One of the most popular fasting meals of South India is vella dosai (jaggery dosa). This scrumptious dosa is made by Tamilians on the auspicious occasion of Maha Shivaratri, Ekadasi and Shasti.
Vella dosai, as the name suggests is made from wheat flour, jaggery and spices. Three-quarter measure of powdered jaggery is dissolved in hot water on low flame. The jaggery water is cooled and one measure of wheat flour and a pinch of cardamom powder is added to this mixture.
It is important to mix this by hand to ensure that there are no lumps and allow the batter to rest for a few hours. Rice flour is sometimes added to make the dosas crispy.
The hot dosas are best had with a dollop of homemade ghee. People living in Karnataka especially Mangalore generally make the batter from grated cucumber, soaked rice, jaggery and fresh coconut. These dosas are enjoyed with a little butter on the top.
Written by Lakshmi Subramanian
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