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Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Ragi Dosa & Peanut Chutney

Ragi Dosa is a staple dinner back home and have been following it ever since marriage too... When my in-laws were with us last summer, I used to make this for them atleast twice or thrice a week, I dont use Oil for the Dosa and hence my father in law liked it very much. A couple os months back when I speaking to my Father in law and I, like always, asked him what was cookig for dinner he said your Ragi Dosa and smiled. My Mother in law admitted that she makes Dosa like how I make these days, it reminded me of my initial days of marriage when I was at my in-laws. One morning I was asked to make Dosa for my Father in law, I made the clumsiest dosa one could ever make it was so thick and my God how did I ever make such bad dosa I still wonder - the fact is one has to get used to the kitchen and the utensils otherwise they just dont heed to you.

Ragi Dosa was on top of my mind for long but then never bothered to post one so long and when I came across the "Basic Cooking Event" I thought why not Ragi Dosa. Okay now to the "ABC's of making crispy Ragi Dosa". Yeah you heard it right the "ABC's" ;)

Ingredients:

Ragi Flour - 2 1/2 cups
Urad Dhal - 1 cup (whole or broken / dehusked or with husk) *
Water
Salt to taste
* I use broken Urad Dhal with husk.

Method:

A. Making the Dosa Batter:
Wash and soak the Urad Dhal in Water for 5-6 hrs, I soak it overnight. The next morning wash off the husks they come off easily. A few might stay back, in a couple of changes of Water some more husks will run away. You can also hand pick the husks they will come off easily. To avoid all these burden you can use the dehusken Urad Dhal, but husked has more starch and the batter ferments really well. Not in a grinder or mixer paste the Urad Dhal with some Water, until soft and fluffy.



B. Fermenting the Dosa Batter:
Now remove the ground paste into a deep bowl. Adding Ragi flour directly to the Urad Dhal paste will cause lumps formation, to avoid it mix the Ragi Flour and Salt in Water and then pour it into the Dhal paste and give it a good stir until well blended. Then cover the bowl with a plate and let it ferment. Fermentation process is very easy in tropical climate, otherwise there are few tips for easy fermenting:
i. If you have auto pilot in your cooking range (usually old stoves have auto pilot) put the covered bowl in your cooking range it will ferment in about 10-12 hours.
ii. You can turn on your Oven for few mins or keep it on the lowest temp say 110 F and put the bowl in there for a few hours check in btw, dont forget your oven mitts.
The batter will double in size and you will have your fermented batter ready for Dosa making, transfer to a airtight, atleast I do it, container and put it in the refrigerator until used.



C. Making Dosa:
Remove the Dosa batter from the refrigerator 5-10 mins before making dosa, give it a good stir for a min. Place a non stick tava (clean the Tava with a few drops of Oil) or any tava that you are using, keep the flames on high, a drop of Water must sizzle off, ladle the batter on the tava reduce the flames and stir with the ladle until the batter is thin. Cover the tava with a lid and let it cook in the steam. When there is too much Water on the lid just remove the lid off and drain the water on a tissue, you may let a few drops fall on the dosa so they cook well. Replace the lid and cook until the Dosa slightly raises from the pan. Now Remove the Dosa from the Tava. Repeat this for making other Dosa, clean the Tava with a few drops of Oil before making more Dosas. You will make crispy Ragi Dosas.



Serve with: Chutney or Sambar

Peanut Chutney:

Ingredients:

Peanuts - 1 cup
Red Onion - 1 small or half of an large one
Cumin Seeds - 1/2 tbsp
Red Chillies - 3 nos.
Green Chilly - 1 nos.
Garlic - 1 large clove
Tamarind - a small marble size
Peanut Oil - 1 tbsp

Tempering:

Peanut Oil - 1 tsp
Mustard Seeds - 1/4 tsp
Curry Leaves - a few
Asafoetida a dash



Method:

1. Dry roast the Peanuts in a pan stirring all the time until aromatic. Allow it to cool and dehusk the Peanuts when cool.
2. Heat 1/2 tbsp of Peanut Oil in a pan and roast the Cumin Seeds, Red Chillies and Green Chilly. Remove and let it cool.
3. Now add the remaining 1/2 tbsp of Oil and fry the sliced Onion and Garlic until transparent. Set aside and let it cool.
4. Grind all the ingredients with some Water, Salt and Tamarind until fine.
5. Do the tempering and add it to the Chutney and adjust Salt if needed.

