Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Potato Curry Masala

Potato is one the most eaten root vegetable all around the world..Not to mention the number of ways it can be cooked. South Indian households make curries, masalas, fries, gravies with potato or add it to any other vegetable or meats. In North India this is a staple side dish for lunch in many low and middle class families..

The recipe below with little variations can be accompanied for Dosas, poori, Bonda etc..


DSC04980 For Masala:
4-5 Medium size Potatoes
1 Tbsp Oil
1/2 tsp Mustard seeds
1 Tbp Channa dal
10- 12 Curry leaves
2 medium size Onions sliced length wise
4 -5 Green Chillies slit
1 inch Ginger piece cut into small pieces
2-3 Garlic pods - thinly sliced
Asafoetida - a few pinches
1/2 tsp Turmeric powder
1/2 tsp Red chilly powder
Enough water
Coriander leaves

Method :
Wash Potatoes with skin on and cut into halves and pressure cook for 10 minutes little salt and enough water.
Check to see if the potatoes are fully cooked, and discard water and peel the skin and mash them into pieces.
Add little turmeric, little more salt and red chilly powder and mix well and keep them aside.
Heat the oil in a wok/pan, then allow the mustard seeds to splutter.
Now add Channa dal and wait till color changes slightly and add sliced garlic and fry.
Now add the onions, green chilies, curry leaves and ginger and fry till onions are cooked.
Add asafoetida and remaining turmeric and salt.
Now add the boiled, mashed potatoes and mix well.
Add a 1/2 to 1 cup of water depending on how thick or slimy you want the masala to be.
Finally add the coriander leaves and remove from heat.

For Masala Dosa a thicker Potato masala is used, for Poori the masala can be a little gravish , for bonda filling again a real thick version is used.


Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Masala Dosa - A Love Affair

Welcome 2010....bring some blessings with you..this is my husband's latest Skype Profile message. So true....We all need blessings of good health, wealth, prosperity, etc..all the more than the last decade, as we start yet an era of this new decade. most of all we need God's grace to go through each single day and live it with full diligence and dedication - remembering not to take anything for granted but to acknowledge God's provision and protection and giving HIM all the Praise and not ceasing from Praying. Wooow!!! being a pastor's wife at times I tend to preach too..

I was on a break for the last few weeks from my regular once a week post bloging..Christmas and the New year fever is down and life is busy catching up with work and other regular activities...not to forget food bloging in its pace. After two weeks I may take a longer I have to be accupied with something more exciting and important coming up in my life..but will soon be back as I have lots of pictures in my drafts waiting to be published.

DSC05008 Coming to the love affair "Masala Dosa"..I call it so because
'Masala Dosa" has incredible childhood memories of visiting restaurants with family and enjoying a breakfast or a dinner. In those days families were more used to home cooking. So going to a restaurant was a definte treat. And mostly we would visit restaurants to have tiffins. Though there are a variety of tiffins available, no trip to restaurant is complete without ordering the king of tiffins 'Masala Dosa'. Somehow we South Indians just love the smell and taste of this Masala Dosa. The name Masala Dosa comes from stuffing the plain dosa or accompaning it with a blissful Potato Masala. A typical Malasa Dosa thali consists of a thin dosa stuffed potato curry, sambar and an array of chutneys like coconut, coriander, mint, ginger, onion etc..

The taste of Masala Dosa with potato curry, sambar and coconut chutney that I had in my childhood is still fresh and the longing to have similar one in this part of the world is still unfullfilled. As years passed by the authentic taste also is diminishing. Often in our households(back home) we make dosa and have it with chutney, sometimes we are blessed to have sambar too. Very rarely we have the combo of three, Potato curry, sambar and chutney. So Masala Dosa had become a restraurant fair for me.

DSC05011 Mostly the Dosa recipe is the regular mix of Urad Dhal and Rice in 1 : 2 or 1: 3 or 1 : 4 of depending on whether you want the dosa to be soft or crispy or paper thin crispy. The urge to get a restraurant style Masala dosa made me try a different recipe for Dosa this time. More over, couple of months back I saw a Masala Dosa post in Usha Nandini's blog which really duplicated the restraurant style Paper Masala Dosa, by adding Rice flour, Maida and channa dhall to the regular Urad Dhall mixture. I was excited when my dosas turned out to be Saravana Bhavan and Udipi style.

DSC05026 Recipe for Dosa:
Ingredients :
1 1/2 cup Rice flour
1/2 Cup Maida
3/4 cup Urad Dhal
1/4 cup Channa Dhall
1/4 tsp fenugreek seeds
1/4 tsp Bi-Carbonate
Salt to taste
1/2 tsp Sugar
Enough oil to fry the Dosas
DSC05028 Method :Soak Channa and urad dal + fenu greek seeds separately in water 3-4 hrs.
Grind them together into very fine smooth paste adding enough water.
In a steel bowl ideal for fermenting the batter, add rice flour, maida, soda, sugar and enough water to make a smooth batter with any lumps.
To this batter add both dal pastes and enough salt to form dosa consistency batter.
Let the dosa batter ferment and raise overnight.
Once the Dosa batter is fermented and its time to make dosas, mix thoroughly to level the raised batter and add more salt and water if required to obtain the consistency which is right to get thin dosa(if preferred)
Heat a non-stick pan or tawa on high, spread oil to cover the whole pan.
When the pan really hot, pour a ladle full of dosa batter on it and spread with the bottom of ladle in spiral motion to form a circular and thin dosa.
When the bottom side of dosa gets golden brown, turn on other side for few more seconds.
In restraurants they usyally do not turn the dosa on the other side. The thick hot wide tawa they use helps in cooking the upper side of the dosa too, so once the bottom is golden brown they add a laddle of spicy Potato masala in the centre and roll the dosa to serve it with hot sambar and chutney.
DSC05014 Will publish receipes for Potato Masala, Sambar, and green chutney as a seperate posts coming up.

Happy cooking & blogging to all my blog friends in 2010 !!!