Semolina (Sooji− preferably chiroti rava i.e. fine rava ) 1 cup
Rice flour ½ cup
Maida (All purpose flour) ¼ cup
Thick buttermilk/curds ½ cup
Asafotida ¼ tsp
Cumin seeds 1 tsp
Salt ¾ tsp
Curry leaves 2 sprigs (finely cut)
Finely chopped coriander leaves 1 tsp
Green chilli 1 (deseeded and finely cut or as paste)
Onion 1 (medium-sized) …finely cut or grated
Cooking oil (as required for cooking)
Water app. 2 cups
Add all the flours to a bowl, a teaspoon of oil and mix them well. Add salt, asafotida, curds, and water and stir well to avoid lumps in the batter.
Keep the batter aside for at least an hour and allow the batter to ‘rest’ to get a smooth batter. Add the remaining ingredients: cumin seeds, curry leaves, coriander leaves, chilli and onion and mix well. Ensure that the batter is of pouring consistency (not spreading consistency) and thinner in consistency than the ‘traditional dosai’.
Grease and heat the griddle and when hot enough pour the batter in a circular motion from the outer rim of the griddle to the center. As you spread the batter ensure there are small spaces in the dosai. Cook the dosai on a low flame and add drops of oil in the spaces and around the edge. Carefully flip the dosai with a spatula to cook the other side and serve with chutney of your choice (Coconut or onion/tomato chutney).
Chef’s Note: If you prefer pepper to chillies add finely crushed pepper in place of chili.
In place of cumin seeds you can add tempered mustard seeds.
Resting the batter for 2 to 3 hours gives excellent dosais. Excess batter can be kept in the fridge and used later.