Phova Dosa: Beaten Rice Crepes

I am well-fed. Thanks to all foodies on my “Food to Live For” Blogroll (see sidebar), M is inspired to try various dishes. After adapting Sailu’s recipe for our Boston home, M made these delicious Phova poLo with our own onion chutney for brunch.

Phovu (beaten or flattened rice) is a staple of Konkanis and I have previously posted our traditional breakfast, Tambdo Phovu.

The poLo in this recipe reminded us of the konkani delicacy surNoLi. The surNoLi recipe is very similar to the poLo here, with the addition of soyi (grated coconut), the batter being fermented more and the poLo laid heavier (daaTh). In another variation, the batter is mixed with jaggery resulting in a sweet surNoLi.

Pics of making Beaten rice crepes or Phova Dosas by Arun Shanbhag

Ingredients: Dosa

  • Tāndool (rice, 2 cups)
  • Phovu (thin flattened rice, 1/2 cup)
  • MétHi (fenugreek seeds, 1 tsp)
  • MeeTh (salt, to taste)
  • dhayī (yogurt, 2 cups)
  • udaak (water, 1 cup)

Phovu and metHi
Pics of making Beaten rice crepes or Phova Dosas by Arun Shanbhag

Method: Dosas

  • Mix and soak all ingredients overnight. We don’t use any soda bicarbonate, or lemon juice to enhance fermentation.
  • Pics of making Beaten rice crepes or Phova Dosas by Arun Shanbhag

  • Blend thoroughly and keep aside on the counter for four hours to facilitate further fermentation.
  • Pre-heat non-stick pan.
  • Mix batter and adjust to desired consistency by adding water.
  • Ladle out batter and lightly lay over pan in a circle.
  • Batter will flow to achieve optimum size depending on its consistency.
  • Pics of making Beaten rice crepes or Phova Dosas by Arun Shanbhag

  • Freshly laid poLo; cook covered for two minutes
  • Pics of making Beaten rice crepes or Phova Dosas by Arun Shanbhag

  • Note browned edge of poLo indicating the side is done
  • Pics of making Beaten rice crepes or Phova Dosas by Arun Shanbhag

  • Turn over poLo and cook covered for two more minutes.
  • Pics of making Beaten rice crepes or Phova Dosas by Arun Shanbhag

Ingredients: Onion Chutney

  • soyi (grated coconut, 1/2 cup; frozen, microwaved to thaw)
  • red onion (half medium sized, chopped)
  • tambdi mirsang (red peper dry roasted, 2 – 4 for desired ‘hotness’)
  • chinchanm (tamarind, 1 tsp lump)
  • meeTH (salt, to taste)

Method: Chutney

  • Blend all ingredients thoroughly in 1/4 cup water
  • Mix in salt to taste
  • Garnish with chopped onions.

Pics of making Beaten rice crepes or Phova Dosas by Arun Shanbhag

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  1. Helloooo,

    Polo pulun thondan thu Uda aay le ,

    Aagi ghara vachun polo kha that

    Thank you:)

  2. Lacey Varoz says:

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    You can also take some chamomile, prepare some tea with it and drink it. This will give instant relief to your bloating. Such teas can be made from other things like ginger, peppermint and ginger. As these teas are made from the natural products they are very healthy and they have no side effects at all.

  3. Lucky you going to Mumbai again!
    Is Meera in the US? She is adorable.
    I dont blog anymore but am on FB.
    Will friend you

  4. Arun, Thanks for the recipe, I made dosas last night with chutney and sambar. I always added garlic to mine, and I tried your onion chutney and its pretty good. My two year old loves ‘Doe-sa” as he says it. So does my american hubby who never had any till he met me 6 years ago. I always tell him, we may let go of our language, our culture in this melting pot, our traditional garb but one thing we’ll never let go of, is our desi food. I even gave him dosas for lunch to work today hahahahaha. Poor guy he is eating dosas with chutney while his co workers are munching Burgers and hot dogs !! actually lucky him!!
    At the end of the day tired after work, Daal baath with some ghee is my comfort food. Much like the american mac and cheese, just more healthier. Bon appetit.

    • Hi Rina:
      Sorry for the delayed response to your comment.
      Awesome that the kiddo loves “Doe-sa!” And the hubby!

      And I definitely agree, desi food is part of our DNA and not possible to give up!

      Lucky guy ~ he gets to eat dosas for lunch? Sure his colleagues are envious!

      Have not had daal bhaat in a while. Looking forward to it next week when I get to Mumbai 🙂

      Best Wishes and thank you for sharing your thoughts.

  5. Heh Heh! Archana!

    Glad the recipe worked out for you and your friends!!!
    Now I am hungry! :-((
    OK, will send email to M: I want PoLo!!!

  6. good evening ….

    hmmm…the dosas turned out yummy , infact even my husbands collegue’s family 2 liked it … they asked 4 d reciepe , which i gave with a pride…

  7. Yaay Archana!
    Glad you liked the dosa recipes!

    Let me know how the recipe works out for you.
    and you keep your hubby satiated! 😛
    And Happy Ganapati!

  8. Hi… Good morning,

    I was just surfing this morning 2 find out some konkani cusines specially dosas!!!! As my hubby lovvvvvvvvves dosas,morning evenings noons too … Dosa dosa dosa… I learnt a good number 4m my mom in law in mangalore… And try it out here in north carolina . Thanks 4 ur mouth watering pictures ha ha ha…& d recipe which will b our breakfast tommorow….. Dosas zindabad…… Thank u …


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