February 17, 2013

Set Dosa - version 2, and a celebration at Blogging Marathon

25. A magical number in any milestone driven event - be it marriage or life ,  an organisation or a mega occasion like the Blogging Marathon - the silver anniversary holds promise of a wonderful journey and wishes for a sweeter sojourn in the years to come. And similarly, Blogging Marathon - a brain child of Srivalli celebrates its 25th edition this month. Ably supported by a dedicated team of bloggers, Srivalli and her team have embarked upon sweet success, and each one of us wish her many more milestones to come. This week  for BM, I have chosen the theme "Cooking from a Cookbook"  ; Of course,cookbook here means the printed word or any online reference. 

In this world of blog hopping, I have bookmarked hundreds of recipes, and am glad I could try out a few for this edition. Will kick off with a yummy, honest-to goodness soft and fluffy Set Dosa from Sailu's Kitchen which was perhaps one of the earliest bookmarked recipes. I already have a recipe for Set Dosa here. So why another one, do you ask ? Well, Set Dosa happens to be one of my favourite recipes :-) Set Dosa is usually served in pairs or even in threes (a set, you see) with Chutney and / or Sagu (mixed vegtable gravy). And this version from Sailu promised to be an authentic Andhra version. And boy, was it yummy ! I followed the recipe to the T, and ended up with super fluffy Set Dosa served with Shallots & Tomato Chutney (recipe soon!)

So, lets get cracking and see how to make this yummy breakfast. You could also make it for the evening tiffin / snack or even for dinner. Unlike other Dosas (pancakes), this is super fluffy and can be made with minimum oil too. 

Prep time: Soaking - 6 to 8 hours; grinding - 45 mins to an hour ; Fermentation : 10 to 12 hours or overnight
Difficulty level : Medium
Serving suggestions : Any Chutney or Kurma

Raw Rice - 2 cups
Parboiled rice - 1 cup
Urad dal / Split black gram - 3.4 cup
Poha / rice flakes - 3/4 cup
Methi Seeds / fenugreek seeds - 1 1/2 tsp
Pinch of sugar - 1/2 tsp (optional)
Salt - to taste
Oil - to make the dosa

Wash and soak both the types of rice, Urad Dal and Methi in adequate water for 4-6 hours. Separately soak poha  / flattened rice for 1- 2 hours
Grind all the ingredient adding enough water to a pouring consistency. Mix salt and let it ferment for 10-12 hours or overnight
The next morning, about 1 hour before preparing the dosa, mix the batter well. Add a pinch of sugar and mix again till the batter turns frothy.
Heat a tava (griddle) till medium hot. Sizzle about 1/2 tsp of water before making every dosa and wipe the excess with a kitchen towel / tissue. That way the heat is maintained evenly.
Take 1 - 2 ladles of batter and spread to a thickish dosa. drizzle 1/2 tsp of oil, Cover and cook for 1 - 2 mins.
Once you see small holes (due to the aeration) appearing on the surface, flip over and cook for just 10 - 20 seconds (in the classical version of Set Dosa, its never cooked on both sides)
Repeat with remaining batter. Serve hot with  Any Chutney or Kurma

Linking it to Blogging Marathon # 25. Check out other Marathoners here. Also to Susan's MLLA hosted by Lisa, , Traditional and Native Recipes by Sara , Breakfast Club at Farmer's girl. Also Linking this to PJ's event  Only Vegan, event by Pari


  1. Set dosa is my fav too. And congrats on participating in the silver jubilee event!
    Pics look del!

  2. Very new to me, mouthwatering set dosa. A must try recipe.

  3. Droolworthy set dosa, love to finish that whole platter,makes me hungry.

  4. wow! a tempting plate of breakfast!

  5. Yummy one. This recipe is what my mother uses for regular dosas too. She used to make small, thick dosas for lunch boxes to keep them softer. However I didn't know that there is a recipe for set dosas in Andhra though we thought our mother's dosas were like set dosas. I have connection with both Andhra & Karnataka but was under the impression that set dose belongs to Karnataka.

  6. Hubby loves this but have never tried it at home.Thanks for the recipe.

  7. Set dosa is an all time fav for me. Loved the post

  8. I love set soda and the last time I made really loved it...good one..

  9. 3.4 cups Urad dal - typo?

    Anyway dosa looks nice and soft. Yes, BM 25 meet was super duper! Wish I had the oppurtunity to meet you too! May be BM 50 :)

  10. Delicious dosa with tempting chutney.. Nice combo!!

  11. Delicious set dosa.. Welcome anytime of the day.

  12. This recipe is new to me. Need to try it out. Is there any particular reason behind adding sugar?

  13. I used to fallow Mllikabadarinath s recipe for set dosa. then now I got a recipe from my aunt will post that soon. your set dosa looks so soft got nice holes on it.. I love to have them with poondu chutney or kurma yummmm


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