South Indians are famous for their dosas. We can make dosa with whatever we have at hand. The South Canara and the Malnad region of Karnataka have their own specialties of dosas. They make cucumber dosa, banana dosa, heerekai dosa, neer dosa and this uppu huli dosa regularly for their breakfast.
Uppu translates to salt, huli to sourness. This uppu huli dosa has all the ingredients that you put to your rasam. So, sometimes they put in rasam powder along with the tamarind to prepare this dosa.
This dosa is nutritious and makes a complete meal. It has vegetables, lentils and rice. Perfect one pot meal kinda dish. You can eat it with butter, ghee, a mild chutney/dip or as is :)
There are two ways in which mom-in-law prepares this. One with the normal dosa batter that she has handy or by grinding soaked rice, toor dal and roasted spices. I am showing you guys the first and the easy one here. Do not forget to refer notes. I have some important tips for you there!
Preparation Time: 10 mins
Cooking Time: 1-2 mins for each dosa
Ingredients: (Makes about 25-30 dosas)
Left over dosa batter: ~4 cups
Salt: As needed, refer notes
Jaggery | Brown sugar: 2 tbsp
Spinach: 2 cups, heaped
Onion: 1 large, finely chopped
For the spice paste:
Oil: 1/2 tsp
Coriander seeds: 1 tbsp
Cumin seeds: 2 tsp
Fenugreek seeds: 1/4 tsp
Curry leaves: 4-6 nos, torn
Dry red chili: 4-6 nos, broken
Asafoetida: a big pinch
Grated coconut: 2 tbsp, fresh or frozen, refer notes
Thick tamarind extract: 2 tsp, refer notes
Oil: About 1/2 tsp for each dosa
Add oil to a small sauce pan and roast all the ingredients(except coconut and tamarind extract) mentioned for the spice paste until golden brown. Add the asafoetida towards the end.
Allow the spices to cool. Once cool blend all the spices along with coconut and tamarind extract to a smooth paste. Do not add too much water as the dosa batter will thin down.
Mix this spice mixture with the dosa batter. Throw in the salt, jaggery and mix.
Wash the spinach thoroughly and chop them fine. Chop the onions too.
Throw in the chopped spinach and onion. Mix well.
Allow the batter to rest for 5-10 mins.
Heat the griddle. Once hot, spoon a laddle full of batter on the griddle and spread it like a dosa. These will be like pancakes, a little thicker. Sprinkle oil on the sides of the dosa. Cook the dosa covered on a low-medium heat on both the sides for a minimum of 45secs to 1 min.
Once the dosa is cooked, serve it hot with a chutney or as is.
Repeat the same with the remaining batter.
Some of the chutney/dip recipes that go well with this dosa are:
Kadale bele chutney
- It is very important to cook the dosa on a low-medium heat. Because of the jaggery and the spices, the dosa will turn brown and even get burnt easily. So, take your time to cook them. I am stressing again
- You could add other leafy vegetables like methi leaves (fenugreek leaves), amaranth leaves, or even cabbage (finely shredded) to make this dosa.
- Adjust the salt carefully as the left over dosa batter usually contains salt.
- If the left over dosa batter is sour, then add less amount of tamarind. I do not recommend sour dosa batter for this dosa. It is better to have fresh batter.