Dosa / utapam / idli

Basic Batter

1 cup urad dal                                  2 cups rice
1/2 cup poha                                    2 teaspoon sugar
Salt to taste

Wash and Soak urad dal and rice together in plenty of water.
If you soak in the evening then  next evening wash the soaked  dal and rice very well in fresh water. add poha and keep soaked for 10 minutes.
In a mixer, grind dal, rice and poha mixture using enough water to get semi thick batter. The batter should be little grain.
 If the mixture is thick add little water to get semi thick consistency.
Keep the ground mixture overnight to allow it to ferment.
If not using immediately then keep in the fridge till ready to use.
When ready to use add salt to taste about2 teaspoon and 2 teaspoon sugar. mix well.

To Make dosa: heat non stick pan to just warm.
Take an onion and cut into 2. put 1/4 teaspoon oil on tava and spread with onion.
Pour 2 tablespoonof batter on tava and spread it into a thin layer.
pour 1 teaspoon oil on it. once the underside is done flip it and do the other side, Serve hot with chutney and sambhar.

Important tip: when spreading the dosa or utapam please ensure that tava is mildly hot or the batter will not spread evenly. Once you remove the dosa, whipe the tava with onion This way u spread the oil and also cool the tava before pouring another dosa. Please do not pour dosa hot tava u will not get a good spread.

For Utapam: pour a thick dosa. sprinkle some chopped onions, green coriander and chopped green chillies. once the underside is done flip over and cook till onions turn brown. 

For Idli : Mix 1/2 tsp soda to the batter and pour into idli molds and steam for 20 minutes.

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