Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Mysore Masala Dosa, Vada Pau and Cook books & awards.....

Searching or rather say researching for Karnataka recipes has taken a lot time of mine, and I was totally confused about what to make for RCI-Karnataka. Finally got the answer from my own mind - Mysore Masala Dosa, and searched for the recipe for it, and gladly found it :) . Now the different confusion started , there were so many different ways shown to make the one I choose :(,
Lastly I ended up with one and ended up making it the following way , I hope this will be fine enought to participate in RCI- Karnataka Asha :) Here is my recipe for Mysore Masala Dosa.

Ingredients :

parboiled rice -1/2 cup
long grained rice -1/2 cup
Black gram (urad dhal) - 1/4cup
Toor daal - 2 tbs
Semolina (rava) -3tbs
Dry fenugreek seeds- 1/2 tsp
Salt - to taste

for Red/garlic chutney

Garlic 3-4 cloves
Onion 1 small (cut into big chunks)
Red chilli Powder 1tsp
Salt to taste.

for Coconut Chutney

fresh coconut 1/2 cup
hot Green chilles 2-3
1-2 tsp Daliya(roasted chickpeas)
salt to taste
For Tadka:
1 tsp mustard seeds
4-5 curry leaves,
1/2 tsp asdoetida(hing)

for Masala

2 Potatoes
1 finely sliced Onion
2-3 flakes of Garlic
Ginger - a small piece
4-5 Green chillies
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1-2 tsp Olive Oil
Cumin seeds
5-6 Curry leaves
Salt - to taste

Recipe :

Soak all the ingredients except semolina for 4 hours and grind well with some water until it from a fine paste.add semolina and salt to the better and mix well. Keep it for fermentation.

For Preparing Red chutney, brinf all the ingredients for red chutney in a mixure to a fine paste if needed
add little ater to it.
For preparing coconut chutney , grind coconut, daliya and green chillies together . In a pan heat some oil, when hot add mustard seeds, curry leaves and asfoetida to it.cook for a minute and coconut chutney is ready

for preparing masala,
Boil potatoes, peel the skin and slice into small pieces. Grind garlic, ginger and green chillies together and chop onion finely.

Heat some oil in a pan and fry cumin seeds and curry leaves. Saute the onions. When it is done, add turmeric powder to it. Nect add the prepared paste and then potatoes, salt to taste . Finally add the garam masala and mix well.

Next to prepare dosa ,
Heat a falt pan and spread the batter into thin round. Pour oil to these in a round manner. when it turns brown and crispy , spread the red chutney on half of the dosa, and masala on the other half , fold it and serve it hot with coconut chutney , we has it with coconut chutney and Podi(MTR brand), and it tasted like heaven.

Thank you Asha, for choosing Karnataka for RCI, it introduced us a good variation to our very beloved Masala dosa, I bet now Mysore Masala dosa is also going to be a part of our regular menu just as masala dosa :) . Also this bring us the sweet momoreis of our days in Pune, when we used to eat dosa a lot at a place near to our house, which was very famous for dosa, idli and uttapam. On ........... I just miss that India too much.... :(( .....

When it comes to memories of Pune the first thing comes to my mind is the famous "Vada Pau" we used to eat at "Joshi vadewale" . Here no such vada pau I ever tasted, so thougth to give it a try at home, and it turn out quite better than what is available in the food places here.
Here it goes as my entry to Hima for her event WYF-Snacks ,
when it comes to snack times, what can be better than hot and tangy vada pau :P ?


4-5 medium sized boiled potatoes,
1 cup gram flour (besan),
pinch of soda-bi-carb.
oil for frying,
pav ( A kind of bun), In India it is known as Pav)

For Masala
2 inch piece ginger,
4-5 flakes garlic,
4-5 (or more) green chilies,
1/2 cup coriander leaves (chopped),

For tempering
1 tea spoon turmeric powder,
curry leaves,
1 teaspoon mustard seeds,
2 teaspoon oil

For green chutney
1 large bunch of fresh green coriander leaves,
4-5 greenchillies,
8-10 raw peanuts ,
2-3 garlic flakes
Juice of 1 lemon
1 tsp sugar
Salt to taste

Prepare green chutney usind coriander, the process for this is shown here .

