Jan 9, 2007
Surnali (Sweet Dosa or Konkani Pancakes)
Suranali is a Konkani version of Pancakes. It has sweet & tangy taste from the jaggery and the yogurt in it.
Surnali is my hubby's favorite breakfast item. I had never tried making Surnali all by myself before moving to US. My mom in law used to whip up perfect batter and she would make Surnali with delicious ghee and serve with a dollop of soft homemade butter, loNi in konkani. I tried to make Surnali a couple of times but mine came out flat and tasteless. Later I got some tips form my MIL to make a perfect Surnali. Here is the recipe for the perfect pancakes from the scratch.
2 cup white rice
1 cup poha/avalakki
1/4 cup shredded coconut
1/2 cup yogurt, little sour
pinch of turmeric
1/2 cup powdered Jaggery
1 tbsp ghee/oil
2 tbsp butter to serve
Soak rice in water for 3-4 hrs. Grind together coconut and rice. Soak poha for 5 minutes, squeeze out the water and add to the rice, continue grinding to a smooth paste. Use yogurt instead of water to ease grinding. You can use water after all the yogurt has been used, but keep the batter as thick as possible. When the batter is smooth, add powdered jaggery and turmeric and continue to grind until its well blended. Add salt. Take care not to make it salty, as the jaggery has a little salt in it.
Ferment the batter for 8 hrs to raise it to double the volume. Beat and mix well.
To make Surnali, heat a griddle and pour little butter/ghee, pour about 3 tbsp of batter in the center of the griddle. Do not try to spread with the spoon. Let the batter spread slowly by itself. Cover the pancake and cook on low flame till the upper side gets holes and no signs of any raw batter on the top. The lower side of the Surnali should be light golden brown, take care not to blacken it.
Serve with a dollop of butter on top.
I use 8 inch non-stick omelet pan for making Surnali. It gives a nice round shape and also saves the bottom from turning black. Iron dosa griddle are sure to leave a black burnt unpleasant bottom. I keep the flame on very low setting. It takes about 5 minutes for every Surnali.