Monday, May 10, 2010

Ulundu dosai with spinach chutney

The dosa freak in me and my idea to avoid rice or wheat for dinner pushed me in to doing this recipe. I try and avoid rice or wheat for dinner. So far so good. The greatness of this dosa lies in the fluffy texture and the addition of onions, ginger, chillies and cilantro makes it all the more royal. In other words it's a vada on a tava.! The same taste with less calories and  plus the creeping crave in me is satisfied. Mr C was delighted for once with this recipe because his otherwise veggie n fruit night turned in to an exotic one. This calorie conscious Mr C is my critic and judge with my son on the tow. But have it for keeps, he is my white mouse too!. Hope he does not read this...

Now about the dosa, i have used black urad dhal with skin. The nutrition partly lies in the skin. I made a mental note add methi the next time i make it. It might add a slight crisp to the dosa, what every dosa lover looks for. Simple yet delicious is the" mantra" behind this dosa. Left me and my family thoroughly satisfied.

Spinach chutney is my new addition to my collection of vegetable and fruit chutneys.The chutney sports a brilliant hue and is no less in taste. The idea of spinach in chutney form is great for snadwiches or chappati rolls too.

Ingredients for dosa

1 cup urad dhal with skin
1 tblsp raw rice
1/2 cup onions chopped
2 tblsp cilantro chopped
1 tblsp ginger chopped fine
2 green chillies chopped fine
1 tsp oil
1/2 tsp each-mustard,urad, jeera and hing for seasoning
salt to taste


Soak the dhal and rice together till soft and grind it fine. Now in a skillet add the oil and the seasonings.Once they splutter add the ginger , chillies and onions and fry them a little and turn of the stove before they turn glossy. Add cilantro and turn in the whole mixture along with salt in to the batter. Add water if required to get the dosa batter consistency. Grease the tava and pour out dosas and cook on both sides. Once done, serve it with spinach chutney.

Ingredients for spinach chutney

2 cups spinach fresh and chopped
2 cloves garlic chopped
1 tsp urad dhal
1 tsp jeera
2 red chillies
salt to taste
1 tsp oil
1/4 tsp mustard
1/4 tsp hing
brown sugar or jaggery or sugar -2 small pinches


Heat a pan or skillet and 1/2 tsp of oil. Now add the red chillies, urad dhal and jeera. Once they get roasted add the garlic and spinach and switch off the stove. The heat in the skillet is enough to cook spinach and the garlic. Once the whole thing is cools down blend it together in a blender with very little or no water. Now season it with the remaining oil and mustard and hing. Don't forget the salt  and jaggery or brown sugar. Goes well almost anything. Try it and you will like it!

Tail piece
  1. Spreading out the dosa here needs some care. Comes out great with low flame.
  2. For the chutney if spinach is sauteed and heated up it loses its flavor and taste and nutrients.So take care to put off the stove once you log in spinach.


  1. never had a dosa that has only urad daal in it...looks delicious

  2. Very new dosa. Sounds very healthy and nice combo with spinach chutney. Looks very colorful.
    Thanks for dropping at my blog and leaving your comments.

  3. Oh sorry viji - with the new blog layout thought it to be different blog. That's why left my previous msg while little later when I was browsing came to know it was you. How are you doing?.

  4. Different and nice dosa, even chutney looks yummy...lovely combo ..

  5. that looks delicious...nice combo...

  6. both are healthy one yarr..doas looks really yummy came out good ..the spinach chutney a good combo with the dosa..sure very healthy combo..
    ya u r right the wole moong with skin is healthier one..

  7. i am curios about spinach chutney..we mainly add coriander and little of spinach ...:)

  8. healthy combo with spincah...bful clicks..

    first time here...u have a lovely space...just started blogging..and love to add u in my list..
    ur comments/suggestions r highly appreciated..happy blogging...following u>>>>>>


  9. a different find of dosa for me to try

  10. Hello viji,
    you have a nice blog about cooking and it seems very interesting with all healthy recipes..
    will go thru it leisurely and perhaps try ur recipes someday

  11. you have a great blg here too viji. loved the eggplant curry...mouthwatering pictures.
    the dosa looks scrumptious too. never had spinach chutney....looks delicious.

  12. hey Viji,

    this looks really yummy! For dietars this is definitly a feast. Hope you come up with such nice diet friendly recipes!
    Your neighbor.

  13. hi viji
    i tried this dosa and it was very tasty. very nutritious. keep the good work.
    soundra aunty

  14. lovely dosai with soooo little rice...loved the recipe collection...will be back to check out more!

  15. Love ulundhu dosai...its one of the specialty Mommy's makes, back home. Love ur presentation...very inviting.

  16. Hey Viji!
    Should try this! Seems interesting!:D


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