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Bottle Gourd Dosa

23 Oct

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Anapakaya Dosalu.

Bottle gourd is chopped up with its skin intact and ground into fine paste. Here, rice flour and sooji is mixed with pureed bottle gourd for the batter. The batter is then poured onto hot pan and cooked till the dosa turns crisp. Serve bottle gourd dosa immediately with any pickle or sambar or chutney of your choice.
Makes: around 15 Bottle Gourd Dosa.

Ingredients:

Bottle Gourd Juice 1 Cup
Rice Flour 3/4 Cup
Fine Sooji 1/4 Cup
Green Chile 2 – 3
Cumin Seeds 1/2 tsp
Cilantro Few Sprigs
Salt to taste
Oil as Required

Method of preparation:

Wash, remove stem and roughly chop the green chiles.
Coarsely grind the green chiles using a grinder.
Wash, lightly scrape and roughly chop the bottle gourd.
Grind the bottle gourd with few tablespoons of water into smooth paste.
Clean, separate leaves, wash and finely chop the cilantro.

In a mixing bowl, mix together rice flour, ground bottle gourd, green chile paste, sooji, cumin seeds, cilantro, curry leaves and salt.
Add enough water to make it somewhat thin batter.

Heat a flat pan on medium high heat, apply few drops of oil with back of a spoon.
When pan gets hot, pour a ladle full of bottle gourd dosa batter on pan in circular motions.
Make sure batter is thin enough that it makes small holes when it hits the hot pan.
Try to fill up any big holes and form into 6 – 7 inch diameter dosa.
Don’t spread the dosa with back of the ladle.

Fry till bottom side starts to turn golden brown.
Pour few drops of oil on top and turn on other side.
Reduce the heat a bit and cook on this side for around a minute before removing from heat.
Repeat the same with remaining bottle gourd gourd dosa batter.
Serve bottle gourd dosa immediately with sambar or with any chutney of your choice.
Notes: Make sure lauki dosa is little crisp before removing from heat.

Suggestions: If the lauki dosa doesn’t come out crisp, make sure the pan is hot all the time. Don’t spread the batter once it hits the pan. Let it take its time to cook and crisp up. If the dosa doesn’t come out of the pan, make sure dosa batter is not too thin. If dosa comes thick, make sure batter is not too thick by adjusting with water.
Variations: You can also add finely chopped onion or grated carrot to the bottle gourd dosa batter.
Other Names: Bottle Gourd Dosa, Anapakaya Dosalu, Sorakaya Dosa.