I have to do something unthinkable this morning. I have to willingly bungle up my perfect dosa. To demonstrate to you guys, how NOT TO make dosas.
No worries though. I shall happily sacrifice my ladle-full of perfectly made dosa matter, for the greater good of nouveau-cook- humankind!
For those uninitiated to South Indian cuisine or cooking, dosas are rice and lentil based, fermented pancakes which can be made and had in myriad ways. Today we shall be making the “classic” variety. So, hop along folks and join me while I make breakfast.
I really do hope I don’t botch things up today!
The DO NOT’S….
1. Do not add too much or too little urad dal while preparing your batter (1/3rd to 1/4th ratio to rice – as per preference). This step is key to making good dosas.
2. Do not add too much water to the batter. A runny batter seems to disike the pan, and will keep “running” around and ultimately clump up and become an unedible mess.
3. Do not use the dosa- pan to make/cook/ heat any other item of food. Just don’t. She does not like it.
4. Do not pour batter on a cold pan/ tawa. Pointless exercise.
5. Do not over-grease the pan. Just apply enough oil to give it a hint of a sheen.
6. Do not apply too much pressure while spreading the batter. Caress and swirl my friend!
7. Do not be impatient. Please wait till the dosa acquires a golden brown color and the edges start to come off the pan before you commence the battle to scrap it off!
8. Do not let the steaming dosa lay ignored on a plate. Eat the crispy, delight before it withers and dies, please.
9. Do not fret if they initially don’t turn out the way you thought they would. Or how your Mum makes them. Trust me, you don’t want to see my earlier dosa disasters.
I’m sorry. I tried. I really did. Just could not bring myself to purposely foul up a perfectly fine dosa! Moreover, I hardly had enough batter, so I decided it would be wise to not get too carried away. And most importantly, Mr H is late for work and is already patiently waiting at the table with an empty plate in front of him. Waiting for my photography chicanery to be done with…..
This is how I like my dosa.
With a hint of sourness.
With a slightly fluffy middle.
With spicy chutney/ chammandi.
With some fine roast, filter coffee to chug down.
With a husband who loves the same!
Till the next meal….