Aug 11, 2017

Quinoa dosa/adai ... a healthy breakfast option

Quinoa has bee around for a long time but has become more popular recently over these past few years. I have always wanted to include quinoa into our diet but could not until now. Quinoa, as we all know is high in protein. It is a type of food that has all the essential nine amino acids. Rich in fiber and loaded with nutritional value makes it essential to be included in one's diet. Google it up to know about the tons of benefits that it has. I was amazed by it when I first read about it. Once you get to know, you would love to add it to your diets too

I have just started introducing this seed into our diets. Was trying to figure out something simple that I would want to try. I wanted the kids to enjoy it without giving their usual excuses to avoid trying a new inclusion in the meal. So thinking of multiple options I ended up trying dosa/adai. My kids like dosa so thought I should try this recipe first. To my surprise, the kids loved it a lot and I got a chance to make it few more times after my first trial. Planning to try some more recipes with quinoa in the coming days

This recipe is pretty simple and indeed tasty. I hope everyone will like it 

Makes... 12-14 dosas
Serve option... Hot with coconut chutney

This is what u'll need...

Quiona - 1/2 cup
Chana dal - 1/3 cup
Tuvar dal - 1 tbspn
Urad dal - 1 tspn
Green chilli - 1
Ginger - 1 inch piece
Onion - 1 medium
Coriander leaves - a handful
Asafoetida / Hing - a pinch 
Salt to taste

Here is the stir...

    • Measure quinoa into a bowl. I have used 1/2 cup of quinoa for our family. It is good to make 12-14 dosas
    • Measure dals into the same bowl. I have used about 1/3 cup of chana dal, a tablespoon of tuvar dal and a teaspoon of urad dal. Adding urad dal gives the dosa a soft texture - which  my family loves. If you want it more crunchy then you can omit urad dal and instead add 2 more tablespoon of chana dal

    • Wash the quinoa and dal  and add enough water to cover it completely and a little more than that
    • Soak it for 6-8 hours or overnight if you are planning to make it for morning breakfast
    • Add the soaked dals and quinoa to a blender jar. Add 1 or 2 green chillies as per your taste 

    • Grind this to a slightly coarse batter adding water as needed. Transfer the batter into a wide bowl. Peel ginger and grate it into the batter

    • Roughly chop onions and give a quick blend in the mixie. Dont pulse it for long
    • Transfer the chopped onion into the batter. Add chopped coriander leaves to it
    • Add asafoetida/hing and required water to make a slightly thin batter, not very thick. Give it a good stir so that everything is blended well

    • Add the desired amount of salt and give one final stir
    • Ladle a spoonful of this mixture on a hot dosa pan and make your dosa
    • Drizzle a few drops of oil and flip it when it looks done on one side
    • Cook on other side and remove it to a plate
    • Serve it hot with any spicy chutney or even plain coconut chutney

                    • Soak everything for atleast 6 hours before grinding
                    • No need to ferment after grinding. you can pour immediately to make this healthy dosa
                    • Serve with spicy chutney to enjoy the flavours

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