Sunday, June 12, 2011

Instant Tomatoey Dosai

This is one of the dosas that you can make without prior preparation. Isn't it amazing that you can make dosa without dosa batter? Yes, all you need is rice flour and a little rawa (sooji/semolina)! Add tomato juice to it and spice it up - there you go, thats the batter! This is absolutely handy on those weekday-nights when you're exhausted and want to whip up something real quick for dinner.

Instant Tomato Dosa with Sambar

Yield - 6 Dosas
Time - 15 mins

What You Need -

Rice flour - 1/2 cup
Rawa/Sooji/Semolina - 1/4 cup
Ripe tomatoes - 3 medium
Jeera/Cumin powder - 1 tsp
Red chilli powder - 1/2 tsp
Hing/Asafoetida - a pinch
Salt - 1/2 tsp (adjust to taste)
Oil - as required to make dosas

How To -

  • Chop off the root of tomatoes and cut each into 4 pieces, add the spices - jeera powder, red chilli powder, salt and asafoetida, and extract the juice using an electric mixer.

  • Take rice flour and sooji/rawa in a bowl and pour in the tomato juice.

  • Add some water if the batter is too thick.

  • The rest of the procedure is familiar. You can choose to keep the batter kinda thick and make it like uthappam. Here, you can also add finely chopped onions as topping. 
  •  Another option is to make thin batter and make dosas the way you would make rawa dosai - i.e., just pour the batter and not spread it with ladle, but allow the dosa to take its natural shape.
  • Pre-heat tawa and grease it with a little oil before making the first dosa. Once the first side gets cooked, flip sides and let the other side cook too.
Serve hot with sambar or onion chutney or  vegetable chutney.

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