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Masala Dosa Filling


Dosa is a popular South Indian pancake that is made from a fermented batter of rice and skinned split black lentils.

bar Masala Dosa Filling

Picture by Jason Lowe

Serves 2-3

1 tsp skinned split black lentils or urad dal
2 tbsp vegetable oil
pinch of asafoetida
1 tsp cumin seeds
½ tsp brown or black mustard seeds
8-10 curry leaves
3 medium dried red chillies, stalks removed
½ tsp turmeric
1 medium Spanish onion, finely sliced
¼ tsp salt
1 tsp root ginger, peeled and finely grated
600g/1lb 5oz white or red potatoes, peeled, diced and boiled
1 medium tomato, roughly chopped
20g/1oz coriander leaves, finely chopped
2-3 chapattis or naan breads, to serve


Pick over the lentils for small stones. Soak the lentils in a cup of hot water for 5 minutes. Heat the oil in a frying pan. Add the asafoetida, then the cumin and mustard seeds. When they splutter, add the curry leaves, lentils, red chillies, turmeric and onions, and mix. Fry over a medium heat for 4 minutes, then add the salt, ginger, potatoes, tomato, and coriander leaves and mix well. Serve hot with coconut chutney and chapatis.


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