What is "Dosa" ?
Dosa is an Indian crepe made with rice and lentil batter. Typically Dosa is served for breakfast in Southern India.
Dosa served with coconut chutney and sambhar on banana leaf
To make dosa batter, we soak rice and urad dhal(a type of lentil) in water for 8 hours. After eight hours the rice and urad dhal are ground into a fine batter. In olden days women used to manually grind the batter in a huge motor and pestle. Thanks to the advancement in technology now we have a machine to make the dosa batter!! Once the batter is ground into fine and smooth texture, it's stored at room temperature to ferment overnight. Usually we make the batter before going to bed , so we can have fresh dosa for breakfast the next day morning.
The huge motor and pestle used in olden days
Dosa is usually served with Sambhar(lentil soup) and chutney. There are a wide variety of chutneys in southern Indian cuisine , such as mint chutney, coconut chutney, cilantro chutney, peanut chutney, onion chutney , tomato chutney etc.
Different variety of chutneys - onion chutney, mint chutney, coconut chutney
Dosa is a healthy breakfast , it has no added sugar and it's gluten free. Above all it's absolutely delicious!!! So the next time you go to an Indian restaurant don't forget to order and enjoy this yummy Southern Indian specialty!!