Konkani’s make delicious, spicy, tiny dosas. These savoury, vegan dosas are served as a side dish for lunch & dinner. These small, round dosas are called sanna polo in Konkani. They aren’t had for breakfast, instead are a part of a Konkani cuisine meal.
A simple, spicy rice batter is made by grinding together rice, grated coconut, dried red chillies, tamarind & salt. To this batter a variety of vegetables & other ingredients are added as toppings to make delicious dosas.
Finely shredded cabbage or onions or pickled bamboo shoots, drumstick leaves, drumstick flowers, talinum (bombay bajji in Konkani), colcoasia leaves, basella/Malabar spinach (vali in Konkani), cauliflower etc are used to make these dosa, sanna polo. You have to trust me when I say, taste of these dosas depends heavily on the topping used.
These ingredients are also used in pairs, cabbage-onion combo, drumstick leaves-onions combo, drumstick flowers-drumstick leaves combo etc.
The same batter with all these toppings are also added into idli moulds, weaved jackfruit baskets or are rolled in banana leaves & are steamed to make sanna khotto/sanna muddo/sanna idli of Konkani cuisine. These spicy idlis are served steaming hot with lots of coconut oil on top, as a side dish for lunch, dinner.
My personal favourite sanna polo is cabbage-onion sanna polo. These spicy, soft dosas taste great with cabbage, onions in them, as they add a nice crunch to these dosas. Here goes the recipe to make these delicious dosas.
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cooking time: 10 minutes
Passive time/Soaking time: 30 minutes
These dosas (sanna polo) turn soft, tasty depending on 2 things:
There’s another trick to making these soft, tasty dosas (sanna polo). My mom uses 1/2 cup of urad dal (split black lentil) & adds it to the batter while grinding the batter. Here’s what she does, she fries urad dal until it starts to brown, once it cools down completely, she adds it to the batter while grinding it. It makes these dosas all the more soft & tasty.
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