Breakfast used to be a headache to me. My son Aarav just wouldn’t eat anything I made. ‘I don’t like poha!” and “I am bored of chapattis and sandwiches!” was his normal complaint every morning.
So I thought of throwing the ball in his court, and one day asked him, "What do you want beta for breakfast? What do you like to have for breakfast?”
“Why can’t you make crispy dosas everyday like Sanjay’s mom does?” he asked me.
I was surprised! I didn’t know he liked dosas so much! I used to make dosas at home, but being a teacher, I couldn’t always make dosa dough. I tried, but it wasn’t easy for me to squeeze in time to remember to soak the grains, and then grind dosa dough. So I make it very rarely nowadays, only on special occasions, and when we have holidays.
But I thought I had to do something about this now. If Aarav likes dosas so much, then I should find a solution to the problem. So I decided to pay a visit to my friend Uma, Sanjay’s mother, who also works, but is a software developer.
I visited her one day and asked, “I heard from Aarav that you make delicious dosas these days! How do you do it? How do you find time to soak the dhalls and grind the dough to leave for fermenting?”
“Ha! Ha! Ha!” I was surprised to find Uma laughing!
“There’s no secret to it Sowmya! Do you really think I can find time to soak dhalls and grind dosa dough?”
“I’m usually tired by the time I come home and have just enough energy to cook dinner and perform other household tasks. I can’t go through the hassles of grinding any dosa dough!” she told me.
“It’s all thanks to this new fresh dosa dough that I now fry dosas so often at home. In fact, after I noticed how Aarav enjoyed my dosas, I thought I should tell you my secret! You’ll be happy, and surprised to know that you too can fry crispy dosas for Aarav!”, she told me.
“Which dosa dough are you talking about Uma?” I asked her.
“I’ve tried a few brands in the market but Aarav always has some complaints or the other about it. It’s either too sour or too thin or too bitter he says. I’ve given up on trying any other dosa dough in fact!” I told Uma.
“Sowmya, you just have to try this dosa dough from Healthy Buddha.”, she told me.
“Healthy Buddha? Isn’t that the shop that sells organic vegetables and foodstuffs?” I asked her.
“Yes, it is. They now home deliver fresh dosa batter as well. What I especially like about it is that there are no preservatives in it and the dough’s made using organic dhalls and rice!” she told me.
“What’s most important is that the dosas taste so much like the dosas we make at home! That’s why everyone at home, including your Aarav loves the dosa so much. In fact, I’ve not used any other brand since I’ve started using this dosa dough! Besides, you can also use it to steam delicious idlis if you are bored of frying dosas!” Uma told me.
‘Okay, so it’s done!” I told Uma. “I will also order dosa dough from Healthy Buddha, and see what Aarav and his daddy have to say about it!”
So the next day I surprised Aarav and his dad by making delicious dosa and chutney at home. I just loved the look on Aarav’s face when he saw and ate the dosa!
“Wow mamma!!! The dosa is so crispy and delicious, just like the dosa aunty Uma makes! Thank you mamma!” Aarav told me. And about his daddy, he just looked at me with bewilderment, smiled and gave me a thumbs up sign!