Friday, July 17, 2009

Paan pole (Neer Dosa)

One more Mangalorean special coming your way...Ever since I saw this RCI on Udupi and Mangalorean cuisine, (hosted by Sia this month, an event started by Lakshmi), I cannot stop myself from blogging about all the Mangalorean cooking, especially the regular home food that you may not get in a restaurant.
This particular one though, is quite popular in most Mangalorean cuisine restaurants, and served with Mangalorean style chicken curries

Like I've mentioned in my earlier posts, coconuts are used a whole lot in Mangalorean cooking, here the dosa and the accompaniment has coconut in it !


This neerdosa (neer = water in Kannada) / paanpole (In Konkani...paan means leaf and polo/pole means dosa), is really thin and soft, that why the name

I remember I once hosted this Dosa brunch at my place on a Sunday, where I made masala dosa with sambaar and chutney, pesarattu with tomato chutney and these paanpole with 'choon' (pronounce the 'ch' like the 'cz' as in 'czar', its more like a 'czoon')
My granduncle was also there and he said that it reminded him of the breakfast his mother made for him when he was a child. I was so touched, this was perhaps the best compliment I had recieved. This 'choon' is a no-cook accompaniment and goes great with paanpole(recipe below)

Paanpole can be served with any chutney, but this one is my favourite. A closer look at the choon...


Paan pole

What you need -

3 cups raw rice (use regular rice, its easier to grind than the boiled / idli rice)
2/3 cup grated coconut

What you do with it -

Soak the rice in water for 4-5 hours
Grind the rice with the grated coconut, adding water, to a very smooth and thin paste
Add salt and mix well
The batter should be really thin
On a hot tava, apply a little oil and take a ladle of batter and spread it, starting from the side and then towards the centre
Since its really thin, you will not be able to flatten and spread it like a regular dosa, you can instead lift the tava and swirl it around, so that the batter fills up the empty spaces (Reading this sounds more complicated that it actually is !!)
Cover the tava. This is meant to be a soft dosa, not crisp
This will not turn brown, so once it starts leaving the edges, flip it over and cook for a minute. Fold into a quarter and serve hot


What you need -

1/2 cup grated coconut
1/2 cup grated jaggery
1/4 tsp powdered cardamom

What you do with it -

Mix all the ingredients
Serve as an accompaniment with the paanpole


SJ said...

We call it bariakki dose! I love this dose, I can keep on eating tones of it without feeling full! I saw you have pathrode recipe, do you make ogarsu-fy(for the lack of a better word) it? I can send you the recipe, I don't get taro leaf so no chance of me making it !

Choon sounds like something J will devour!

Home Cooked Oriya Food said...

wow - what a yummy dosa...
Its so soft - like a flower... loved the name - paan pole too!

Archana said...

@Oriya girl, thanks :)
@SJ, what is ogarsufying ? Send me recipe...this leaf is used in Gujarat a lot, so will try it here with your recipe..

Deepthi Shankar said...

I love neer dosa .. looks lovely

SJ said...

send me your email id I can't put my secret recipe out here for all to see..ramma way!

Red Chillies said...

Arch, makka paan pole bagge visornnu gelle, thanks for reminding me. I plan to make this on Monday along with Batata Song :-). Tugele polo like dista :-)

amna said...

looks so nice and delicate.. :)

Vani said...

Neer dose looks great, Arch! That compliment from your granduncle was so nice!

Miri said...

yummy - i'm salivating at this - not even bothering to book mark- next time I visit, you are making this! :)

Unknown said...

i love neer manglorean friend used 2 make to it for we stay in diff bad....but with r recipe around i want 2 give this a try!

kitchen queen said...

yummy! this neer dosa looks very white and appetising.I am sure it tastes very good you can visit my blog view my recipes and give ur comments

Sushma said...

Hi, came across ur blog when I was looking for neer dosa recipe. It looks yummy. Will surely give it a try!!


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