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Thursday, April 14, 2011

Lemon Coriander Dosa(Crispy Savory Pancakes) and Awards

Last week came with lot of pleasant surprises. First, I got a bunch of awards from Vimitha of "My Culinay Trial Room" and then came the news from Pari of "FoodDelecious" that I won the CSN Stores giveaway of $60 for the "Only" event. I had sent two entries for this event, Bread Chowmein and Date and Walnut Cake.

I feel so honored to be part of this blogging world and am simply loving this experience. I wish to blog more often but my full time job doesn't give me enough time to do so. Anyways, right now I am on cloud 9 and have just placed my order from CSN store....hmm what did I purshase? Well I'll blog about it when I receive it, waiting eagerly for it :)

Until then, lets go through my recipe for this post which is Lemon Coriander Dosa!

Dosa(Crispy Savory Pancakes) is a staple food in south India prepared from fermented crepe or pancake made from rice batter and lentils, it is very healthy as it is full of carbohydrates and proteins.
It is all time favorite for breakfast, lunch and dinner and these days we get so many variations in the market. I usually like to try different options so this weekend I tried lemon coriander dosa and it came out really well. The distinct taste of coriander and the tangy taste from the lemon was tongue tickling!
I didn't prepare sambhar with this variation and neither did I feel the need of coconut chutney.


For Dosa [Makes around 20 Dosas]
Parboiled Rice : 3 Cups
Urad Dal(without skin and split) : 1 Cup
Fenugreek Seeds(Methi Dana) : 1 Tsp
Handful of cooked rice [Optional]
Pinch of sugar [Optional]
Salt to taste
Lemon Coriander Chutney(Dip)
Paneer or Cheese [Optional]
Cooking Oil

For Lemon Coriander Chutney (Dip)
Coriander Leaves : 2 Cups
Green Chillies : 4-5
Fresh Ginger(Grated) : 1 Tsp
Coconut Powder : 1 Tbsp
Lemon Juice : 2 Tbsp
Cumin(Jeera) Powder : 2 Tsp
Salt to taste.


For the batter:
1. Wash rice and soak it in about 6 cups of water. Mix Urad dal, Chana Dal, Fenugreek Seeds and soak them in about 21/2 Cups of water.
2. After 5-6 hours remove all water and grind them separately into fine paste. Add little water if required while grinding to make a slightly grainy but smooth paste. 
 ** To help fermentation grind some cooked rice and a pinch of sugar while grinding the batter. Adding cooked rice also helps making the dosa crispy.
3. Mix them properly and add enough water to make the consistency of the batter. The consistency of the batter should be such that it thickly coats a spoon dipped in it.
4. Keep it aside in a warm, dark place covered for 10-15 hrs to ferment. Please note the number of hours it takes to ferment depends on the temperature of the place, so in summers the fermentation would be faster and in winters it might take more time.
5. After fermentation mix salt to taste and mix it well. If required add little more water.

For the Chutney(Dip):
Mix all the ingredients and grind it into a smooth paste. Add only little water while grinding, the chutney should be thick in consistency else it would make the dosa soggy.
Please note this chutney should be extra sour than the regular coriander chutney so adjust the quantity of lemon juice accordingly.

For Preparing Dosa(Pancakes):
1. Heat a flat pan on high flame and once the pan is hot reduce the flame to medium.
2. If you have a non-stick pan just take about 4 Tbsp of batter and pour gently on the center of the pan.
 If you do not have a  non-stick pan, spray a little oil on the pan before you add the batter.
3. Spread a laddle ful of batter in circular motion very gently to form dosas of roughly 8" diameter.
4. Take about 2 tsp of coriander chutney and spread is all over the dosa. Add grated paneer or cheese if you wish to.
5. Drizzle little cooking oil over the surface of the dosa and around its edges.
6. When the lower surface begins to show signs of browning and the upper surface looks cooked, dosa is done. Fold it and serve hot.

Due to the coriander chutney it can be had as it is(specially for breakfast), else serve with Sambhar. :)

This goes to the event Herbs and Flowers in my Platter" - Coriander leaves/Cilantro guest hosted by Kristhi, original event by PJ and Srivalli's to Breakfast Mela event.

Coming back to the awards, thanks a lot Vimitha once again for these.

So I need to share 7 facts about me??? huh
1. I'm a software professional, hate my job and looking forward to the day when I can quit and just enjoy at home or do something else which is more fun just like food blogging:)
2. Love to eat and cook(ofcourse!!).
3. I like romantic comedies; sometimes thrillers and I am a fan of the great SRK and love all his movies.
4. I like all sorts of music(except classical) depending on my mood but my all time fav is Kishore Kumar.
5. I love watching Indian soaps and some of the American once like Desperate Housewives and How I met your mother.
6. I do not like the movie "Sholey", people say how can I not like the movie? ha ha...
7. I have been trying to loose weight since past 3 years but no luck. :(

I would like to pass on these awards to my 15 blogger friends as per tradition :) It was though to pick only 15 names and I wish I could pass this on to all you beautiful ladies sharing the common passion. Its really amazing to get to know each one of you and the new dishes from various cuisines.

