It was typically one of those moments when you felt you had the gold pot in your hand. Well, not really a gold pot but rather a recipe that brings back golden memories. This happened when I was talking to Amma on her latest Dosa recipe that she was telling me. In passing she mentioned, “You know you always said you loved those Dosas that your Ammamma made, well to what I remember this was what she used to make”. It was all said so casually that I might have missed if I hadn’t paid attention to what she was saying.
I plead guilty of being distracted at times when either Amma or Athamma are in their recipe narrations. Not that I am not interested but in the sense, I hardly can remember so many recipes that they tell me. Nor is my memory so accurate to recite a recipe with its proportion just like that. Well, I was glad that I was paying attention because I had to make this Dosa and to finally write this post.
I can still remember that aroma whiffing out of my grandmom’s chimney! During our summer holidays when we visit them, we used to sleep on the terrace. They allow us to sleep late, hoping that we will be up when the hot sun shines on us. But much before that, I used to wake up with that delicious aroma of Dosa being made. I am not sure I can aptly put in words the way it smells. But imagine getting up from dreams to land into heaven again!
The Dosas look pristine white, so delicate and soft, yet taste so heavenly. Served with Groundnut Chutney that can only taste as good as it can be, if ground in mortar and pestle. The best combo I have ever eaten, the dosas would be porous and soft, with smoke infused smell as it was cooked on a stove that used wood, it leaves an unforgettable mark in your memory.
Those days, as there were no grinders, the batter was made by pounding rice. The powder is then mixed with water and left to ferment. Amma says her mother used to make porridge with the final left out grains that don’t get pounded into fine powder. This porridge was then mixed into the batter.
We can call this Kanji Dosa with Onion paste with Kalagu Curry in Tamil.
Another entry for my Breakfast Mela!