This is a traditional Poori made by the GSB Konkani community. Since all the spices are added to the dough, it is served without any accompaniment. The correct way to eat it is by a quick dunk in either coffee or tea. Absolutely divine!
500 gms Wheat flour
1 heaped tbsp Jeera/Cumin
1 level tbsp Pepper corns
7 green chillies
2 tbsps oil
Oil for frying the poori
Dry grind the Jeera and pepper corns. Add the green chillies and grind them to a coarse paste with water. Drop the mixture into a bowl. Add salt and oil. Mix. Add the flour and enough water to bind a smooth yet hard dough. Knead well. Cover and keep aside for 15 minutes. Knead again and make into tiny pellets. Makes around 38-40. Roll them out into pooris around 3 inches in diameter, and neither too thick nor thin. Heat oil in a pan. Deep fry the pooris to a rich golden brown. Serve hot with either tea or coffee.
This no fermentation Dosa is a wonderful combination of Urad Dal/ Split Black Gram, Moong Dal/Split Green Gram and Chana Dal/Bengal Gram Dal . This is my sister in law Jayasree Varma Nayak’s recipe and though she made a tomato curry to go with it with it, I have stuck to a coconut chutney as the family prefers their Dosas accompanied by a Chutney. You can make both crisp or a soft Dosa with this batter. Spread it thin and you get a super crisp one and those who enjoy their Dosa soft can spread it out a little thick.
200 gms Moong Dal
200 gms Chana Dal
200 gms Urad Dal
1 heaped tbsp Methi/Fenugreek seeds
Oil/Ghee to drizzle over Dosa
Wash and soak the Dals and the Methi together for four hours. Grind to a smooth batter in the wet grinder for half an hour adding a little water at a time. Those using the blender or liquidiser just need to blend it to a smooth batter adding enough water so that the blades can run smoothly. Do not overload the blender. Blend it in batches. Remove. Add salt. Mix thoroughly. Heat a skillet/Tava. Pour a ladleful of batter and spread it in concentric circles to an eight inch diameter sized circle. Drizzle with oil or ghee. Roast to a golden brown. Flip. Roast on the other side too. Serve hot with Chutney of choice. The recipe to the chutney can be found under the catagory of Chutney of this website.
Idli batter steamed in Jackfruit leaves is called Khotto and the same when steamed in Screw Pine leaves is called Moodo. A delicacy savoured by the Konkani community of Mangalore, India, it is served with a Chutney or with any spicy coconut curry. The screw pine leaves are woven into a cylinder like holder with the help of coconut fiber and Idli batter is steamed in it. The leaves impart a distinct aroma to the dish. The Moodo after it is steamed is allowed to cool for a few minutes. It is then unmoulded by gently removing the topmost coconut fiber which holds the cylinder in place. The leaf can then be just rolled down. The steamed Moodo looks like a log and is sliced into desired size before serving. The recipe link to the Idli batter and also the Chutney is given below.
I had posted a Ragi Bhakri some time ago. Bhakri is usually patted on to the Skillet and is a little thick. Today it’s a Dosa, which is thin and lacy like the Neer Dosa. It is best enjoyed with either home made butter or with a pickle.
250 gms Ragi flour
3 tbsps rice flour
5 tbsps grated coconut
Water to thin down the batter
Oil for roasting the Dosa.
Grind the coconut to a smooth paste with a little water. Tip it into a bowl. Add the Ragi and Rice flour along with salt. Make a batter of watery consistency taking care to see that there are no lumps. Mix thoroughly and let the batter sit aside for ten minutes. Heat a Tava/Skillet. Drizzle a tsp of oil and brush it all over the Skillet. Mix the batter well and pour a ladleful on it, moving the Skillet around, so that the batter runs all over it. Drizzle with a tsp of oil. Allow the Dosa to cook. As it starts to leave at the sides, gently prise it all around, fold and place it over a plate. Serve with a dollop of butter or pickle.
Poha Usli with onions is a cousin of Kande Poha, the difference being it is made sans Turmeric . The addition of coriander leaves and a dash of lime makes it fragrant and the garnish of coconut is simply delish.
250 gms thick poha/flattened rice
3 large onions finely chopped
5 sprigs curry leaves
6 green chillies
3 tbsps ghee
3 tbsps oil
1 tsp mustard
1/4 of a large coconut for garnish
A small bunch of Coriander leaves finely chopped
Juice of one Lime
Method : Wash the poha and drain it immediately. Squeeze out all the water and place it in a bowl. Add the finely chopped coriander leaves, salt and lemon juice.Chop the green chillies fine. Heat the ghee and oil mixture. Add the mustard. After it crackles add the green chillies and the curry leaves. Toss. Add the onions and roast till translucent. Tip in the poha and mix well. Heat the Poha on a gentle flame. Garnish with grated coconut. Serve immediately.
Wishing everyone a very Happy New Year with this breakfast Platter of Sweet and Savoury Mangalore Buns, Aloo Poha and Gajar ka Halva. Filter coffee and an apple complete the meal. Recipe Links to all the dishes are shared below.