Archive for October 18th, 2012

Saraswathi Pooja and Sweet Dosa

Based on our Hindu calendar, during the 7th day or the 8th day we perform Saraswathi Pooja. Goddess Saraswathi is the mother of all knowledge, wisdom and learning. She plays the veena instrument. She is a lover of music. This year Saraswathi Pooja is on October 21st – Sunday.

During dasara, on this day, books and instruments are placed before Saraswathi, and we perform pooja to her.

We say the following sloka or prayer to her, and I should mention that this is one of the first payers we learnt in our family, and I guess is being learnt in any Hindu family.

Saraswathi Namasthubyam,
Varadey Kaamarupinee!
Vidhyarambham Karishyami,
Sidhir bhavathu mey sada

It means:

Oh Goddess, Saraswathi, my humble salutations to you, who are the fulfiller of all my wishes. I start my studies with the request that thou will bestow Thy blessings on me.

My mom used to make Sweet dosa when we were Kids.


So, here comes the recipe with minor changes and also pictures.

In a bowl mix 1 cup wheat flour, 1/2 cup rice flour, 1/2 cup maida. Add two cups of brown sugar, 4-5 tbsp coconut, and cardamom, and also cinnamon powder as desired. I also added 1/2 tsp baking soda. Make a batter as you do for Dosa. As shown below:

Heat a non stick pan, apply oil, and spread the dosa batter. When one side is done, turn over the other side as well.

P.S: I prepared a small batch, and it took me less than 20 minutes to prepare 11 dosas. I have a big non-stick pan, and was able to prepare 2 dosas at a time. The heat was medium.

The dosas were sweet, and you could feel the taste of cinnamon and also cardamom. Definitely good to eat once a year. 🙂

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