As i have said before, i always look out for good breakfast recipes.. During one such quest, i found this watermelon rind dosa..To tell you the truth, i never knew what watermelon rind was.. I only knew to eat the red part of it and throw away the rest.. In this recipe, the white part of the fruit was used to prepare dosa.. I was amazed to know the health benefits of the rind too.. You can also make a juice of the rind and drink for full benefits but this dosa is the best way to feed it to your family without any fuss..
I instantly tried it and loved it so much.. The actual recipe used coconut but i have eliminated it completely from my dosa.. The dosa still turns out soft and fluffy.. You can also add jaggery to the dosa to make it sweet but since my husband does not like sweet breakfasts, i did not add it…
This dosa is also a great “taste from waste” food.. After i prepared this dosa and told my mom about it, she told me my grandma also used to make it for them when they were kids.. There are so many hidden recipes out there which are healthy, tasty and easy to make which are yet to be discovered by me..
Hope you try this dosa and think twice before you throw away the watermelon rind next time!
Health Benefits of Watermelon Rind: Contains iron, zinc, beta-carotene, Vitamin C and Lycopene which are all important for boosting the immune system, Contains Anti oxidants responsible for a healthy cardiovascular system,healthy endocrine system and for treating erectile dysfunction, Can also lower blood pressure and regulate blood sugar..
1 cup Dosa Rice
A quarter piece of rind from a medium sized watermelon
1/2 tsp Fenugreek seeds/Methi seeds
1/2 Cup Flattened Rice/Poha
1/4 tsp Turmeric Powder/Haldi Powder
2 Tbsp Buttermilk (Optional)
Salt to taste
Oil for greasing the pan
1.Soak the rice with methi seeds for around 4 hours..
2.Peel the skin from the watermelon to get only the white rind part..Chop it into medium size pieces..
3.Add it into the blender along with rice and methi seeds and blend it into a coarse paste..Add little water if necessary..
4.Wash poha well and add it to the coarse paste above along with haldi powder and blend it into a smooth paste.. Note: The Batter should be slightly on the thicker side..
5.Pour into a wide container with enough height for the batter to ferment..
6.Add buttermilk (optional) and mix well with hands..
Note:If still there are small pieces of rind you can remove it with your hands…Mixing with hands is important for the batter to kick start fermentation..
7.Keep the batter closed in a warm place for 8 hours or overnight..
Note: I keep in the oven with only lights on for the batter to get the warmth..
8.While preparing dosas,add salt and mix well..
9.Heat a pan and add few drops of oil..Reduce the flame to medium and pour the batter in the center of the pan..Do not try to spread it like a normal dosa..
10.Cover and cook till the top part is cooked..
11.Flip the dosa and cook the other side too..
Note:This step is optional but our personal preference is that we like this better than cooking only one side..
12.Remove from flame and enjoy with chutney or pickle!