This blog post will provide detailed instructions on how to make dosas from scratch, one of the most popular Indian breads. If you’re interested in making dosa for yourself or for any special occasion, this article is for you! This has been written with beginners in mind who are eager to start cooking up the delicious variations available. Let’s get started.
What You’ll Need
Below is what you will need to make dosas: A large bowl of water; a rolling mat that measures about 8”x14”; a measuring cup; 4 cups of rice flour; 2 Tbsp oil/ ghee (clarified butter); 2 tsp salt; and 11/2 cups of water.
First, make sure you have everything ready and close by. The first thing you’ll want to do is combine water, rice flour, oil and salt in a large bowl and mix well. Then wrap the rolling mat in aluminum foil or plastic wrap to keep the dough from sticking to it as you roll out the dosa. You can use any flat surface for making dosas; however, if you are using a table or countertop, cover them with foil or parchment paper so that there is less of a chance of the dough sticking.
If you don’t have a rolling mat, you can make dosas on a piece of parchment paper or aluminum foil with a bit of flour sprinkled on it.
The Process for Flattening the Dough
The process for flattening the dough into perfect circles is easy once you get the hang of it. You will need to have everything ready before starting: place the rolling mat on your work surface, and place one half of the dough mixture in the middle of it, leaving about 2” around it to make room for spreading and flattening. Then using your hands (you can also use an extra rolling mat if that makes things easier), spread out the dough evenly over half of the rolling mat. (You can use the other half of the dough for the next dosa, or try making mini dosas for variety.) Then place the second portion of rolled out dough on top of it, extending it beyond your first half. Every time you add another portion on top, make sure there is some room around each one to allow them to spread and not overlap with each other. (If this makes things easier, use 2 rolling mats instead of 1.)
Now you will begin flattening out each portion of rolled-out dough with your hands in order to make sure that they are all even (and work in one direction only).