This simple, tasty and easy dosai is a special one for me. It is my mother’s favorite dish and probably the only one she made for herself exclusively. I remember there were days when my brother and I would want to order in and dad was having dinner out or the rare days when mom simply gave up on us and decided she has had enough. She would reach out to the ever present dosa batter in the refrigerator and pull out a cast iron pan and make this dosai for herself and settle down to relish it with a book in the other hand.
Simply put it is a seasoned version of the regular dosai but its taste and flavors are amazing. My mother’s version, of course, did not have sesame seeds but I put it in to meet the ‘Y’ requirements of this mega marathon. It is an easy dosai to make but also gives you a break from the same old regular dosa and hardly needs anything on the side to go with it because it is so flavorful by itself. Crisp on the outside and soft on the inside, it is an amazing dinner or a lazy weekend breakfast. The best thing of all is that it can be customized to each person’s individual tastes thereby making it awesome for all.
Makes 4-5 dosas
WHAT WE NEED
2 cups Dosa Batter
3 tsp Mustard Seeds
3 tsp Cumin seeds
2-3 Sprigs of curry leaves, finely chopped
3-4 Dried red chillies
3-4 Green chillies
5 tsp Sesame seeds
WHAT TO DO
- Heat a curve bottom cast iron pan / Non stick pan
- Add 2 tsp of oil
- Once the oil is hot, add the mustard seeds and cumin seeds
- When they splutter, add the chopped curry leaves, chopped red and green chillies
- Add 1 tsp of sesame seeds
- Once the sesame seeds splutter, add 2 ladles of the dosa batter
- Pour the dosa batter in a circular motion around the seasoning first and then over it so as to cover it all
- Add 2-3 drops of oil on top of the batter and close the pan with a lid
- Let it cook on medium high for 2 minutes
- Once the top part of the dosa appears cooked, use a steel spatula to disengage the dosa from the pan and turn it over
- Let it cook on simmer for 1-2 minutes
- Take it off the heat and repeat the procedure for the rest of the batter
- Serve warm with chutney or sambhar of your choice
- If you do not want it too spicy then you can omit the green chillies. You can omit the chillies altogether for kids.
- If you want it crisp, then leave it for 30 seconds longer on each side
- You can add other ingredients like ginger, onion, etc.
- The size of the dosa and time to cook will vary with the size of the pan. I used a very small pan