Friday, August 13, 2010

CUCUMBER DOSA


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I am not a morning person and don’t enjoy cooking an elaborate breakfast because of the tight morning schedule of my kids and hubby dear. So Monday to Friday mornings are………..u can imagine; lunch box, snacks, and breakfast should be ready by 8.00 a.m. and I just can’t make an elaborate breakfast. So I always opt for an easy and quick but healthy breakfast. Cucumber dosa is one such simple, easy, and healthy breakfast. We lived in Mercara, Coorg about 4 years ago and one of my neighbor used to make this and that is how I also started making. The best part is this dosa does not need any fermenting so you can call this an almost instant dosa.


THIS IS HOW I MAKE CUCUMBER DOSA:

For grinding:
Soaked raw rice: 2 cups.
Cooked rice: 1 cup.
Cucumber: 1.
Jeera: ½ tsp.
Onion: ½.
Coconut: 1 handful.
White jaggery or sugar: 1 tsp.
Salt.

For garnishing:
Finely chopped onion: ½.
Finely chopped green chilly: 1 or 2.
Curry leaves.

Method:

1.      Peel cucumber and cut it into small pieces (no need to remove the seeds).
2.      In a mixer put in the soaked raw rice, coconut, cooked rice, onion, jeera, jaggery, salt, and cucumber. Grind all this together. Do not add water. The batter should like idily batter and do not grind it very finely there should be a little "thari".
3.      Pour into a bowel and put in the chopped onion, green chilly, and curry leaves. Add water only if the batter is too thick. It should be like idily batter.
4.      Grease a dosa tava and pour a ladleful of batter into the center of the pan. Lightly spread the batter using the back of the ladle in a spiral motion starting from the center and ending outside. It is important to set the heat to low while pouring and spreading the batter. Sprinkle little ghee on top of it and cover it with a lid and wait for 1 minute then turn the dosa and cook that side too. Transfer it into a plate. Serve hot.

Note:
I don’t usually add ghee while making this dosa, I just grease the tawa each time. This dosa can be eaten without any chutney as it is little spicy (so if kids are having reduce the green chillies; my son likes it without them.).

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