We love dosas - the very thin South Indian pancake that usually gets served with a coconut chutney sambhar. But it’s always looked a tricky thing to prepare and cook. So, it was with some considerable pleasure that we saw a packet of ready mix in one of the asian shops. It just needed water adding. As did a packet of ready mix sambhar.
I made a coconut chutney - coconut, chopped chilli and ginger into the blender with a little oil and a few tablespoons of water. A quick whizz turned out something of the right consistency and flavour.
Then it came to cooking the dosas. I’ve watched it being done on TV and the packet explained the process in the same way. A little batter goes into a frying pan and is swirled round with the ladle. It cooks - just on one side. Yeah, well, that’s the theory.
The packet said start with a cold pan and heat a little oil before doing the poury, swirly thing. It sat there like a beige gloop for the three times we tried, even though the pan had got hot. Then it stuck to my very good non-stick pan. So, we looked in a cookbook which said to start with a hot pan, etc - so we did. It did start to crisp up and we thought we were on a winner. Then it stuck before being properly cooked. As did the next two attempts. At which we point we gave up and had some salmon and salad for lunch.
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