Tuesday, August 9, 2011


Ghee Roast & Neer Dosa
There are certain killer combos in food, just like made for each other couples!This is one such made for each other combination, in food. The very plain Neer Dosa is made to taste exquiste when paired with a delicious Chicken Ghee Roast.This was one of my most favourite items to order from Coast to Coast,a chain of restaurants in Bangalore which served Mangalorian food.
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Being a true Malayali,I love Mangalorian cuisine as we have a lot in common, coconut being the main ingredient.So keeping all the common things aside, let's get into talking about how simple this dish is yet how fantastic it is to taste!
Neer Dosa
Neer Dosa is made out of soaked and ground rice which is then diluted with water to a very thin consistency, just like water. Neer in Kannada means water and I think it's the consistency of the batter that gave this Dosa it's name :-) Once you cook this dosa, it resembles a very soft lacy pancake! It's pure white and absolutely beautiful!
Chicken Ghee roast

Chicken Ghee Roast as the name suggests is laden with pure Ghee. Do not even try to substitute maybe you can reduce the amount of Ghee given in the recipe otherwise the taste will be compromised. Therefore, this is not a dish you can eat on a day to day basis but only when the craving strikes or only when you feel like indulging ! That is my way of thinking and yours could be a lot different, so do according to what your heart says! :-) Nevertheless, the end product is finger licking good! Really! You'd be surprised to know how easy it is to make these two yummy items!This is originally from Kundapur, a small town close to Mangalore.

Mangalorian Chicken Ghee Roast
When Isha Narang from Deccan Chronicle interviewed me over the phone , she asked me about my approach to cooking. For me, cooking is pure fun but I do not consider it to be fun if it takes me one whole day to make a curry! It could be a bit of exxageration when I said 'a whole day to make a curry' but trust me, I have seen such recipes! By the end of the day,you would have just made one curry and a sink full of dishes!!According to me, simple is classy!

Recipe source: Daijiworld

1 kg/ 2lbs full chicken, cut into 18-20 pieces

To be ground:
15 dry red chillies soaked in water for an hour (see the picture of the curry to get an idea about the chilies used), drained
1 tbsp cumin seeds
1" stick cinnamon
4 cloves
Lime juice to taste
Salt to taste
Ghee for frying

Grind together all the ingredients for the marinade using a little water to get a thick, red paste. The colour solely depends of the kind of red chilies used. We call it 'Piriyan Molaku' in Malayalam. It is scrunched up slightly curly dry red chilies.Marinate the chicken pieces in the ground paste for 2-3 hours in the fridge, covered.
Heat about 1/4 c of ghee to start with.Add the chicken pieces and fry on high heat for 3-4 mins. Reduce the heat and then cook covered till done.
There should be some thick gravy left on the pieces and not completely dry. If it has become a bit too dry, adjust by adding some water. Check for the lime juice and salt.

Neer Dosa
NEER DOSA ( Gluten free)
Recipe source : Amma
Makes about 24 nos.

1 c short grain rice (Sona Masuri)
Water as needed
Salt to taste

Soak the rice in water for 3 hours. Grind it to a very smooth and fine paste with water.It should not be grainy.
Transfer it to another vessel and add more water to make a batter of very thin consistency (think water!). Add salt to taste.Leave the batter aside for 2 hours.
Take a non stick pan with sides and heat till you can hold your palm over it comfortably.
Pour a ladle of batter on it and swirl the pan to get a nice round dosa. Since the batter is very watery, you do not have to spread it with a spoon instead you need to swirl the pan around. The dosa will have holes here and there and that's OK!
Cover and cook to fasten the process. Once you see that it's cooked,fold into half to get a semi circle. Fold again to get a triangle. Transfer it to a hot pot/casserole and keep it covered.
If you want, you can oil the pan and repeat the process.
You can make this ahead of time.

