Black Gram Dosa/Sada Dosa

Urad dal/uddina dosa is popular south Indian breakfast item. The batter can also be used for preparing idli, by adding a little water to the same batter dosas can be prepared. We prepare it once a week, crispy dosa with chutney, sambar or potato stir fry (bhaji) makes it more tasty. I am going to share the restaurant style, finger licking good, crispy golden brown dosa recipe.

Sada Dosa/Black Gram Dosa

Ingredients:

  • Black gram/Urad dal – 1/2 cup
  • White rice- 3 cups
  • Fenugreek seeds- 1/2 tbs
  • Salt

Preparation:

  1. Soak black gram and white rice separately for 3-4 hours (fenugreek seeds can be soaked along with rice)
  2. Now grind the black gram into very smooth paste by adding little water and keep it aside
  3. Grind white rice and fenugreek with little water, but make sure that it is not as smooth as black gram mixture
  4. Add these 2 mixtures together in a big vessel along with little salt and mix well
  5. Keep it overnight for fermentation
  6. Your batter is ready for preparing dosas, serve it hot with side dishes

Spicy Onion Pancakes/ Khara Dosa

Spicy Onion Dosa or Khara dosa is a traditional South Canara (Udupi) recipe. This does not requires any side dish like chutney or sambar. This is very easy and simple breakfast. No fermentation is required. This dosa tastes better when served with lot of butter.

Spicy Onion Pancakes

Ingredients:

  • White Rice (dosa rice)- 1 & 1/2 cup (serves 2)
  • Red chilly- 2
  • Coriander seeds- 1/4 tbs
  • Salt
  • Onion- 1

Preparation:

  1. Soak the rice over night and in the morning grind it with red chillies, salt and coriander seeds along with little water into very smooth batter
  2. Now add chopped onion and bring the consistency of batter into water’s by adding enough water
  3. Now heat a non stick pan and spill the batter on that with the help of spoon. Do not press it like how you usually so for other dosa, here you will have to spill the batter so that it is thin enough to get crispy.
  4. Let it cook for sometime and turn it over
  5. Serve it hot with  a butter cube

Ragi Rotti/Finger Millet Roti

Ragi or finger millet is an important part of a healthy diet. Twice in a week its good to have ragi for balanced and low carbohydrate diet. I usually go for instant or fermented dosa, roti and ragi balls. This recipe which I am going to share today is quite different from what I usually prepare. Rather than using the ragi powder directly I have boiled it in water and used to prepare soft rotis.

Ragi Rotti/Finger Millet Roti

Ingredients:

  • Ragi powder- 1 cup
  • Water- 2 cups
  • Salt
  • Onion-1
  • Coriander leaves- 1/4 cup
  • Green chilly- 2

Preparation:

  1. Take a deep pan and add water along with salt, let it start boiling before you add the ragi powder
  2. Now slowly stir the content and let the water evaporate and form soft ragi dough.
  3. Transfer it into a bowl using a spoon and let it cool a bit, add chopped green chillies, onion, coriander leaves, before you kneed it roughly
  4. Pluck out a small ball of dough and roll into round roti, or you can place this on a plastic and cover it with another plastic then press it hard with a big plate to get the round shape.
  5. Now transfer this to a pan and cook it for 2-3 minutes.
  6. Serve it hot with chutney or yogurt sprinkled with chat masala.

Ragi Rotti/Finger Millet Roti

 

 

 

Green Gram Dosa/Green Mung Bean Pancakes

Green mung beans are healthy and tasty, I usually prefer them in salad and stir fry but like them in pancakes too. It is South Indian traditional breakfast recipe. This is the best recipe if you are dieting or into healthy food, what can be more healthier than beautifully sprouted mung beans? You can use overnight soaked green gram or ready made sprouted  ones.

Green Gram Dosa/Green Mung Bean Pancakes

Ingredients:

To grind:

  • Green gram/Green mung bean- 2 cup
  • Rice- 1/4 cup
  • Green chilly- 3
  • Ginger, grated- 1 tbs
  • Salt to taste
  • Cumin seeds- 1 tbs

To sprinkle:

  • Onion- 2
  • Cumin seeds- 2 tbs
  • Green chilly- 1 (optional)

Preparation:

  1. Soak green gram and rice overnight, rinse nicely and grind it along with green chillies, ginger, salt and cumin seeds by adding little water to get the consistency of dosa batter
  2. Meanwhile roast cumin seeds and add it with chopped onions in a bowl and keep it aside
  3. Heat a pan and pour a spoon of dosa batter and spread it along in circular motion
  4. Sprinkle around 1/2 tbs of roasted cumin and onion mixture on top of it and let it be there for a minute before you turn it over to other side
  5. Cook both the sides well by changing sides
  6. Serve it hot with clarified butter on the top

