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April 12, 2009

Vendhaya Dosa Recipe With Poondu Chutney - Breakfast Recipes

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vendhaya - dosa

We make this dosa at least once in a month.This is very good for health.It reduces the body heat and good for stomach ulcer & diabetes.I learnt this recipe from my MIL and i made it yesterday.It was crispy , spongy and tasted great.Poondu molaapdi is the best combination for this dosa.I have tasted this dosa with sambar,chutney , korma etc.But nothing can beat this poondu molaapdi..U can have this dosa with coconut milk or milk mixed with jaggery syrup.I used to have 2 dosas with milk and 2 dosas with molaapdi :) It may resemble like aapam, but it tastes different. Usually it is made thick like uttapam but my husband likes it crispy. So i make thick ones for me & crispy for my husband. It tastes & comes out great in either ways!

vendhaya dosai crispy

  • Idli rice/ salem rice / boiled rice – 4 cups ( 1 cup = 200 ml)
  • Fenugreek seeds / Methi seeds – 1/4 cup ( 50ml)
  • Urad dal – 2 tbsp
  • Toor dal – 1 tsp
  • Salt & water – as needed.

  • Wash and soak the rice for 2 hrs. Similarly , wash and soak urad dal, toor dal and methi seeds for 2 hrs.
  • Now grind the methi seeds along with dals with water for 10 mins.Batter will be fluffy becomes smooth.. Then add the rice with required water and salt to it , grind to make a smooth batter.
vendhaya dosai tile1
  • Remove and transfer it to a bowl.Check for salt. Let it ferment for 10 hrs or over night.
vendhaya dosa tile2
  • The next day ,mix the batter well with the ladle and pour it on the hot dosa tawa.Spread a little , pour sesame oil around it and cover cook for 1- 2 mins .No need to flip over.Make it thick or thin as per ur wish..
vendhaya dosa tile3

Remove the dosa and serve hot with poondu molaapdi or coconut milk.


  • Garlic – 1 bulb or 15 flakes.
  • Red chilly – 5 -7 nos
  • Grated Coconut – 1 tbsp (For spice lovers , this is Optional .I usually add  to reduce the spice.)
  • Salt – as needed.
  • Oil – 1 tsp

How to grind:
  • Peel the garlic and keep it aside.
  • Heat a kadai with oil and roast the red chillies till it turns dark brown.
  • Now grind the garlic flakes,roasted red chillies , grated coconut with the required salt. Please don’t add water. This chutney should be coarse..
  • Remove and Keep it in the serving bowl.

Serve with this dosa by adding sesame oil.This molapdi stays good even for 10 days when refrigerated and it tastes good with dosa & idli too

vendhaya dosai & poondu molapdi

Fenugreek seeds:
    The seeds of the fenugreek herb are an effective nutritional supplement and have also been used by herbalists for many centuries for the health benefits it provides. Fenugreek seeds contain protein, vitamin C, niacin, potassium, and diosgenin (a phytoestrogen compound that seems to mimic the effects of the hormone estrogen). The diosgenin in fenugreek is thought to help increase libido and lessen the effects of hot flashes and hormone-induced mood fluctuations. More active constituents in fenugreek are alkaloids, lysine and L-tryptophan. It also contains steroidal saponins (diosgenin, yamogenin, tigogenin, and neotigogenin) and mucilaginous fiber which are believed to be responsible for many of the beneficial effects fenugreek exhibits.

    What are the Benefits of Fenugreek?

    Fenugreek is an amazing magic herb that can cure number of ailments. Indian Ayurvedic and traditional Chinese medicine recommend fenugreek to treat arthritis, asthma, bronchitis, improve digestion, maintain a healthy metabolism, increase libido and male potency, cure skin problems (wounds, rashes and boils), treat sore throat, and cure acid reflux. Fenugreek also has a long history of use for the treatment of reproductive disorders, to induce labor, to treat hormonal disorders, to help with breast enlargement, and to reduce menstrual pain. Recent studies have shown that Fenugreek helps lower blood glucose and cholesterol levels, and may be an effective treatment for both type 1 and 2 diabetes. Fenugreek is also being studied for its cardiovascular benefits.

