In life you have to really prepare yourself for anything. You cant be too sure about anything. The inevitable, the unaccounted for, the emergencies – the Sunday morning when you run out of ideas for breakfast and don’t know what to do.
That was serious – huh!
Yes it was.
Last Sunday, was a lazy lazy Sunday. Rain clouds brought in a chill, which dragged me into sleep, again and again and again. I was helpless. I just couldn’t bring myself to get out of bed. But I had to go to church, and I had to cook brekkie. Finally when I did push myself out of bed it was a close call between getting ready for church and getting food on the table. My usual, to go, respite is to make Poha. But it was such a beautiful morning and it really called for something spicy and deep fried. You absolutely know what I mean. You know – rain and pakoras go hand in hand, just like paratha and raita, just like biriyani and salaam, just like thunder and lightening, just like sea and salt ……just like so many other things.
“Look at yourself Shella, do you think you can eat a bread pakora for breakfast?. Cant you think of something better? You anyways don’t give a damn about the calories you chow down guiltlessly”……. However much I wanted, but I couldn’t go for those golden, crispy, spicy pakoras without any reason at all. You know, just like that. I wish I was one of those lucky so many people who can eat endlessly and still look like they are starved for some reason. I hate them secretly, because I smell food and gain a few grams for certain. What’s the point complaining?
I usually make dosas with sooji and oats. So very sadly I retreated to the store and picked up the container with sooji and did the needful, but something inside me just wanted to give up the oats. Ok, I have to eat healthy, but I do I really need the oats. You know they make the dosa a little soft. If not fried, but I could really eat something golden and spicy and somewhat crisp – couldn’t I? So there it was – bread pakodas disguised as sooji dosas. Not funny – eh? I know its ridiculous. But I can eat them with far less guilt than I could bear to take after eating those bread pakoras.
I dug into the freezer for my stock of frozen coconut and blended some really spicy coconut chutney to complete the affair, and ginger tea to make it scandalous.
I was happy, and that too without the guilt. A pat on my back.
Time taken – 5 minutes for the batter and 1 minute per dosa / crepe.
Makes about – 10 dosas
2 cups sooji (semolina)
1/2 cup dahi (plain yoghurt)
1 onion – finely chopped
1 green chilli – finely choppe
1 tspn ginger – grated
1 small bunch coriander leaves finely chopped
a few curry leaves finely chopped
1 cup water
salt as per taste
1 tspn Eno Salt
Just mix everything except the Eno Salt and leave to rest for 5 minutes
Heat the griddle and add the Eno into the batter.
Lower the heat of the gas and pour out a ladle of the batter and gently smoothen them into round crepes
Drizzle a little oil on the edges and center.
Cook them on one side on a low flame till crisp and golden. Flip and just heat for a few seconds or they will turn rubbery instead of crispy.