This dosa is an authentic South Cannara recipe. Its a spicy dosa and hence doesn't need any chutney to enhance the taste. Its a blend of toor dal , rice and spices. This is commonly made with cabbage , bamboo shoots (my personal favorite) or just eaten plain (without vegetables). The best way to serve this is as a side dish for lunch or dinner (just like palya).
This dish at my home was usually prepared when a coconut would start to spoil and gives away a spoilt smell. A pinch of hing is added to compensate the smell from the coconut. Trust me the dosa as the end result doesn't carry the smell. My mum always served this straight from the skillet with a dollop of butter . As I would take a bite , I would wish for more spoilt coconuts ......
200g chopped raw yam
1 cup toor dal / yellow lentil
1/2 cup rice
3 tbsp grated coconut (fresh ones also taste the same , so don't bother to find for a spoilt coconut)
3 -4 dry red chillies / 1 tsp red chilli powder ( I used 1 tsp hot red chilli powder )
1 tbsp tamarind pulp
1 tsp salt
(For this dosa no hing/ asafoetida is required)
Soak dal and rice separately for 1 hour . Grind together yam , coconut , red chillies , salt , tamarind into a smooth paste. Then add dal and rice , grind into a semi coarse paste. Add 1/2 cup of water to aid the grinding process. This mixture is the dosa batter , so more water can be added for a dosa batter consistency. Heat a non stick skillet and pour a ladle full of batter. Do not spread thin , just spread very lightly. Cook both the sides on a medium flame. Serve dosa with yogurt or with a dollop of butter.
I am posting this recipe for Padma's Dosa Corner Event , Sia's and Lakshmi's RCI Udipi and Mangalorean Cuisine and Padmajha Suresh's Let's Go Nuts event.