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Buttermilk sponge dosa and Peas Mint Wale

By Experiments in Kailas Kitchen

Buttermilk dosa is a spongy version of the verumarisi adai, for which only boiled rice is used. In this dosa, aval or beaten rice is also added and rice and aval is soaked in buttermilk. Since its soaked in buttermilk, no fermentation is required for the batter before making dosas. You get super soft dosa. This is a great hit among my relatives and friends who has tasted this at home.  Thanks to Mallika Bhadrinath for a super breakfast recipe.


You need


 Idli rice /boiled rice - 2 cups 
Aval/beaten rice - 1/4 cup
Buttermilk - Around 3 cups, enough to soak the rice.
Cooking soda - a pinch


Wash and soak rice and aval together in buttermilk for 5 hours. I usually soak it overnight. The buttermilk will be almost absorbed by the rice and aval. You will not require to add extra water while grinding. Grind it to a smooth batter and add salt.The batter should be slightly thicker than the usual dosa batter. 

Before making dosa, add a pinch of  cooking soda and leave it for 5  minutes for it to act.  Heat the dosa tawa. Take a ladle of  batter and pour it on the tawa.  Slightly spread it and it will spread on its own.  The dosa should be slightly thick so that you get the pores well. Cover and cook for a minute. Flip and cook the other side also by covering. Enjoy hot with a spicy side.


 Peas mint wale

Peas mint wale is adapted from Nita Mehta's Mattar dhaniya wale.  The recipe calls for fresh peas. I think this should work with dried peas also. This is a one pot gravy except for grinding the paste, its a breeze. I liked this no-onion recipe. In the original, there was garlic flakes which I omitted.



 You need

Fresh, shelled peas - 2 cups
Tomato - 1 no, chopped into pieces
Oil - 1 tbspn
Hing - few shakes
Cumin/Jeera-1/2 tspn
Kalonji - 1/4 tspn

 For mint paste

 Mint leaves - 2 cups
 Ginger - 1" piece
 Green chillies - 2 nos
 Tomato - 1 tspn
 Tamarind paste - 1 tblspn or juice of 1 lemon





Grind together the ingredients for the paste.  Heat 1 tbspn of oil in the pressure cooker. Add hing, jeera and kalonji. When jeera turns brown, add peas. Saute for 2-3 minutes. Add the mint paste to the peas and mix well.  Pressure cook for 2 whistles. Open the cooker when the pressure drops. Add salt and chopped tomato and cook for a minute or two.


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