Monday, August 6, 2012

Try a Masala Dosa

A masala dosa is made by stuffing a dosa with a lightly cooked filling of potatoes, fried onions and spices. The dosa is wrapped around an onion and potato curry or sabji and is originally invented by Udupi Hotels. It is listed as number 39 on World's 50 most delicious foods complied by CNN Go in 2011. It is also cited as top ten tasty foods of the world (2012).Before it was invented, plain dosa was served with potato curry (liquified potato palya) without onions in a separate cup. During a shortage of potatoes, a method was created in which potato was mashed and sautéed with onions with other spices. This was then placed inside the dosa instead of in a separate cup to hide the onions, which are not eaten by orthodox Hindus and Jains. This came to be known as masala dosa, from the sautéeing of spices (masala) during the preparation of the potato palya.

Some variants are:
  • Mysore masala dosa: masala dosa with coconut and onion chutneys spread inside along with the potato stuffing
  • Vegetable masala dosa: instead of potatoes, peas and other vegetables are mashed to make the stuffing
  • Rava masala dosa: rava (semolina), especially the Bombay Rava, is used instead of rice
  • Chinese masala dosa: noodles and other Chinese ingredients like schezwan sauce are added
  • Paneer chilli dosa: stuffed with sautéed cottage cheese (paneer) and capsicum
  • Palak Masala dosa: coated with a thin layer of puréed spinach, and filled with the traditional potato/onion mixture
  • Masala dosa: one or two fried eggs served on top
  • Davanagere benne masala dosa: named after Davanagere in Karnataka, this is prepared by adding liberal doses of butter and also a potato filling (palya).
  • Set Masala dosa: or simply set masala, mostly served in Mysore, contains two smaller masala dosas. Sometimes one of them is filled with vegetable korma/saagu and the other one with the usual potato-onion palya.
In Bangalore, the masala dosa is usually served with a red chutney applied to its inside surface. The red chutney usually has generous amounts of garlic.

Where to order?
Go to any good vegetarian hotel in South India, and it is available. 

Masala Dosa wiki page 

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