Thavalai' is a tamil word and it means a vessel. To put it simply, this Dosa/ Indian Pancake is cooked in a small wok which is known as 'Appachatti'. This is a speciality dish from North Arcot District of TamilNadu. There is no need for fermentation of the batter. This Dosai is tasty and needs just few ingredients. A Gluten free and Vegan Recipe that is light on the stomach too.
Recipe Courtesy : 'Simply South ' by Chandra Padmanabhan
North Arcot Special Thavalai Dosai :
Preparation time: 1 hour
Cooking time: 30 minutes
Serves : 4
Special Equipment/Vessel : Appachatti or a deep frying pan, silicon brush or pastry brush to coat the appachatti.
Measurements : 1 Cup = 250 ml cup
1 Cup Raw Rice
1/2 Cup Urad dal/Husked Black gram
1 Cup Sour Curd ( whisked)
2-3 Dry Red Chillies ( ground to a fine paste)
1/2 teaspoon Asafoetida/hing
Salt to taste
Sesame Oil to grease the pan
1. Wash rice and soak in water for 30 minutes.
2. Wash Urad dal and soak in water seperately for 30 minutes.
3.Drain rice and grind to make a fine batter gradually adding half cup of water .
4. Drain the dal and grind to make a smooth batter using little water.
5. In a large vessel, mix both the batters.
6. Now add the whisked sour curd , chilli paste, asafoetida and salt.
7. Let the batter rest for 30 minutes to one hour.
8.Heat the appachatti and grease it uniformly with oil using the brush.
9.Pour a ladle of batter into the centre of pan. Hold the pan with both the handles and quickly swirl it around so that the batter coats base and sides of pan evenly .
10. Cover pan and cook over low heat till you see that the middle of the dosa is cooked and the edges beautifully browned.
11. Remove Dosai with spatula .
12. Before you pour the batter again to make the next dosa, sprinkle water on the appachatti and grease again.
I served these dosas with Kongunadu Special Thakkali Kurma.
These dosas are so yummy and making them is also easy!
1. You can make these like regular dosas if you are pressed for time. Tastes equally good.
2. To pack for tiffin box , you can prepare the batter a day earlier and refrigerate.
3. You can add spice according to your taste preferences.
For a variation, you can also try Murungai Keerai Thavalai Dosai.