Rawa/Semolina dosai is the easiest dosa anyone

could make.Crispy,lightly spiced,and no

fermentation required.

If you are making plain rawa dosai,you can add

chopped onions,green chillies,grated carrot,and

the needed aromatic curry leaf.

The specialty in making this dosai,is that it

should look porous.

In order to get this look,the batter is made thin

and watery.

You should have a wide dosa skillet,as rawa

dosa is normally poured into big crepes,and

served folded.

Today,my recipe is for Masala dosa with rawa


Usually, we make the yellow potato masala,

served with poori and masala- dosa .

https://calinskitchen.com/2014/12/04/masala-dosai/ check this link for the yellow potato


Today’s recipe will be one with garam masala,

and spices .Trust me,it was very,very tasty.

So,do try this as a filling for dosa or poori and

post in your comments.


For the rawa dosa

1 cup rawa ( semolina )

1/2 cup rice flour

1/4 cup gram flour

2-3 tbsp all purpose flour

4-5 cups water

1 tsp sugar

1/2 tsp coarsely ground pepper

1/2 tsp chilli powder ( optional )

3/4 tsp coarsely ground cumin seeds

Onions, green chillies,curry leaves,cashewnuts

( this has to be added when you are making

plain rawa dosa)

1 tsp salt

Oil/ghee/butter ( to drizzle while cooking )


•Mix all the ingredients,and set aside for half

an hour.

•After the set time , heat the dosa pan .

•Add a tsp of oil ,and pour a ladles of the batter,

to look like a perforated crepe .

• Drizzle oil or ghee, and cook on a low flame

till crisp and golden . Cooking,one side is more

than enough .

•Place two tbsp of the potato mixture,and fold

into any shape you like .

•Serve with coconut chutney.

For the potato masala

4-5 boiled and mashed potatoes

1 tomato

2 onions chopped fine

2 green chillies chopped

A small piece ginger chopped

Curry leaves

1/2 tsp mustard seeds

1 tbsp gram dal ( kadala parippu)

2 tbsp oil / ghee

A pinch asafoetida

For the garam masala

3-4 dry red chillies

1 tbsp coriander seeds

10 peppercorns

1 tsp cumin seeds

1 tsp white khus khus seeds( poppy seeds)

1/2 tsp saunf

5-6 cashews

2 cardamons

3 cloves

1 inch piece cinnamon

Dry roast for 5 minutes ,powder and use whole

quantity .


•Heat oil ,add mustard,curry leaves,asafoetida.

• Next add the onions,ginger,green

chillies,gram dal and cook till onion is


•Add tomato, and sauté for 2-3 minutes.

•Add mashed ( not fine )potato and the ground

masala and mix well

•Mix till the spices are well blended with


•Use as a filling for dosa.

This potato mixture can be served with poori

also .



Country chicken biriyani or’nattu koli biriyani’

as in Tamil, has a different taste in comparison

to the normal chicken.

If you have tried cooking country chicken curry

you would understand that the aroma and taste

is completely different and excellent.

I grew up eating only country chicken,and I

remember that the broiler chicken seemed to

take over ,somewhere around the 70’s.

( correct me if I’m wrong ).I remember every

chicken had a cluster of eggs ( the shells not

formed ).It really was a delight when my mom,

removes only the eggs while the curry is

simmering,and let’s us have a taste of it.

Precious memories!

Now,we rarely get to see this stuff .🙁

So let’s get into the recipe now


500-750 gm country chicken

500 gm basmati rice soaked for 20 minutes

20 -25 small onions ( shallots /red onions )

3-4 green chillies

30 cloves of garlic

2 inch piece ginger

2 onions sliced

2 slit green chillies

1 cup curd

1 tsp whole pepper

Juice of 1 lime

3-4 tomatoes

1 tsp chilli powder

1 tsp coriander powder

1/2 tsp rose essence or 1 tsp rose water

1/2 tsp turmeric

Mint leaves

Coriander leaves

Whole garam masala ( 4 cardamons,4 cloves,1

stick cinnamon,1 tsp saunf)

1/2 cup ghee+3 tbsp oil

Make powder

10 cashew nuts

2 tsp sea moss

2 tsp saunf

1 tsp white khus khus ( poppy seeds)

1 piece mace

3 cardamons

3 cloves

1 stick cinnamon

1-2 bay leaf

1 tsp cumin seeds


First grind the ginger,garlic,green chillies to a


•Grind the shallots coarsely .

