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Men in Kitchen #001: Chappasai


Starting with the first post on the Men in Kitchen series. Accidentally I discovered this recipe and decided to name is Chappasai. Its a cross breed between Dosai and Chappathi. I used to make them when I was in UK. This item requires minimal time and efforts. Most bachelors don’t have access to grinders or mixers to make dosai batter. There isn’t enough time to mix dough for chappathi as well. But with chappasai, you get the goodness of wheat well within the time required to roast a dosai.

What you need…

2 to 3 cups of wheat dough
1/2  large onion
1/2  large tomato
Water and Pinch of Salt
A bowl and a non-stick pan


Add the dough to the bowl and start mixing it with water. Keep adding the water slowly and mix continuously. Dont add water at a single stroke. Keep adding it and mix dough until you get a consistency like dosai batter. Mix until the lumps disappear to give a fine mixture. Add salt to taste and keep it aside.
Chop half of the the onion and tomato. Add them to the dough batter you just made. You may also add coriander or mint leaves if you want to. Mix them again and add water if necessary. Don’t make it too watery. If it gets watery, add a little extra dough.

Now heat the pan and a add a few drops of any cooking oil of your choice. Take a big spoonful of dough and spread it evenly on the pan just like making dosai. Add oil along the sides of the pan so its easy to remove. Simmer heat the pan and cover it with a lid.

Take care not to over toast it. Just as it turns brown, turn the chappasai to it other side. When it turns to golden brown, remove it off the pan and place it in the plate. Chappasai is ready.

Side dish: Thakkali Saroja

What you need…

1/2  large onion
1/2  large tomato
1 medium size green chilly
Ginger Garlic paste
Garam Masala, Salt and Cooking Oil


Finely chop the onion, tomato and chilly. If you have a Mixer, then you may make a past out of it. Add 2-3 tablespoons of oil in a frying pan and toss in a teaspoon of ginger garlic paste. Once the oil is heated, add the chopped/mixed paste and bring down the flame to sim. Keep mixing the ingredients regularly so that, they don’t burn out at the bottom of the pan. Add salt and garam masala according to your taste requirement and once the whole mixture has turned into golden brown color, remove it and its ready to served.

Alternatively, if you have a microwave, add all the ingredients into a borosil glass vessel. Add ample oil and cook in High for 10 minutes. Stir and cook again in Medium for 3 minutes.

(thottukka…) Hot thakali saroja is now on your table :)

Bon appetite …


6 responses

  1. hkarthi

    wonderful dish! will try it out sometime… btw pics of Chappasai and Thakali Saroja would be better so that i can know what it would look like ! :p

    August 28, 2009 at 2:48 PM

  2. suryajithendra

    True indian dish.. mix of north & south indian food..

    August 28, 2009 at 9:57 PM

  3. giridhar

    I didn't take the pics when I used to make them… next time on ill keep that in mind… :)

    August 29, 2009 at 9:54 AM

  4. NonStickPan

    Thanks for review

    October 17, 2009 at 9:38 AM

  5. I would like to taste some what;s it? chaapasis? I too like to cook…..but not wife over looking lol

    November 3, 2009 at 4:07 PM

  6. be careful and dont show this blog post link to ur wife… else u might end up inventing more such dishes :)

    November 3, 2009 at 4:18 PM

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