Monday, September 14, 2009

Daring Cooks September Challenge: Indian Dosas

I am crazy for the Daring Cooks challenges. Seriously, every one I have participated in has been fantastic and September's challenge was no exception. Indian Dosas from Debyi of The Healthy Vegan Kitchen were on the menu and let me tell you, they are so good that the first time I made them, I ate them for dinner two nights in a row and lunch three days in a row. I absolutely adore this recipe. Essentially a Dosa is much like a crepe with a curried chickpea filling.

This was my first experience with Dosas but I knew I would like them because I love chickpeas and I love Indian food but one of the best things about this recipe is the Coconut Curry Sauce. Good lord this sauce is delicious. From now on, anytime I make any kind of Indian food I'll be accompanying it with this sauce. In fact I made extra and have it in the freezer waiting for me. I suggest you do the same.

Thanks Debyi for another wonderful challenge!


Dosa Pancakes
1 cup spelt flour (or all-purpose, gluten free flour)
½ tsp salt
½ tsp baking powder
½ tsp curry powder
½ cup almond milk (or soy, or rice, etc.)
¾ cup water
cooking spray, if needed

Dosa Filling
1 batch Curried Garbanzo Filling (see below), heated

Dosa Toppings
1 batch Coconut Curry Sauce (see below), heated
¼ cup grated coconut
¼ cucumber, sliced

Dosa Pancakes
1.Combine the dry ingredients in a bowl, slowly adding the almond milk and water, whisking until smooth.
2.Heat a nonstick skillet over medium heat. Spray your pan with a thin layer of cooking spray, if needed.
3.Ladle 2 tablespoons of batter into the center of your pan in a circular motion until it is a thin, round pancake. When bubbles appear on the surface and it no longer looks wet, flip it over and cook for a few seconds. Remove from heat and repeat with remaining batter. Makes 8 pancakes.

Curried Garbanzo Filling
This filling works great as a rice bowl topping or as a wrap too, so don't be afraid to make a full batch.

5 cloves garlic
1 onion, peeled and finely diced
1 carrot, peeled and finely diced
1 green pepper, finely diced (red, yellow or orange are fine too)
2 medium hot banana chilies, minced
2 TBSP cumin, ground
1 TBSP oregano
1 TBSP sea salt (coarse)
1 TBSP turmeric
4 cups cooked or canned chick peas (about 2 cans)
½ cup tomato paste

1.Heat a large saucepan over medium to low heat. Add the garlic, veggies, and spices, cooking until soft, stirring occasionally.
2.Mash the chickpeas by hand, or in a food processor. Add the chickpeas and tomato paste to the saucepan, stirring until heated through.

Coconut Curry Sauce
This makes a great sauce to just pour over rice as well. This does freeze well, but the texture will be a little different. The flavor is still the same though. It tastes great, but the texture is a little runnier, not quite as thick as it was before freezing.

1 onion, peeled and chopped
2 cloves garlic
½ tsp cumin, ground
¾ tsp sea salt (coarse)
3 TBSP curry powder
3 TBSP spelt flour (or all-purpose GF flour)
3 cups vegetable broth
2 cups coconut milk
3 large tomatoes, diced

1.Heat a saucepan over medium heat, add the onion and garlic, cooking for 5 minutes, or until soft.
2.Add the spices, cooking for 1 minutes more. Add the flour and cook for 1 additional minute.
3.Gradually stir in the vegetable broth to prevent lumps. Once the flour has been incorporated, add the coconut milk and tomatoes, stirring occasionally.
4.Let it simmer for half an hour.


Frenchie said...

I can't agree with you more, I go crazy for DC and this recipe was amazing. You did a beautiful job with your presentation.

Anonymous said...

I think I was the only one in this challenge who didn't flip over the filling and Your dosas came out perfect, so golden, thin and crispy! Beautiful photo and plating too! Very well done!!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful plating - love the photo! And I agree with you - the sauce was my favorite part...I wish I had made more to store in my freezer as well. Lovely job! Jayle

Holly said...

I agree, the sauce is delicious! I'm planning on putting mine over rice for dinner tonight! Great job on the challenge!

Phoo-D said...

Lovely plating! I agree- the sauce was so delicious I really didn't want to share!

Jenni said...

Great job! Your dosa looks amazing, as is your presentation of them! And I totally agree - they tasted fabulous, didn't they?!

Lauren said...

Yum! Looks delicious =D. Beautiful job with your dosas!

~Madeline~ said...

Thank you everyone, it was fun. Yay for the sauce!

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