Dushera/Navarathri is the time for Poojas/ worshipping Devi, Gollu the doll display, Dandiya colorful dances and feasts with special sweets, all over India. 7th day of Navaratri coinciding with Moola Nakshatra Saraswathi pooja is celebrated in southern India. On this day a special sweet dish called bellada dose literally meaning jaggery dosa/sweet crepe is offered as naivedyam in parts of Karnataka. This mouth watering dish is also distributed to kids who come visiting to watch doll display.
During my childhood I remember going from home to home to watch doll display. We kids would make sure to carry a tiffin box to collect all the goodies. On Saraswathi pooja it used to be bellada dose and yereyappa a variant of bellada dose that would fill our boxes.
When ever I make bellada dose I become nostalgic and remember my childhood.
Thought of sharing bellada dose recipe. It is very simple and easy.
- Ease - very easy
- Preparationn time - 15 minutes
- Cooking time - 30 minutes
Ingredients (to yield 20 medium sized dosas)
- Raw rice - 4 cups
- Chick pea lentil/bengal gram dal - 4 spoons
- Grated coconut - 3 cups
- Crushed/powdered jaggery - 3 cups
- Cardamom - 8
- Ghee for roasting dosas
- Soak rice and dal with enough water for 6 hrs
- Grind soaked rice with coconut and cardamon to a smooth paste. Add jagerry powder and run the mixer grinder to combine ingredients well in the batter
- Adjust the thickness of the batter to dosa consistency by adding water little by little.
- Heat griddle, spread the batter and make dosas on medium flame, drizzle ghee on the dosa.
- These dosas need not be flipped.
- Take out the dosas after they turned golden brown and serve hot with adollop of ghee.
- These dosas taste good even when they are cold