Mushti Dosa or Pancake is a very soft, nutritious and tasty dosa recipe prepared using rice, poha / beaten rice and grated coconut.
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As I am Konkani, I thought it would be most appropriate to share a popular dosa recipe from this cuisine. In Konkani this is known as mushti polo, where mushti means 'handful or fistful' and polo means dosa, "Handful of nutrition".
In this dosa recipe, except for rice, all the other main ingredients (urad dal, coconut, and poha) are handful measures 🙂 When the dosa batter is ground to a smooth consistency and properly fermented, you can make perfect mushti dosas every single time. Traditionally mushti dosa is thicker than other South Indian dosas and is cooked only on one side. A perfect mushti dosa should have lot of holes on its surface. The addition of coconut and poha when grinding the batter makes this dosa extremely soft and airy at the top, and gives it a crispy bottom when cooked on one side. However, when I prepare this at home I make both thick dosas, as well as thin crispy versions. Mushti polo / dosa tastes the best when served with hing chutney that is prepared using dry red chillies or along with chilled mango rasayana.
Preparation time : 30 minutes
Fermentation : overnight
Serves : 15 dosas
Ingredients for Mushti Dosa
Raw rice - 2 cups
Urad Dal / Split lentil - 3 tbsp
Methi seeds / Fenugreek seeds - ¼ tsp
Poha / Flattened rice - 1 cup
Grated coconut - ½ cup
Coconut oil / vegetable oil - for cooking dosas
Salt - to taste
Steps to prepare Mushti Dosa
- Wash and soak rice, urad dal and methi seeds together for 4 hours and drain them.
- Wash the poha or beaten rice just before grinding the dosa batter.
- Now grind together the soaked ingredients along with poha and grated coconut by adding water little by little to form a smooth batter.
- Transfer this to a big bowl and allow it to ferment overnight.
- Next morning, add salt to the batter and mix well.
- Heat the tava / pan on medium heat. Grease it with little oil if using cast iron tava.
- Once the tava is hot and on a medium flame, pour a laddle full of batter and allow it to spread by itself. Drizzle oil around the edges. You will see the holes appearing on the top surface.
- Just cover it with a lid and cook for 2 minutes or until the dosa develops a nice golden color at the bottom.
- Repeat the process for remaining batter.
- Mushti Dosa is now ready. Serve hot with hing chutney and enjoy.
Tips for dosa
- If the weather is cold, then grind the batter using warm water or preheat the oven to 150 degree F, switch off the oven and rest the batter overnight.
- As mushti polo is traditionally prepared as a thick dosa, do not spread the batter once you pour on a hot tava - like you would generally do with other dosas.
- I have cooked this dosa in both non-stick and cast iron tava. If the batter is prepared as instructed, these dosas are very easy to handle.
- Kids generally like to eat crispy dosas, so feel free to take thin crispy dosas using the same batter.
- Because you are adding poha, dosa may turn black soon if cooked in high flame.
- Except for rice, try to use fistful measurements for coconut, poha and urad dal.
Dosa is my favorite for breakfast. This Mushti Dosa looks so beautiful and I especially love the spongy texture 🙂
Thank you Revathi 🙂
Wil someone share the recipe for the chutney shown in the picture along with mushkil dosa.
You can click on this link : http://www.cookwithkushi.com/hing-chutney/
Wow it looks good .I love dosa and definitely going to try this.thanks kushi for sharing
Thank you 🙂 Do let me know how this turned out!