: Always check the temperature of oil before starting to fry the Poori. Under heated oil results in oily, colourless pooris.

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Urad and Semolina Dhoddak /Pancake Recipe

The urad and semolina dhoddak can be made with or without fermenting the batter. If you prefer it fermented, follow the same procedure as for Uthappa which you can find in the ‘Breakfast Eats’ section of this website. Today I have posted one wherein I haven’t fermented the urad batter. You can enjoy it with coconut or green chutney or even with Sambhar or dry chutney powder.

Ingredients :

  • 100 gms urad dal /split black gram dal
  • 250 gms semolina
  • Salt
  • Oil to roast the dhoddak

Method :

Wash and soak the urad dal for four hours. Grind in the wet grinder non stop for half an hour, adding water as required to get a smooth batter of pouring consistency. Mix the semolina in a glass of water and mix it well into the urad batter, taking care to see that there are no lumps. Add salt. Mix well. Heat a tava/skillet. Pour a ladleful of batter on the tava. Drizzle with oil and roast to a golden brown. Flip. Drizzle oil again and roast on the other side too. Serve hot with chutney of your choice.

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Bread Usli Recipe

I had some bread leftover after making sandwiches the other day, some sprouted moong and boiled potatoes. Decided to toss them in together, as I dislike cluttering my fridge with leftovers. The usli turned out simply delicious and I was delighted when my 88 year old Mom asked for a second helping.

Ingredients :

  • 12 slices of bread
  • 3 medium sized onions
  • 2 medium sized potatoes
  • A small bowl of sprouted Moong/ green gram
  • 7 green chillies
  • A pinch of Haldi/turmeric powder
  • 1/4 tsp Hing/asafoetida
  • 3 sprigs curry leaves
  • Coriander leaves
  • Grated coconut
  • 100ml water
  • Salt
  • 2 tbsps ghee/clarified butter
  • 5 tbsps oil
  • 1tsp mustard
  • 1 tsp urad dal /black gram dal

Method :

Tear the bread slices into tiny bits. Slice the onions fine. Mince the green chillies. Chop the coriander leaves. Cube the potatoes into tiny bits. Add the salt and hing to the water. Sprinkle it on the bread. Drop in the coriander leaves and the grated coconut. Mix gently. Heat the ghee and oil mixture. Drop in the mustard. After it splutters add the urad dal. When it turns a golden brown add the chilly bits, onions and curry leaves. Toss for a couple of minutes. Add the potatoes and sprouted Moong. Add a pinch of salt and Haldi. Toss for a couple of minutes. Add the bread, mix gently and heat the bread usli well. Serve hot.

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Vellappam/ Rice Pancake and Stew Recipe

Vellappam and Stew are a family favourite. Vellappam is traditionally made with yeast and fermented coconut water. I picked up this recipe from my sister in law Jayasree Varma Nayak wherein she used beaten rice as a substitute for yeast. It tastes simply divine!!!

Ingredients :

  • 2 glasses raw rice ( I used the normal kolam rice)
  • 1 glass poha/beaten rice
  • Salt
  • 1/4 tsp soda bicarb

Method :

Wash and soak the rice for five hours. Grind to a smooth batter with Poha. Add salt and the soda bi carb and thin down to a batter slightly thicker than Neer dosa batter. Allow to ferment for 10-12 hours. Make appam.

The recipe for Stew can be found under the catagory of ” Coconut based Preparations” of this website.

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Rava Bhakri/Semolina Pancakes Recipe

Rava Bhakri is a typically Mangalorean breakfast eat which is best enjoyed with fresh home made butter. There are two variations to the same. One is with a drizzle of asafoetida and the other with ginger. Today I have posted the former version. You will find this amazingly simple and quick to make breakfast simply delicious!!

Ingredients :

  • 250 gms Rava/Semolina
  • 7 green chillies
  • 1/4 coconut grated
  • 6 tsps sugar
  • Salt
  • Chickpea sized piece of Hing/asafoetida
  • 4 sprigs curry leaves
  • Water
  • Mixture of ghee/clarified butter and oil to roast the Bhakri.

Method :

Grind the coconut, green chillies, salt, sugar and hing to a fine paste with a little water. Tip it into a large bowl. Chop the curry leaves fine. Drop them into the bowl along with the Rava. Add enough water to get a batter of dropping consistency. Keep aside for five minutes. The Rava would have absorbed all the water. Add more water to get a batter wherein you can take a portion of it and pat it on to the tava/skillet. Mix the batter thoroughly. Heat the tava. Pat small portions of the mixture on to it. Drizzle the ghee and oil mixture. Roast. Flip and roast on the other side too by drizzling again with the ghee and oil mixture. Serve hot with butter.

Note: This measure yields 12 bhakris, three inches in diameter.

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