Monday, March 28, 2011

Erra Kaaram Dosa...from Rayalaseema!!

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This dosa takes me back to my college days completely and brings back the sweet memories of those beautiful and fun days which I spent with friends.Though I used to carry lunch box for college regularly,there were days I asked my mom not to give me lunch box so that I can go out with friends for lunch outside.Even though we had college canteen and few other stalls near my college,still we preferred going to one small stall where an old lady used to make these fresh and hot erra kaaram dosas.Even though we stayed in Kadapa for more than 20 years,that was the first time I tasted these erra kaaram dosas and developed the taste instantly.Eating with friends is definitely fun as we all used to eat in single plate and we never kept the track of the number of dosas that used to go in our tummy . We used to order continuously until we three of us are completely stuffed and happy.I am dedicating this post to my friends 'R' and 'S' for those most memorable days we spent together in college.
Erra kaaram dosa is quite famous in Rayalaseema region of Andhra Pradesh,especially in Kadapa district.'Erra kaaram' means 'red chutney' which is smeared on dosa and dalia powder is sprinkled liberally over dosa to neutralize the heat from the red chutney.Many of us might be preparing a similar chutney for mysore masala dosa but this chutney is less garlicky and the combination of this pungent chutney with dalia powder makes this dosa extra special and different from the other dosas.Generally I roast my dosas only one side to retain the crispyness of dosas,but these dosas are roasted on both sides which makes the dosa less crispier but taste wise no compromise in it.
Many of us end up making lots of dosa batter which lasts for several days,you can try these dosas on one of those days instead of plain dosa or masala dosa.I am sure you might end up eating atleast one more than your usual capacity.

Ingredients:

for Dosa batter:
4 cups normal rice(I used sona masuri)
1 cup urad dal
1 cup chana,moong,toor dal mix(1/3 cup each)
1 cup poha
1 tsp methi seeds
salt to taste
oil/ghee to roast dosa

for Erra Kaaram(red chutney):
2 onions,quartered
3-4 garlic pods(optional)
1 tsp red chili powder or 4-5 red chillies
1/2 tsp tamarind pulp
salt to taste
1 tbsp sesame oil/ghee
1/2 tsp mustard seeds

for Pappula Podi:
1/3 cup fried gram/chutney dal(putnala pappu)
1 garlic pod
salt to taste


Method:

for Dosa batter:
  • Wash rice,dals and methi seeds all together for 2-3 times in running water and soak them for 6-8hrs or overnight.
  • Next day morning soak poha for an hour before starting the grinding process of the batter.
  • Grind everything together to a smooth paste in the wet grinder for better results.Add enough salt to the ground batter and mix well and let it ferment for 9-10 hrs at room temperature or keep it in hot oven in winters for speeding up the process of fermentation.
for Erra Kaaram:
  • Grind chopped onions,garlic pods,red chili powder,salt with tamarind pulp to a smooth paste.If you are using red chillies instead of red chili powder,dry roast red chillies for few minutes until crisp and use it for blending.
  • Heat sesame oil and crackle mustard seeds and add this to the chutney and mix well.Use ghee for tadka to make it extra tastier.
Note:
Some people might not like the flavor of raw onion and garlic,then you can fry the erra kaaram in oil until the raw smell goes away.But I like this to be done raw to enjoy the full flavor of erra kaaram dosa.


