Thursday, April 28, 2011

Set Dosa (Mushti Polo) - 2.0

I had earlier blogged about Set Dosa, also known as Mushti Polo in Konkani. In GSB Konkani, the traditional serving is although not done in sets of three. Set Dosa is served in Bangalore road side stand-up eateries in set of three with Potato Palya and chutney of choice. The logic for Mushti Dosa was for the prefixed quantity of Rice, a mushti of Urad Dal should be added; mushti in Konkani implies a closed fist hence the name Mushti Polo.

Recently, Mom made an easier version and was pleased as the previous Dosa recipe was modified a bit with less ingredients. I was curious to try, luckily with warm weather prevailing, fermentation problem was solved with plenty of wild yeast in the air owing to summer slowly ushering in. I loved this version and is less painstaking compared to the previous one I had posted. Do attempt only if the weather is warm enough, else you will have to try induced fermentation (with Eno salt or Soda). I am not a big fan of the induced fermentation (unless no choice), so prefer to take advantage of warm sunny days to making piping hot Dosa.

Soaking time: 10 hours (overnight soak)
Fermentation time: 8-10 hours
Cooking time: 3-5 minutes

Rice (Parboiled rice + Sona Masoori) - 1:1 ratio - 2 cups
Urad Dal - 1/4 cup
Methi seeds - 1 teaspoon
Grated coconut (fresh or frozen but thawed) - 3-4 tablespoon
Oil/ Ghee

Soak Rice, Urad Dal and Methi seeds after multiple wash in filtered water. Soak for overnight time which is good 10 hours. Next day morning, when its warm and sunny, grind the batter to a smooth paste of Dosa consistency along with grated coconut. Adjust salt as per taste. Pre-heat oven to around 250 F. Once relatively cool, place the batter container for fermentation with the oven light on. After every five hours, give the batter a good beat with hands, the logic being warmth from hands transfers the heat to the dosa and is the onset for fermentation process. By evening or night, the batter should get fermented. Once done, immediately transfer to fridge and cover with a lid.
Use the batter for next day's breakfast/ lunch or dinner. Take a ladle full of batter, spread on a hot griddle. For Set Dosa, the size is that of a Surnoli, which is larger than a pancake but smaller than a regular Dosa. Drizzle oil/ ghee on all sides if desired, else if using non-stick griddle, oil can be skipped. Do not flip over the Dosa. Slowly, honey comb like structure would form on the exposed side of Dosa. Once edges are brown, serve the Dosa with chutney or Pitti chutney.

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