Recipes >> Dosas

Pancakes 

250 g (8 oz) urad dhal (dried pulses or lentils), 50 g (2 oz) long-grain rice 600 ml (1 pint) water, ½ teaspoon bicarbonate of soda,  ½ teaspoon salt, vegetable oil, for shallow-frying. 
 
Wash the dhal and rice thoroughly, then put them into a bowl with the water and leave to soak overnight.  Place the dhal, rice and water mixture in a blender or food processor and work until smooth. Add  bicarbonate of soda and salt and stir well. 
Pour in enough batter to cover the bottom of a cold heavy-based pan. Put on the heat until the batter starts to set.  Pour about 1 teaspoon oil around the edge of the dosa, then shake the pan to spread the oil. Fry the pancake for about 1 minutes, until golden underneath.  Remove the pancake from the pan and roll it up, enclosing a filling if you like. Repeat with the remaining batter. Serve hot. 
Make 12-15
 
If in a hurry and you still want to eat Dosa’s or serve Dosa’s , use ‘Periyar” Instant Dosa Mixes which are a favorite among  foodies.
 
Note : You can serve dosas as plain pancakes, or filled with a stuffing. Try filling them with a potato filling or why not try some spiced and flavored rice with Prawns or something equally different.
 
Prawns with Tamarind
25 g (1 oz) block tamarind, 1 small red pepper, cored, deseeded and chopped, 25 g (1oz) small onions, chopped 2 garlic cloves, chopped, 1 red chilli, deseeded and chopped 1 tablespoon ground lemon grass 6 tablespoons oil
4 teaspoons caster sugar 2 teaspoons lime juice, 500 g (1 lb)  prawns, Watercress to serve
Break up the tamarind and soak in 175 ml (6 fl oz) boiling water for 10-15 minutes then press through a sieve to extract as much liquid as possible. Discard the pulp.
 
Place the red pepper, onions, garlic, chilli and lemon grass in a liquidizer or food processor and blend. Heat the oil in a pan, add the pepper mixture and stir-fry for 5 minutes. Gradually blend in the tamarind liquid, sugar, lime juice and salt to taste. Add the prawns and stir-fry for 5 minutes or until the prawns are just firm to the touch. Serve with watercress. 
 
Try ‘Daily Delight’  red onions and garlic and ‘Seafood Delight’ prawns for a perfect dish.
 
Serves 4
 
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