Serve with: Dosa or Idli

Am sending my

Ragi Dosa to Mahimaa's - Cooking Basic Event and Shama's - Family Favorite Event

Ragi Dosa and Peanut Chutney to Pari's - Combo Event

62 comments:

Tina said...

Dosa sounds healthy and delicious...

Asha said...

I love the crispy Ragi dosa too. Usually we make Ragi dosa with just Ragi flour and water, nothing else which makes them soft. I love the way you replaced rice with ragi and make them crisp. I will try! :0

vineetha said...

very crispy dosha....have heard that ragi is very good for health..:)

Padma said...

Love ragi dosa and this looks so crispy and perfect with peanut chutney.

Preeti Kashyap said...

Lovely no oil no rice crisp dosas!

Rachana Kothari said...

Wow!!! I feel like having those yummy dosa's right away...they have come out so well and the peanut chutney looks yummm:) Awesome combination!

Sarah Naveen said...

Such a healthy, yummy dosa..chutney looks so delicious..

Sarah Naveen said...

Such a healthy, yummy dosa..chutney looks so delicious..

jayasri said...

Mmmm, mouth watering it looks, Its been many years since I made ragi dosai,Your pics are tempting me to make one!! R hates Raagi, next time I visit Asian shop I will buy the flour and give it a go!!

Akal's Saappadu said...

however you did the ragi dosais at your in laws , one thing is sure, you excel the art of making dosais now!!!! bravo !!

lovely perfect dosai with that delicious peanut chutney look fantastic!!!!

Vrinda said...

nice n shiny dosa dear...and healthy tooo

Malar Gandhi said...

Raagi dosa looks so gorgeous, crispy and nice.

Balakrishna Saraswathy said...

Oh girl don't spoil my day with such mouth-watering dish pa..trying to lose weight here:D very crispy ragi dosa with tasty peanut chutney as well as a awesome click too:)))

priya said...

superb...different n interesting..dosa looks super crispy

Sushma Mallya said...

so crispy and that too without oil...just superb and so healthy too..

Shama Nagarajan said...

yummy dosa..looks crispy...thank you for this delicious entry

Gulmohar said...

Such a healthy combo...dosas look so perfect, Ramya

Swathi said...

Ramya.
Ragi dosa and chutney looks perfect combo, healthy dish too

Sharmila said...

It sure feels good when you get to know that one of your recipes is loved and made. :-)
The dosas look wonderful in that unusual colour. Would love to try that chutney. :-)

J said...

looks so crisp.. lovely combo

Usha said...

Lovely and healthy ragi dosa Ramya! Looks perfect :-)

Panchpakwan said...

Ragi dosa looks so crispy and peanut chutney makes perfect combo...

Daisy Blue said...

Dosa looks so crispy and yum

Jagruti said...

Your dosa has come out so well..crispy and yummy..wish I can grab one!! you have to give ne lessons...I don't know even A about dosa..

Priya said...

Woww ragi dosa looks fantastic and yummy with peanut chutney..prefect combo!!

Gita said...

Wow, the dosas looks so crispy and good with the peanut chutney....healthy one too :) thanks for the tip about husked and dehusked urad dhal :)

simply.food said...

Ragi doa look delicious and healthy too.

Subhashini said...

very very healthy recipes.Peanut chutney is my fav

Cool Lassi(e) said...

Hey,
Dosa looks awesome. I like the fact that it doesn't have oil in it. So this is guilt-free, eat as many as you want it variety. Love it!

Jaya said...

Ramya,
dosa looks so crisp,I can only dream that kind of dosa while trying to make it.I have made dosa many times but it never turn crisp ,may be I need some more practice LOL..will try this time with ragi flour..
hugs and smiles

Nirvana's Kitchen said...

I haven't had a dosa since I was in India years ago! Can't wait to give this a try!

