Thursday 6 November 2014

Ragi Rava Dosa (கேப்பை ரவை தோசை)

Finger millet or Ragi (கேப்பை () கேழ்வரகு) is used extensively in countryside to make dosas, porridge (கூழ்), roti, uppuma and kali (களி). It is rich in calcium, iron, vitamins, essential amino acids and dietary fiber. Finger millet is often included in weight loss and diabetic diets. Ragi flour can be used to make dosas (click here for the recipe), which are slightly thicker than regular dosas. However, you can mix it with semolina to make thinner dosas. Let us see how to make these dosas.

Ingredients: (makes approximately 8 dosas)
Rava or semolina (ரவை) – 1 big hollow ladle or 75ml measure
Finger millet flour/ ragi flour (கேப்பை மாவு) – 2 big hollow ladle or 150ml measure
All purpose flour or maida (மைதா மாவு) – 1 big hollow ladle or 75ml measure
Buttermilk – 1 big hollow ladle or 75ml measure
Jeera – 1 teaspoon
Salt – to taste
Cooking oil – for making dosas

Ragi Rava Dosa (கேப்பை ரவை தோசை) served with coconut chutney

Method: Mix rava, finger millet flour, maida and salt in a bowl with buttermilk and two tumblers (400ml) of water. Use a hand blender and mix very well taking care that lumps are not formed. Add jeera to the batter. The batter should be thin and of pouring consistency. 

How to prepare dosas: Heat the dosa tava very well. Though you can make this dosa on any tava, it is preferable to use a flat tava. Mix the batter well before using. Once the tava is hot, take one big hollow ladleful of batter and start pouring along the edge of the tava. As the batter is thin, it runs towards the center. You may lift the tava by the handle and tilt it gently to let the batter fill the gaps, if any. Please note that as the batter spreads there will be small gaps in the dosa. Leave it as such. DO NOT TRY TO SPREAD THE BATTER USING THE LADLE, as you would do with ground dosa batter. Pour a teaspoon of oil around the dosa. Allow it to cook for a short while. Turnover and cook the other side for a few seconds. Remove from fire. Serve hot with chutney. Please note that finger millet dosas are dark brown in color.

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