Ingredients Jump to Instructions ↓

  1. Masala Dosas

  2. Rice,

  3. Potato,

  4. Lentil,

  5. Bean

  6. With Its Fermented Dough Whirled Into a Crêpe-like Exterior & Its Rich Filling of Curried Potato , this classic indian dish achieves a unique balance.

  7. For Dosas

  8. 1 1/2 cups Long-grain White Rice (not Converted; 10 Oz)

  9. 3/4 cup Urad Dal (white Split Lentils; 5 Oz)

  10. 1 1/2 cups Plus 1/3 Cup Water

  11. 1 tsp Salt

  12. About 1/2 Cup Vegetable Oil , for cooking

  13. For Potato Filling

  14. 1 1/2 lb Yukon Gold Potatoes , all about the same size (4 medium)

  15. 1/4 cup Vegetable Oil

  16. 1 tsp Black Mustard Seeds

  17. 8 Fresh or Thawed Frozen Curry Leaves

  18. 1/2 tsp Cumin Seeds

  19. 1 Medium Onion , chopped

  20. 1 Fresh Green Chile , such as thai or serrano;

  21. 2 1/2"es

  22. 1/2 tsp Turmeric

  23. 1 cup Water

  24. 3/4 tsp Salt

  25. 10" Round Cast-iron Griddle or a

  26. 10" Nonstick Heavy Skillet

  27. Accompaniment: Bottled Mango Chutney

Instructions Jump to Ingredients ↑

  1. Make dosa batter:

  2. Place rice and lentils in separate bowls. Fill each with water to cover by 2 inches and soak 4 hours.

  3. Drain lentils in a sieve and purée in a food processor with 3/4 cup water until light and fluffy, 3 to 5 minutes. Transfer to a large bowl. Drain rice in a sieve and purée in food processor with 1/3 cup water until a gritty paste forms, about 1 minute. (Rice paste will not be as smooth as lentil paste.) Stir rice paste and 3/4 teaspoon salt into lentil paste.

  4. Let mixture ferment, covered with plastic wrap, in a warm (about 80°F) draft-free place until doubled in bulk, about 24 hours. (Mixture will be light and foamy.) Stir in remaining 3/4 cup water and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Let batter stand, covered, in a warm (about 80°F) draft-free place 2 1/2 hours.

  5. Make filling while batter stands:

  6. Combine potatoes with cold salted water to cover by 2 inches in a 2 1/2- to 3-quart saucepan and simmer, uncovered, until potatoes are just tender, 15 to 25 minutes. Drain potatoes in a colander. When cool enough to handle, peel potatoes and cut into 1/2-inch cubes.

  7. Heat oil in a 10- to 12-inch heavy skillet over moderately high heat until hot but not smoking, then cook mustard seeds, partially covered with lid, until they just begin to pop, 15 to 30 seconds. Add curry leaves and cumin and cook, stirring, until cumin turns a shade darker, 10 to 15 seconds. Reduce heat to moderately low, then add onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened but not browned, 8 to 10 minutes. Stir in chile and turmeric and cook, stirring, 1 minute. Add potatoes, water, and salt and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to moderately low, then simmer, covered, stirring occasionally and mashing potatoes slightly, until sauce is thickened, 8 to 10 minutes. Discard curry leaves.

  8. Cook dosas:

  9. Put oven rack in middle position and preheat oven to 250°F.

  10. Spread 1 teaspoon oil on griddle using a paper towel, then heat over moderate heat until hot but not smoking. Dip a 1/3-cup dry measure into batter, scooping gently to fill without deflating batter, and pour into center of griddle (scrape out batter remaining in measure). Quickly spread batter with back of a small spoon in a circular motion to thinly cover griddle. (Dosa may be lacy around edge.) Drizzle edge and top of dosa with 1 teaspoon oil and cook until underside is golden and crisp, 1 1/2 to 2 minutes. Turn dosa over with a metal spatula and cook, pressing occasionally, until underside is pale golden, about 1 minute more. (Adjust heat up or down if necessary to prevent overbrowning.) Transfer dosa to a foil-lined large baking sheet and keep warm, loosely covered with foil, in oven.

  11. Make 9 to 11 more dosas in same manner, transferring as cooked to baking sheet in 1 layer and separating additional layers of dosas with foil.

  12. Assemble dosas:

  13. Spread 1/3 cup hot potato filling in a line across middle of each dosa and loosely fold dosa over filling in thirds like a letter.

  14. Cooks' notes: · Batter, after fermenting (24 hours) and standing (2 1/2 hours), can be chilled up to 24 hours more. Let stand at room temperature 30 minutes and gently stir to combine before cooking. · Dosas, without filling, can be cooked up to 1 hour ahead and kept, covered with foil, at room temperature. Reheat dosas in a 350°F oven between layers of foil until warm, about 10 minutes. · Filling can be made 1 day ahead and chilled, covered. Reheat, adding water to loosen filling if necessary.


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