Sunday, July 26, 2015

Foxtail Millet & Flax Seeds Dosa

Dosa or Dose (Kannada word), is one of the most favourite and famous food item of South India. Now world famous. There are different varieties of dosas and it can be eaten at any time of the day.
Normally dosa is prepared with rice (raw or boiled), urid dal, methi /fenugrik seeds and flattened/beaten (aval/avalakki/poha). I always try to twist the ingredients and prepare it in slightly some thing different. This time I have added flax seeds because it gives fluffiness and softness to the dosa. Use of foxtail millet turns dosa very crispy. I added 1/3 of raw rice which helps dosa to be not only normal kind, it also avoids dosa to be very stiff.
Trying dosa, using different healthy grains is really gives me joy. This time I tried with, fox tail millet, flax seeds, raw rice and urid dal. Dosa came out very well and adding flax seeds gave softness to the dosa. These dosas are really healthy because it contain good healthy grains like foxtail millet, urid dal and flax seeds.

Foxtail millet is known as Navane and flax seeds are Agase beeja in Kannada language.
Lets see some benefits of having Urid dal in our diet.

Urid dal is rich in protein and carbohydrates which required by the body. It also contain Vitamin B, iron, folic acid, calcium, magnesium, potassium. Urid dal contain energy boosting, anti aging and anti inflammatory properties. It also helps to improve digestion and boost heart health.
Lets see the recipe now. You can prepare thinner and crispy dosa, fluffy dosa (Set Dosa) or Masala Dosa. (Option is yours).

Ingredients :

Foxtail Millet : 3 Cups
Raw Rice : 1 Cup
Flax Seeds : 2 Tablespoons
Urid dal : 1 Cup
Methi/Fenugrik seeds : 1 teaspoon
Avalakki/Poha/Beaten Rice : 1/2 cup or 2 handful
Oil : 2 to 3 Tablespoons.

 Method :

1. Wash and soak all the ingredients except avalakki together for 3 to 4 hours. Wash and soak avalakki separately.
2. Grind it nicely  (including avalakki) and till paste consistency with required water. (add water little by little).
3. Remove from the grinder or mixi jar and add salt and mix it well. Leave it fermentation. (Over night or 5 to 6 hours).
4. Keep a tava or dosa pan on the fire. Heat. Just sprinkle little oil and put a ladle of dosa dough.
5. Spread it nicely, cover and cook for 1 minute on low and medium flame.
6. Remove the cover and sprinkle 1/2 teaspoon of oil on the top and turn the dosa and cook other side of the dosa for 10 to 20 seconds.

7. Remove from the pan and serve hot dosa with chutney or sambar or any side dish. Add a spoon of ghee on the top just before serving.
8. Repeat the same and prepare dosa with remaining dough.
9. Masala Dosa with the same dough.

Note :

You can reduce the quantity of rice and foxtail millet (each 1 cup and 1/2 cup urid dal etc) .
You can also use ghee instead of oil. (optional)
Time : Soaking : 4 hours, grinding : 10 minutes in mixi and at least 1 hour on grinder.
Cooking time : 30 minutes (As per requirement).
Serves : at least 25 to 30 dosas can be made


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My name is Nalini Somayaji. Teaching is my profession. Cooking is my passion. Reading, travelling, visiting new places, having fun with kids are some of the hobbies I can say. My recipes are Healthy, quick, easy and simple. Grown up being a traditional family member I love and respect Indian culture and traditions. Love classical dance and music.
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