|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|
Dosa is a fermented crepe or pancake made from rice batter and black lentils. It is a staple dish in South Indian states of Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Kerala. It is also popular in other parts of India, and other countries like Sri Lanka, Malaysia and Singapore.
Dosa is indigenous to South India; its exact birthplace in that region is a matter of conjecture. 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. According to P. Thankappan Nair, dosa originated in the Udupi town of present-day Karnataka.
In popular tradition, the origin of dosa is linked to Udupi, probably because of the dish's association with the Udupi restaurants. Also, the original Tamil dosa was softer and thick. The thinner and crispy version of dosa, which became popular all over India, was first made in present-day Karnataka.
Dosa is known by several names. The standard transliterations and pronunciations of the word in various South Indian languages is as follows:
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.
Dosa, a common breakfast dish and street food, 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. The fermentation process increases the vitamin B and vitamin C content. There are also instant mix products for making dosa, with somewhat lower nutritional benefits.
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.
Batter poured on a tava griddle
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:
- Wet chutney: examples include coconut chutney (a semisolid paste made up of coconut, dal (lentils), green chilli and mint or coriander)
- Dry chutney (podi): a powder of spices and desiccated coconut
- Indian pickles
Though dosa typically refers to the version made with rice and lentils, many other versions exist.
|Onion dosa||chopped and sautéed onions|
|Masala dosa||spiced potatoes|
|Rava dosa||rava or sooji|
|Wheat dosa||wheat flour|
|Moong dosa||Moong dal|
|Podi dosa||dry spices powder|
|Roast||rice batter||spread thinly and fried until crisp|
|Paper/Family/70MM roast||rice batter||variants of roast|
|Vegetable dosa||steamed vegetables|
|Ragi dosa||millet flour or ragi|
|Chow Chow dosa||chow chow|
|Babycorn dosa||baby corn|
|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|
neer dose with thick coconut chutney
A masala dosa 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.
- 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
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