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Rava Dosa?? Ah… what??

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Yes, I know that there are probably not too many of you that are familiar with rava dosa, and really I was not either, but I did some reading and discovered that basically, rava dosa are Indian style crepes.

They are so good. And a tad easier than regular French crepes too!

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I have kind of been on an Indian food kick lately. I think because of summer and the fact that they use a lot a vegetables and spices, both of which I love. Whatever the reason, I am so glad I made this recipe. It’s something totally outside my comfort zone. I mean, there is no cheese for one. I know, I know, can you even believe I was able to do it?

Not gonna lie, it was tough, but this is so flavorful and creamy on its own that cheese is not really needed. BUT goat cheese would be extra freaking delicious sprinkled on top. I know this for a fact because I kind of maybe added a little for the second round, when I reheated them for dinner. My willpower apparently sucks.

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Anyway, I know that sometimes foods from other cultures can be a little intimidating. I completely get that, I do. But it is so time to get over it and branch out a little because if you don’t you are totally missing out on some of the best foods.

And it’s obviously way cheaper to cook at home than to go to some fancy Indian restaurant that honestly probably does not even taste as good as if you were to make it yourself.

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The Rava Dosa is really easy to make. Easier than crepes because they flip a lot easier, tear way less and you do not even need to swirl the pan. You just pour the batter in a circular motion working from the outside in. Then you fill in any big holes with more batter and just let the dosa cook like a pancake. Simple as that.

For the masala I used loads of zucchini, summer squash and yes, more tomatoes. That is three recipes (and counting) with tomatoes in them this week. I really hope you guys like tomatoes because I feel like there is no stopping my tomato obsession this summer.

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If you wanted to make this meal for the meat people in your family just sauté some diced chicken breasts or even add in some lamb or beef. Really you can adapt this recipe to whatever your needs are. The day I made this it was just me and my older brother Brendan, so he was totally cool with just the chickpeas (he is the only one in my family who will eat them in their original form, meaning not mashed into burgers and such). Which is sort of the reason I went for this type of dish.

I could never serve a completely vegan meal with any other family member besides Bren, the rest NEED meat. Typical boys.

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I need to get across to you guys that if you are into indian flavors you have to give this a try. It’s super quick and easy, making it the perfect meal for any night of the week. It’s also not so spicy that kids will not enjoy it…that is unless they aren’t into vegetables, like most of the picky brothers? If that’s the case, sorry, I can’t tell you how to get around the veggies with this one.

I do want to mention that this is kind of a cozy meal, making it the perfect end of summer meal that can also easily transition into early fall. I made it on one of those summer days that decide to give you a glimpse into fall.

Lastly, this dish is super healthy too. Which is probably a good thing since tomorrow is Friday. Of course with Friday comes weekend indulgences… at least at this house!

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Rava Dosas (Indian Crepes) with Summer Squash + Tomato Chickpea Masala.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings: 6 Servings
Calories Per Serving: 329 kcal

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Ingredients

Summer Squash + Tomato Chickpea Masala

  • 1/3 cup unsweetened coconut
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil or clarified butter
  • 1 small onion chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic minced or grated
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger grated
  • 1 serrano pepper chopped
  • 2 small-medium zucchini chopped
  • 2 small-medium summer squash chopped
  • 1 tablespoon spicy curry powder
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala
  • Pinch of salt and pepper
  • 2 cups cooked chickpeas rinsed and drained if using canned
  • 1 1/2 cups cherry tomatoes
  • 1/3 cup canned coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro chopped

Rava Dosas

  • 1/2 cup semolina flour
  • 1/2 cup rice flour
  • 1/2 cup white flour
  • 1 serrano pepper finely minced
  • 1 green onion finely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Butter for serving + greasing

Instructions

  • Toast the coconut in a 12-inch heavy skillet over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until golden, about 3 minutes. Transfer to a small bowl and wipe out skillet. Place the skillet back over medium heat and add the oil. Once hot add the onion, garlic, ginger and serrano pepper, cook for 3-5 minutes or until the onions have softened. Add the zucchini, summer squash, spicy curry powder, garam masala and a good pinch of salt and pepper. Continue to cook the mixture another five minutes or until the vegetables and spices are fragrant. Now add the chickpeas, tomatoes and 1 cup water. Bring the mixture to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer for 10-15 minutes or until the sauce has thickened.
  • Meanwhile make the rava dosai (plural of dosa). In a four cup glass measuring cup or bowl combine the semolina flour, rice flour, white flour, serrano pepper, green onion, cumin seeds, salt and pepper. Add 2 cups water and whisk until combined. The batter should be thin, add more water if is seems too thick. Generously brush a 10-12-inch nonstick skillet with oil or butter and heat over medium-high heat until it shimmers. Stir the batter well and pour in a circular motion starting from the outside and going in, filling in the gaps as you continue to pour in a circle motion (don't worry if there are few tiny holes throughout the dosa). While cooking, drizzle butter or coconut oil onto the dosa. Cook, undisturbed, until dosa is set and edges are golden, about 2 minutes. Flip using a spatula (just like a pancake) and cook dosa until underside is golden in spots, about 1 minute more. Transfer to a plate. Repeat with the remaining batter, stacking and covering loosely with foil to keep warm.
  • Once the masala has thickened stir in the coconut milk and cook until combined. Remove from the heat and stir in the cilantro and toasted coconut.
  • To serve, spoon masala filling onto one half of the dosa. Pull the other half over top. Sprinkle with chopped cilantro. EAT!

