Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Beaten Rice and Tomato crepes ( Tomato Aval Dosai)

In the past I have written about the large quantities of sugar that just one can of soda contains, but if you thought this would not matter because you would easily replace regular soda with diet soda than you may want to read on....... One of the side effects of diet soda seems to be weight gain, why ?? because studies show that artificial sweeteners added to diet soda actually cause us to gain weight rather than lose weight. Ironic isn't it that something that is called "diet soda" actually causes weight gain instead of loss. Here is one such study featured on the abc news site on this topic if you want to read more about this.

Moving on to the other purpose of this post....the recipe ! I was in a bit of a funk because I had not experimented in a long while in my kitchen and wanted to do something "different". My need for something different but something that was quick to make and good enough for a light dinner resulted in this recipe. Just soak, grind and make, simple ! The tomatoes I added lend a certain tartness to the dish making the process of fermentation of batter as is normally done for traditional rice+ lentil crepe (dosai) unnecessary. The idea behind adding barley simply is that I haven't used barley in a long while and I thought this may be a good dish to sneak it in and it was :-) The beaten rice lends a softness and texture to the crepe (dosai) that made me feel I need to use it more often in my crepes :-)

Tomato aval dosai 4


Ingredients and Method to make Aval dosai
1 cup beaten rice (aval / jada poha)
1 cup white rice
1 cup brown rice
1/4 cup fine barley
1/2 tsp fenugreek seeds (methi seeds)
2 medium tomatoes ( I used roma tomatoes)
3 green chillies (small Thai or Indian variety ) (or according to taste)
2 dry red chillies (or according to taste)
salt according to taste

a few drops of sesame oil to shallow fry the crepes

Mix together, white rice , brown rice, barley and fenugreek seeds in a large container. Wash all these grains and drain water. Fill container with plenty of water and allow grains to soak for at least 3 hours.

Grind together tomatoes, green chillies and red chillies to a smooth paste and keep aside.

Place beaten rice in a bowl, wash it in water, drain water and keep aside for at least 15 mins.

Grind the rice+ barley+ fenugreek seeds mixture in a blender/ mixer in batches until soft and smooth.Add a little of the beaten rice to this and grind again. Keep this ground mixture aside and continue to process until all grains and beaten rice are ground. The batter should be thickish a little like cake batter.

Add ground tomatoes+ chillies mixture to the batter, salt to taste and mix well.

Adjust water as required to achieve pouring consistency to the batter.

Heat a tawa/ griddle/ flat pan on medium to medium high heat. Pour a little batter in the center and quickly spread it out into a thin circle.

Pour a few drops of sesame oil on the top of the crepe. Turn crepe when the lower side is a little brownish.

Flip over and cook the other side.


Yield will depend on size of crepes.

Notes

If you like a softer dosai make it thicker and more like a pancake.

If you like a crisper dosai spread the batter more to make a thinner and crisper dosai.

This crepe is off to Padma's Dosa Corner event

39 comments :

Priya said...

Woww definitely a delicious combination...Looks colourful and yumm!

Mangala Bhat said...

wow! looks soo colorful and yummy ! new recipe ..Thanks for sharing dear

A2Z Vegetarian Cuisine said...

Nice recipe looks delicious. What you said about diet soda is very true, it just has empty calories and artificial sweetners have lot of side effects.

Jyoti said...

Looks yummy, never tried adding tomatoes to dosas..will try it soon!

kittymatti said...

wow! they look soooo good!

Prathibha said...

Nice combo...

Uma said...

hmm. I was thinking diet soda is good!! Interesting topic Usha! And those crepes look so inviting and yummy! What a delicious and healthy combination!

Ann said...

Usha,thats a brilliant idea to add even barley ...You always rocks !!
The picture looks so tempting..
delicious and healthy.

Padma said...

They look so delicious and lovely color of dosas .... what you said about all those sodas is very true ... Thanks for sending them to my event Usha :)

Vibaas said...

my kinda recipe... quick n easy :)

Smitha said...

Nice combination of ingredients Usha. Nice pic too

Poornima Nair said...

Thats a wonderful healthy recipe...crepes look incredibly soft n delicious.

Arch said...

Lovely one...I like the idea that it doesnt need time for ferment...another brilliant idea from you :)

Mahimaa's kitchen said...

nice and very different!good.

Suparna said...

hi usha,
this is a wonderful healthy dosa, great combination of ingredients. looks soft and yummmm.

Hari Chandana said...

Sounds too good ... healthy and delicious combination.. nice click..

munchcrunchandsuch said...

awesome awesome recipe. the pic speaks for itself

sowmya said...

nice recipe with healthy ingredients..good one..

Cynthia said...

It does look very delicious Usha.

Nithya said...

Yummy dosai. the pic is too attractive. :)

Chitra said...

looks nice.new to me..shud try once!!

Shama Nagarajan said...

wonderful mouthwatering combo...looks perfect

Valarmathi said...

Looks healthy and yummy...

Kalaivani said...

Never added barley with dosa batter.Looks yum.

Ivy said...

I love crepes but yours are definitely much healthier than mine. They look delicious.

Parita said...

i totally agree with you, diet sodas are even more harmful! i usually avoid having any frizzy drink , not good for health! loved your recipe, so unique!

Nithya Praveen said...

Wat you mentioned abt diet soda is so true.Dosa looks great...i wud prefer the crispier one:)

Anupama said...

Hi Usha,
Thanks for dropping by on Food-n-More. i just browsed through your blog and the Pedha recipe really bowled me over. I am definitely trying that out tomorrow itself. it will be an ideal prashad item during the Ganesh Festival which is next month

Preeti Singh said...

I love any kind of dosa ...looks good...dosa was in my breakfast today... thanks for sharing dear..

Curry Leaf said...

Wow,love the dosa -not just aval but with barley,brown rice and all it has become whole grain dosa.Vey healthy and spicy perfect.

Madhoo.S.Gargya said...

Hi Usha
Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment. Your tomato aval dosai looks simple and healthy.

Red Chillies said...

Agree about the diet soda and the word diet being so misleading. Thank God that we do not drink it at all. Yet another creative and yummy recipe from you.

Vegetation said...

I agree! Artificial sweeteners are scary!

Love the crepes! They look fantastic! I love your use of alternative grains.

aquadaze said...

that is a nice n easy recipe!

Gita said...

Such delicious dosas Usha...I would love to have them now :)

ARUNA said...

that's an awesome combination Usha....delicious!

Vani said...

Tomato avval dosa sounds great, Usha!!

jayasri said...

I do make tomato dosa, but never done this, your's looks like a sweet poli!, looks so soft and lovely

april Marie Claire-Girl Japan said...

This look fabulous, although I was trying to visualize -- what is beaten rice... lol How are you Usha?

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