Rava Dosa

With having written 2 posts for P and Q, I feel rather at a loss of vocabulary…too dramatic! Yeah 😀 So, here comes a food post – the easiest I could do to keep up with the #atozchallenge.

These days I am looking at everything from a different perspective – understanding what makes certain things work and what does not!

The simple art of making Rava dosa is not so simple anymore; I will tell you why!

First, the batter consistency is very important. Too thick batter, it won’t spread on the Tawa and the dosa will be thick and not crisp. Too thin, it will tear when we try to flip the dosa.

The second is the temperature of the Tawa. If it is smoking hot, the batter will be stuck to one part of the Tawa. And the very low temperature will not give the nice holes in the dosa.

Third, the rice flour used for the batter should be processed rice flour for better results. Also, the flour should be very finely ground. Coarse flours are a big no-no for this dosa.

Fourth, the batter should soak in for a minimum of 2 hours for good crispy dosa.

Fifth, mix the batter well before pouring on the Tawa – each and every time.

Also, it is better to use a flat Tawa than a convex Tawa. You can control the flow of batter.

The recipe I use is my amma’s authentic one 1:1:1 of processed rice flour:Rava: maida. Add salt and mix well. Make a runny batter – not too thick or thin. Add jeera, finely chopped green chilies, curry leaves, and coriander.

Let it rest / soak in for 2 hours at least.

Then it’s time to make yummy Rava dosa.

The best side dish is Idly Milagai Podi and spicy coconut chutney!

Another option is to make Ragi Rava Dosa. Instead of 1 cup of rice flour, add half cup rice flour and half cup Ragi flour. Everything else remains the same and we get delicious Ragi Rava Dosa.

You can add finely chopped onions to the batter to make Onion Rava or Onion Ragi Rava Dosa. Unlimited options are available when we use those tastebuds effectively!

So, do you make rava dosa?😀

And if there is anything different you do, pls share with me.

Quick to Quiet

I can’t believe this myself. I couldn’t think of a word in Q about which I wanted to write. I went and googled some words that start with Q. I stopped at Quintessential, then at Quesadilla, and pondered a lot on Quixotic! Haha 😀

I was Quick to ask for Google’s help but some Quiet time gave me something to write.

I used to be this person Quick to judge others, label them – mainly on doing things to perfect as I had this humungous notion that I am the one who is perfect always! Quietening my inner thoughts and perceptions have led to clarity – no one can be perfect and there is no such concept.

From “jumping to Quick conclusions” to “take-your-time to decide Quiet me“, I have journeyed well.

All the Quick thoughts, Quick actions, Quick cooking, and Quick decisions were becoming more stressful. I was creating stress for myself. Have you heard of this? – Ellu na ennaya irukkanum – which translates to – even before I say sesame seed, the sesame seed oil should be ready! Ugh! I was brought up to be like that and sometimes I expected everyone to be like that! What high levels of stress that thought can create!

Now, it is all about Quiet moments by the plants, Quiet moments to enjoy the tea, Quiet moments with my thoughts and my breath, Quietening myself to observe, Quieter cooking moments – like doing one dish/task at a time! I feel the enjoyment in those Quiet moments!

Priority

I missed writing for 2 days. And I sit with the letter P, this is the word that comes to my mind. There were other priorities that kept me away from writing.

Now, writing is great therapy for me and I love to babble here, in this space about all that is going on inside my head. But there are times when this becomes like a huge commitment to write every day and the thing is there is a built-up of guilt when I skip writing.

This time I was clear about my priorities and I also decided to be flexible about it. The same writing cannot be held at the highest priority all throughout the month.

So, one day became magical with laughter, good food, and great company when I spent it with my friends. Even after coming back home, I was dwelling there, relishing the funny moments, the laughter, the comfort zone among the group of friends! Sigh! I allowed myself to soak in that moment of magic with friends! I prioritized my friends that day!

And the next day, I gave priority to procrastinating! Haha 😀 Yeah…I did! I just let myself be carried away with what happened in the day and never gave a thought to writing.

I felt exalted! While I felt very powerful expressing myself in words, I felt more powerful procrastinating (the writing) – I hope someone out there would get this feeling! For a person like me, this is like being wild. And I enjoyed the day with myself! My husband was home early and I talked a lot and allowed him to comfort me! Sometimes I find myself very strong and being comforted by another person makes me feel less confident. Yesterday, felt different. There was love in that comfort and I soaked in it. I embraced it with both hands.

I loved the way how the day changed to comfort and love when I changed priorities inside my head. I felt a beautiful lesson bloom there for me!