Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Southekai (Cucumber) Dosa - From my hometown

I have been wanting to post this dosa for a long time and have been putting it off for weeks. When I saw some great cucumber recipes here and here from my blogger friends, I decided to post my recipe too. So here comes my version of Southekai Dosa. This recipe is very similar to the Neer Dosa recipe.

The most (un)fondest memories of childhood for me are from my school lunch breaks. Sounds funny isn't it? Yes, we students had this wierd game of playing 'Guess what's there in my box?' just before opening and revealing the contents for everyone to see. And guess what the poor me always used to shy away from such games as every one of my friends used to scream out 'Dosa!' when I asked the question. Such was my sorry state thanks to my mom who gave me dosas almost everyday *sob*. When I complained, she used to smile and say, 'But they are all different types of dosas, you see!'.

Mangalorians like their Dosas. Be it the Neer Dosa(Rice crepes), Uppuhuli Dosa(spicy and sour), Kara Dosa (spicy), Soppina Dosa (with greens) or the normal plain Dosa (with lentils and rice), they love to make variations to the batter and somehow manage to come with different dosas for all the days of the week. And this one is just one of the many! The good thing about this Dosa is, there is no need to ferment the batter. Just grind and pour out the dosas, hence saving a lot of time and effort and also healthy because of the cucmber in there. Here I have ground cucumber with the soaked rice. Sometimes I even mix grated cucumber into the ground batter. Both taste equally great!

This goes to RCI-Udupi & Mangalore cuisine hosted by Sia, an event started by Lakshmi and to 'Dosa Corner' event hosted by Padma.


1 and 1/2 cup white rice
2 tbsp grated coconut (fresh/frozen/dessicated)
1 cup grated cucumber
Salt to taste
Little oil or ghee for frying


Step 1:Wash and soak rice in water overnight or for a minimum of 3-4 hours.
Step 2:Using a mixer grinder/blender, grind soaked rice along with coconut to a fine paste adding enough water.
Towards the end, add the grated cucumber and salt and grind once. Add enough water to get a watery consistency.
Step 3:Heat a girdle/non stick pan/tawa and spread 1/2 tsp oil over it.
Now pour out the dosas same as Neer Dosas. Take a ladle full of batter and pour it over the hot tawa all over. Do not spread using the back of the ladle as with the other dosas, as the batter is watery in this case.
Step 4:Close the lid and let it bake for 2-3 mins. Now remove from the tawa and serve hot with any chutney. (No need to bake on both sides, as it is very thin.)

Time Required: 30 mins
Yields: around 15 dosas

Variation: Jaggery can be added to the dosa batter to make a sweet form of dosa. Although I haven't tried it so far, I heard that it tends to stick more to the pan, if not using a non-stick pan.

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  1. Yummmy colour dosa and click! We put cucumber in adai(Dhal pancake)..! Thanks for leaving comments on my blog!

  2. Loved that light green color of the dosa..I m sure cucumber would have definitely added its own flavor to the dosa..pass me that platter dear..:)

  3. very nice picture....even i do it the same way...really delicious....thanks for visiting my blog....

  4. Lol Keerthana..lovely story to remember from childhood..But your mama made nutrition packed dosas every day...love to her
    Yummy colored dosas..Great clicks too !!

  5. Lovely color! looks very delicious!

  6. Lvely Dosa.. looks soo soft and delicious.. amazing clicks... :)

  7. Hey, thanks for the mention! That dosa looks amazing, K! Lovely entry. Love your lunch box story. Amazing how many childhood memories are associated with food :)

  8. i've never tried this before and that looks too good :)

  9. @Sanghi, thanks! Adding cucumber in adai sounds intresting. will try it!

    @Shama, Thanks!

    @Prathibha, Yes, it gives a nice flavour and color too! Please help yourself:))

    @Sushma, thanks and you are welcome!

    @Ann, Hahaha, yes, i understand the value now! Now I have to make it for myself!

    @Parita, Thank u!

    @Harichandana, thanks, glad you liked it!

    @Vani, thank u! Very true, it amazes me that I remember something from childhood whenever I see something something in blogosphere:)kinda makes me nostalgic too:)

    @Vibaas, thanks dear! Did not see you around for long! Looks like you have been very busy..tc

  10. Wow that is a yummy dosa! Looks so soft and delicious!

  11. Oh wow......that's an awesome dosa....very yum....

  12. Hey Keerthana..First time visit to ur blog..You made me nostalgic as well...even in my case always it used to be dosa..except one day pundi/unde/kadubu..You are right..we do luv Dosa's a lot right..!!!!.but after coming here I hardly prepare DOsa..definitely Im gonna try this w/e..btw nice pic..ur dosa looks so good..

  13. Thanks Pooja and Lubna!

    @Vanitha,Thanks for the warm message. I am so glad that you could relate to it:)Also nice to know you went thru the same thing.Do try it and let me know:)

  14. I was introduced to cucumber dosa when i went to Udupi for PUC, my mom do not prepare this. I love this dosa and its flavour hmmm :)

  15. Lovely dosa Keerthana... and nice light green color... looks very attractive :)... nice reading about your lunch box guesses... thanks for sending it to my dosa event...

  16. @Pavithra, yes we too like it a lot. A nice variation from the usual neer dosa. Do give it a try:)

    @Padma, Thanks! Am so glad you liked it and also reading my story:)

  17. hi Keerthana :)
    The childhood nostalgia about dosa was a cute read ;) I love the umpteen types of dosas Mangloreans can dish out :)
    Love the look of the hot cucumber dosas, good one.

  18. Thanks suparna, Glad you liked it.

  19. I somehow missed this post. Looks good. I did not know that we could make southekaayi Dose like Neer Dose. We love cucumber Rotti at home. I will keep this in mind next time.

  20. hi Keertana :) please accept the awards from my blog

  21. I have never heard of cucumber dosa..photo looks so nice..will bookmark it and try soon.

  22. wow never heard of cucumber dosa. looks interesting. you can visit my blog view my recipes and give ur comments

  23. Hello Keerthana,

    What a lovely blog u have! I am seeing recipes for so many varieties of dosa for the first time. My normal dosa doesn't usually come out well so I look forward to trying out your recipes for Cucumber and Besan dosa! Awesome pics also :)


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