Sundays are sacred to most people. Its always the day for relaxation and getting re-energized for the upcoming week. And a way for the family to spend time together, away from busy lives. For us, when I was growing up, Sunday's food was always the same. And something we always could count on and look forward to.
For breakfast we always (and when I say always I mean for 40+ years now) had dosas and shallot sambar, with chutney and milagai podi. For lunch it was spicy potatoes, rasam, any left over sambar (from breakfast), a veggie (most often carrots and peas), and rice. It's incredible that even now sunday breakfast and lunch is sacred to me, and something I look forward to.
2 cups Rice
3/4 cup Urad Dal
1 tsp Fenugreek Seed
1 1/2 tbsp Salt
Soak the rice in a bowl and the urad dal and fenugreek in another bowl, in water for 2 hours. Drain well and wash completely.
Grind the soaked urad dal and fenugreek with a little bit of water to a smooth consistency. Keep aside. Grind the rice now, with a little of water, to a smooth consistency. Keep aside.
Mix the two together and add salt. Stir to incorporate the salt. Cover and keep in a warm area of the house for about 8 hours or overnight. If not using right away, the batter can be kept in a closed container in the refrigerator for a week.
Heat a crepe pan (cast-iron works best; the heavier the better - but I've made it on a non-stick $2 flimsy pan and it worked fine :-) ). Make sure the pan gets very hot (test it by dropping a little water, if it sizzles at once, the pan is ready).
Pour about a 3/4 cup amount of dough onto the center of the pan, using a soup ladle (the ladles work really well for me), and very quickly spread the batter using the back of the ladle and a gently touch so that it starts to resemble a circular shape. Here's a video from a road-side dosai-making chap! And here's a picture:
When the bottom is browned, flip the dosai over and brown the other side.
Fold in two or three (letter style) and serve with sambar, chutney and milagai podi. This is a quintessential south Indian breakfast.
Dosais can be had either plain or with a filling of your choice - some people choose to break an egg onto the middle of the dosai (like the chap on the video), or you can fill it with spicy potatoes and make a masala dosai, or spread a thin layer of milagai podi on the inside of the dosai and have mysore dosai! It's going to be delicious regardless! :-) Now I can't wait for Sunday!
Here are some other popular types of dosais: Tomato Dosai, Neer Dosai and Pesarat.
This is off to Srivalli @ Cooking 4 All Seasons for her wildly popular Rice Mela.
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