I always try to alter my recipes to make them more healthy. I do strongly believe that white rice, all purpose flour or maida and other refined products do have very few or no nutritional benefits. Hence I often try to modify my recipes to use whole wheat flour in place of all purpose flour/maida and brown rice and rosematta rice instead of white rice. I have also started experimenting with barley since I found out that barley has more fiber than brown rice.
Ever since I made Brown Rice and Barley Dosa, the definition of dosa has changed forever for me. The dosa looks a little brownish unlike the pretty well known snow white dosas.
1 cup brown rice
1 cup barley
¼ tsp methi seeds
1 cup urad dal
You may skip the barley and use 2 cup of brown rice or you may skip both of these and use 2 cups white rice. Soak rice & barley together. Brown rice and Barley take a little longer to soak, hence takes 6-8 hrs. Soak urad dal & methi seeds for 2-3 hrs.
Rinse, drain and grind brown rice and barley to a smooth paste. The paste might feel a little rough like the soji rava. Its good enough. Rinse, drain and grind the urad dal into a smooth paste. Add salt and mix all the batter. Ferment the batter overnight or for 6 hrs.
Heat the dosa griddle and Make crispy dosas.Serve with Chutney or Sambar.
What is Dosa?
Dosa is a South Indian crepe made with lentils and rice. Dosas are made similar way to pancakes, but little thin. Just pour a serving spoon full of batter on the hot griddle(spread a tsp of oil if your skillet is not nonstick) and spread it thin. Turnover once the lower surface is light brown.
Previously when I had posted a recipe for PhaNNa Polo, a dosa with a seasoning, I got a question from one of my reader on what is a dosa. I just thought of including that explanation here.
Brown, Parboiled & White Rice
Brown Rice is the Kernel of rice from which only the hull has been removed. Brown rice is not the same as boiled rice / kuchilakki / ukda / rosematta / kutrimatta.
In Kutrimatta or Rosematta or Parboiled rice, the paddy is pre-cooked with the outer cover and then hulled hence retaining some nutrients. I guess Brown Rice retains a lot of fiber, more then the later one.
In White rice all the high fiber & nutrient rice outer bran is milled and thrown away.
But eating brown rice is not as fun as white rice. This has a chewy texture like whole wheat grain and barley.