Our daily life is filled in eating processed food and drinking fizzy drinks. Back in the days when I was in India there were not many fast food joints. Its been nearly 7 years since I moved out of Mangalore and this city has boomed not only economically but also the health concern in young children have increased. Children opt for the easy option to eat lunch either in the canteen or at the fast food joints as they are easily available hot and taste good with the added flavors. However how much of these foods actually contain natural fibre?
Personally I don’t blame our parents. With both parents working and supporting the family it tends to be hard to cook at home. Thou doctors say that you should never skip breakfast, with present life style it is very hard to actually wake up and prepare a whole and hearty breakfast. Hence I try at least on the weekends to grab most of my nutrients.
Dosa’s are a very common breakfast item in Mangalore and Udupi district. These are generally a batter prepared with rice and dal soaked overnight and fried into crispy pancakes. Today, I have tried something different from the regular dosa’s and prepared a whole meal dosa which is loaded with natural fibre and good for health.
- 1 cup whole wheat flour (Chapati flour)
- 1 small onion finely chopped
- 1 small green chilly finely chopped
- 1 tsp of coriander leaves
- a few curry leaves
- pinch of soda bicarb
- Salt to taste.
- Pinch of sugar.
- Water 1 1/4 cup (use the same cup as used to measure the flour)
- Oil to fry
- In a mixing bowl add the flour, chopped onions, chopped green chilly, curry leaves, coriander leaves, salt, sugar and pinch of soda bicard and mix well.
- To this add the water and mix to make a smooth running consistency batter.
- Heat oil in a pan.
- Once the oil is heated, take a ladle spoon full of the batter and pour it to the center of the pan.
- With the back of the ladle spoon spread this batter evenly on to the pan.
- Cover this batter and cook for about 2-3 minutes on medium flame or until the edges curl up a little and are crispy.
- Enjoy the dosa’s hot with Ghee/Coriander Chutney or mango pickle.