Sunday, February 10, 2008

Besan Dosa with Soya and Onion Chutney

Laziness creeps in on sundays and then to whip up a instant dosa, checking into my pantry for ingredients available, i put together this besan soya dosa. I got these Nutrela high protein soya granules and was struck with it, not knowing what to make with it. Besan dominates the taste, more like a pakoda. Substitute soya with any vegetable you like.


1 cup - Besan / Gram flour
1/2 cup - Rice flour
1/2 cup - Soya granules
1 - Egg
1/4 tsp - Red chili powder
1/4 tsp - Turmeric powder
1/2 tsp - Jeera, crushed coarsely
2 big - Shallots, finely chopped
1 - Green chili, finely chopped
Few curry leaves, finely chopped
Salt to taste
Sesame oil


1 ) Add 2 cups of water and a pinch of salt to soya granules. Place on stove and bring to a boil. Boil for 5 minutes and then remove from stove. After 10 minutes, drain out water, wash soya 2-3 times in fresh water. Squeeze out excess water before use. This is the instruction given on the soya packet, that is to be done, before using soya granules as an ingredient.

2 ) Sift besan, to remove the lumps. Now to a mixing bowl, add egg and beat it well. Add besan, rice flour and add little water as required. Mix to make a smooth batter, that is nor too thick nor too thin. Add salt to taste. Whisk till you see some air bubbles. Add prepared soya granules, chopped onions, green chili, curry leaves, jeera, red chili and turmeric powder. Mix to combine.

3 ) Heat a non-stick pan on medium heat. When the pan is hot enough, add a little amount of the batter and spread into thin round. Sprinkle little oil on the dosa and then flip and cook on both sides evenly.

Serve this hot with chutney.

Here is a onion chutney that tasted so well with this dosa.

Onion Chutney


4 big - Shallots, chopped
1/4 '' piece - Ginger, chopped
1 flake - Garlic, chopped
2 to 3 - Green chili, chopped
1 medium size - Tomato, chopped
1 pinch - Tamarind
Salt to taste


1/2 tsp - Mustard seeds
1 sprig - Curry leaf


1 ) In a pan heat oil, add green chilies and fry them lightly. Then add shallots, garlic, ginger and fry them lightly to a light brown color. Add enough oil when frying. Now add tomato, salt to taste, fry and cook till tomato is mashed and cooked. Take off from stove and cool.

2 ) To a blender add the cooked ingredients, tamarind and grind to a smooth paste. Add very little water if you are not able to get a smooth paste form..

3 ) Heat oil in a pan and pop the mustard seeds, then add curry leaves and season the chutney.


Nags said...

besan dosa? nice!! :)

Sig said...

Love the look of that onion chutney with the tadka on top it looks so cute :)

Purnima said...

Wow..innovative...and dont seem one ounce lazy to do all this!
Lovely nutrella dosa, n ulli chamanti looks color ful n merrily domed!!

Purnima said...

Pravs-- method - point 2 -- change to sift...and here is a link for making soya chunk recipe, i made it, its yummmy...the only change i did was, after squeezing the excess water, pass it thru a food processor for little pcs..maybe pulsing a second or two will help absorb gravy faster..make gravy of your choice too...

easycrafts said...

lovely...will give it a try minus eggs

Asha said...

I made Soya flour Uttappa too, it tastes great. Onion chutney looks yum!:)

bhags said...

Making a dosa out of soya granules and besan....only a thinking cook can make it happen....thats really innovative cooking at its best.....the chutney looks delish

Happy cook said...

I have never made dosa like this. Looks good

Richa said...

hey pravs, onion chutney looks so good :)

Seema said...

Besan Dosas - Interesting. Something new to me & different from routine dosas! Liked idea of adding soy granules - nutritious.

Kalai said...

You are one creative girl! I love onion chutney, too. I make a version without tomato, but with red chilly. Will try your version out for sure!

Seena said...

hm, new, new, it! :)

Pravs said...

Nags : Thanks :)

Sig : Thanks :)

Purnima : Thanks purnima :) Lazy to start..starting trouble.once started, got going :) Thanks for the recipe to try with nutrella.

Easycrafts : yeah, it will work without egg too.

Asha : uttappam ?? hmm.. i want to try that.

Bhags : thanks :)you are making me
float, with all those words :)

Happy cook : give this a try..easy to make.

Richa : thanks :)

Seema : this can be a great snack too, since it taste so much like pakoda.

kalai : Thanks :D I should try your version of onion chutney soon.

Dhivya said...

wow...besan to me...innovative idea..looks great.Thanks for sharing dear!!!

Supriya Nair said...

Hi Pravs....yummy looking besan dosas and that ulli chamandi is so tempting....I make besan dosas (My ajji calls them vegetarian omelette)....I am going to make them this time with rice flour....thanks for that lovely comment on my blog :)

Uma said...

Love the dosa! Onion chutney looks lovely! Nice combo.

Kribha said...

This is a new dish to me. Looks so delicious with that glossy onion chutney.