Dosa

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This article is about a type of food. For the notion of doṣa (bodily humor) in Ayurveda, see dosha.
Dosa
Dosai Chutney Hotel Saravana Bhavan.jpg
Dosa with chutneys
Course Breakfast or Supper
Place of origin South India
Serving temperature soft crispy hot with sambar (dish) and chutney
Main ingredients rice and black lentils batter
Variations Masala dosa, Rava dosa, Onion dosa, Ghee dosa
Cookbook:Dosa  Dosa

Dosa is a fermented crepe made from rice batter and black lentils. It is a staple dish in South Indian states of Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh and Kerala. It is also popular in other parts of India, and other countries like Sri Lanka, Malaysia and Singapore.

History[edit]

Dosa is indigenous to South India; its exact birthplace in that region is a matter of conjecture.[1] According to food historian K. T. Achaya, the earliest mention of dosa (as dosai) can be found in the Tamil literature of 6th century CE.[2][3] According to P. Thankappan Nair, dosa originated in the Udupi town of present-day Karnataka.[4]

In popular tradition, the origin of dosa is linked to Udupi, probably because of the dish's association with the Udupi restaurants.[1] Also, the original Tamil dosa was softer and thicker. The thinner and crispier version of dosa, which became popular all over India, was first made in present-day Karnataka.[2]

Names[edit]

Masala Dosa as served in Tamil Nadu, India.Masala dosa was listed as one of the World's 50 most delicious foods compiled by CNN Go.com

Dosa is known by several names. The standard transliterations and pronunciations of the word in various South Indian languages are as follows:

Language Transliteration Pronunciation (IPA)
Kannada: ದೋಸೆ dōse d̪oːse
Malayalam: ദോശ dōśa d̪oːɕa
Tamil: தோசை tōcai t̪oːsʌj
Telugu: దోస dōsa d̪oːsa

Other spellings used include dosé, dosai, dhosa, dosey, dosay, doza, dozé, dozai, dhoza, dozey, dozay, thosa, thosé, thosai, thhosa, thosey, thosay, thoza, thozé, thozai, thhoza, thozey and thozay.

Nutrition[edit]

Dosa with chutney and sambar traditionally served in banana leaf

Dosa, a common breakfast dish[5] and street food,[6] is rich in carbohydrates, and contains no sugar or saturated fats. As its constituent ingredients are rice and Urad Dal (Vigna mungo), it is gluten-free and becomes a complete protein.[5][7] The fermentation process increases the vitamin B and vitamin C content.[8][9] There are also instant mix products for making dosa, with somewhat lower nutritional benefits.[10]

Preparation[edit]

Dosa making

A mixture of rice and urad dal (ulundu) that has been soaked in water is ground finely to form a batter. The proportion of rice to lentils is basically 4:1 or 5:1. The batter is allowed to ferment overnight. After the overnight fermentation, batter is mixed with water to get the desired thickness. the batter is then ladled onto a hot tava (griddle) greased with oil or ghee (clarified butter). It is spread out evenly with the base of a ladle or bowl to form a pancake. A dosa is served hot, either folded in half or rolled like a wrap. It is also served usually with chutney and sambar. The mixture of urad dal and rice can be replaced with highly refined wheat flour or semolina.

Serving[edit]

Butter Masala dosa served with coconut chutney, sambar and ghee

Dosa can be stuffed with fillings of vegetables and sauces to make a quick meal. They are typically served with a vegetarian side dish which varies according to regional and personal preferences. Common side items are:

Variations[edit]

Though dosa typically refers to the version made with rice and lentils, many other versions exist.

Types of dosa
Name Key ingredients Notes
Onion dosa chopped and sautéed onions
Masala dosa spiced potatoes
Rava dosa rava or sooji
Ghee dosa ghee
Wheat dosa wheat flour
Moong dosa Moong dal
Podi dosa dry spices powder
Benne Dosa butter
Roast rice batter spread thinly and fried until crisp
Paper/Family/70MM roast rice batter variants of roast
Vegetable dosa steamed vegetables
Egg/Muttai dosa egg
Ragi dosa millet flour or ragi
Cauliflower/Gobi dosa cauliflower
Mushroom dosa mushroom
Paneer dosa paneer
Greens/Keerai dosa greens
Chow Chow dosa chow chow
Vendhaya dosa fenugreek
Babycorn dosa baby corn
Cabbage dosa cabbage
Noodles dosa noodles
Set dosa cooked only on one side and served in a set of three
Neer dosa watery rice batter
Uppu Huli dosa salt, tamarind paste
Kari dosa Dosa topped with mutton.A specialty in Madurai.

Masala dosa[edit]

Masala dosa as served in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

The masala dosa was invented in Mumbai, formerly Bombay, and features the South Indian dosa wrapped around a typically Gujarati potato curry. In brief, it is made by stuffing a dosa with a lightly cooked filling of potatoes, fried onions and spices. The dosa is wrapped around an onion and potato curry or masala. Masala dosa was listed as number 49 on World's 50 most delicious foods compiled by CNN Go in 2011.[11]

Related foods[edit]

  • Pesarattu: a dosa-like preparation prepared from mung bean, which is typically served with a ginger and tamarind chutney
  • Adai: a dosa-like dish prepared from a combination of lentils, namely urad, kadalai and moong paruppu.
  • Appam/aappam/hopper : a pancake prepared from a combination of patted rice batter.The center is thicker and the outer rim is very thin. Served with sweet coconut milk.
  • Uttapam: a dosa-like dish made from the same batter. Unlike a dosa, which is crisp and crepe-like, it is a thick pancake. Uttapam is sometimes characterized as an Indian pizza.
  • Chakuli pitha: batter contains more black gram and less rice flour

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Charmaine O' Brien (15 December 2013). The Penguin Food Guide to India. Penguin Books Limited. p. 378. ISBN 978-93-5118-575-8. 
  2. ^ a b Vir Sanghvi (1 January 2004). Rude Food: The Collected Food Writings of Vir Sanghvi. Penguin Books India. pp. 109–110. ISBN 978-0-14-303139-0. 
  3. ^ K. T. Achaya. The Story of Our Food. Universities Press. p. 80. ISBN 81-7371-293-X. 
  4. ^ P. Thankappan Nair (2004). South Indians in Kolkata. p. 320. ISBN 81-86791-50-7. 
  5. ^ a b "Eat healthy: dosa". livestrong.com. Retrieved 2011-05-21. 
  6. ^ Dalal, Tarla. Mumbai Roadside Snacks. Sanjay & Co. p. 3. ISBN 978-81-89491-66-6. 
  7. ^ Srilakshmi, B. (2006) [2002]. Nutrition Science (Revised 2nd ed.). New Age International (formerly Wiley Eastern Ltd.). p. 403. ISBN 978-81-224-1633-6. Retrieved 2011-05-22. 
  8. ^ Pal, Dr J. S. (December 2006). "Traditional Indian Foods: Physio-Chemical Aspects". PFNDAI Bulletin: 3. Retrieved 2012-08-30. 
  9. ^ Nutrition and Dietetics - Higher Secondary - First Year. Directorate of School Education, Government of Tamil Nadu. 2004. p. 31. Retrieved 2012-08-30. 
  10. ^ "Calories in Dosa (Pan Cake)". calorie count. Retrieved 2011-05-21. 
  11. ^ CNN Go World's 50 most delicious foods 21 July 2011.

External links[edit]

  • Media related to Dosa at Wikimedia Commons
  • Dosa at Wikibook Cookbooks