Sunday, 18 March 2012

Thuppa Dosa (Ghee Dosa/Ghee pancakes - Mangalore/Udupi style)

Popularly known as "Thuppa Dose" or "Ghee Roast" in the Mangalore/Udupi/Kundapur belt, this is an indulgence one should give into, while travelling in that area.
Served with "Alle Chutney" or Ginger coconut chutney, its one of the best breakfast dishes we all love.
What you experience after this breakfast is pure bliss...
After repeated attempts of getting into the kitchens of one such famous hotel in Mangalore, I managed to find out the exact balance of the various ingredients in the batter.

Ingredients :
Urad dal - 1 cup
Maida or Plain white refined flour - 2 cups
Rice flour - 1 tbsp
Salt - 2 tsp

Method :
Soak Urad dal in the morning in twice the amount of water and leave aside.
In the evening or after atleast 4 hrs , grind the urad dal with 1 or 2 cups water to a smooth batter.
You can use grinder or mixer to grind this.
Grind the batter for extra 5 mins than usual to make the batter very airy.
Now transfer the batter to another vessel and cover and allow to ferment in warm place in the kitchen.

[During winter, Option 1 : Take a cooker which will fit this vessel.Heat the cooker with some water for abt 5 mins.Then switch off the stove and then keep the vessel with the urda dal batter inside.Allow to stand overnight.
Option 2 : Switch on oven/mircowave for abt 5 mins with a cup of water, switch off and keep the vessel with the batter overnight inside, closing the door of the oven /microwave oven. Allow to stand overnight.]

Next morning, open the vessel with the batter, mix in the maida, rice flour and salt well into the urad dal batter.
Consistency of the dough should be semi thick ( like idli batter or cake batter)

Now take a griddle or tawa, allow to heat well with atleast 3-5 mins, take a big laddle full of batter, 
put on the tawa as shown and make the dosa in round shapes ( like pancakes) .

Allow the top of the dosa to form bubbles like these...

Now put ghee on all sides and smooth lightly as shown.

Cover for about 1 min

 Now turn the dosa on the opposite side and put 1 tsp ghee and again cover and cook for 1 min.
Now you will get a golden crispy dosa or pancake.

Serve with Ginger Coconut chutney. 

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