Sumi said...

I liked this post..first time to your blog..you have a nice space here.I generally make ragi dosa from the left over Idli maavu...
Have heard about this method, but never tried it.After seeing your crispy dosa's I think I should try it soon..

Aparna said...

nice combo..healthy dosai..:)

Pavithra said...

Mmmmmmmm looks yummy .. I am feeling hungry now.. I too make the same way. But with oil he he :).. healthy and good BF and dinner.

Nisha said...

Chutney looks delicious , ragi dosa is something i have never tried. Book marking this one :).

RAKS KITCHEN said...

I make instant dosa! Fermentation version is new to me! Looks so nice!Crisp crepes :)

Nandini said...

Wow! Crispy and healthy dosa with perfect tasty chutney!!!
Perfect for summer:)

Ms.Chitchat said...

Such crispy dosas and a tangy tasty chutney to go alongwith it. Awesome combo and the click is too tempting.

Chitchat
http://chitchatcrossroads.blogspot.com/

Suparna said...

Hi Ramya,
This is an interesting version of Ragi dosa..I make the simpler way with Ragi, water, green chillies, curry leaves, coriander leaver, ginger, cumin, salt and a wee bit of sugar.
Thanks for another version of the same :)peanut chutney would be great with it.
TC

Aruna Manikandan said...

RAgi Dosa looks healthy and crispy!!!!!

Wonderful clicks :-)

Preety said...

dosa itself is such a healthy dish to have but making it with ragi flour makes it super duper healthy..i would love to have these for breakfast every morning

Fathima said...

Healthy Dosa and Yummy Chutney! Perfect combo!

Mahimaa's kitchen said...

wow dosa looks like paper roast.. awesome. thanks for your entry.

sahiti said...

Looks great! do we have to pour water on the lid?

Chitra said...

I make only instant ones..this one looks lacy and crispy.. will try for sure !!

Neetz said...

wow..helathy dosa and yummy chutney :)

Madhavi said...

Dosa looks divine girls, yumm entry!!

Cham said...

U made it crispy like paper roast! Can believe it is healthy too!

Home Cooked Oriya Food said...

looks wonderful... cute story too...

Sush said...

this is exactly how I make my ragi dosa too.., however I use split urad dal (without the husk). Here in Singapore, I just keep it out at night & batter would be beautifully fermented by next day morning :)
It is a long time that I prepared this dosa. I now got a dish for my weekend brunch. Thanks for reminding!

ARUNA said...

Those dosas have turned out real good!

Shri said...

Those dosas look perfect, crispy and nice!

Parita said...

Ragi is truly very healthy, love your version of chutney!

Pari said...

Hi. I love the ragi dosa and the chutney looks so good and with the peanut oil will surely taste awesome.
Thanks for sending it to my event. Pls use the logo as it's compulsory.

Ramya Vijaykumar said...

Hi Sahiti, you dont have to sprinkle any water on the lid... Just close and cook the dosa... Vapour will form at the inside of the lid and try to drain the water on a tissue or towel, while you lift the lid a few drops of Water will fall on the dosa that will help cook the dosa well... Hope this answered your question... Do write to me if you have any more questions or if I am not clear...

Thanks you for dropping by!!!

Roopa said...

Those dosas look heavenly, infct they look right from a restaurant kitchen :)

Nithu Bala said...

I never knew Ragi dosa without rice would be so crispy..I usually add rice to ragi flour and make instant ragi dosa..I love your cute presentation Dear..

sahiti said...

I got it now Ramya! thank you very much for clearing my doubt.

Archana Vivek said...

Looks very crispy and nice.

Sashi said...

Well explained Ramya !! They look crispy and healthy.

Pritya said...

Dear Ramya, enjoyed reading about your memorable experiences with ragi dosa and the teething troubles you faced while cooking when just married. Going down the memory lane always leaves a warm feeling in the heart. In your recipe, you have outlined the steps in great detail and the end result looks lip-smacking.

Annapoorani Venkataswamy said...

hi Ramya

Tried Ragi dosa last week.It was too good.Really yummy,crispy and very healthy.

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