Monday, April 27, 2020

W for Wheat Dosa - My favourite things to counter COVID-19 stress

(This post is part of the A to Z Challenge. I am writing this month on activities that keep me refreshed during these depressing days. It's Day 23 today.)

Dosa is a popular breakfast item. Though this pancake is a south Indian dish, it's much sought-after across India as well. It's made out of batter usually of rice and black gram. Dosa is very similar to crêpe, which is of French origin.

However, what I like to make, and have for breakfast is the wheat version. A very basic recipe would be this. Make the batter by adding water to a few scoops of wheat flour, and stirring continuously until the mixture becomes viscous without any lumps.

Then add a little bit of salt. Spread a thin layer of cooking oil on a pan and let it get heated.  Spread a ladle full of the batter in a circular shape on the pan. Flip the dosa multiple times so that both sides get cooked well and evenly. It takes a few minutes. That's it.

What I have noticed is that wheat dosa is well known only in Kerala. Some of my non-Kerala friends haven't even heard about it. What about you?

24 comments:

  1. It is very popular in Tamil Nadu also. First Upma. Now Wheat Dosa. Looks like you will become an expert chef by the time this lockdown is over.

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  2. I love dossa but haven't heard of wheat dosa. Sounds like a pancake and pretty easy to make. Must try it out.

    Suzy Someday Somewhere Letter W

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  3. Hari Om
    You are making me drool again! I have my sister-friend's Tamil rice and fennel dosa recipe... the quick one you describe is, in fact, exactly the French crepe style!!! Yummoooooo.... YAM xx

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  4. Thanks to your U for Upma post, we ended up eating yummy pongal for dinner that nighT:)
    Thankfully, I've just eaten lunch and can resist today's offering here.
    We eat dosa very regularly at home but as both my husband and I prefer gluten free, we opt for the ragi, bajra, and rice variety.

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  5. It's one of my favourites. Whenever I am running a bit late, wheat dosa is my go-to breakfast!

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  6. Never heard of wheat dosa, must try!

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  7. Never heard of a wheat dosa..I love dosas but can never manage to make a thin crispy one...is a wheat dosa crispy too? I am already craving one now. Is that all that is there to the recipe?

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    1. Hi My Space - Not as crispy as rice dosas. But you can make wheat dosa too crispy by spreading the batter very thin and letting it be on the pan for a few moments extra, however, making sure that it doesn't get burnt.

      Regarding the recipe, some people add onion pieces, others add jaggery so that the dosa tastes sweet. Depends on your choices. What I have given is a very basic version. Do try it out. You will like it.

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  8. Like SG mentioned , Wheat Dosa is popular in Tamil Nadu too. Infact till the time I was in Maharashtra- I thot only Chappatis can be made of wheat. Chennai taught- even Dosa can be made of it.

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  9. Looks like a lot like crêpe indeed! Yummy!
    W is for Women

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  10. Like a cross between French crepe and our English pancake but with an Indian twist! I've certainly not come across wheat dosa here. A tasty post indeed!

    W is for ...

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  11. Nope, never heard of it. But I'm not surprised. I haven't heard of lots of things. But it sounds like the simple pancakes/flat breads that it seems like every culture has in some way, shape, or form. Just proves that good ideas are everywhere.

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  12. Dosa is one of my favorite for breakfast and I am so fond of eating dosa I don't mind having it for lunch and dinner too.. sometimes I add onions, green chilly cut in pieces, at other times, I add egg too. Wheat dosa I heard but never made it... now I think I must try ..

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  13. Hi Pradeep - this sounds a delicious recipe ... and I'd do supper ... especially as I don't eat breakfast - never have! Thanks for letting us know about them ... wheat dosa ... sometime I'll definitely try one. Take care - Hilary

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  14. I love dosas! But have never had the wheat version. You dont need to ferment the wheat batter like the rice/dal batter?

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    1. Hi Shilpa - No, you don't have to leave it ferment. Take atta, mix water, stir and make the batter, and start making dosa... Can it easier than that?

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  15. Oh, this makes me want to order masala dosa from a local Indian Cafe. Yum. I think it might be made with wheat, but my taste buds aren't sophisticated enough to say for sure.

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    1. Hi Darla - Glad to know that you have an Indian Cafe nearby. :-)

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  16. I've never heard of it before Pradeep but it sounds much like the pancakes we used to make for the kids - which we topped with ham and cheese for savoury and lemon and sugar for sweet ones.
    Thanks for linking up with us at MLSTL and I've shared on my SM 😊

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    1. Hi Leanne - Yes, it's very much like pancake.

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  17. I have never heard of this dish. I am not very knowledgeable about Indian food in general, except for Tandoori. I'm glad you are cooking things that will satisfy you and keep you healthy. We have been makiong pancakes, made of flour and sugar, which sound similar.

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    1. Hi Michele - Tandoori must easily be the most well-known dish outside India. Dosa is very much like pancake.

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  18. I LOVE dosa...but have never tried cooking it myself... #MLSTL

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    1. Hi Jo - Glad to know that. You must try it out.

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