Friday, 28 June 2013

Bhomma dosa/ Tiny dosa roundels - (FUN FOOD -1)

    It was  during one of our vacations that my aunty made  these great mini dosas  for varsha.  She was soo delighted to find a new variation, in entirely kiddy style and ate more than she could have.  From that day onwards till now, she always says, ' ma, i want bomma dosa plz'

 The only requirement for the dosa here, is that batter is expected to be slightly thicker consistency so that desirable shape is met.  I often make them with idly batter.  Making this is very simple too, with more practise and patience you can try out various shapes, and at the sametime try many toppings, most of which may be healthy too.  So let us take an quick glance.....

If you could closely follow collage in zigzag form, the idly batter is spooned over very little, circular form over hot tawa.  Afterwhich,  some colourful vegetable topping is spooned (I used grated carrots and spring onions green part).  Some  pressing  with back of spoon is also done so that the topping is strongly bonded.  Later they are covered by a lid and cooked till the dosas are done. 
  •  You can change the filling, replacing any vegetable like mushroom/paneer/dry fruits/fresh fruits/nuts etc.  
  • You can also sandwich one dosa into another with a bit of grated cheese on middle to satisfy cheesy demand of your kids.
  • This savoury version can be served with tomato sauce/green chutney/mayo

And the second sweet version is the real 'fun part' of this dosa. I tried an teddy bear shape on tawa and garnished them with gems cookies.  

  • This way you can also try different shapes like clouds, sun, pokeman etc, depending upon ur kid's preference
  • Some yummy goodies like tutti-fruitty, jujube, orange candy can also be used for decoration, more colourful they look more appetizing look for kids
  • Best served with chocolate sauce/Nutella
  • You can also prepare Malpua on tawa, drizzling more oil than it would take for mini dosa, follow garnish and soak in hot sugar syrup n serve.

They can also be packed on lunch-box.  I am sure that ur kids would luv to have this 'n' number of dosa platters.  I, also hope that this can be an tricky treat for lazy week-end.  And also  for kids bored with regular dosas.  Do try and I also welcome any suggestions to the same.  

Vegetables in garlic sauce

   I dont know why, but recent times i have grown addicted to chinese  cooking  a lot.  Hence comes this preparation.  Personally speaking I am an garlic-luver, for I can be the only person who visits to ' THE CHUTNEYS' (Authentic vegetarian restaurent at Hyderabad which has an wide range of idly and dosa platter) and order an 'garlic dosa'   :)  :)  So this luv for garlic had even more triggered the 'chinese' part in me!

 When I read about this preparation in one of cookery books, I cannot wait to try hands on them.  But, at the sametime I was soo worried about addition of 'n' number of sauces into it.  So, I restricted them to chilli sauce alone.  Tried replacing tomato sauce with home-made tomato puree, and yes the magic worked.  The final preparation tasted entirely chinese!

Ajwain paratha

    Me and my hubby were visiting newly opened Ratnadeep supermarket, my hubby gazed through  refrigerator.  He was longing for frozen parathas, especially ajwain parathas which were cooked in lachhaa paratha style.  Though he dropped off their sight, I knew that he needed them the most.  I, bought smallest packet of ajwain  and came home .  And yes, tried simplest form of paratha and served with garlic vegetables, they were awesome.  This roti was layered, very aromatic and soft too.

On the other hand, ajwain has an lot of medical properties... it is known to cure digestive problems and can also aid on  problomatic conditions of liver, kidney, spleen etc.  I kneaded these dough with whey water which I had due to rasagulla preparation I made day before.  This can be substituted with warm water too

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