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31 minutes ago, Bhukhhad said:

JoNorvelleWalker

 

No, this is not the right way to have dosa. I’m sure it tastes nice though. Let’s see. The first thing is that it should LOOK like a very thin crepe. And it is to be spread pretty much like we would spread a crepe. 
1. cast iron very very flat skillet or dosa tava+ seasoned.

2. Well heated

3.Batter should be perfect. 
4. Pour a ladleful in the center and Immediately swirl with the flat back portion of the ladle to spread in a circular fashion on the tava.  It should be uniformly thin.

5. Pretty soon the sides of the dosa should start to turn upwards because they are ‘done’

6. you can fold like an omelette or roll like a crepe.

Now I too grew up in the north of India so chapati and paratha or Poha are my familiar dishes. Dosa I still get right only sometimes. So you are doing very well! 

Bhukkhad

 

 

@Bhukhhad thank you.  Yes, my dosa looked like a very thin crepe, about 10 inches in diameter.  I ladled the batter and spread the batter in a circle using the back of the ladle.  After a couple of minutes I added the filling and rolled the dosa.  But the spatula I was using was not very wide and the dosa ripped as I tried to roll it.

 

I consulted many dosa recipes, including Modernist Bread.  The recipe I was most closely following was this one:

https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2017/aug/25/keralan-onam-festival-feast-recipes-masala-dosa-vivek-singh-a-cooks-kitchen

 

Some time ago our library hosted a dosa making course and I was trying to follow the technique I remember the presenter demonstrating.  She used a non-stick electric griddle, as did I.  Actually what I used was a crepe maker.  She did not fill her dosa however.  That may have made a difference.  Possibly I used too much filling, or I added the filling too soon.

 

I am aware store-bought dosa batter exists.  A friend who makes dosa frequently recommended against using it.  She said her children would not eat her dosa when she tried the store-bought batter.  Besides, this is eGullet.

 

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37 minutes ago, JoNorvelleWalker said:

Besides, this is eGullet.

Yep. We pride ourselves on doing things the hard way and being contrary as often as we possibly can. It is what keeps us separate from the rational world. 😂

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That is a great video @Bhukhhad  Thank you. The dosa at my shop is like the first one. Already crisped up before filling the middle and more like something to pick up. Being in California - I'd say  more "taco" style. 

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