For tamarind chutney
1/4 cup tamarind pulp,
1/4 cup jaggery - shredded,
Salt to taste

take tamarind pulp in a small bowl and
add the jaggery and salt to it, with little water simmer for a while until all the mixture is smooth. sour and sweet chutney is ready.

First grind ginger, garlic and green chilies together into a paste.
Next Peel and smash potatoes with a potato masher. Do not smash completely. Let some small chunks remain.

Heat 2 teaspoons oil in a pan. Add mustard seeds,when they splutter, add turmeric powder and curry leaves. Add ginger, garlic and green chili paste, coriander leaves, and salt to it and turn of the heat , mix it well with potatoes , also add chpped coriander to it.

Make small balls of mashed potato mixture.
In a bowl, add some salt,a pinch of edible soda, turmeric powder and chili powder to the gram flour. Add water gradually and keep mixing with a spoon till there is no lumps.take care so that the batter should not be too watery or too thick.
Heat some oil in a pan. Now dip each potato ball in the batter, letting the excess batter drip off and slowly add to the peroperly heated oil. fry it till it is golden brown in color . repeat the same for all vadas. Remove on a paper towel and drain.
Spread green chutney on one side and tamarind chutney on the other side of pav(bun) and place the vada in between, enjoy when hot with red garlic chutney or anything you like , i eat as it is, tastes yummy :P. A good option to entertain myself while missing indian snack food :) , i made 7-8 of it and stored it in fridge and we enjoyed it heating in microwave and having the same tasty vada pav for another 2-3 days. The time to spend on that is worth each bite of it :D.

Thank you Hima, for hosting such a nice event , it was great participating with my entry in it. :)

Now here is one more entry for ongoing event by Nags- Show me your cook books.

While I was in India sometimes I used to see cooking shows, with that too Tarla Dalal was my favorite.
Well, I had 2 cook books too which hubby gifted me ,and they were really good , Due to some weight restrcitions i couldnt bring it here with me ,as they were much bulky :( . below are the 2 books I have with me now.

I love when food is made to componsate nutrient needs of our body , and when I was in India have purchased 2 books. I have already expreimented some juices (beet treat) from the book, and that microwave cook book is yet to be experimented :D.

I find the theme of the event quite intresting , Nags. Looking fwd to see the round up soon !

Very Energetic and simply superb Girl Supriya (of Monsoonspice.com) has passed me Rocking Girl Blooger Award, I am so Pleasantly surprized Supriya ! It feels like getting some award for being a winner in a race ,about which you didn't expect anything. First when you told me about that , i think its a kind of gimmick , then i go to the other link to whom you passed o nthis awrd and realised that its not a prank ! Thank you dear : ) its great to receive this from you :) .

I think many of the blog buddies have already received this award , here are the buddies i am pssing this award to

Trupti - the spice who loved me
Usha -samayal ulagam
Gattina- Kitchen Unplugged
Vani -Mysoorean

Krystna of Evolving your Spirit -Mind-Body has passed me the "Power Schmoozed Award".

The 'Power of Schmooze Award' is The Award for bloggers who “effortlessly weave their way in and out of the blogosphere, leaving friendly trails and smiles, happily making new friends along the way. They don’t limit their visits to only the rich and successful, but spend some time to say hello to new blogs as well. They are the ones who engage others in meaningful conversations, refusing to let it end at a mere hello - all the while fostering a sense of closeness and friendship".

Thank you Krystyna for passing this award to me, I adore your posts very much and to get anything from you is itself like an awards for me.

I am passin this award to
Viji - Vcuisine
Seema- Recipe Junction
Vini - A whirl of Aroma
Kajal - Kajal dreams
Swapna -Tastes from My kitchen
If any of you have already receive this award kindly consider it as the affirmation to that award, enjoy and keep passing this wave of joy and hapiness to others.

aaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhh............. much of writing for a single day !!!!!
Just i dont wantd to miss some of the great ongoing events... and make it just on the final day of it !

oh from final it reminds me... that yesterday was the final match for 20-20 Cricket Vup 2007 ,
And Finally we won!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Congratulations to all my Indian buddies for victory of India in World 20-20 Cricket Cup 2007 :), it was a great match ,and we won it !!! Congratulations India, and Keep going on,We are proud of you :D.

See you all in the next post , till then enjoy and Stay tuned....... :))

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