Monday, February 6, 2017

Onion Rava -Wheat Crispy Dosa

Crispy Rava dosa who doesn't like?..It is yummy, crispy and very good for breakfast/an evening filling if you are very hungry. I too love these crispy Rava Dosa, but home made dosas.
Rava dosa is prepared using Rava (normally medium size), rice flour and maida. Maida/all purpose flour should not be eaten they say. Since it is bleached it turns has very fine and with full of starch. Eating maida/all purpose flour said to be unhealthy and either you should avoid eating or you should minimize intake of this flour.
I have tried "Rava dosa" with Rava/Semolina, wheat flour instead of maida/all purpose flour and rice flour.
Let us see the recipe now :
Things Needed :
Rava/Semolina : 1 Cup
Wheat flour : 1/2 Cup
Rice flour : 1/2 Cup
Onions : 1 ( Medium size)
Green chilly : 1
Curry leaves : 1 Handful
Coriander leaves : 1 Handful.
Ginger : 1 Teaspoon (Grated)
Fresh grated coconut : 2 Tablespoon
Salt : As required
Curd : 1/2 Cup
Water : As required
Oil : 2 to 3 Tablespoons.

Method :
1. Remove the outer layer of onion and wash it again. Cut into small pieces.
2. Remove the outer layer of ginger and wash it again. Grate it and keep it aside.
3. Wash and cut curry leaves and coriander leaves into thin pieces.
4. Grate coconut and keep it aside. Wash and cut green chilly into thin pieces.

5. Take a big bowl and put all the flour and salt. Mix it well.
6. Add water and curd. Mix it well and leave it for 5 to 10 minutes.
7, Add cut onions, coriander leaves, green chilly, curry leaves and coconut.

8. Mix it well and prepare the dough. (Let it be like Neeru dosa consistency).

9. Keep a dosa pan and heat. Sprinkle oil around the pan.
10. Mix the rava dosa dough and just pour it around the pan in circle shape.
11. Cook on low flame. Put a teaspoon of oil on the top while its cooking.

12. Turn the other side and cook for a minute. Crispy dosas are ready to serve.
13. Serve with the main dish of your choice.

14. Repeat the same with remaining dosa dough.

Note :
Rava dosa dough should be watery. You can add 1 1/2 Glass of water to 1 cup of rava. Mix the dough well each time when you put dosa. Or the thick content will stay down and only watery part will be in the spoon. This does not form proper dosa. So remember to mix the dough nicely again and again.
Let the dosa cook on low and medium flame. Cooking in low flame will turn the dosa crispy. If you want soft dosa remove dosa a bit earlier. Adding carrot gratings is optional. It turns the dosa soft.
Adding coconut to dosa is optional. It adds to the aroma to dosa. Using more oil while cooking is optional. Adding onions to dosa is optional. You can prepare dosas without onions too.
Time :  40 Minutes
Serves : 3 to 4

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Little Millet Idli & Dosa

Little Millet/Saame is one of the millet. (Siri Dhanya). Little Millet idly is very soft and fluffy just like Rice idli. (Raw rice). Dose/dosas are fluffy and soft. 

I have used Little Millet instead of raw rice, urid dal (whole white urid) for Little millet idly & Dosa

Little Millet is known as Same (Saame) in Kannada, Samai - Tamil, Sama - Telugu, Malayalam - Chama. In Hindi it is Kutki, Kuri - Gujarathi and Vari in Marati.

Let us see some benefits of having Saame/Little Millet in our diet.
Little Millet is full of nutritional rich grain. It is rich source of B Vitamins. They contain minerals like calcium, iron, and potassium.They provide the good essential fats to our body and helps in weight loss. It contain high fibre and good substitute for rice.
Millets help in protecting the heart health, protect us from diabetes, improves our digestive system and detoxify the body. It also helps to boost respiratory health, immune system and increase the energy level in our body. Millet is rich source of magnesium and it helps in controlling the blood pressure levels. Millet is a rich source of dietary fiber and it helps in remove the bad cholesterol levels and promote the good cholesterol levels.
Ready to Eat LittleMillet - Urid Idly & Dosas.
I have used whole urid (white), Saame/Little millet to prepare Same/Little Millet Idly and Dosas. The same dough is used to prepare dosas and they are soft, fluffy and yummy. It suits to any age group and take care of your health and satisfy your taste bud.
Just use Little millet instead of rice. The proportion/quantity of the grains are 1 : 2 ( One Urid dal and 2 Cups of Little Millet).

Ingredients :

Little Millet : 3 Cups
Salt : As required
Oil : 1 Teaspoon
Urid dal : 1 1/2 Cup

Method :

1. Clean little millet and wash it nicely.

2. Wash and soak urid dal and little millet separately. ( At least for 3 to 4 hours).
3. Put soaked urid dal and grind till it turns soft and fluffy. Use required water to grind. (At least for       20 to 25 minutes).
4. Remove the urid dough to a big bowl. Let very little dough remain in the grinder.
5.  Add soaked Little Millet with out water and grind it for 5 minutes.(or lesser than 5 minutes).

6.Let the ground mixture be rava ( Semolina ) consistency.
   Remove from the grinder completely. Add little salt and mix it well. Leave the dough for over night    to ferment. (or 6 to 8 minutes).

7. When you are about prepare idli, mix the ferment little millet idli dough nicely.
8. Wash idly plates nicely and apply oil/ghee to each mould and put a spoon of idly dough.

9. Keep pressure cooker/idly cooker on the fire and put some water in it.
10. Keep the ready idly plates in cooker and cover the lid. Steam for 7 to 8 minutes.

11. Remove the lid and take out the idly plates. Sprinkle little clean water on the idly plates.

12. Remove idly from the plates and put it in a serving dish and serve hot idly with the side dish you have prepared. Put some ghee/butter on hot idly just before serving.

 Note :

The consistency of the dough should be like normal idly dough. You can use mixi jar to grind the  ingredients. Taste may differ. It remains the same softness after cooling and taste just as rice idly. Do not add any cooking soda or any other rising ingredients. Let it ferment naturally.

Time = Soaking 4 hours + Grinding 30 minutes + Fermentation Over night /Minimum 6 to 8 hours + Cooking and preparation 20 min
Serves : 50 Idly can be done.

With the same dough I have prepared dosa and it turned soft and fluffy and yummy.

Dosa Preparation : 

Just follow the pictures and the dough is the same idly dough.

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