•Heat oil and ghee in a biriyani pot or pressure

cooker,add the whole garam masala and sliced

onions ,and fry the till light brown.

•Add the slit green chillies,tomatoes,turmeric

and salt .

•Next add the ginger garlic paste and the

chicken pieces and sauté for 3-4 minutes.

•Add all the powders,and curd,lime juice ,mint

and coriander leaves and cook for few minutes.

• Pour 1 cup hot water over the chicken ,and

cook till chicken is tender.

•If cooking in pressure cooker,allow the steam

to release on its own.

•Add the washed and soaked rice ,and water

level up to 2 inches .

•Add mint and coriander leaves,cover and cook

on a slow fire ( dum ) for 15-20 minutes or till

done .

•Serve with raita or any dishes of your choice.


These recipes are with Amaranth leaves also

known as ‘ Arai keerai ‘ in Tamil.

I have tried this with other greens , but this

particular green gives an unique flavour with

rice .

Carrot with amaranth was a try today, and

served with fish curry it was finger -licking .

Amaranth with potato, with egg , with peanuts

are some of the combinations you could try .

Do try and post your comments!

To the recipes , first to the rice recipe



2-3 cups cooked rice

1 cup greens chopped fine

2-3 cloves garlic crushed with peel

Ghee or oil

1/2 tsp mustard

2-3 dry chillies

2 tsp spice powder *

1/2 tsp turmeric

A pinch of asafoetida

Salt to taste


Heat oil add mustard seeds, dry chillies ,garlic

and asafoetida .

Next add the greens ,turmeric and sauté till the

greens are 3/4th cooked .

Add rice and mix well

Lastly add the spice powder ,mix well for a

minute and remove from fire .

Keep covered for few minutes and serve with

raita, papads and potato masala .

Good vegan meal !

Now to the spice powder recipe .You could use this for any variety rice , and has to be added at the end only

2 tbsp gram dal ( kadala parippu)

1/2 tsp fenugreek seeds

1 tsp cummin seeds

Few curry leaves

1 tsp coriander seeds

Dry roast for few minutes ( Do not allow the

fenugreek seeds to brown) , and powder .



1 cup keerai chopped

3 carrots chopped

1 onion

2 crushed cloves garlic

1 green chilli chopped

1-2 tsp red chilli flakes

1/4 tsp turmeric

1 small tomato

1 red capsicum ( optional)

Powder 1 tsp cummin seeds and 1/4 coconut

together coarsely

1/2 lemon juice

1 tbsp coconut oil


Heat oil ,add onions garlic and sauté till

translucent .

Add tomato with turmeric and salt and cook for

2-3 minutes

Next add carrot, greens , chilli flakes and cook

on a low flame covered till carrots are cooked .

Next add coconut mixture and mix . Remove

from fire after a minute,and add lemon juice.


Oh!the aroma it spreads is truly awesome.

I have seen my mom making this masala,so the measurements I make are only by hand.

As I had the idea of sharing I had to make the measurements,so do try and send in your


My mom makes chicken curry with coconut milk.

It’s best to add 1.5-2 tsp of this spice,just after you add the thickened milk .

Well,if you are using fine ground coconut you could add with it.

You should use this spice for spicy chicken or meat curries not kormas.

Now for the recipe


4 tblsp raw rice

10 cardamoms

4-5 sticks cinammon

1 tblsp cummin seeds

1 tblsp saunf

Few curry leaves

1 tsp peppercorns

1 tsp mustard ( to be added finally)


Dry roast all ingredients except mustard till you see the rice turning light brown.Remove

from fire and add the mustard seeds immediately whilst hot.Mix and you will hear the

crackle of the mustard seed.

Powder fine and store .