Thursday, February 5, 2009

Instant Ragi Oat Dosai ( Finger millet and Oat crepe)


Ragi or Finger millet is a very nutritive grain. Millet is said to be non acid forming food, so it is easier to digest and soothing.Millet is also a good source of fiber and protein. This is probably why ragi flour is used in making a kind of a porridge called kanji in south Indian households which is very healthy and filling. You can find more information on ragi/ finger millet here 

I have always known that ragi is healthy, but never really tried to include this important grain in my diet very much. The only times I remember having ragi is when I have had the aforementioned porridge/ kanji when I was younger and had my mother give this to me saying it is good for me:-) Now that I am trying so many different grains in my diet like oats and quinoa,  I decided to try this grain too and see if I could form a grown up perspective on it. 

After keeping the flour in my pantry for a good two weeks I finally came up with the plan to try and make instant dosai/ crepe with this along with one of my favorite grains, oats.So I proceeded with making up the recipe as I went and cautiously added the ragi flour constantly worried that this one was going to flop and mentally reviewing my other options if this did fail.Luckily the dosai was a hit at home and the ragi flour did not lend a very overwhelming flavor here, making this an ideal way to sneak in this healthy grain for picky eaters.




Ingredients and Method to make Instant Ragi Oat Dosai (Crepe)
1 1/2 cups of oat flour (see notes)
1 cup whole wheat flour (atta)
1 cup ragi ( finger millet) flour
3 cups of water
salt to taste
handful of cilantro cut fine

for tempering
5 small Indian/thai variety of green chillies (cut very fine)
1 tsp oil
1 tsp cumin seeds
1/4 tsp asafoetida (hing)

a little extra sesame oil or other oil to sprinkle on dosai

Mix together the dry flours in a large bowl.Add water slowly, about half cup at a time and keep mixing it  to make batter.

Heat oil in a pan add cumin seeds and green chillies to it. When the cumin seeds start spluttering add asafoetida to it and give it a quick mix and add this oil+cumin seeds+ chillies mixture to the batter.

Add salt to taste and mix well. Add cut cilantro to the batter and mix well.

Heat a griddle/ flat pan and pour a ladleful of the batter in the center and spread into a thin circle evenly.

Sprinkle a few drops of oil around the batter. Let it cook for a few minutes on medium heat and when the lower side starts browning flip the dosai/ crepe and cook the other side.

When the pinkish/ brownish spots appear on the other side remove from heat.

Serve hot with chutney of choice or molaga podi/ spice powder  or even just plain ketchup.

Notes

The tempering in this dosai is very important as it imparts the main flavor to the dosai, so if you skip the tempering it will change the flavor of the dosai considerably

For the oat flour I processed quick 1 min oatmeal (Quaker brand) in the blender till it turned to fine powder but if you have store bought oat flour that should work too.

37 comments :

Varsha Vipins said...

Wow,,tempering in the Dosa is quite new to me Usha..Il try this ofcourse..:)
Pls receive the award from me..:)

Shri said...

Healthy Dosa..it looks great

Sumathi said...

Wow.. Very nutritious dosa..

Mangala Bhat said...

wow usha healthy dosa ..Thanks for the recipe :)

Curry Leaf said...

Nutritious,never ever tried this.You come up with so many delicious and healthy dosa recipes

Mahimaa's kitchen said...

dosa looks so crisp.. must have been yummy!

Deepa Hari said...

Thats a healthy Dosa Usha....i make it plain and sometimes add wheat flour...adding oat flour would make it even more nutritious right?...Nice one...will do it next time.

Priya Sriram said...

My mom and mom-in-law were asking me to prepare it for quite sometime now. I've been too lazy to experiment it. Good and healthy entry Usha. You've inspired me to prepare it now. :)

-Priya


P.s. Btw, I have added you to my buddy list. :)

Ashwini said...

Yumm. love this dosa. I make them mostly on weekend for breafasts..

Cham said...

We make only with ragi mixing wheat and oats sound great combination!

Radha Ramaswamy said...

I used to make oat dosa.
Ragi dosa is new,I will try.

Sara said...

I love millet, I'll have to try this!

VG said...

Very healthy and yummy, I bet. As you can see, I am back. Thanks for all your well wishes. Love ya.

sriharivatsan said...

This is very healthy one Usha!! Last night only I tried dosa using wheat flour and Oats flour..But this looks fantabulous..Will be helpful during the dinner time..I take either wheat or Oats for dinner..You have given me a different recipie..Tx dear..

DEESHA said...

I have never tried ragi dosa. Need to try it, looks to be a healthy one

sowmya said...

there you go with a healthy recipe again..looks delicious..

KV said...

That's a healthy dosa. I make ragi-wheat dosa very often, but never tried with oats. this looks good:)

Priya said...

Healthy n delicious instant dosa, loved the fact that they r instant, great job Usha!!

Chitra said...

Hi usha,My last post was the same ragi dosa.But i made with wheat & ragi flour.Mixing oats flour is also a gud idea:)WILL sure try it next time:)

Premyscakes said...

my grandmother used to try all these healthy foods with her own combinations. I always think all this can come out tasty only with grandma's. Looks great and nice to see it.

Happy cook said...

Looks really healthy.

Archy said...

Hey, nice healthy BF yaar.. i make with ragi flour, next time will try this !!
One more thing where do we get Flax cereals??

Laavanya said...

I remember ragi kali that my mom made when I was young.. has been ages. I normally just stir in the ragi flour to some dosa batter. This instant dosas look great.. would be great with some red hot chilli pickle.

Gita's Kitchen said...

This is such a healthy dosa...they look delicious too :)

Madhuram said...

Another healthy dosa recipe from you Usha. We don't run out of stock with oats, have to get ragi flour. We are Oats family. Since we use a lot of ats, I generally buy the store brand itself because it's $1.50 less than Quaker.

AnuSriram said...

Thats a healthy meal usha... Delicious!

Vidhya said...

sounds healthy and looks yummy. Will try once. I have all the ingredients except ragi.. need to buy some

Dershana said...

I love ragi dosai and adai. Have the dosai in my archive too. Trust you to be in a constant quest for healthy grains :-)

miss v said...

i always learn so much from your recipes... i definitely enjoy learning more about different cuisines.

A_and_N said...

My mom used to make this! Oh God, I'd completely forgotten!

Girl Japan said...

I have to admit, I am not very good at making crepes.. but I'd love to try this, I am always looking for bread to incorporate with curry, soups, stews... the recipe sounds very enticing and savory..

Ramya said...

Dosas look lovely.

I make this very often. I add grated carrots and onions to the batter.

Vaishali said...

I had tried millet dosas from Uma's blog and they turned out great: yours look lovely too. I also love how healthy they are, Usha.

veena said...

Really healthy Dosa ...My amma used to make with ragi ..Butsthis oats one is new to me ..Dosa looks yummy and tempting...

aTxVegn said...

All of your dosai recipes look so good! I really will make one of your recipes sometime. I do like this one with oats.

Madhuram said...

That's another interesting dosa recipe with so much healthy stuff going in it. Thanks Usha.

Rekha said...

Sounds healthy and easy too. Perfect for a health freak like me.

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