Verdict: I won't miss the Coast to Coast Neer Dosa & Ghee Roast anymore! This recipe is perfect! We all loved it and I can't wait to cook this for Jobin :-) Do try this at home, it's very very simple!
Preetha's gift
Our postman had a big box to carry and deliver today. It had multiple copies of the Sunday Chronicle on which I was featured last Sunday plus a homemade delicious cake by a very sweet reader of mine, Preetha Suju! Gosh, you guys are awesome! I always tell everyone that I have the most awesome sauce readers!! Thank you so much, Preetha! That cake was fantastic!! I mean it :-)


Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

What a beautiful dish! It looks so flavorful and appetizing.



M D said...

I'm a Mangalorean myself and this is so common at my home that I never bothered a post on this. Now you have tempted me! Looks delicious.

Archana said...

will try out the neer dosa.

Sarah said...

that does look like a killer-combo... Ive been wanting to try my hands on neer dosa for a while... thanks for the recipe... That is such a sweet gesture by Preetha! Congrats again Ria..

Miriam Korula said...

looks so delish Ria......i love love...neer dosa...esp with a spicy mangalorean curry....it must be a dream...:)

Divya Kudua said...

Chicken Ghee roast hmm?I'm sure my Mangalorean hubby is going to love this.I made a Paneer ghee roast sometime back following this recipe from Mangalorean.com - http://mangalorean.com/recipes/recipearticle.php?articleid=1427

Neha said...

Chicken looks so nice and yummy...Would definitely try it out soon...

Zareena said...

Ria, I love this combination. I tasted this once when we went to a restaurant called Kudla (Bangalore), which serves Mangalorean food. This has become one of my favorites. Congrats once again Ria for all that you have achieved so far. BTW how was your cooking class?

Sneha Benny said...

Ria, The combo looks perfect. The chicken ghee roast looks so good. I am going to try this soon. Will let you know.

Manju said...

so that is called neer dosa...first time i had this from my in-laws place only....We used have it with green gram dal curry or kadala curry...

Charishma said...

looks good
i posted ghee roast recipe last week,


my recipe is quite different from yours, will try ur recipe next


Hamaree Rasoi said...

Delicious looking chicken preparation. Looks so inviting.

Hamaree Rasoi

Ann said...

I have never, ever heard of neer dosa, I thought it was pathiri when i saw the picture, kinda the same right? Looks like a "killer" combo - look at all those chillis!

Deepthi KR said...

super cool dear!!!

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Prathima Rao said...

This ones our family fav!! Just had neer dosa for dinner actually..Love the dosa with gashi or hoorna too..:) And ghee roast is one exotic & killer dish!! The ultimate one...esp for a mangalorean like us!! We try it out with paneer as we are veggies...
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Reshmi Mahesh said...

Yummy combo indeed...when I was at mangalore had this many times...They give a combo of coconut and jaggery mixture with it...Simple yet superb...Tempting clicks..

Unknown said...

I luv this ghee roast chicken,i order it in kokum restaurant that covers coastal dishes..Simply yum.

Unknown said...

omg! love the chicken recipe and neer dosa!....I once had this in bangalore!



divya said...

Yummy comb....Simple yet superb...Tempting clicks..

Justbeanme said...

wow it is so refreshing to read u again after a long gap :) this is long for us readers out here!!!USA
Issh i never had neer dosa but now want to have it bad ... really bad.. will try thing.. but am little sacred.. hehe... love the colours !!Once again congrats Miss Celebrity

Taste Melanger said...

I saw Ghee Roast at Charisma's blog recently & was thinking of making. Now I've another version for it.
Looks nice!!

notyet100 said...

Will try the chicken or sure ,looks so good

Rups said...

Hi Ria,

Lovely pics...and the name Neer dosa comes from the Tulu word for water - neer and not the Kannada one which is neeru.

Rupa Shetty

Jina said...

Can the neer dosa made with liquidifying the normal dosa batter?? Or does it have to be freshly grinded and just rice??

sarah said...

wow...and all along i just assumed neer dosa had coconut milk in it because of its melt-in-your-mouth softness...had it not been for u ria i would never have looked up the recipe :).sure gona try this soon...

Rose from Magpies Recipes said...

both the chicken and neer dosa are getting added to my must try list!

Sandeep Shenoy said...

Neer Dosa, is popularly known as PanPolo amoungst Konkani house holds.

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