Indian Essentials: How to Make a Sweet Dosa | Coconut Surnoli

Talking about Eliappe prompted @MoniBharadwaj (who is the daughter of one of the authors of Festivals of India) to remind me of Surnoli. Surnoli is a Konkani pikelet-like dish made from fermented rice batter in a similar way to Eliappe. How wonderful to have two very similar dishes, from different parts of India.

Surnoli is a Kokani dish from Goa eaten for breakfast or as a tiffin or even for dinner. Yellow in colour, they have a puffy texture with holes and are eaten with home made butter. They can be sweet (as here) or made without jaggery for a savoury pikelet.

Surnoli, a sweet dosa from Goa


1.5 cups Rice, soaked with 1 tspn methi (fenugreek) seeds for 4 – 5 hours
1/2 cup curd, yoghurt or buttermilk
1/4 cup poha
0.75 cup jaggery
0.5 cup grated coconut
large pinch salt
0.5 tspn turmeric
a little water if required
A little eno (old Indian trick)

Wash the poha and then grind it with the drained rice, curd/buttermilk or yoghurt, jaggery, coconut, salt and turmeric to make a smooth thick paste like dosa batter. Add a little water as required to grind but be careful to keep the batter thick enough.

Leave the batter to ferment overnight, or for at least 8 hours. Sometimes it takes a couple of days to reach peak fermentation.

Stir in about 1/2 – 1 tspn eno. The addition of eno helps holes to develop as the surnoli cooks. Heat a non stick pan and grease it with ghee. Put enough batter so that it is a pikelet size, about 10 cm across.  You can put a tiny bit ghee around the surnoli and then cover it with a domed lid and cook on a low heat. You want the top to cook without flipping the surnoli over. If you don’t have a domed lid, fashion one out of a couple of layers of alfoil — it will work.

When the surnoli is cooked, serve and eat.

This recipe is cross posted with our sister site, A Life (Time) of Cooking; it appears here as part of our Indian Essentials series.

 from the Dosa/ Flatbreads / Pancakes series





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