February 21, 2011

Cabbage Dosa ~ No fermentation, spicy dosa

At first, cabbage in a dosa did not appeal to me. I have seen many blog posts featuring the cabbage dosa, a famous Konkani recipe. My husband's aunt Malathi is a great cook and she loves to cook and feed too. When she is serving, she keeps filling your plate and you will be too full that one will need support to get up from the chair.  M aunt's husband is very choosy when it comes to food. He will have only oil free food and don't eat onions. M aunt will cook the same curry in two ways, with ease. Also sometimes she will cook different menus to satisfy all. And she puts together the meal at super speed. And in many ways, she reminds me of my mother.  That way, I have always felt that I am staying at my home when I go there. She has never treated me as daughter-in-law. I am literally pampered there.  After we shifted to Pune, I had to visit my hometown and I stayed at aunt's house. She made this dosa for breakfast. I was simply hooked to it and understood a recipe cannot be judged by its ingredients alone.  And then it is a regular at my home.

This dos is almost an instant kind since no fermentation is required here. Tamarind is added to the batter and it takes care of the slight sourness to the batter. If you remember to soak the rice and dal the previous night, then the breakfast for the day is ready in 15 minutes including the grinding and chopping time. So if the cabbage in the recipe has put you off, do try it once and you will be proven wrong.




You need
  • Parboiled rice - 1 cup
  • Chana dal - 2 tblspn
  • Tuvar dal - 1 tblspn
  • Red chillies - 6-8 nos
  • Tamarind - Gooseberry sized
  • Turmeric powder - 1/2 tspn
  • Hing - 1/4 tspn
  • Salt to taste
  • Finely chopped cabbage - 1 cup


Method
Soak rice and dal together overnight.
Soak tamarind and red chillies in warm water for 10 minutes. Soaking in warm water makes the tamarind soft. Grind the soaked tamarind, red chillies, hing , turmeric and salt along with few tablespoons of rice. Grind it to smooth paste and then add the rest of rice+dal mix. Grind it coarsely. To the batter, stir in the chopped cabbage. The batter will be thick like that of adai.

Heat dosa tawa and when it is hot, spread a ladle of  the batter. The batter is not easily spreadable like dosa. Using the ladle lightly spread the batter to a circle. Don't try to spread thin. This is a fairly thick dosa. Drizzle oil around the dosa. When the bottom is cooked, flip and cook on the other side.

The dosa can be had on its own since it has tamarind and red chillies to add spice. A side of coconut chuntney or sambhar is also good. Serve it hot.



22 comments:

  1. What a lovely recipe,It looks absolutely delicious..

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  2. Jayasree, looks and sounds tasty! A very nice recipe indeed!

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  3. Woww thats a marvellous and irresistible cabbage dosa..cant wait to try..

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  4. thts indeed a treat to the eyes ...yummy n full of flavors-dosa...easy and healthy too

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  5. Never heard of cabbagae dosa,new to me. Looks very crispy and tasty,would love to try.

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  6. Great blend of colour and flavours,textures - everything,I have also heard of a konkani recipe for idli with similar ingredients,let me try to get hold of it.

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  7. These pics have changed my mind about cabbage - esp in rotis and dosas! Tamarind is a nice touch too!

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  8. Have not tried this dosa it looks that i should def try it..its looking crispy..

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  9. This sounds super cool,I love anything with cabbage,will have to try this soon!

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  10. i have tasted this..love it..looks yumm..

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  11. Will try this out J and let you know how it turns out

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  12. Nice post jay. Cabbage is very good for health as its a vegetable with loads of anti oxidants and there are not many versatile vcariations for cabbage...Poriyal, molagootal and cabbage rice, I add them to my adai for some crunch,,,This one should taste different with the tamarind i am guessing...nice one!!!
    Shobha

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  13. I have seen cabbage dosa too but never have made them or has them.
    This looks yumm and love the color

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  14. Thanks Jayasree, I am going to make this tomorrow morning I was wondering what shall I make for breakfast for the kids, looks yum

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  15. It should be crunchy and nice variation for dosa lovers!

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  16. This looks nice...First time here...lovely space...Following you...

    FunWidFud

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  17. We love cabbage and i will surely try this recipe.Very new to me but sounds delicious

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  18. Cabbage dosa- unusual but looks yummy. I like adai in its many avataars so will surely enjoy this.

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  19. Different and interesting dosa. Love the click

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