Braised Red Beans with Brown Bread

Many health conscious people and weight watchers choose brown bread. I think it is a smart choice, it is always good to eat healthy. Recently I started eating brown bread and I try to come up with many ways to make it tasty every time by adding  spices and veggies. I select brown breads made from wheat bran not sure how healthy it is compared to the usual white bread but I like to think that what I am eating is healthy 🙂 Kidney beans are full of protein  and I thought it is a good combination with bread, just by adding few vegetables I prepared braised beans. It may look less attractive and more like hospital food but believe me its way tastier and healthier than any junk food or burger.
Braised Red Beans with Brown Bread

 

Ingredients:

  • Brown bread
  • Cumin- 1/2 tbs
  • Garlic cloves- 2
  • Kidney beans- 1 cup (soaked overnight and cooked or canned)
  • Onion- 1 medium
  • Capsicum- 1
  • Tomato- 2
  • Green chillies
  • Salt
  • Water

Preparation:

  1. Cook kidney beans in a pressure cooker for 2 whistles
  2. In a pan  add a tbs of olive oil and cumin seeds, let it splutter
  3. Add chopped onions, capsicum, green chillies and crushed garlic cloves fry them well
  4. Now add chopped tomatoes and let them become mushy before you add cooked beans and a cup of water and salt
  5. Cook this mixture in low flame for 20 minutes, you can add more water if it is needed
  6. Serve it hot with brown bread

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Oats Dosa/Oats Pancakes

Oats dosa is healthy and instant breakfast recipe. This will save you from the hassle of  fermenting ingredients like black gram, rice and soaking grains overnight. For this recipe all you need is a cup of quick cooking oats and a few easily available ingredients. If you are feeling guilty devouring pancakes made from rice flour and all purpose flour then try making these dosas and eat to your heart’s content 🙂

Oats Dosa/Oats Pancakes

Ingredients: 

  • Oats- 1 cup (around 100 grams)
  • Rava/Semolina- 2 tbs
  • Rice flour- 2tbs
  • Buttermilk- 1/4 cup
  • Coriander leaves- 2 tbs (finely chopped)
  • Cumin seeds- 1 tbs
  • Pepper powder- 1/4 tbs
  • Salt

Preparation:

  1. Dry grind oats for few seconds and keep it ready
  2. Now add all ingredients into a mixing bowl and get the dosa batter consistency by adding water little by little
  3. Heat a non stick pan and pour the batter using a big spoon and slowly spread it around in circular motion to get round dosa
  4. Keep it in medium flame and flip the dosa to get the other side cooked
  5. Do not hurry let it cook well
  6. Serve it hot with chutney or sambar
  7. I served it with ginger-coriander leaves coconut chutney

Healthy and Tasty Chick Peas Patty Burger

Eating burgers can have some bad effects on your health mainly eating a lot of fried potatoes in your burger can lead to weight gain. I wanted a healthy and tasty substitute for potato in the patties and ended up making some crispy chick peas patties.  These patties are not deep fried, I shallow fried them to avoid as much oil as possible. For weekend’s brunch these burgers with a glass of home made smoothie can fill your stomach and you won’t even feel guilty for devouring more than 2 burgers 🙂

Chick pea patty burger

Ingredients :

For Patty –

  • Chick Peas (soaked overnight and cooked or canned)  – 2  small cups
  • Garlic- 4 cloves
  • Onion- 1 small
  • Capsicum- 1
  • Cumin seeds
  • Garam masala powder- 1/4 tbs
  • Chilly powder- 1/2 tbs
  • Bread crumbs
  • 4 tbs of All purpose flour in 4 tbs of water (can use egg if you want to)
  • Oil for shallow frying

For Burger:

  • Burger bread- 8
  • Lettuce- 8 leaves
  • Mayonnaise- plain
  • Cabbage- cut into thin stripes 1/2 cup
  • Cucumber- cut into thin slices- 1/2 cup

Preparation: 

  1. Take a pan and fry cumin seeds, Chopped garlic, onion and capsicum for few minutes to take out the raw smell
  2. Add these to a blender along with cooked and drained chick peas, garam masala, chilly powder and salt to grind coarsely
  3. Now prepare patties according to your burger’s size and dip in all purpose flour and water mixture or beaten egg
  4. Roll on bread crumbs and shallow fry them in a pan with olive oil (you can also deep fry them if you want to but there are possibilities of patty crumbling down into hot oil)
  5. Now arrange them in the middle of burger bread (you can pan toast inside of the burger if you want to leaving the top fresh and untouched) and decorate well with lettuce leaf, cabbage and cucumber according to your wish and top it with mayonnaise and tomato ketchup and enjoy the juicy burgers.