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Dosa – It is in the serving

Dosa Roll - Easy to hol for toddlersQuick MealToddler FoodKid Friendly

Using the plain dosa batter here are two ways of presenting it to the kids – mixed veggie oothapam without any chopping and dosa roll for the toddlers and younger kids, perhaps for the kids at heart too:).  The Dosa roll may just be the trick to get the kids to eat veggies like carrots and beets.

Kind of Food: Quick meal / Snack
How long:
5 minutes for each kind
Makes:
One of each kind
Pots & Pans:
Pan/griddle

Ingredients:
1 cup of no-grind dosa batter or any plain dosa batter
1 Tbsp of ghee or oil or butter
2 Tbsp of frozen mixed veggies thawed
1 carrot or 1 beet cut into wedges
or left over chicken (cooked) that can be cut into wedges
A pinch of salt
A pinch of pepper

How to make:
Mixed Veggie Oothappam:
Put the griddle on medium-low heat and wait till it gets hot. Cook on low heat through out out this recipe. Add 1 Tsp of ghee/ oil / butter. Add the thawed frozen veggies to the griddle, toss and let it cook for 30 secs. Spread the veggies on a single compact layer. With a spoon carefully drop the dosa batter on the veggies, enough to cover them – about 4 Tbsp. Grease the dosa around the edges with oil, butter or ghee. Cook till the batter looks cooked (small bubble like holes appear and the bottom is browned). It is best not to flip the dosa, instead you can cover the dosa for a few seconds if the batter feels undone.

Oothappam Oothappam - done

Dosa Roll – an inspiration from traditional Masala Dosa , but using easy, nutritious and fun fillings.
Cook the veggies – steamed / sauteed / microwave cooked. Season it with salt and pepper or spices of your choice. Make the dosa by using just 1 Tbs of Dosa batter into rounds measuring 3″ in diameter. Do not make it too thin nor too thick. Grease the edges of the dosa using oil, butter or ghee. Once the dosa is fully cooked, place just enough veggies to fit in the dosa and roll it tight. Make sure the dosa you make will just fit the length of the veggie.

Make it Fast, Fun, and Facile! – Sri

Catering to the adult palate:
For the oothapam: You could add a tsp of Idly podi on the veggies to kick it up a notch before adding the batter.
For the dosa roll: You can spice up the veggie wedges and make them as appetizers or roll up more wedges for an interesting stuffing. Left over tandoori chicken or any flavorful chicken makes for a very nice appetizer.

Tips,tricks & alternatives:
Frozen southwestern blend veggies or asian blend veggies make for an interesting oothapam.

Serving Ideas: Serve with  jam, yogurt, chutney or sambar.

November 12, 2008 at 5:22 am Leave a comment

Beyond Dosa

Quick MealToddler FoodKid Friendly
Here are some tricks to take plain the old dosa beyond the scope of regular dosa to appeal to the kiddos.  There are couple of dosa ideas mentioned in this post and once you get the idea you will see an artist in yourself and impress the kids.

Flower Dosa

Kind of Food: Main Course or Snack
How long: 3minutes for each kind
Makes: One of each kind of dosa mentioned here
Pots & Pans: Cast iron or non-stick pan, basically a griddle

Ingredients:
1 cup of no-grind dosa batter or any plain dosa batter
5 candy pieces like MnM or Gems
1 Tbsp of ghee or oil or butter

How to make:
Mickey mouse dosa:
Keep the griddle on low heat and get it hot. Cook on low heat through out this recipe. With a small spoon place a little batter (about 2 Tbsp) and spread it to a round (Mickey’s face). Take 1/3 of the batter you took for the face and place in the shape of two rounds on the top left and right corners (Mickey’s ears). Grease the dosa using oil, butter or ghee. DO NOT flip the dosa.  You could cover and cook instead.

Mickey Dosa
Flower Dosa
Keep the griddle on low heat and get it hot. Cook on low heat through out this recipe. With a small spoon place a little batter (1Tbsp) and spread it to a round (the center of the flower). With a small spoon start placing a little batter (1Tbsp) at a  time in small rounds around the center.  Make sure the rounds around the center round touch the center round and not each other (i.e – petals touch the center pollen area and not each other). Once bubbles start forming on the dosa place one MnM on each petal and one on the center. Grease the dosa using oil, butter or ghee. DO NOT flip the dosa.  You could cover and cook instead. Candy will melt slightly and that will provide for an interesting texture.

Make it Fast, Fun, and Facile! – Sri

Catering to the adult palate:
Hey, it is okay to be a kid once in a while n play with shapes.

Tips, tricks & alternatives:
You do not have to be a Da Vinci to make fun shapes, you get the basic idea here and the play field (the griddle) is now yours to play. Now shapes of butterfly, rocket, boat are just around the corner.

Still having trouble? No problem, just use a cookie cutter or pancake mold and pour the batter into the mold to create the shapes.

Serving Ideas:
Serve with  jam or yogurt or chutney or sambar.

November 12, 2008 at 4:48 am 1 comment

No-grind dosa batter

Dosa is a versatile snack for all ages and the perk of this recipe is that it requires no grinding. Hence, the preparation time involved in soaking and grinding is eliminated.  The lentil flour and rice flour used in this recipe will provide for adequate protein and carbohydrate requirement and with a side of veggies, there is a wholesome meal.

dosa

Kind of Food: Main Course or Snack
How long: 10 minutes to mix batter and overnight fermenting
Makes: 10 dosas (10″ diameter)
Pots & Pans: Bowl and immersion blender (optional)

Ingredients:
1 cup of urad flour
1 cup rice flour
1/2 cup of rava (sooji)
1/2 tsp methi powder
Water as per requirement
Salt as per requirement

How to make:
Mix the flours mentioned above with rava and methi powder. Add water to it and mix either using clean hands or an immersion blender until it has reached the consistency of dosa batter (thinner than pancake batter).  It is best to mix this mixture with hand to help with  fermentation. Leave the batter covered in the oven or in a warm place overnight for fermentation.  The batter should have doubled in volume by next morning.

Make it Fast, Fun, and Facile! – Sri

Serving ideas:
Please look up our posts on beyond dosa and dosa – it is in the serving.

September 12, 2008 at 4:32 pm 1 comment


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