Monday, 28 September 2009

Neeru Dosa (Paper-thin Rice and Coconut Pancakes)

Few days back, I was all set to make Ottil pollichathu for dinner. Made some mixed vegetable curry first to go with it and had soaked some rice the previous night to make Ottil pollichathu. When I was about to make the batter, I noticed that there was no cooked rice in the fridge which I guessed there was! I have to do something to use up the soaked rice, and dint feel like cooking rice for this Ottil pollichathu, After all I make these to reduce my work...Thinking of what to cook, these Neeru Dosas from the Gulf News Cookery Book sparked in my brain. I have the habit of skimming through my recipe books very often and almost all the recipes have become quite familiar to me. Grabbed the book just praying there should not be any cooked rice and there you go - no cooked rice in Neeru Dosa. I was a bit worried to try these since it had no cooked rice and thought it would turn out hard. But it was softer than the normal Ottil pollichathuthat I make and is even easier.

Unlike Ottil pollichathu, Neeru Dosa has lot of freshly grated coconut in it which gave a lovely flavour and aroma to this Dosa. The batter was very thin and you need to swirl the pan rather than spreading the dosa with a spoon. These paper-thin dosas are served as an integral part of a curry dish with gravy. It was wonderfully soft and could go with most of vegetable curries and non-veg curries. But as u can see in most of my rice based dishes/pancakes I have used onion for a distinct flavour. A very small piece of onion gives a wonderful taste and we love it. The taste of onion doesn’t stand out there, but gives a beautiful flavour and a mild aroma.... Since I was making this dish for the first time, I din’t go for any experiment. I wanted to taste it the authentic way. But next time I make it, I will try adding a small piece of onion while grinding the batter. You may try it that way too.

We eat these kinds of dosa for breakfasts along with some vegetable curry and for dinner along with some non-veg curry. You can also make these dosas for dinner with vegetable curry, but for a strict non-veg like us, a fried piece of fish/fried Prawns/egg Omelet are some of the side dishes that I make while I make vegetable curry for dinner!!


Neeru Dosa: (Serves 6)
Recip Courtesy: Gulf News Cookery Book
Ingredients:
400 g/2 cups long grain rice (Pachari)
200g/2 cups grated coconut
1200 mls water
1 tsp salt or as required

Preparation:
1.Soak the rice for about 2 hours and grind it to fine paste, to make a pouring consistency using water. When the rice is well ground without any grainy feeling, add coconut and grind it well again until smooth or almost smooth.

2. To cook the dosa: In a non-stick pan, pour a ladleful of the batter and tilt the pan to form a thin even layer. Cook for just couple of minutes until the edges form crispy and starts to leave the sides. Since the dosa is paper thin, you don’t have to flip it over. Just cooking one side will do. Take it off without breaking using a flexible spatula. Repeat with all the batter and serve with any vegetarian, non-vegetarian or seafood curry. Here are few of the combinations for neeru dosa:
Green peas Curry in Coconut milk
Chemmeen Muringavaal curry
Malabar fish curry
Chemmeen Varattiyathu
King Prawn and Okra Curry
Chicken Chettinadu

Notes: This is the doubled amount than mentioned in the original recipe.

19 comments:

Sushma Mallya said...

Very beautifully presented shabs...liked it a lot....Lovely white dosa...

Nithya said...

Wow. Brilliant looking photos. Absolutely tempting. Simple yet tasty and comforting food. :)

Sarah Naveen said...

Wow!!! It looks Amazing dea..!!

Aysha said...

Nice thin dosa Shabs...i will defninitely try this...infact planning to try out this week itself....will tell you how it was:)

Malar Gandhi said...

Miss this dosa so much, mommy used to make this...

Will try this version soon. THanks for sharing this wonderful recipe.

You have a great colllection here.

meeso said...

Wow, that platter looks mouthwatering!

Shabs.. said...

Sushma, thanks alot for ur compliments:)...took so many pics, was difficult to decide which one to put!

Nithya.thanks....ya, these are simple and comforting food that can be eaten anytime...

Sarah:)

Aysha, let me know when u try them out ok...glad u liked it...

Malar, thanks for ur lovely comments,wonder how ur mommy make this...would love to get her version as well...

Meeso, it tasted mouth watering too:)

Hugs,
shab...

Varsha Vipins said...

oh ho..ithu adipoli..enikku try cheyyanam..tell me..ithinu appathinte taste aano..:P..cos am desperately hunting for simple tasting-like-appam dishes..cos the whole process of yeasting n making appam sounds so lenghty for the lazy me..:P..n thanks for that onion tip da..Il try that..Usually I rub the pan with cut onion,that gives a flavor n prevents sticking on pan also..love that curry in there too..paryathe vayya..u a bhandaram (not pandaram..:D) of authetic recipes..esply palaharams..:)

Priya said...

Such a delicious spread,looks yummy!

BrightStar said...

Looks heavenly! Nice work

Sangeetha Subhash said...

serikum kothiyavunu!!!Wow! I'm drooling over here. Those neru dosa looks awesome. I'll definitely try it out and let you know. I've started craving for it already.Thank for sharing...

shabna said...

shaby,nice one...this is one of familiar dosa in our place,easy to prepare..yes v add small piece of onion...
shabbu

Yasmeen said...

lovely,must try these soon:)

Parita said...

Tempting clicks shabs!

Vrinda said...

My first visit here,neer dosa looks soft and yum..V also make almost similar dosa,but i grind boiled rice too ...nice presentation

Shabs.. said...

Priya, thanks for ur compliments:)

Brightstart, thx.

Sangeetha, hehe..pls let me know onc eu try them out!

Shab...ya, this is another one similar to ottil pollichathu..

Yasmeen,try it out with the curries mentioned....hope u will like them:)

Pari...thx...

Vrinda...thx for ur compliments....we add boiled rice in ottil pollichathu...u can see it in the blog...

Shabs..

vidhas said...

Awesome cilcks Shabs. This is new to me and sound s yum!! I will try this with your vegetable curry.

? said...

Went through your blog and loved it! Liked the recipe and the presentation/snapshots!

thanuja said...

your site is very useful...was searching for malabar recipes for a long time...thanks for the recipes....will try these dosas soon ...looking forward for more your tasty recipies....

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