Sweet Potato Masala Dosai

Sweet Potato Masala Dosai

Fall, and the fancy turns to root vegetables. Add to it the fact that my kids are more liable to like sweet than savory things. I decided to tickle their palates with a little sweet in the spice. Why not add sweet potatoes to masala dosai? Once I got over the mental hurdle of not being a very good dosai maker (friendly dosai batter in a tub to the rescue), I saw the light.. and a weekend dinner was born.

  • Prep Time : 20 minutes
  • Cook Time : 20 minutes
  • Yield : 8-10 small stuffed dosais.


1. Peel and chop the sweet potato, and onion. My wife happens to grow these eye-wateringly strong long chiltepin-like chile peppers in a pot in the corner by the kitchen sink. Darn convenient. I have to seed and rib even the ripe red ones prior to use. I would tell you to chop the plain potatoes as well. But I had some leftovers.

1 Masala Ingredietnts

2. Heated oil in my trusty Calphalon wok until it smoked a bit. Endured the tween's warnings not to set off the smoke alarm this time. Popped black mustard seeds, and sweated the onion and chile pepper a little. Tossed in the cumin, followed by asafetida, sweet potatoes. If you were starting the regular potatoes from scratch I'd pop them in here.

2 Fryup

3. I tend to finish with garam masala and salt rather than start with them. I work with a milder variety (Kitchen King) and like this way better. Some sweet peas added a bright color and sweetness as well.

3 Fryup with Peas

4. I do my dosais (and pancakes, and french toast) on a cast iron griddle. It covers two burners, so I can parallel process or set up hot and warm zones. Typically, I tend to use some butter to release and sesame oil on the flip side of the dosai. The cast iron pan is narrower than traditional tavva-s, but I love the ease of use. Each dosai got a generous scoop or two of masala filling.

4 Dosai with Masala

5. The tweener warmed the cockles of my heart by asking for ghee mixed with sugar for his dosai. I quoted his patti's "thosaikku ney thozhi kooda kudukka mattaa" at him. A little fresh yogurt and hummus with pine nuts added protein to his plate. Next time, I could aim to shed some sloth and make a nice mint-cilantro chutney from these pages.

7 with Serving

But until then, it was a fun Saturday dinner..

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