November 6, 2014

Onion Rava Dosa

Onion rava dosa is a popular south-Indian breakfast that is super-instant and irresistible when crispy & golden brown. Making regular dosa takes a lot of time & effort right from soaking of lentils to fermentation. But onion rava dosa is quick and time-saving - you can pretty much start making dosas as soon as the batter is ready.

A quick mix-in of cilantro, ginger, green chillies, cumin seeds & peppercorns adds an excellent flavor to dosa. This dosa is indeed a great option as any-time meal of the day or as a sudden meal for surprise guests. But, it will take time & practice to master the art of making a perfectly lacey & crispy dosa. 

Things to remember,
- Batter consistency - While with thick batter you cannot get the lacy effect, thin batter easily breaks.
- Griddle should be rightly hot - splash some water onto the griddle and you should hear it sizzle right away.
- Cooking time - Wait until dosa is completely cooked and all browned. Trying to remove the dosa too soon will only break it.
- Heat - Always cook on medium heat for perfectly crispy, golden dosai.

Here is the link to my recipe for another kind of instant dosa - "Godhumai Dosa". Do check the brief video in that post to learn how to make lacey dosa and also to see the consistency of the batter.

Basic Info
Complexity - Medium
Prep time - 10 mins
Cook time - 20 mins
Serves - 7-8 dosa

1/2 cup Sooji
1/2 cup Rice flour
1/4 cup Maida
1 tbsp grated Ginger
1 green chilli, finely chopped
1 tsp Cumin seeds
1.5 tsp Peppercorns
1 sprig chopped Curry leaves
2 tbsp chopped Cilantro
1/4 tsp Sugar
Salt as needed

1 Onion, finely chopped

Ghee/Oil as needed

Mix all the ingredients except onion and ghee/oil in about 2.5 to 3 cups of water. Use a wire whisk and break the lumps, if any.

Heat a flat griddle on medium. When hot, pour the batter in circular motion from atop. Sprinkle onion on top of the batter, drizzle a tsp of ghee/oil around the dosa and cook on medium for about 3-4 mins until the sides are browned.

Remove dosa from heat, serve with spicy chutney of your choice and enjoy!!