Monday, January 27, 2014

Pineapple dosa( pineapple rice-lentil pancake)

When it comes to cooking, my mother is very innovative. She can cook with anything! One of her creative recipes is Pineapple dosa. Apparently, one day she had some leftover pineapple slices that were a little too ripe for her to eat. She decided to use it in her dosa. Here's the recipe for pineapple dosa!

Servings: 4


Rice: 3 cups
Urad dal: 1/2 cup
Beaten rice( poha):1/2 cup
Methi( fenugreek seeds): 1 tbsp
Pineapple pieces : 1 cup
Salt to taste.
Oil for the tawa( skillet).


Soak rice, urad dal & methi together at least 2-3 hours(or overnight). 

Now grind it to a fine batter in the blender. 

Add pineapple pieces to it once the rice is ground finely & blend.

Soak poha( beaten rice) for 10 mins ( just before you begin grinding the batter )and blend it with the rest of the batter in the blender. 

Allow it to ferment overnight ( at least 6-8 hours). The batter should be slightly thick as in fermentation it tends to get a little thin.

Add salt  to the batter when you are ready to make the dosa. 

Heat the skillet to medium hot, take a ladleful of batter and pour it on the skillet ( just like you would do while making pancake). Cover with a lid, reduce the flame until you here a sizzling sound. Open the lid and see if you see any wet patches. If not, the dosa is done!

You can eat these soft fluffy dosas with wet or dry chutney of your choice!

Cooking made easy:

  • Make sure that the flame is low or else the underside of the dosa will burn.
  • I soak the rice & dal in the morning  before I go to work and grind it in the evening when I come back.
  • The above quantity is enough for 2 breakfasts. I save the leftover batter in the fridge. It stays fresh for up to 1 week.
  • If you live in a cold country, you will have to ferment your batter longer. During winter, I grind my batter on Thursday night and leave it in the oven( with the oven switched off) to be used on Saturday morning for breakfast. You must check periodically to see if the batter has risen.If it has, then it means that it has fermented sufficiently.
  • If you don't have the time to let it ferment, you can add a pinch of baking soda to the batter 15 mins before making them.

Tip for Healthy Living:

Why does one put on weight? There is a simple equation to it. Weight gain is the direct result of the imbalance between calorie intake and calorie output.

Calorie Intake = Calorie output = No weight gain
Calorie Intake > Calorie output= Weight gain.

Food we eat constitutes calorie intake, while the physical activity constitutes calorie output.As long as one balances the food intake and the physical activity, one will not gain weight.

Food for Thought:

There is always something to learn from everyone we come across in our lives as long as we keep the windows of our mind open...