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Friday, 4 September 2015

Ragi Dosa (Finger Millet Pancakes - Karnataka Cuisine)

          Ragi flour in general is very healthy and is a power house of essential nutrients. It contains calcium, iron and is high in fibre. It is also low in carb, gluten free and is a diabetic friendly food. So it is beneficial to incorporate it in our diet as much as possible. 

          In fact it is a staple breakfast diet in Karnataka, especially in the rural areas. It was considered as a poor man's diet earlier, but recently people have realised the importance of this humble grain / flour and are going out of their way to prepare various dishes out of it. 

          It may not be appealing to the eyes, but they can be made presentable by skilfully garnishing them while serving. Here, I have made dosa out of the ragi flour which can be relished with coconut chutney, pickles or sambar. It also goes well with any non-veg curry too.

  • 1 1/2 cups ragi flour
  • 1/4 cup rice
  • 1/4 cup urad dal (split black gram)
  • salt to taste
  • 1 tsp. red chili flakes
  • oil to shallow fry
  • coconut chutney & sambar to serve

          Soak the rice and urad dal overnight. Grind with required quantity of water into a smooth paste. Add the ragi flour, salt, red chili flakes and enough water to form a batter of pouring consistency. Ferment for 6-7 hours.

          Heat a non-stick tawa / griddle and spread a ladleful of the batter. Spread in a circular motion. Drizzle some oil over it and around the edges.

          Cook on a low flame till one side is done. Flip it over and cook the other side too. Remove on a plate. Make similar dosas out of the remaining batter. Serve them hot along with coconut chutney and sambar.

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