for Pappula Podi:
  • Grind fried gram with salt to a fine powder and add a garlic pod and run the mixie again and transfer to a bowl.
for making Erra Kaaram Dosa:
  • I am sure everyone knows how to make simple plain dosa,still I explain the process of making it for people who are not familiar with it.
  • Mix the fermented dosa batter well.Pour a big ladle of batter onto a medium hot pan and spread it in the circular motion to form a uniform round shaped dosa.
  • Pour 1 tbsp oil approx over it and cover it with a lid.(No need to add more oil if using Non stick pan,you can completely replace oil with ghee for better taste if you are not calorie conscious).
  • Let it initially cook on low flame for 1-2 mins and remove the lid and turn the dosa to the other side and roast for a minute.Now increase the flame and cook for a couple of mins until you see brown/red patches.
  • Quickly spread the erra kaaram/red chutney all over the dosa and sprinkle pappula podi all over liberally and pour some ghee over dosa(truly optional) and fold it to half.
  • Brush the dosa with ghee and place it in the center of the pan to make it more crispier.How ever it is optional.
  • Serve it directly and do not drop them in hot boxes.It should be served on to the plate immediately to enjoy the flavor and crispiness of the dosa.
  • Reduce the flame for one minute and then start preparing the next dosa.Do not pour the batter on high flame,the batter will stick to the tawa.If you feel the tawa is over heated sprinkle some water over it before making next dosa.
Serve dosa with chutney of your choice like coconut chutney/groundnut chutney/mint chutney/tomato chutney/tomato onion chutney.I served erra kaaram dosa with coconut chutney.

Variation:
  • You can even place the potato palya in centre of dosa and fold into half to make erra kaaram masala dosa.
Note:
  • For a vegan version use oil instead of ghee while frying as well as in the chutney.

59 comments:

suma said...

We used to gorge on idlis and spicy pudina chutney in our college canteen, it was so much fun!

This idea is new to me, looks super spicy and yumm... as you said this can be a great variation for the often made dosa. Thanks for sharing!

Kitchen Flavours said...

That's why i crowned you "Dosa Queen".....love that color and crispiness of dosa....this is my favourite dosa....and i totally agree with you on taste....dosa's should always b like...someone has to make it for you.....hmmm...making me nostalgic on college days....

Priti said...

Umm...your click make it so tempting ...drooling over it

Rekha shoban said...

wow!!lovely n yummy!!tempting n spicy dosa!

sowmya's creative saga said...

bookmarked..sounds like a yummy recipe..

jayashree` said...

Looks yummy! Lovely click.
I too make this erra karam, but my version is slightly different.
This has been one of my earlier posts.

RAKS KITCHEN said...

My god,damn tempting,makes me feel super hungry now!! Nice colour of the dosa and crispy too!

jayasree said...

I'm literally drooling here. The ingredients for the batter is different from the usual dosa batter . Also I liked the batter grinding method with all the ingredients together. Bookmarked.

Nandini said...

The dosa looks very different and tempting! Will surely try this!

KomChili said...

dosa rocks! wish I could taste it1

Premalatha Aravindhan said...

Wow this is the perfect dosa dear,very very tempting cliks.Cann't take out my eyes from the clicks...

Divya Kudua said...

Lovely dosas with fiery chutney and podi.I have never tasted this but can only imagine what a feast it must have been!

Chitra said...

wowoow, i am a big fan of dosas.. Love this color .. Looks super crispy. I have this in my archive but its a simple version :)

Ramya said...

U r the true Dosa queen..Always drool over ur crispy delicious Dosa's:-)I am sure gonna loose count once I start eating this yummy,spicy Dosa's

Sensible Vegetarian said...

Looks super delicious. I vouch kitchen flavors says.

SravsCulinaryConcepts said...

wow superb dosa !! Loved the color and texture !! great clicks !! Dosa looks so crispy and yummy !!

Hema Mahen said...

Looks crispy, spicy and tempting..love the pic

Pavithra said...

I dont mind if u pass that to me Prathy.. I am seriously hungry seeing the dosa and my fav filling..yumm yumm.

Pari said...

Prathy, this looks awesome, I feel like grabbing the platter right from the pic. Bookmarking to try it sometime.

FOODELICIOUS

Smitha said...

been some time I haven't had this...ur pics are too tempting!....yummy recipe!
Smitha
Smitha's Spicy Flavors

Reshmi Mahesh said...

It looks super delicious....

Hamaree Rasoi said...

Hi Prathy
Dosa looks amazing and inviting.

Deepa
Hamaree Rasoi

jeyashrisuresh said...

Siper like pratiba,What an excellent colour of the dosa.Awesome recipe

aipi said...

Very nicely prepared dosa dear. Loved the look of it- so crispy n the color is really appetizing!

US Masala

Preety said...

would love to have this for breakfast ..looks so tempting

savitha ramesh said...

