Friday, August 15, 2008

Sweet Vellam Dosai ( Sweet Indian crepe)

Sweet Dosa or Vellam/vella dosai as it is called in tamil is a traditional south Indian preparation.It is simple to make, well liked and is very versatile as it can be served as a side dish, snack or a dessert.This is one of those dishes that I find fulfills my craving for something sweet and yet it is a guilt free snack since it is made of wheat flour and jaggery.
I used to make this fairly frequently in the past ,but recently somehow this has not featured in my kitchen for quite some time, until the other day when i was chatting with my mother in law on the phone and she mentioned that she had just had this and I was immediately hit by the craving to make this myself.

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Ingredients and Method to make the Vellam Dosai ( Sweet Indian Crepe)
1 cup jaggery cut into small pieces
1 cup wheat flour
1 cup water
1/4 tsp cardamom powder
2 tsp grated coconut
very little sesame oil or corn oil to cook the crepe

In a heavy bottomed pan add water and jaggery and heat on a low flame until the jaggery completely melts.Take care that the water and the jaggery do not boil.

Once the jaggery has completely melted cool this.

Add to this jaggery water mixture the wheat flour and mix well taking care there are no lumps in this batter.

Add cardamom powder and grated coconut to this batter and keep aside

Heat a tawa/griddle and pour a ladle of this batter on it and gently spread to make pancake sized circle. Add a few drops of oil to the side facing upwards.

When the lower side is cooked gently flip it and cook the other side.
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Proceed with the rest of the batter in the same manner. Refrigerate the balance of the batter and use within a couple of days. If refrigerated this batter may thicken, add a little water to get the right consistency and make as mentioned above.

Serve hot

Yields approximately 6-7.

Now for something new that I have never done before Sripriya and Sukanya have both tagged me for the book meme.

The rules of the tag are as follows:
  • Pick up the nearest book
  • Open to page 123
  • Find the 5th sentence
  • Post the next three sentences
  • Tag 5 people and acknowledge the person who tagged you

So in keeping with the rules here are sentences six through eight of my current book.


She acknowledged the truth of this.But her view is that I have to rely on advice not only from officials.She believes that Humphrey is trying to shut off all my sources of information and advice except the Civil Service.

Did you recognize the book..no ..well this is an excerpt from the The Complete Yes Prime Minister by Jonathan Lynn and Anthony Jay.I have read the complete Yes Minister by these same authors and found it hilarious and after a long search I finally found the Yes Prime Minister and bought it and am in the process of reading it now.

I would in turn like to tag

Sowmya , Taste Tinkerer , Sukanya , Karuna and Vaishali

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31 comments :

Vaishali said...

Hi Usha, Lovely vellam dosa: it is one of my hubby Desikan's favorites. I've never read the Yes Minister and Yes Prime Minister books, but I did find the TV series quite wonderful when I used to watch it years ago. I'll definitely try to do the meme. Btw, I've added you to my blogroll.

Natasha said...

Hello Usha,
There is a south indian restaurant in Minneapolis that makes the best savory dosai I have ever tasted; filled with curried potatoes. It's a must-have whenever I eat there. Your sweet dosai sounds quite intriguing and looks so tasty! I have to give it a try.
Natasha

Kumudha said...

I love this dosa. I'm now inspired to make this again!

Purva Desai said...

I ve neaver heard abt this version of dosa....looks really simple and easy to make...
will try ur version for sure...
It was really nice reading ur Booky MEME

Paru ... said...

I have never tried this before..Thanks for this recipe..I cant wait to give it a try..Dosa looks very delicious..

sowmya said...

love vella dosai..nice click..will do the tag..

Priti said...

Lovely looking dosa, in our childhood we use to make the same thing with sugar and enjoy...

srikars kitchen said...

Nice dosa... nice entry...

priar's, said...

vellam dosa looks YUM..

Sireesha said...

Vellam dosa looks awesome and fantastic......

srikars kitchen said...

check my blog... surprise is there...

Lore said...

This sounds like an eggless crepe, only even better thanks to the grated coconut and the cardamom. Makes me wish it was my fork in the last photo :P

Beth said...

Thank you so much for visiting my blog. These pancakes sound delicious. I love coconut - and cardamon for that matter

Madhavi said...

Excellent entry, look delicious!!!

Usha said...

Thanks Vaishali,I have also seen the TV series for both the Yes Minister and Yes Prime Minister and it is quite fun,but I love to read and almost always enjoy the book version more than the video version :)

Usha said...

Hi Natasha,thanks for dropping by...do try this it is quite yummy:)

Usha said...

Thanks Kumudha :)

Usha said...

Thanks for visiting Purva,hope you enjoy this as much as I did :)

Usha said...

Thanks for dropping by Paru :)


Thanks Sowmya.....am looking forward to reading your answer to this tag:)

Usha said...

Thanks Priti,have never tried this with sugar......am sure it is tasty that way too :)

Usha said...

Thanks Sripriya :)


Thanks Priars :)


Thanks Sireesha :)

Usha said...

Thank you so much for the awards Sripriya :)

Usha said...

Thanks for visiting Lore :)

Usha said...

Thanks Beth :)

Usha said...

Thanks Madhavi :)

jujubs said...

Dosa looks yum..this is a new recipe to me..
Thanks for sharing
Jujubs

romaspace said...

I love these pan cakes. You are absolutely right, its a guilt free snack!

Usha said...

Thanks for dropping by Jujubs:)

Usha said...

Thanks Romaspace they are hard to resist too :)

Uj said...

Hi Usha,
I love these sweet dosa. Back home amma always made these with whole wheat. I used to love them so much. I will try this version with wheat flour. thanks for posting

Sharmilee! :) said...

Oh nicce it is...will try it sometime later!

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