    Uses of Fenugreek

    Home Remedy for Balancing Cholesterol
    A study in India found people who took 2 ounces of fenugreek seed each day had significantly (around 14 percent) lower cholesterol levels after 24 weeks, and had lowered their risk of heart attack by more than 25 percent. Therefore, a recommended remedy for lowering cholesterol is to take 2 ounces of Fenugreek seeds as part of one meal each day. The seeds can be sprinkled onto prepared food, or they can be consumed with water if they are in capsule form.
    Treating Diabetes and Lowering Blood Sugar Levels
    Studies have shown that participants with type 2 diabetes had significantly lower blood sugar levels after eating fenugreek. Therefore, a recommended home remedy for treating Type 2 diabetes is to consume 50mg of fenugreek twice daily.
    Herbal Cure for Skin Inflammation
    A German research group has approved Fenugreek as an effective topical treatment for skin problems such as abscesses, boils, burns, eczema, gout and ulceration of the skin. Therefore, a simple skin inflammation remedy is to take a spoonful of fenugreek and grind it into powder. Mix it with warm water to make a poultice and apply it directly onto the inflamed skin. (A poultice is simply a piece of cloth that has been soaked into the warm water mixture and then applied to the skin).
    Natural Cure for Heartburn and Acid Reflux
    Fenugreek seeds contain a lot of mucilage, which helps sooth gastrointestinal inflammation by coating the lining of the stomach and intestine. Therefore, for an effective remedy against heartburn or Acid Reflux, simply sprinkle 1 teaspoon of fenugreek seeds onto your food. Another option is to take one teaspoon of Fenugreek seeds and swallow them with water or juice before you start to eat.
    Home Remedy for Fever
    The Fenugreek herb has been known to help reduce fever when taken with lemon and honey, since it nourishes the body during an illness. Therefore, to treat a fever, simply consume one to two teaspoons of Fenugreek seeds three times a day along with an herbal tea (such as green tea) with a teaspoon of honey and lemon juice. Some health food stores also sell herbal Fenugreek teas (see below), which can be used instead of the green tea.
    Breast Enlargement
    Fenugreek is often used in commercial preparations and teas formulated to help balance women's hormones and/or enlarge the breasts. Therefore, a simple remedy is to make Fenugreek a part of your regular diet.
    Remedy to Ease Child Birth for Pregnant Women
    Fenugreek stimulates uterine contractions and can be helpful to induce childbirth. However, pregnant women should only use Fenugreek for inducing labor after consulting with their doctor.
    Remedy to Aid Milk Production in Lactating Women
    Since ancient times, Fenugreek has been known to increase milk production in lactating women. Research has even shown that milk production can increase by over 500 percent within 24 to 72 hours after consuming fenugreek. Although it is not known why this happens, researchers speculate that the oil contained in fenugreek seeds plays a role. Therefore, a recommended remedy to increase milk flow is to consume one capsule of fenugreek seed (at least 500mg) three times a day.

    What are the Side Effects of Fenugreek?

