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Old 01-12-2021, 06:58 PM   #1
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Making dosa - sort of a sourdough Indian crępe

Earlier I talked about making the dosa batter, using the Instant Pot to help the fermentation process. Here's the photo of the fermented batter:
Dosa fermenting by pepperhead212, on Flickr

Here is the actual cooking of the dosa

I used a 10" NS skillet, as the only CI pan that I have that is well seasoned is a square pan that would be too small to maneuver in. It took some tweaking with thinning the batter (only took a couple TB of water), and the flame level, before getting it right, and this was my first try! And I realized quickly that there was a better way to spread the batter in the pan, than the usually suggested back of the ladle, which would leave an uneven trail in the batter. I would pour the batter in using the ladle in my left hand, and quickly spread out the batter using a flat-backed spoon, which made a more even surface. I tried swirling it, like I do with crępes, but crępe batter is much thinner, so that made a dosa too thick. Cooking with the flame too high made it firm up too fast, as I spread it, too low, just took too long! Here's what I settled at:
Flame level settled on for dosa. by pepperhead212, on Flickr

Here's that ladle and spoon I used:
Ladle and flat bottomed spoon used for the dosa. by pepperhead212, on Flickr

Using the spoon to quickly spread the batter in the pan. by pepperhead212, on Flickr

In the beginning, when I flipped the dosa there were places where bubbles had formed, so they were unevenly browned. So shortly after the batter would puff up, I would bang the pan on the burner, to even it out, and bang those bubbles out. Here are the bottoms (actually, the original tops), showing how they got smoother, and browned better.
Bottom of the second dosa, showing the areas where the bubbles had formed. by pepperhead212, on Flickr

Bottom of the third or fourth one, showing a more even browning, after banging the bubbles out. by pepperhead212, on Flickr

The top (the original bottom) browned well on all of them.
Evenly browned top on one of the dosa. by pepperhead212, on Flickr

Finished batch of dosa. by pepperhead212, on Flickr

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Old 01-12-2021, 07:24 PM   #2
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Nice Job!
Kinda looks ( and sounds) like my Injera experience a few weeks ago.
Definitely a learning curve.
Got better with practice ( the last ones looked better than the first).
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