© David Loftus
amazing indian dosa
I had a great conversation with Atul Kochhar at Feastival and he inspired me to go down the Indian street food vibe. Traditionally, dosa batter would have been left to ferment for a couple of days, but I think this version is more realistic to make at home. Im so excited about this dish because its one of those recipes where anyone can knock it out and achieve something really authentic.
Prick the potatoes and sweet potatoes all over with a knife and bake until soft, either in the coals of your fire or barbecue or wrapped in foil in the oven at 200°C/400°F/gas 6 for around 1 hour, or until soft and cooked through. Cut open on a board and scoop out the flesh into a bowl. Roughly mash then set aside while you cook your spice mixture.
Heat a lug of olive oil in a pan over a medium heat. Add the chillies, ginger, mustard seeds, turmeric and a good pinch of salt and pepper and cook, shaking the pan frequently, until it smells fantastic and the seeds start to pop. Pour the mixture over your potatoes then gently mix together with a knife I guess its a bit like glorified mash potato. Taste and season if needed, then add the lime juice, spring onions and coriander. Mix everything together, then set aside.
For the dosa batter, add the flours to a bowl with the bicarb, mustard seeds and a good pinch of salt. Gradually whisk in enough water, about 400ml, to make a loose batter. Add a splash of oil to a pan over a medium-high heat and carefully wipe it around with kitchen paper. Add a spoonful of batter to the pan and immediately twist so the batter coats the base and slips up the edges. As soon as the moisture on top starts to cook away and there are lots of bubbles, add a few heaped teaspoons of potato filling and gently spread across the dosa. Once the base is crispy, loosely roll up the dosa in the pan and youre ready to go. Serve with minted yoghurt, chutneys and wedges of lime.
serves: 6 to 8
2 baking potatoes, scrubbed
2 sweet potatoes, scrubbed
1 dried red chilli, finely sliced
1 fresh red chilli, finely sliced
1cm piece of fresh ginger, peeled and finely sliced
1½ teaspoons mustard seeds
1 teaspoon turmeric
sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 lime, halved
4 spring onions, trimmed and finely sliced
a few coriander sprigs, roughly chopped
minted yoghurt, Indian chutney and lime wedges, to serve
For the Dosa batter
1 cup gram (chickpea) flour
1 cup flour
½ teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
2½ teaspoons mustard seeds