Dosa is a Popular Breakfast Dish!
Yes, dosa is the most popular South Indian Breakfast Dish and there are many Dosa Varieties. Believe there are more than 100 Dosa varieties!!
Though dosa is a south Indian dish, it has crossed all geographical barriers and has won the heart of people worldwide. With the increasing popularity, the varieties of dosa have also increased. Some eateries claim to serve 99 dosa varieties! A dosa joint anywhere in the world attracts foodies.
Masala dosa is the most popular variety amongst all varieties and the taste of this change with every region. Dosa in Bengaluru is different from the one you get in hotels at Mysore or at Davanagere. Some popular dosa varieties are Onion, Set Dosa, Plain, Pesarattu, etc. Each has its own quality and taste. Other varieties are as tasty and yummy which are not very well known amongst the people. Here I am introducing you to 5 unique varieties which are not very popular but very tasty.
Methi or Fenugreek Dosa – Soft Melting Dosa Variety
This is a soft version and best amongst many dosa varieties, unlike the regular crispy one. It will have the mild aroma of Methi and tastes superb with coconut chutney. The chutney should be spicy for this variety. Made from a combination of just rice and Methi, this dosa should be savored with fresh butter and spicy chutney. Those who do not like the taste of fenugreek may not be excited about this variety, but for others, this is an out of the world breakfast dish.
This dosa variety cannot be found in eateries or food joints, but very popular among senior people at home. This is good for your tummy as it contains a lot of Methi. Methi has many health benefits which are all embedded in this variety of dosa.
Rava Dosa – Crispy, Yet Different
In this variety, rava or soji is used instead of rice and the rava dosa recipe suits a fast turnover. The batter is prepared by mixing equal quantities of rice flour, maida and Chiroti Soji in the curd. It can also be made by grinding soaked urad dal and rava or soji, dosa will be crispy and of a different taste.
There are different varieties of soji available in the market, but it is better to use the Local soji which has medium-sized grains. Paper-thin dosa can be made from this batter and it ferments fast and hence good for a fast turnover. Since it will be crispy, alu sabzi stuffing can be done for this variety which will be similar to Masala-dosa. Finely chopped onion, coriander leaves, and green chilies can be added to the batter to make onion rava dosa.
Millet Dosa – For the Health Freaks
This variety is prepared using urad dal and millet instead of rice. Millet is a healthy replacement for rice as it contains a lot of fiber. That apart, it is rich in protein, potassium, magnesium, and iron, which makes it better than rice. This is the best breakfast recipe for those who are weight conscious or those who are on a weight loss diet as millets aid in reducing weight.
People with diabetes can eat millet dosa without worrying about the increase of sugar level as millets help control sugar levels in the blood. With all these health benefits, millet dosa makes the best option for a healthy breakfast without compromising on quality. Generally, pearl millet is used to make this variety, but other millets or a mix of few millets can also be used to get different tastes.
Mix dal dosa for a Heavy Breakfast
This variety is good for children who need a lot of protein and energy. Made using toor dal, gram dal, moong dal, urad dal, and rice, this dosa is tasty and healthy. All the five ingredients are taken in equal quantity, soaked at night. The batter is prepared in the morning by grinding the soaked ingredients. Dosa can be prepared from this batter even without fermenting. Please note that it ferments very fast, so better to put it in the refrigerator if you are not using it immediately.
Dosa can be made as soon as the ingredients are ground. Adding onion, green chilies and fresh coriander leaves enhance the taste of this dish. It can be made crispy or soft and hence both children and older people will like it. It has all the goodness of pulses and tastes good and spicy. Mix dal variety should be savored hot with coconut chutney and butter to get the best feel.
Mix Veg Dosa- Colorful and Tasty
This is the dosa which has all the goodness and taste of vegetables. It makes a yummy breakfast as it is different from the regular dosa yet very-very tasty and easy to prepare. Kids will love this variety as it can be made colorful which attracts them and also they will get to eat the vegetables which cover the health aspect. This can be prepared from the batter that you already have, but make sure that the batter is made using little Methi. You can add vegetables like carrot, Methi leaves, cabbage, etc.
Any vegetable that can be grated can be used to make this tasty variety. Onion can also be added or only vegetables can be used. One leafy vegetable like Methi or Palak is a must or alternatively, you can use coriander leaves. Add one or two green chiles, finely chopped or ground to a smooth paste. The Mix veg dosa should be relished hot with Chutney and butter or ghee.
Make your own variety!
These are just a few samples of how dosa can be modified to fit everyone’s taste. Your creativity can be given a free swing and you can invent 99 or even more dosa varieties! Just keep the basic batter ready in the refrigerator and you can make delicious, healthy breakfast every day.