Friday, 7 March 2014

urid dal dosas with lentil curry

hi everyone, thanks for all the love on facebook about my fall - the bruises are getting blacker by the day, but i'm doing well, and the cut on my face is healing nicely too.

it was Pancake Day, or Shrove Tuesday, this week, and to celebrate i had a few friends over for a savoury and sweet evening. dosas with curry for starters, then buckwheat crepes with berries, tahini and dark chocolate sauce for dessert (divine)...

it's the first time i've made dosa's, but they were easy to do and very tasty indeed - i was a bit nervous about serving them to my friends, but they were gobbled up until plates were clean. i will definitely be making them again, they can be an alternative to my normal chickpea pancakes...

you can get a very large 2kg bag of dal from any international foods aisle or store for a pretty cheap price - it's also called urad dal in some places.

the batter resembles any other pancake batter...

served up, this was a perfect dinner :)

urid dal dosas
serves 4

1 cup urid dal
up to 1 cup water (plus more for soaking)
1 tsp asafoetida, optional
1 dsp grated fresh ginger
6 fenugreek seeds, optional
1 tbsp nigella seeds

1. soak the urid dal in water overnight or for 6 hours.
2. using a hand blender, grind them with half a cup of water, adding more water to help it blend. the consistency should be thick but smooth, almost pourable.
3. then grind in the asafoetida, ginger and fenugreek seeds.
4. stir in the nigella seeds and salt.
5. turn on a hot frying pan, and add in a ladle of the mixture, spreading out to create a thin pancake. there should be no oil in the pan.
6. flip the pancake once the sides easily come away from the pan. these do not easily turn golden. cook on the other side for a couple of minutes.
7. serve with curry, feta cheese and delicious chutney.

cook's notes:
 - the spicing and flavours in this could be changed for whatever you choose - i'd be tempted to go for strong flavours, as the flavour of the dal themselves is quite bland. you could even use the basic recipe to make mexican or french flavours...
 - keep these hot on a plate in a warm oven between layers of parchment whilst you're cooking them up.

the lentil curry was pretty simple to make too - following my standard curry recipe, which i'm not sure i've ever shared with you... would you like it?

i hope you are all having a lovely week, and looking forward to a sunny weekend filled with fun times shared with family and friends and doing things you love.

currently listening to: hey brother by avicii - a happy tune!


  1. Yum!!! I ate my first dosa a little while ago and it was insanely good I thought they would be really hard to make but after seeing this post I am definitely going to give it a go!

  2. I've never had a dosa before, but they do look good. You make them sounds so easy to make :-)


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