    While Fenugreek is generally considered to be safe, there have been reports of a few minor side-effects. For example, some people have reported that it can make them feel nauseous. High doses of fenugreek seed may also cause gastrointestinal discomfort, including diarrhea and gas. Frequent topical use of fenugreek preparations may cause skin irritation and sensitization. Fenugreek fiber can interfere with the absorption of oral medications because its fiber is mucilaginous (moist and sticky). Therefore, Fenugreek should be taken at least 2 hours before or after other drugs are taken. Fenugreek use during pregnancy is discouraged and should only be taken under a doctor's recommendation (since it can be used to induce labor).
    The extracts of Allium sativum(garlic) bulb and compound preparation possess pharmacodynamic properties. The extract of garlic was found to have a significant protective action against a fat induced increase in serum cholesterol and plasma fibrinogen and in fibrinolytic activity.
    Garlic is used as a carminative, aphrodisiac, expectorant, and stimulant.Anticancer Actions:
    Human population studies show that eating garlic regularly reduces the risk of esophageal, stomach, and colon cancer. This is partly due to garlic's ability to reduce the formation of carcinogenic compounds. Animal and test tube studies also show that garlic, and its sulfur compounds, inhibit the growth of different types of cancer-especially breast and skin tumors.
    Circulatory Effects:
    More than 250 publications have shown that garlic supports the cardiovascular system. It may lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels in the blood, inhibit platelet stickiness (aggregation), and increase fibrinolysis-which results in a slowing of blood coagulation. It is mildly antihypertensive and has antioxidant activity.
    Antimicrobial Actions:
    Garlic has antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-fungal activity' It may work against some intestinal parasites. Garlic appears to have roughly 1 % the strength of penicillin against certain types of bacteria. This means it is not a substitute for antibiotics, but it can be considered as a support against some bacterial infections. Candida albicans growth is inhibited by garlic, and garlic has shown long-term benefit for recurrent yeast infections.
    High Blood Pressure:
    Garlic is regarded as one of the most effective remedies to lower blood pressure. The pressure and tension are reduced because it has the power to ease the spasm of the small arteries. It also slows the pulse and modifies the heart rhythm, besides relieving the symptoms of dizziness, shortness of breath and the formation of gas within the digestive track. As these days garlic capsules are available with the chemist shops, the average dosage of two to three capsules a day to be given to make a dent in the blood pressure.
    Digestive System Disorders:
    Garlic is one of the most beneficial foods for the digestive system. It exercises a beneficial effect on the lymph, aids in elimination of noxious waste matter in the body. It stimulates peristaltic action and the secretion of the digestive juices. Crushed cloves of garlic may be infused in water or milk and taken for all types of disorders of the digestion. It has an antiseptic effect and is an excellent remedy for infectious diseases and inflammations of the stomach and intestine. The oil of garlic is absorbed into the alimentary tract and is eliminated partly through the urine.
    Garlic produces a very marked effects on the intestine. It is an excellent agent as a worm expeller. It has also a soothing effect on the various forms of diarrhea. Problems such as colitis, dysentery and many other intestinal upsets can be successfully treated with fresh garlic or garlic capsules One garlic capsule taken three times a day is usually sufficient to correct mild cases of diarrhea or dysentery. For more persistent cases, up to six capsules a day can be taken. Garlic has the ability to destroy harmful bacteria in the intestines without affecting the beneficial organisms which aid digestion.
    Skin Disorders:
    Garlic has also been used successfully for a variety of skin disorders Pimples disappear without scar when rubbed with raw garlic several times a day. Even very persistent form of acne, suffered by some adults, has also been healed with garlic. The external use of garlic helps to clear the skin of spots and pimple, and boils. The process is further helped by taking the garlic orally also, to purify the blood-steam so as to secure a long term clearance of the skin. A regular course of three garlic capsules per day should help to clear minor skin infections quickly.
    Whooping Cough:
    Garlic is an excellent remedy for whooping cough. Syrup of garlic should be given in doses of five drops to a teaspoonful two or three times a day in this condition. It should be given more often if the coughing spells are frequent and violent.


  1. this dosa is new to me,will try this today.Can i replace idly rice with idly rava

    1. Yes , u can try .. But grind the idli rava nicely along with urad dal & methi seeds. else u cant make the dosa :)

  2. This dosa is very new to me, with toor dhal sounds very intresting Chitra, thanks for the great tips about garlic and fenugreek :)

  3. Dosa looks gorgeous and yummy. Garlic chutney is new to me. Looks great :)

  4. Love Garlic chutney..yummm. Fenugreek has so many advantages..We use a spoon full for all dosas..

  5. Me too love this combo and I mix curd with that molaapdi u know:P
    Do u really eat 4 dosas? ;D ;D

  6. Amazing Kitchen clinic details... Toordhal in dosa thats new for me... Kewl I liked the Garlic chutney very tempting...

