Monthly Archives: August 2014

Street Food

Interestingly, Mumbai has mastered its own way of making Mysore Masala Dosa, which is quite different from the way it is actually made in Mysore!

The innovation in Mumbai’s streets takes the humble South Indian Dosa to a different level with the addition of various masalas and vegetables.

You can make this masala recipe with ready-made dosa batter and vary the level of spice to suit your taste.

I like to serve my dosas crisp, with some fresh Coconut Chutney. And a generous dollop of butter just before I dig in!

Mysore Masala Dosa 

Dosa 4

Prep Time: 30 min  Cooking time: 30 min  Serves: 10 Dosa

Dosa 1

Dosa 2

Dosa 3

Ingredients for the Dosa: 

batter for 10-12 dosas
onion and Potato Vegetable/Subzi (recipe below)
12 tbsp green capsicum (finely chopped)
12 tbsp tomato (finely chopped)
1/2 tea cup coriander leaves
masala mixture (recipe below)
bowl of water

Ingredients for the Onion and Potato Vegetable/Subzi:

5-6 medium potato (boiled and diced)
4 onion sliced long
1 1/2 tbsp oil
12 curry leaves
1/2 tsp mustard seed
1 tbsp split black lentil (urad dal)
4-5 green chilli (finely chopped)
1 piece ginger – aprox 1″ (grated)
2 tbsp coriander leaves
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
salt to taste

Method for the Onion and Potato Vegetable/Subzi:

  1. heat the oil
  2. add the mustard seeds, urad dal, curry leaves & green chilli and sauté until the urad dal becomes light brown
  3. add the onion and saute until the onion becomes translucent
  4. add turmeric powder and ginger
  5. add the potato and other ingredients and mix well

Masala Mixture: 

2 tsp pav-bhaji masala
2 tsp coriander powder
2 tsp red chilli powder
salt to taste

Method for the Dosa: 

  1. heat a non stick flat pan
  2. spread some butter and wipe the pan with a wet cloth (muslin cloth)
  3. take the pan off the gas or on a low flame spread the dosa batter in a circular manner
  4. on a high flame add 1/2 tsp of butter in the middle of the dosa
  5. add 1 tbsp capsicum and 1 tbsp tomato on the dosa and cook for a few seconds
  6. add the onion and potato subzi, some coriander leaves and 1/2 to 3/4 tsp of masala mixture on the dosa
  7. spread some butter on the sides of the dosa
  8. quickly mash all the ingredients on the dosa
  9. fold the dosa from both the sides
  10. serve with coconut chutney

Something Sweet

If you have unexpected guests, you can easily impress them with this handy yet traditional dessert that only takes 15 minutes to prepare!
This special Indian recipe was taught to me by my Mother-in-law and I make it especially when I have the older generation or children over.

My grand-daughter loves it and now, her little friends ask for it too.
Fragrant with cardamom (elaichi) and saffron, I like to garnish this golden sheera with crunchy almonds.

Besan Halwa


Prep Time: 5 min   Cooking time: 15 min   Serves: 8 

1 tea cup besan (gram flour)
1 tea cup ghee
1 tea cup sugar
1 1/2 tea cup milk (warm)
1/4 tbsp saffron with 1 tbsp milk
6 to 8 green cardamom powder
6 almond sliced


  1. heat the ghee in a heavy based sauce pan
  2. add the flour and roast it till there is a fine aroma
  3. add the sugar and milk and stir it till it starts to release ghee (can also microwave it for 2 min) 
  4. add the saffron and mix well
  5. garnish it with cardamom powder and the sliced almonds

Note: Cover the bowl with a lid while microwaving