Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Onion Rawa Dosa (Onion Semolina Dosa) & Strawberry Lassi: Double Treat

My discussion with my hubby’s aunt (R aunti) goes endless. We talk about weather conditions to lifestyle to cosmetics to children to home remedies to…., what not. We both are complete chatterbox material. I speak to her as if I know her from ages & so does she. These days, she asks me more about the latest recipes I have tried. She also gives some tips on cooking vegetables like radish, Malabar spinach etc. She is an excellent chef & I admire her for the eagerness to try new dishes. I always call her “Annapoorneshwari”, she can create magic in minutes. Not only that, you visit her home any time of the day, she prepares something yummilicious & treats you very well. I always wish, she could have been blessed with a daughter to graciously take over her recipes. But, her sons, on the contrary, have never ventured into kitchen!! She gives such accurate measurements that one can blindly follow without even thinking twice. One such tried & tested recipe that she passed me very long back is this onion rawa dosa. She gave such exact measurements that I have never tried to experiment with other measurements till now. It always turns out good.

Here are the ingredients given by her.
Chiroti Rawa or Fine rawa: 2 cups
All purpose flour: 1/2 cup
Rice flour: 3/4th cup
Grated coconut: 3-4 tbsp
Pepper powder: ½ tsp
Sour curd/yogurt: ½ cup
Water: For mixing
Finely chopped onion: 1 medium sized
Salt: According to taste
Sugar: ½ tsp
Other ingredients:
Oil : ½ - 1 tsp oil for each dosa.

  • Mix all the above mentioned ingredients (except salt & sugar) well. Ensure no lumps are formed.
  • Slowly add water to this mixture & keep stirring until the batter becomes a little thinner than the normal dosa batter.
  • Keep the batter aside for 30minutes. Add salt, sugar just before preparing dosas. Mix well.
  • Pour the batter onto the hot dosa pan & spread the batter immediately in circular motion to get thinner dosa. Cook on low to medium flame on one side only without covering the pan with a lid.
  • Remove the dosa from pan, serve it with a chutney of your choice. I served the dosa with mint chutney.

  • Small rawa gets cooked very fast making the batter to stick to the pan. Hence, it is important to make the batter thinner than the normal dosa batter for easy spreading of dosa.
  • Always cook the rawa dosa on slow flame for crispier dosa.
  • Addition of sugar to batter gives a nice golden brown color to the dosa.

Strawberry Lassi
I tried strawberry lassi recipe from foodieshope. It was lip smacking. Thanks a lot for the wonderful recipe Ashakka.

Strawberry: 8-10nos (I used fresh strawberry)
Yogurt/Curd: 2 cups (home made yogurt)
Milk: 1 cup
Sugar: 4-6 tbsp
Ice cubes: 2-4

Blend all the above mentioned ingredients, it should become like a thick milkshake. Cool it for an hour & serve it.
Donot over-chill it or on the contrary it should not be at room temperature too. Cool strawberry lassi tastes great ;)


  1. My husband does not like Upma, But he loves rava dosa, and i always fail to make it proper.I will try this measurement.Thanks for this recipe.

  2. @Pavithra,
    That was a quick one, thanks a lot.
    dont use the upma rawa for preparing rawa dosa, instead use the fine rawa or bombay rawa. Do try it & kindly let me know the outcome.

  3. Never made rawa dosa before. Love teh strawberry lassi. New idea and its cool.

  4. Rava dosa is my fav too!!!
    I also prepare this with different measurements but the ingredients are same..
    yummy Lassi....I just avoid Icecubes in it..:)
    yummy dosa n Lassi, seriosuly a double combo!!

  5. And As per my knowledge upma rava and bombay rava are same..i think what u r expressing is called baarik rava/obbattu rava/chiroti rava....

  6. thatz a good one .. my favorite

  7. Wow, Rava Dosa looks so crispy and the color looks so amazing... Infact a double treat with the smoothie... Love the pink color too... Mouthwatering, Rava dosa is so struck on my mind now...

  8. rawa dosa is my fav. looks great Sushma! Lassi looks yummy too!

  9. Rava dosa with chutney is making me hungry.. I too do the same way..Would love to have that lassi in this hot weather..Yummm Post

  10. Sushma, Rave dose sakkathagi ide kanri. Maadi bahala dina aythu photo nodi madbeku annistha ide nodi :) Lassi nu sakkathagi ide :)

  11. @Prathibha,
    Thanks for the correction. I was referring to chiroti rawa. I have modified the post too.
    My amma calls chiroti rawa as bombay rawa, hence got confused
    :( Thanks a lot dearie...

  12. Lovely treat I should say..I just love onion rava....I always ending up ordering onion rava dosa :)

  13. Hi Sushma,
    Love crispy dosas, Amma maneli vatietys of dosa tindu ...now I miss it a lot coz dosas are very rare at my place coz S doesn't like it so much :( Next dosa maddaga I'll make this one bookmarked it ri ...thaks for the easy recipe :)" Annapoorneshwari" title odi nagu bantu...got reminded of one of my friends...avlu tumba advice madtirtaale anta I call her "Akkamahadevi"...lol
    Sushma pls take the 'I love ur blog" award from my blog dear..

  14. Even I prepare rava dosa by adding onions and coconut......they look crispy and yummy along with cool strawberry lassi

  15. Rava dosa is my hubby fav & strawberry shake is mine. U r simply superb.

  16. I'm always on the lookout for dosa recipes. This is perfect! Thanks :)

  17. thanks Sushma for visiting my blog. Nimma rave dose recipe thumba simpleaagidhe. Naanu rave dose manenalli maadthaneirthini. Nimma recipenu try maadthini. :)

  18. Hey, Just subscribed to your blog..love it.. i will be a regular visitor hereon..

  19. I never tried adding yogurt for strawberry milkshake.. shall do next time...



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