Idli and Dosa Batter
soaking and fermentation time
Indian, South Indian
Whole Urad dal
White Aval or Poha or beaten rice flakes
Salt as required
Measure the idli rice and urad dal and pour them into separate bowls.
Wash them a few times or until the water runs clear and all dirt is removed.
Measure the water and add 6 cups of water to the rice and 4 cups to the urad dal
Add fenugreek seeds for the urad dal and mix it in.
Let them soak for about 8 hours.
If you have a wet grinder, add the soaked urad dal first and 1/2 the water in it soaked.
Turn the grinder on and let it grind to a fluffy smooth dough. Add more water if the batter looks thick and is tough to move around the grinder.
While the urad dal is grinding, wash and add the aval or poha to the batter.
Once the urad dal is ground and you find no visible granules of it, scoop it out into a large pot in which you can ferment.
Next add in the soaked idli rice and oval or poha to the wet grinder and the water in which it was soaked and grind it to a batter, you can grind it slightly coarse or smooth batter.
Finally add salt to the batter and mix it well.
Add the ground rice and poha batter to the urad dal batter and mix it well using clean hands or a spatula in clockwise motion.
Cover and let it stay in a warm place for 12 hours to ferment.
After 12 hours gently stir it in, and pour in to containers and store in the refrigerator.
To make dosa
Heat a cast iron pan on medium flame, rub some oil and wipe with a kitchen tissue.
Take a ladle full of idli dosa batter and pour it on hot sizzling Tawa or dosa stone.
Spread the dosa batter in circular motion to form perfectly round shaped dosa. The trick is to not add too much pressure on the batter and gently glide over the batter.
Add a few drizzle of peanut oil or any oil around. In 30 seconds on medium flame you will notice that the dosa has cooked on one side.
Using a thin spatula, gently release the dosa on the sides and flip it to cook the other side.
After 30 Seconds, Flip the dosa and fold it in half and serve with your side dish.
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