Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Udipi Paan Polo/Soyi Polo/Neer Dosa With Cauliflower And Peas Kurma

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BM#14: Day5:This is one of my favorite dosa recipe. It is so delicate like a butterfly wing. Stuff it into your mouth and it practically disintegrates. The base recipe is from here. So simple and splendid! Goes well with pretty much anything but I always eat this with Cauliflower and Peas Kurma,(recipe in this post as well). So you are getting a 2-in-1 recipe post today. :)
For the Paan Polo/Neer Dosa:
  • 1 Cup Short-grained Rice ( I use "Sona Masuri" or "Kolam Rice")
  • 6-7 Grated Coconut Balls/Few pieces of fresh coconut without the brown rinds or 1/2 Cup Grated Coconut
  • 2 Cups Water (For Mixing and Grinding)  + little more (if needed)
  • 1/2 Tsp Salt
  • If using coconut pieces, grate the coconut.
  • Mix the soaked rice and grated coconut.
  • Grind the rice + coconut mixture in a heavy-duty blender.
  • The batter should be runny with bubbles on top.
  • Heat a non-stick pan and using a mister spray "very little" oil. Don't overdo it. It makes the dosa slimy. Since it is very thin it doesn't need much.
  • Once the pan is hot enough, take a ladle-ful of batter and pour.
  • Quickly swirl the batter and cover all the empty spots with little batter.
  • Lid the pan and cook for a minute or two on medium low. The edges lift off from the pan once it is cooked.
  • Carefully lift the dosa, fold it and serve it hot with piping hot cauliflower and peas

Cauliflower And Green Peas Kurma:

  • 1 Head of Cauliflower, cleaned and cut into small florets
  • 1/2 Cup Green Peas
  • a handful of Chopped Green Bell Pepper
  • 3 Ripe Roma Tomatoes
  • a pinch of Turmeric Powder
  • 1 Tbsp Coriander Powder
  • 1" Cinnamon Stick
  • 1/2 Tsp Fennel Seeds + 1/2 Tsp Cumin seeds, roughly ground in a mortar and pestle
  • 1/2 Cup Milk
  • a few grinds of Black Pepper 
  • Oil as needed
  • Salt as needed
For the Masala:
  • 1 Medium Onion, roughly chopped
  • 1" Ginger,peeled and chopped
  • 4 Garlic cloves, skinned and halved
  • 4 Hot Green Chilies or more/less
  • 1 Stalk Curry Leaves
  • a Handful of cashews
  • Saute the masala ingredients until the onions are well and truly browned. Set aside to cool.
  • Cut the cauliflower into florets.
  • In a wide pan, add some oil, the ground spices, cinnamon stick. Once the spices are fried, add the tomatoes, T.powder and Coriander powder. Saute well and add little water. Let the tomatoes cook for about 5 minutes on medium flame.
  • Add the cauliflower and ground masala.
  • Throw in the green peas, add 2 cups water. Salt the mixture and let it cook for 12-15minutes on a medium flame.
  • Add the milk and if needed, add more chili powder or pepper powder. Cook for 5 more minutes.
  • The end result should look like the below pictures. Tender vegetables in a gravy that is not too runny nor too thick.
  • Move the curry to a serving bowl.
  • Serve it with hot Paan Polo/Neer Dosa.

Another favorite soft dosa is the Red Matta Rice Dosa "Sponge Dosa":
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  1. Dosa looks to be awesome. Wonderful clicks Cool.
    Hamaree Rasoi

  2. I am more interested in the oil sprayer that you are using. I have tried a few and ALL were crap in doing job or broke too quickly. Could you please link the oil sprayer that you are using?

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  4. @Noel: I bought the "Food Network" brand Oil Mister from Kohl's. It is a simple straight can and so far it seems to be doing its job right.It is very similar to the one in the picture link below except for its shape-

    But I have read the "Misto" brand of Oil Mister is one of the best. You should give that a try too-

    Hope this helps.

  5. Wow wow i love this Neer Dosa....delicious clicks!!

  6. Neer dosa looks very tempting.. & gobi subzi with it very nice.. i have them with bitter guard gojju in a mangalorean hotel..just loved it!

  7. love your detailed instructions. For a dosa novice like me, is very useful!

  8. Its been such a long time since I had Neer Dosa. Looks very simple. Thanks for step by step presentation.

  9. These look so tempting. Love the combination!

  10. excellent pictures, does justice to the super soft and tasty neer dosa

  11. Some how I have never got down to making neer dosa. Why I ask myself every time but never have been able to answer it. Will make it this time around. love the dosa and the cauliflower.


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