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Thursday, October 11, 2012

Cucumber Dosa & Coconut Chutney

Instant Cucumber Dosa
Cucumber Dosa


I am just trying to revive this very old post today (07/09/2017) by posting a video and making some minor changes in the ingredients. I apologize to my readers who have tried this recipe for the inconvenience. This time I have managed to include a classic recipe of the coconut chutney which pairs very well with the cucumber dosa. 

This recipe of coconut chutney is very close to my heart because this is one of those dishes which I had learned from my mother in law when I didn't have enough knowledge and skills about cooking the real food. You must be wondering as to what is meant by 'real food'. It is something which we need to cook as a daily regular food apart from those fancy dishes. I have tried my luck in preparing all kinds of fancy type of food when I was a teenager from desserts to any kind of crazy snacks. But once I got married, I realized how important it is to learn those basic recipes for daily cooking. 

I never saw her or my mother measuring any of the ingredients and yet they cook any dish like a pro. Sometimes I do feel that we do not need any sophisticated skills and tools for cooking a heart warming dish. It is all about your intuition, senses and loads of love put together that makes an amazing 'Maa ke haath ka khana'. This coconut chutney is all about that magical touch which our elders posses. 

Cucumber Dosa ~ Coconut red chutney
Coconut Red Chutney 

It was theTV Show of Master Chef Sanjeev kapoor that I first got inspired to makes these amazing crepes. There is no need to ferment the batter, but the only condition for these light and flavorful crepes is that the batter should be as fine as a smoothie. After grinding the batter, you should not be able to feel the rice grains or coconut when you test it with your finger tips. Also the secret lies in its consistency which should be more thin as compared to the normal idli or dosa batter.
   
Instant Cucumber Dosa
Cucumber Dosa

 You can watch the video here:



Cucumber Dosa & Coconut Chutney


A very easy and quick Indian style cucumber crepe which needs no fermentation served along with a classic coconut chutney.

Preparation time: 15 mins
Soaking time: 2 hours
Cooking time: 30 minutes
1 cup = 250 ml capacity
Makes 15 to 20 crepes/dosas

Ingredients:

For Cucumber Dosa

2 cups rice (basmati or dosa rice)
1 cup grated fresh coconut
1 large cucumber peeled & chopped (or 2 small)
2 green chilies (or as per taste)
1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
1 teaspoon salt
Some cooking oil for greasing the pan
2 1/2 to 3 cups of water

For Coconut Chutney (Grind to a smooth paste)

1 cup grated fresh coconut
5 dry red chilies
2 tablespoon roasted snack type chana dal
2 cloves of garlic chopped
5 curry leaves
2 teaspoon tamarind pulp or 1/4 cup tamarind soaked water
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup water for grinding (adjust as needed)


Instructions:

1. Wash and soak the rice for 2 hours.
2. In a grinding jar add chopped cucumber, green chilies, grated coconut, turmeric powder, salt and water. You can grind the whole quantity in 2 or 3 batches so that it is easy to grind to a smooth batter. The batter should be so smooth that you should not be able to feel any rice grains. I used about 2 1/2 or slightly more water altogether. The batter should be of thin consistency as compared to normal idli or dosa batter. The batter does not need any fermentation.
3. Heat a large non-stick pan and slightly grease with oil using a kitchen tissue. Pour a ladle full of batter (1/4 cup) on to the pan and swirl the pan around so that the batter gets evenly spread to make thin crepes.
4. Cook the crepe for 2 minutes on medium heat or till the edges start to leave the sides.
5. Remove from pan and cool slightly before serving as these dosas stick to each other when hot.
6. Serve warm with coconut red chutney.

5 comments:

  1. jazakallah khair for this lovely recipe... I loved the frangrance which was coming out of it..

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  2. no need for the ferment? do we need to make dosa immediately after grinding??

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    1. Yes Kavita. No need to ferment, this is a similar recipe to Neer Dosa.

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    2. Yes Kavita. No need to ferment, this is a similar recipe to Neer Dosa.

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  3. Cucumber dosa? sounds interesting, loooks nice and light. Like you I also sstarted learning basic maldivian recipes only after my marriage, you know what they say the way to a man's heart is thru his stomach ;)

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