Delicious dosai.With tasty topping.

Harika's Kitchen said...

Wow dosa looks really pretty.

KavyaNaimish said...

Dosa luk delicious,wanna have one,I usually add the Powder to the chutney itself and spread it on the dosa,but urs luk different...will try this way soon

Now Serving said...

really bad idea to look at such yummy pictures at lunch time - stomach is growling for these beauties! fabulous !Totally achieved its purpose of enticing :)

Suman Singh said...

Wow, very tempting pics..dosa looks so crispy and yumm!

Priya said...

Feel like grabbing that whole plate and enjoying rite now...sooo tempting dosa..

Yummy Team said...

Great post, Prathy..Am drooling over your tempting clicks!! Crispy and delicious dosa..So perfect!!

swapna said...

Tempting and mouthwatering dosa...looks soo good!!

PriyaVaasu said...

yuumy dosa!!! great clicks!!!! bookmarking it!!!!

divya said...

Looks delicious...mouthwatering...thanks for sharing.

Kankana said...

that's a diff kinda dosa for me .. but i love any dosa.. so I bet this is a winner too :)

R said...

OMG, ur clicks r so tempting!! everything is really perfect!

Swathi said...

Dosa looks utterly delicious. Love the spicy onion chutney on them.

Sushma Mallya said...

Looks so delicious and perfect loved the very look of it..bookmarked to try this:)

Valarmathy Siva said...

Wow yummy dosa's I love them, looks gr8!!

I am here for first time, happy following you..

valar
http://valarskitchen-basics.blogspot.com/

Cham said...

That should give a real kick this dosa with karam chutney! Sprinkling podi sounds good!

Smita said...

looks yumm... I love dosa and uttapam.. cant have enough of them !!!

Rachu said...

dosa looks like a big pizza with toppings.. aaaaah yumm. chutney, podi everything is just great..
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Shama Nagarajan said...

delicious dosa..once i tasted this in my friend's place

Sarah Naveen said...

That sounds awesome..looks so perfect and tempting :)

Priyanka Agrawal said...

looks good. this is smthing new to me.

Satrupa said...

Droolzzzzz ..... perfect dosa. Looks so very tempting

Sukanya Ramkumar said...

Our family favorite... YUM! YUM!... Who wouldn't love this... Perfect pictures as usual....

Jayasri Ravi said...

Wow, your clicks are making me hungry, Love to have dosa any time, looks so Gorgeous

jayashree` said...

I had to try your Irresistible dosa as the impressive pictures were haunting me.
Your dosa batter mix is a little different with the addition of assortment legumes.
No doubt I loved the outcome. Thanks for sharing the keeper recipe.

Prathibha said...

@Jayadhri...Thanks for trying it and I am glad that it turned out nice..:)

sagarakasam said...

Hi,
this looks the dosa's from my home town KADAPA. I still missing erra karam dosa by my mom on sundays..i dont even count how many I am eating..:D
I assume you are from Kadapa as well.
btw, nice blog..

Prathibha said...

@sagarakasam..I studied in kadapa..glad to know that you r also from kadapa.

Rupa said...

Hello Prathiba,

I love Eram Karaam Dosa. I also smear some Potatoe palya. Its very addiciting. Dosa looks perfect.

Rupa said...

Hello Prathiba,

I love Eram Karaam Dosa. I also smear some Potatoe palya. Its very addiciting. Dosa looks perfect.

dassana said...

the pics are really making me hungry... once i get my grinder done... i have to make this version of yours. i have also bookmarked your devanagre dosa... my grinder has gone for a toss... btw which grinder do you use... i saw in the soft dosa post pics. can you recommend me a good sturdy one..

dassana said...

thanks pratibha for your reply. i have noted down both the brands. i think i will get them here. as soon as i relocate the first thing i will buy is the grinder. i am missing dosa and idli for a long time now :-)

Chenchu Chenchu said...

Hi the snap made me mouth watering. I tried out amazing & yummy taste

Janani said...

Hi prathibha I love all ur recipes and I have learned this particular dish from u only long back so i HAD PUT THIS RECIPE IN MY site today mentioning ur name thank you so much.

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