  1. Reshmi Mahesh
  2. Priya Mahadevan
  3. Sravscc
  4. Gayathri Kumar 
  5. Priya Prashanth
  6. Divya 
  7. Kurinji
  8. Swathi Iyer
  9. Sadhana
  10. Deepthi
  11. Sharada
  12. Jyothi
  13. Deepa 
  14. Raksha
  15. Priya Sreeram
Please collect these awards and pass on the love....

Rules to claim and share these awards:

  • Thank and Link the blogger who has given you the award.
  • Copy and paste the Logos in your blog.
  • Pass these on to 15 other Great Blogger friends
  • Comment on the most recent post and let the nominated blogger know of the award.
Weekend starts tomorrow, so I'll go and check out what my fellow blogger friends are cooking tomorrow. That's it for now....keep smiling :)


Swathi said...

Lemon coriander dosa looks so crispy and delicious. Love it. Congrats on your awards, thanks for sharing with me. I am honored.

SravsCulinaryConcepts said...

wow dosa looks so crispy and delicious !! Congrats on ur awards !! Keep Rocking !!

The Weight Watcher said...

Wow! Your dosa is so crispy! I can never make mine so perfectly! And congrats on all the awards! you TOTALLY deserve it...

Nandini said...

Very crispy dosas! Nice combo of coriander and lemon...

Srivalli said...

That's one tempting dosas!..thanks for the entry!

TipsNDeals said...

wow..dosa looks so crispy!!! congrates on all the awards!!

Priya said...

Omg, dosa looks sooo catchy and crispy, yumm!!

congrats on ur awards..

Santosh Bangar said...

rispy and green dosa looking tempting

Raksha said...

Congrats for the awards dear. Was suprised to see my name in the award list. thanks a lot.

Hamaree Rasoi said...

Dear how do you manage to do full time job and food blogging?? Must be tough to squeeze out time for your passion.
Congrats on you awards and thank you so much for remembering me.
Dosa looks crispy and love the coriander inside

Hamaree Rasoi

jeyashrisuresh said...

wow quite an interesting recipe.Nice twist to the usualdosa

Vimitha Anand said...

Congrats dear on ur awards and wins... That is a very flavorful and yummy dosa... Nice combination

Priya Sreeram said...

congrats on the CSN win and for the whole lotta awards - ur recipes rock n thx for sharing it with me !

Kurinji said...

Congrats and thank u so much for sharing with me. Innovative dosai.

Sensible Vegetarian said...

Congrats on your award and Thanks for sharing it with me. The Dosai looks absolutely delicious.

Gayathri Kumar said...

Dosas look so delicious. Congrats on your awards and thanks a lot for sharing..

aipi said...

What a great looking dosa- so crispy n thin!
Congrats on your awards- very well deserved!
US Masala

Rani acharyulu said...

Congrats on your awards.Dosas looks crisp and delicious.

Kalpana Sareesh said...

Absolutely amazing dosa.. so much of flavors...

Thanks for visiting my blog ..Happy to follow ur wonderful blog...n Congrats on well deserved awards!!!


Kalpana Sareesh said...

Absolutely amazing dosa.. so much of flavors...

Thanks for visiting my blog ..Happy to follow ur wonderful blog...n Congrats on well deserved awards!!!


The Weight Watcher said...

Thanks for the awards, Ankita! My first awards, and i went nuts over it! :)

Parita said...

Thanks for visiting my space :)
This is totally my type of food! I love dosas and love fresh fresh!

Aruna Manikandan said...

First time here...
dosa sounds interesting and new to me...
congrats for the awards...

U have a wonderful space, glad to follow u :)

Check my space when u find time.

Anonymous said...

Congrats Ankita for winning the event. Dosa is really looking crisp and am sure with cilantro chutney it will b too good.

Pls do check the event going on in my site : summer coolers

first time here and loved your space

Anu Santanu said...

Love the crispy dosa..
Bhalo Khabo

Now Serving said...

this dosa is out of the world yummy and I am TOTALLY making these soon! Delicious and I just happened to see that you've passed on some awards to me dear - first of congrats and just for that dosai you deserve all and more and thank you so much for your gracious sharing :) hugs, priya

priya said...

Thk u so much for passing these wonderful gifts to me, yah

Padhu said...

Looks so tempting ! Congrats on your awards

Blogger NJ said...

awesum!! 7 facts was like cherry on the cake(trying to comment in ur blog theme style) :D
& yeah when i read that sholay thing.. i also said immediately d same thing u wrote in the latter part! *winks*
& meet your new follower madame ;)

Ananda Rajashekar said...

oh wow this is ultimately new refreshing combination, and my niece is also Ankita :) and thanks for stopping by my blog and for ur words of appreciation!

Madhusmita said...

I have tried this dosa.really i was so delicious.Great creative idea.Thanks for this recipe.