Breakfast Dosa Plate
Dosa, a perfect and the most favorite breakfast in South India, and no doubt it is a world-famous breakfast choice of many. It is made from rice, urad dal (skinned black whole lentils), chana dal (Bengal gram), and methi seeds (fenugreek). It is served with sambar, sabji, and various chutneys; basically made from coconut. It has many varieties like paper dosa, plain dosa, masala dosa, ghee dosa, uttapam, etc.
In the 90s, dosa was not so easily available in all hotels and restaurants in North India. It was a kind of delicacy for which people had to hunt for food joints. My first experience of tasting this dish was in NIS Patiala. As the canteen had to cater to players from every region of India, dosa had to there on the menu list. One of our family friends was working there and we used to visit them on the campus. Many times, they used to take us there and it used to be one of the best treats for us.
I'll tell you a secret. In the canteen, dosa was served with fork and knife and at that time, I didn't know how to use them. After struggling for a while, I use to throw them on one side and hog the dosa with my bare hands.
Once I went to Salem (Tamil Nadu), one of the best things that used to make me happy was DOSA, which was every day served in the mess. And to add to my happiness, it was served on a banana leaf with no knife and fork.
I’ll share a funny episode with you all. My father came to see me in Salem and I was over excited to introduce him to all my friends and take him to places where I usually go. I took him to my mess and ordered dosa for him. In a proper manner, the whole food was served but he sat as if he was waiting for something more to be served. I and my friends were looking at him in surprise. When I asked him, he told me that he was waiting for the knife and the fork..?!? And obviously, there was no knife and fork available in the mess. That was the first time when my father had dosa with his hands and let me tell you, he really enjoyed the food to the core.
Nutritional values of a paper dosa:
- Energy - 152 calories
- Protein - 4.7 g
- Carbohydrates - 21.1 g
- Fiber - 2.3 g
Do write to me if you want to know the recipe or have any sweet memory to share.