Ragi Dosai

Exams over, a wonderful next week that looks rosy and peaceful with no-homework evenings and with tickets to 3 of the 4 movies released this week, I am tempted to sing “Idhu podhum ennaku, Idhu podhume. Vera yenna vendum idhu podhume…!

Ragi dosai

I saw Seethakathi this morning. I loved the movie.  One down, three more to go.

I need to give a little bit of background before I plunge into the story I am going to share with you. Watching cinema is serious business around here. A Friday night movie is what wraps up a week for me. I drive bordering on reckless just so I don’t miss the opening “S” “U” “P” “E” “R” “S” “T” “A” “R”. I have no courtesy and I don’t wait for late-comers. I won’t give them a recap of the story so far. I make my kids go multiple times to the bathroom before we leave for the theatre so that they won’t disturb me during the movie. I don’t talk during the movie.

Ragi dosai

Now that you have the background, here’s what happened. I went for a mid-morning show of Seethakathi which was half-empty. A big group of young girls and guys, likely college students were seated in the front rows. The movie was starting. As groups of guys and girls this age are wont to do, they were trying very hard and very loud to impress each other. I thought they were settling into their seats. Let’s give them a few minutes. The guys made a lot of loud un-funny jokes. The girls giggled excessively. We were well into the movie. I hoped they’d stop now. In the next 2 minutes maybe. I couldn’t hear the dialogue. Last chance – one more minute. That is it! I marched out to find the theatre staff. I told him if he didn’t tell them to shut up, I would. He promised to address the problem. I went back to my seat and waited. Two of the theatre staff walked down to the front rows and spoke to the guys and girls seated there. He told them that if they didn’t keep quiet he’d have to throw them out. Even better I thought. The group were offended that they would be “thrown out”. They argued with the theatre staff for a bit and the whole group then walked out in protest. Success!

It’s surprising to me that people don’t know theatre manners. For those who don’t, here’s a handy guide:

  1. You are watching the movie in a theatre with a lot of people. Nobody is interested in your wisecracks. Shut up.
  2. Also nobody is interested in overhearing your phone conversation. Put your phone on silent. If you really have to pick the call, make it quick and keep it down. You may not scroll through your whatsapp because you’re bored. The bright light disturbs everyone else. You may leave if you’re disturbed.
  3. It really is not necessary to take selfies inside the theatre to prove to the world that you watched the movie in the theatre. I’ll tell you a secret – Nobody cares, even the ones who liked your picture on facebook.
  4. Taking photos and videos of the movie is prohibited. The ones who do this are the worst kind of fools.
  5. Our english movie watching folks are especially eager to show that they understood the jokes, they got the puns. Ok you got it. Keep it to yourself.

Now that that’s done, let’s get on with the recipe of the day – Ragi Dosai. I did not expect this Ragi Dosai to be this crispy & this yummy. This Ragi dosai exceeded my expectations on all fronts. As crispy and crunchy and yummy as your restaurant onion-rava dosai and with the goodness of Ragi, this Ragi dosai ticks  all the boxes. You have to make it to believe it. You will need a non-stick tawa to make this kind of lacy, crispy dosais and to make life easier.

Ragi dosai
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Ragi Dosai
As crispy and crunchy and yummy as your restaurant onion-rava dosai and with the goodness of Ragi, this Ragi dosai ticks all the boxes!
Ragi dosai
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings
4 people
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings
4 people
Ragi dosai
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, mix together ragi flour, rice flour and Maida/all purpose flour. Add whisked curd and water to the flours and whisk until you have a thin runny dosai batter. Add as much water as necessary to attain this consistency. Make sure that there are no lumps.
  2. To a pan, add 3 tsp oil and add cumin seeds, curry leaves, black peppercorns, chopped onions and green chillies and fry until the onions turn translucent. Transfer the fried ingredients into the dosa batter and mix well. Add salt and mix again. Let rest for 10-15 minutes.
  3. Heat a non-stick tawa. Stir the dosa batter well and pour into a small cup. Use the cup to pour the batter onto the tawa. The batter will spread out much like a rava dosa with holes in between. Pour to make a connected shape without trying to fill the holes. The holes are part of the design. They help make a crispier dosai. Drizzle oil all around the dosai. Cover and cook for a minute. Flip when the underside is cooked. Cook the other side for a minute. Remove on to a plate. Repeat with the rest of the batter to make more dosais. Serve with coconut chutney. Enjoy!
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