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You are gonna freak over that masala filling though.

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  1. I love Indian flavors, and my summer squash is going crazy, so this made the perfect dinner tonight–and so fun to make!!
    Thanks!

  2. Quite a good attempt at dosa! I love the dish and needless to say we make it at home way too often. But I do have a small observation. You don’t make a dosa from outside in. That’s totally wrong. You need to pour the batter in the centre of the skillet, then quickly smoothen the batter outwards. Centre to out. There won’t be holes. And French crepes are easier than dosa Anyday. And i know it coz I make both and I nailed crepes on my first try but the dosa, well that was a different story. Thanks for trying out Indian food tho! Omit the so called
    Curry powder too. Pls!!!!

  3. Hi!
    This is delicious, but I’ve made it twice now and the 1 cup of water hasn’t turned into a gravy for me…first time I made it uncovered and second time I made it covered (or maybe both times I made it covered…second guessing my first time now). Any thoughts? I just end up with veggies in water and have to dump the water out at the end.

  4. OMG girl!! I wish I could be right there with you watching you take all of these beautiful shots!! Your styling is outta this world!
    Aaaah from a newbie food blogger, thank you so much for the creativity inspiration! I love your work!
    I need to learn how to style like you ❤️❤️❤️❤️ and find my own!
    You make it look so easy ☺️

  5. Dosa! Yum yum yum! I ate dosa like every day when I went to India, seriously they once made me a ‘dosa hat’ it was huge and so delicious 😀 Loving your beautiful summer recipes!

  6. Love to try recipe, we love Indian food, but what is semolina flour? We have Indian friend who gives her kids dosa with Nutella!

  7. Could this post have possibly had better timing? My sister has been just recently begging me to start making some Indian food. And she loves chickpeas is pretty much anything. I’m totally going to have to try making this! I can see that filling tasting really awesome over rice or even gluten-free pasta.
    Pinning for now!

  8. This looks absolutely delicious! I will have to make this soon! I have lots of cherry tomatoes coming in right now so these will work out just great…and they are so good! There is so much difference in the taste of fresh vegetables in season…just delicious! I prepared some fresh corn on the cob a few days ago and it is amazing at how just throwing it in a pan and boiling it for few minutes…adding a few dollops of real butter…can produce such a sweet and yummy taste…with nothing else on it…not even salt or pepper! I love fresh squash too!

  9. Those indian crepes look unreal! I obviously have to try these STAT. (Also, dying to hear an update on your studio! Hope it’s coming along, well!)

  10. haha, you got it! Definitely not familiar with this, but the photos speak for themselves…this looks awesome!

  11. No cheese? Or chocolate? Hmm. I {suppose} it’s okay every once in a while! Thank you so much for this recipe! Please share as many Indian recipes as possible!

  12. A Must-try! Looks Awesome and I have no doubt it will be absolutely delicious. Keep the inspiration coming 🙂

  13. Rava dosas are one of my favorite things to eat, hands down! I usually have mine filled with spicy mustard seed potato and lentil filling, and smother them with cilantro chutney. SO GOOD. Definitely going to try your version!

  14. I’m obsessed with all things Indian AND crepe…I had never heard of Rava Dosas and now I’m anxious to try them! Thanks for edumukating me, Tieghan!

  15. Dying over here right now. I totally need to try making a gluten free version of these! I love Indian food and need to make at home more often.

  16. I love that lack of cheese is outside your comfort zone. This is why I like you so much, T! These crepes look delicious and seems that you found the most beautiful cherry tomatoes in all the land. They are gorgeous!

  17. Love all the summer veggies in this dish! I’ve been rushing and trying to make the most of the summer farmer’s market veggies these last couple weeks !

  18. Sounds and looks delicious. Have always wanted to make dosas and thought they would be difficult but having seen your recipe, I’m definitely going to give it a go!

  19. This is the perfect answer to finally getting out of my dinner rut! Looks so amazing + I love all the flavors happening on this!

  20. Oh yum, these look fantastic. I do love Indian food, and love how fresh and bright this looks. I’ll be making this soon- I certainly have plenty of tomatoes and squash to experiment with. 🙂

  21. I love the surface under the skillet. Can I ask what that is? Absolutely beautify! Love this recipe too.

    1. Thank you so much, Olivia! It is actually a big silver bowl or something. I am not really sure, but it’s metal. my dad found it for me.

      1. Hey Olivia, just talked to my dad. It’s a silver pan and apparently is came over on a boat from pakistan 10 years ago. He found it a a garage sale in Portland, OR. Pretty glad I asked the story! 🙂

  22. This looks simply delicious, and I can’t wait to make this! Also, I’ll let you in on a little secret. While I love your recipes, I can’t eat most cheeses, so the lack of cheese (therefore the lack of the need for me to adapt this recipe) has made me very, very happy this morning!

  23. These loo!!!!k stunning…I can’t stop eating tomatoes either so the more recipes the better…I love your photos, they always make your recipes look doable no matter how many ingredients or steps. I need a week off to make all the recipes from you that are on my to do list

  24. Being an Indian, I have eaten rava dosa in several different forms. But you have beat it all! Amazing lady, kudos to your talent.

  25. I am so intrigued! Mainly due to your beautiful photos! The shot with the tomatoes, like gems! Definitely gonna make this soon!