  7. New recipe to me chitra..I just add few methi seeds to my dosa batter..Looking yummy..

  8. Adding methi seeds to doa is a healthy tip, My Amma puts it in all kinds of dosa batters for health purpose. The molaapdi is new to me, looks spicy and great with dosas wow!

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  10. Yummy Dosa and poonu podi. I have tasted in my friends place, i love this. Very nice information about methi, garlic etc.

  11. My version of menthiya dosa is different. Yours look spngy. Your version sounds interesting and shall try it sometime.

  12. Oh wow healthy and yum.....Informative post on fenugreek.

  13. Hey thanks for stopping by! U hve a nice blog too, I liked the kitchen clinic space nice infn! Both vendhya dosa and garlic molaapdi sounds new to me...will give a try soon!

  14. Hi Chitra
    Excellent information you`re sharing with us.
    Thanks x

  15. Poondu milagai podi sounds like a very interesting variation. Bookmarked :)

  16. garlic chutney sounds mouthwatering..

  17. Hi Chitra, thanks for stopping by my blog... :)
    Your blog looks great with awesome recipes and kitchen clinic :)

  18. Very new to me. Sure will try this

  19. Uluva dosa is my fav Chitra..Mom used to make this all time..looks great..:)

  20. hi,
    thanks for dropping by & leaving your lovely comment.
    You too have a wonderful space &
    the dosa seems definitely healthy.
    Got to know lot of methi seeds - i thought it was only good for treating constipation.
    Do visit again

  21. wow that dosa looks so spongy! :)

  22. Thank you chitra for dropping by..You have a very nice blog and i liked especially your kitchen clinic section which gives very good information..

  23. இனிய தமிழ் புத்தாண்டு நல்வாழ்த்துக்கள்!

  24. Poondi thovayal / podi is my favo.
    will u add tamarind with that podi? venthaya thosai I can even smell it from here. flavorful combination. Nice post.
    Happy New year dear.

  25. When you mentioned that you'd had this dosa with korma, my tummy rumbled in hunger! But garlic chutney sounds so good, too! Thanks again for such excellent information on fenugreek and garlic.

  26. This is my first time here.. You have a fantastic blog here.. Love the way u write about the ingredients! Great job!

  27. Can you tell me how much of methi seeds I need to put for 2 glasses of rice?

  28. Hi preeti,
    For 2 glasses of rice , u need to put fistful of methi seeds which comes around 1/8 cup.
    @ varunavi, u can try replacing idly rawa.I have not tried yet but i am sure it will come out well..

  29. Hi

    Need cup measurement in ml or weight? So wil try ur recipes n let u knw

    1. Here 1 cup is 200 gms.. 1 tbsp is 15 gms.. Its in weight not ml .. Hope u'll try n let me know :)

  30. It is mentioned that 500mg of fenugreek seeds to be taken daily, i thingk it is wrong. May be it is 50mg. per day - for lowering blood sugar and pressure. In my home my mother always used to cook with fenugreek seeds, perungayam wherever needed. The health benefits are so many and it adds good flavour and taste to the foods. We are really gifted by the God with such rare herbs which are used as food and with best medicinal qualities for our health. Our (south) Indian kitchens are seemingly having really meaningful spices for food preparation and good health. I can say that if one is maintaining good food practices (i.e., limited intake) even if it is a favorite food or tastier one, should not go for full stomach of food and must eat in time and only after digestion of the previous food. i mean, only after feeling hungry one should take further food. that also to be half stomach food will help to avoid obesity, pressure and any other health problems.

    1. Thank u so much Mr,Uthaman.Its a typo.Changed it now. As u said,eating half stomach keeps us healthy.At least for dinner , everyone should follow this.But sadly,most of us don't do this..Thanks for the info and ur suggestion :)

  31. Mrs. Chitra,
    I tried your poondu molapadi. It was excellent. Thank you.
    I try only the easiest ones in your index. Thanks again

    1. Thank u so much Keerthi sir.Keep trying and give ur comments. :) Its sure encouraging !


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