April 28, 2014

Essence Dosa / Essence Roast - Virtual Birthday party for Sangee!

Special Day ! Special Recipe !
Yay...It's time to celebrate our lovely blogger friend Sangeetha's Birthday ,who loves Kongunadu recipes
a lot. So we few bloggers decided to celebrate her virtual Birthday Party with her favorites and I chose her favorite childhood recipe "Essence Dosa" from her blog "spicytreats.net

       Many more happy returns of the day dear :)  

"Essence Dosa"- very Interesting name and recipe, right? Yeah, the taste was also great and very flavorful with lots of spices. These special Dosas are served by spreading the essence all over the dosa so it gets soaked well and tastes very delicious. Serving with Essence kozhambu is truly divine and we loved the flavorful juiciness in each bite. She had mentioned in her space that the same recipe can be prepared with chicken, which I have already saved in my "To do" list :)

Thank you so much sangee for sharing us such an authentic recipe and I am so glad & happy to prepare your favorite recipe for your Virtual Birthday Party.

Here comes the Juicy, spicy and delicious recipe...

Ingredients :
  • 2 Tsp Oil
  • 1/2 Tsp Fennel/saunf
  • 1/4 Tsp Peppercorns
  • 1/2 Tsp Poppy seeds
  • 2 cloves
  • 1 inch Cinnamon stick
  • 2 Tsp Channa dal
  • 1 Onion, chopped
  • 1 Tomato, chopped
  • 2 Dry red chillies
  • 1 Spring Curry leaves
  • 10 Springs Coriander leaves
  • 2 inch Ginger
  • 5-6 Garlic cloves
  • 2 Tsp Oil
  • 1/2 Tsp Mustard seeds
  • 1/4 Tsp Fennel seeds/Saunf
  • 1/2 Medium Onion, finely chopped
  • 1 1/2 Tsp Chilli powder
  • 1 Tsp Curry powder ( I replaced with Garam masala powder)
  • Salt to taste
  • 3 Tbsp Coconut shredded
  • 1/2 Tsp Poppy seeds
For Essence Dosa :

Dosa Batter, as required
Essence, as required

Method :
  • Grind 3 tbsp coconut and 1/2 Tsp poppy seeds using 1/4 cup of water to a fine paste and keep aside.
  • Heat 2 Tsp oil in a pan and Fennel seeds followed by peppercorns, poppy seeds, cloves, cinnamon stick and channa dal one by one and fry lightly.
  • Add red chillies, ginger, garlic and curry leaves. 
  • Saute for a minute and add chopped onion followed by chopped tomato and coriander leaves.
  • Saute for couple of minutes and remove from the flame.
  • Cool and grind the mixture into smooth paste.Keep aside.
  • Now heat 2 Tsp oil in a pan and add Mustard seeds.
  • Once it starts spluttering, add fennel seeds followed by finely chopped onion.
  • Saute till turns translucent and add the ground masala paste.
  • Add red chilli powder, curry powder(garam masala) and salt, saute for couple of minutes.
  • Add ground coconut paste and cook till the raw smell goes off and masala gets thicken.
  • Once done, take 2-3 ladleful of essence and keep aside.
  • Add 3/4 Cup of water to the remaining masala and cook for 4-5 minutes or till the
  • oil shows on top of kuzhambu.
  • Garnish with few corinader leaves and remove from the flame.
To prepare Essence Dosa :
  • Heat Dosa tawa or pan and pour a laddle full of dosa batter.
  • Spread in a circular motion to make little thick dosa.
  • Drizzle oil and cook for couple of minutes with a closed lid.
  • Now take 2 tsp essence and spread all over the dosa, fold it and remove from the flame.
  • Serve hot essence dosa with Essence Kuzhambu.


  1. Very irresistible dish, am making mine soon..Wonderful choice for celebrating virtually Sangee's birthday..

  2. Dosa Looks tempting with stuffing inside..! YummM and sounds savory!

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  3. oh diff dosa filling .looks so yummy

  4. wow..love the flavors in dosa,beautiful virtual gift for sangee :)