Firstly apologies for disappearing suddenly, I was just held up with too many things..
Today I’m posting a Dosa recipe very close to my heart. This brings in many childhood memories..Almost once in a month after the Sunday meditation, I and my brother would accompany my parents and visit a vegetarian restaurant called Naivedyam, where I and my dad would religiously order the Shahi dosa and savor that. While my brother ordered spring rolls and my Mom would order a paav bhaaji or chhole bhature. This happened for several years till the restaurant shut down. My dad also loved their Kashmiri pulao and after the restaurant shut down I tried the preparation
at home for him and fortunately in my first attempt I made it exactly like the restaurant and then whenever we had guests coming over my mom would ask me to make the pulao. After the success of the pulao, I tried my hand on the dosa, I did not have any recipe in hand what I remembered were the ingredients, flavor and taste. Keeping all that in mind I attempted making the filling and I got it right the first time .
I had almost forgotten about this dosa preparation and recently while remembering old memories I was reminded of it and I was too eager to try it again and when DH asked me to make masala dosa on a Sunday, I also made the filling for Shahi dosa and treated myself with age old memories and relived those moments..
The word ‘Shahi’ means ‘royal’, and the word royal is related to the richness of the filling. It is cooked in ghee with nuts, raisins and cottage cheese all of which make the preparation rich looking and obviously high on calories. But once in a while indulgence is okay, isn’t it?
I felt like a kid after eating the dosa and wished that I could go 20yrs back and visit the place again. Me and my dreams..nevertheless, I know whenever I want to be a kid again, I’m going to make this Dosa.
Shahi Masala Dosa
Preparation Time For Filling: 15mins
Preparation Time For Dosa Batter: 8-10hrs
Cooking Time For Filling: 10mins
Cooking Time For Each Dosa: 2-3mins
Makes: 8-10 dosas with the filling
For Dosa Batter
3cups parmal rice
1cup boiled rice
1cup thick beaten rice
1cup urad dal
1tbsp methi seeds
1cup mix of chana, tuvar and yellow moong daal
10-15 cashew nuts
2-3tbsp ghee/clarified butter or oil
an inch of ginger, grated
1green chili, chopped
2medium tomatoes chopped
1 onion chopped
250gms cottage cheese/paneer grated
a pinch of garam masala
1-1-1/2tsp red chili powder
1tbsp coriander powder
salt to taste
1tsp cumin powder
salt to taste
1 green capsicum, finely chopped
For Dosa Batter
Soak all ingredients separately for 4-5hrs and grind them into a smooth paste, mix and leave aside for 5-6hrs to ferment. Add salt and mix again. Adjust the consistency of the batter, it should not be very thick nor too thin. It should have a consistency thinner than a cake batter. The addition of three yellow lentils adds more nutrition as well as color to the dosa. For another version of Dosa batter check here. Sending this dosa rich in legumes to my event ‘Only’ Cooking With Legumes hosted by Nalini.
Heat a griddle or non stick pan and grease it. Pour a ladle full of dosa batter in the center and spread it using the base of ladle in circular movements. This process has to be done really fast else the batter gets cooked and does not spread.
Cook on one side till it develops a golden color and then turn and cook on other side.
Turn again and put the filling in center and fold the dosa or turn the edges lightly on three sides (I did it).
Heat the ghee and add the cashew nuts and fry them.
Tip in the onions and ginger, sauté.
Add the green chili, tomato and dry spices, raisins along with salt, mix and cook.
Finally add cottage cheese and capsicum and cook for a minute. Do not overcook, the capsicum needs to be crunchy. This filling is multi purpose, it is great as a side dish with paratha and a good stuffing for sandwiches too.
Coming to the winner of last month’s event. Out of the 25entries sent under Indian Category posted here, the winner is number 18 picked by random selector.
The recipe at number 17 is Shell Pasta in Spianch Pesto Sauce, posted by Sharanya of Sara’s Tasty Buds. Congrats Sharanya, you win ‘Baked Dishes’ cookbook by Tarla Dalal. Please mail me your address in India, with landmark, pin code and phone number to email@example.com within two days to claim the win. If you are unable to claim within two days, I will pick a new winner.