Sri Lankan Thosa – Soft flat crepes made by Urind and Rice flour

Thosa

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Thosa is a big peg of  South-Indian-cuisine jigsaw and has been quite popular in the Indian sub-continent  – and beyond –  since time immemorial.

They are  soft, spongy discs, made from a combination of Urind flour and Rice flour with an unquestionable potential for a healthy meal. Since they taste delicious with tomato curry,  I have introduced here the meal with the green chili coconut chutney, in order to make the meal an unforgettable culinary feast. Had it not for the guidance that I got from my cousin, Thanuja, from  Sri Lanka, I would have struggled  in perfecting this amazing culinary delight.

What you need :

Urind whole 1/2 cup
Basmati rice 2 cups
Fenugreek sees 1/2 tsp
Onions 1 medium
Curry leaves, a few red chili whole, garlic chopped
Salt to taste
Bicarbonate of soda 3 pinches

 Let’s make:

Soak it

  • Wash and place both Urind,  Bastmati rice and fenugreek seeds in a wide bowl and fill it with water at least two level above the grains.
  • Leave it overnight – uncovered.  If you cover, it becomes slimy.

Grind it

  • Next day morning, drain the water and grind the grains into a smooth paste using a glass or two lukewarm water.

Ferment it

  • Place it in a wide bowl, cover with a tea towel and then a heavy lid on top.
  • Let it ferment near your stove, where enough heat generates during cooking.

Salt it

  • Around 5 p.m. open the lid and mix more warm water, a tsp or two salt and 2 pinches of bicarb.
  • Close the lid again.  Let it rest.

Make it

  • At dinner time around 7 your batter is ready to make thosa.

Temper it

  • Cut the onion into small pieces, crush curry leaves, break red chili whole into small pieces and shake off the seeds, cut a garlic clove into small pieces, keep ready 1/4 tsp of mustard seeds ready.
  • Heat up 2 tbsp of oil in a frying pan and toss mustard seeds first.  Let it crackle and toss the rest .  Let all fry and turn into brown colour.  Be careful not to burn them.  Now pour everything on to the batter and give a good stir.

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Pan fry it

  • Heat up a flat non-stick pan and spray oil on to it.
  • Take a ladle full and slowly drop it on the pan and quickly spread it around the pan with  the back of the spoon being careful not to let the spoon touch the bottom of the pan.
  • Bake both sides until golden.
  • Place all cooked ones on a foil sheet.

Make the accompaniments

Tomato curry 

tomato curry

How to make : 

  • Chop two large juicy tomatoes and a large onion .
  • Heat up oil in a pan, crackle some mustard seeds.
  • Add curry leaves and the chopped onion. Brown them.
  • Add salt, chili powder, a little curry powder, turmeric and continue stir frying.
  • Add chopped tomatoes and a slit green chili, stir fry until all comes together as thick.
  • Pour water, about 1 and a 1/2 cup.  Mix all, cover and cook under medium flame.
  • After 3-4 mins cooking , open the lid and mix 2 tbsp of Maggi coconut milk powder or fresh coconut milk-thick version.  Stir, cover and lower the flame.
  • Cook under low flame about 3 mins until the gravy becomes thick and aromatic.
  • Spread some crushed curry leaves on top.
  • Sprinkle two pinches of brown sugar.  Adding sugar will beautifully balance the flavours in this gravy.
  • Done!!

Green Sambol

green chili sambol

How to make : 

  • Place two chopped green chilies, Some crushed curry leaves, a handful of fresh coconut, chopped half an onion, salt and crush all together using a hand blender.
  • Mix freshly squeezed lemon juice.
  • Adjust the taste.
  • Ready!
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