This Sunday's wholesome lunch was cumin - ginger flavored spicy cucumber dosas with a rich, mango - berry - nut smoothie.
Cumin - Ginger flavored Cucumber Dosas:
Southekayi rottis were the inspiration for these dosas. The following ingredients are just to give an idea. The proportion of flours, vegetable and the flavors in the following recipe can be changed according to one's taste.
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup rice flour
1 cup grated cucumber
1 Tbsp cumin seeds
A small ginger piece
2 green chilies
Salt to taste
A pinch of asafoetida powder
1 Tbsp minced cilantro
Oil to make dosas
* Grind ginger and chilies into a paste, if serving kids. Or finely mince chilies and grate the ginger piece.
* Mix the flours, cucumber, cumin seeds, asafoetida powder, salt, green chili - ginger paste, cilantro in a bowl. Add water and form a thin, lump free batter as you do for rava dosa or godhuma dosa.
* Heat a griddle or a shallow pan. Sprinkle a few drops of water on the hot pan to test whether the griddle is ready. If the water sizzles, it is. Take a ladle full of batter and pour it from a little height on to the griddle. Start pouring the batter from outside circle of the griddle. The batter is sticky and so spreading it with the back of the ladle as traditional dosas should be avoided. It will spread on it's own and fill any gaps in the middle with dosa batter. Pour about half a tsp of oil around the edges of dosa and let it cook on medium flame. When the dosa turns browner (the side closer to the griddle), flip it and again pour another 1/2 tsp oil around the edges and let it cook for a minute and remove it.
Repeat the same with the remaining batter.
Serve dosas with chutney.
Mango - Berry - Nut Smoothie:
Ingredients to serve 4:
1 mango (sans the skin and seed)
1/4 cup dried berries (I had used a blend of raspberries, strawberries, raisins, cranberries, blueberries and cherries)
10 cashews + 10 almonds
Sweetener of your choice
Yogurt or yogurt + milk to blend the ingredients
Mix everything and process in a blender for a rich, yummy smoothie. Add ice cubes if serving on a hot day. Garnish with nuts and some dried berries if you wish.
Cucumber dosas go to Priya's Cooking with Seeds - Cumin seeds hosted @ Sara's Corner this month.
And the smoothie goes to
Divya's 'Show me your Smoothie' and Niloufer's Twenty - 20 cooking event.
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