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 Rava dosa or sada dosa which is healthier

  Last Updated : Mar 10,2020






Rava dosa or sada dosa which is healthier?

Rava dosa and sada dosa one of the most famous South Indian snacks. They work for breakfast, lunch and dinner. So complete is the penetration of these South Indian snacks, they are easily available in every city in India.

There is confusion in the mind of lots of consumers as to " rava dosa or sada dosa, which is healthier ". The answer is not that simple as it depends on lots of factors.

Lets understand Rava Dosa

Rava Dosa is made from rava, plain flour, curd and Indian spices. 

What's good about rava dosa :

Curd + Low fat Curds :  Curds help in digestion as it has very good bacteria. Probiotics in curds acts as a mild laxative but, in case of diarrhoea and dysentery, it is a boon, if curd is used with rice.They help in weight reduction, good for your heart and build immunity. The only difference between curds and low fat curds is the fat level. Read the benefits of curds to include in your daily diet.

What's the problem with rava dosa?

Rava (semolina, sooji) : The pros for rava. Semolina is a fairly good source of Magnesium and phosphorus which is necessary to keep our nervous system healthy and working. It is low in sodium & fat. The cons of rava. The glycemic index of semolina is 66 which is a medium GI food and not good for diabetics and healthy heart as there is also no fibre. Read is semolina healthy for more clarity. 

Plain flour : Plain flour or maida which is refined carb not suitable for healthy lifestyle. Maida consumption in any food should be totally avoided or just a little bit of usage as any consumption of this will cause a larger spike in blood levels which is not good for diabetics, heart patients. Read is maida good for you to understand fully.

Lets understand Sad Dosa

Sada dosa or dosa is made up of urad dal, rice, methi, poha and fats for cooking.

What's good in the dosa.

Urad Dal : 1 cup of cooked urad dal gives 69.30% of folic acid of your daily requirement of folate.  The folic acid in urad dal helps your body to produce and maintain new cells, especially red blood cells. Being rich in Phosphorus it works with Calcium to build our bones. See here for 10 super benefits of urad dal

What's the problem in the dosa?

Rice and par boiled rice : Here are the pros for rice. Rice is a great source of complex carbohydrates, which is an important source of energy for our body. Rice is low in fibre and therefore a good option for people suffering from diarrhoea. What's not good in rice. Foods like rice are high in GI are not suitable for weight loss, heart patients,  diabetics as they affect the blood sugar control levels. See details of is white rice and parboiled rice good for you?

Why sada dosa is healthier than rava dosa?

1. Sada dosa is fermented while rava dosa is not fermented. Dosa is a fermented food which is easy to digest. Fermentation of foods increases the bioavailability of nutrients which helps the body to assimilate more nutrition. The microorganisms break down the complex protein, carbohydrates and fat efficiently thereby helping to assimilate more nutrients from the food. The bioavailability of proteins and Vitamin B content also increases.

2. Sada dosa uses urad dal while rava dosa does not.  The folic acid in urad dal helps your body to produce and maintain new cells, especially red blood cells. Being rich in Phosphorus it works with Calcium to build our bones. 

3. Sada dosa is a combination of rice and urad dal. Indian's eat a combination of rice and dal for generations and was always considered healthy. Rice is a good source of complex carbohydrates and pairing it with dal which is protein rich is very healthy. Combining urad dal and rice makes this a better protein for vegetarians.

4. Sada dosa is lower in calories compared to Rava Dosa. Sada dosa is 104 calories per dosa while rava dosa is 147 calories.  

5. We feel that rice is a bit healthier than rava. 

Given below are the recipes of rava dosa and sada dosa.

rava dosa or sada dosa which is healthier

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 by Tarla Dalal
rava dosa recipe | instant rava dosa | sooji dosa | South Indian rava dosa | crispy semolina dosa | with 17 amazing images. Rava dosa is an easy to make counterpart of the traditional dosa ! These crispyrava dosas are made with a batter of semolina and buttermilk. While South Indian rava dosa is very popular in the South, it is also a popular Mumbai Street Food . Making rava dosa is easy. The first part is making the rava dosa batter. Combine the semolina, flour, curds and ½ cup of water together in a bowl and mix well to get a smooth batter. Ferment. Add the green chillies, cumin seeds, coconut, cashew nuts and salt and mix well. Add more water as required and mix well to a thin sooji dosa batter. The second part of making instant rava dosa is heat a non-stick tava. Pour ½ cup of the rava dosa batter and tilt the tava in all directions so that it forms a thin circle. Smear a little oil on the sides, cook till both sides are golden brown in colour. Your sooji dosa is ready. I would like to share with you some tips to make the perfect rava dosa recipe. 1. Curd provides a nice flavour to the dosa but, if you are vegan, skip adding it. 2. Mix well to get a smooth batter. Make sure the batter is lump-free. 3. The batter must have a pouring consistency to be able to spread easily on the pan. It should literally be watery and as thin as buttermilk. 4. Never use a roti/paratha tava to prepare dosa. Also, preferably make use of thick, heavy bottomed tava to prepare semolina dosa. 5. The tawa must be super hot to get crispy rava dosa. The rava dosa batter does not require any grinding or fermenting and makes it perfect for breakfast on a busy morning. Serve crispy rava dosa hot with coconut chutney and sambar. See our collection of dosa recipes and try dosas like Stuffed Moong Sprouts Dosa, Buckwheat Dosa and Schezwan Cheese Dosa. Enjoy rava dosa recipe | instant rava dosa | sooji dosa | South Indian rava dosa | crispy semolina dosa | with detailed step by step photos below.
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 by Tarla Dalal
sada dosa recipe | plain dosa | South Indian sada dosa | how to make easy sada dosa | with 33 amazing images. sada dosa recipe | plain dosa | South Indian sada dosa | how to make easy sada dosa is a famous street food as well as restaurant food in South India. Learn how to make easy dosa. To make sada dosa, wash and soak the urad dal, fenugreek seeds and enough water in a deep bowl and mix well. Cover with a lid and keep aside to soak for 4 hours. Wash and soak the par-boiled rice, raw rice and thick beaten rice and enough water in a deep bowl and mix well. Cover with a lid and keep aside to soak for 4 hours. Drain the urad dal and fenugreek seeds and blend in a mixer to a smooth paste using approx. 1 cup of water. Transfer the mixture into a deep bowl and keep aside. Drain the par-boiled rice, raw rice, and thick beaten rice and blend in a mixer to a smooth paste using approx. 1 cup of water. Transfer the mixture into the same bowl of the urad dal batter, add the salt and mix well. Cover with a lid and keep aside to ferment in a warm place for 12 hours. Once fermented, mix it very well. Just before serving, heat a non-stick tava (griddle), sprinkle a little water on the tava (griddle) and wipe it off gently using a muslin cloth. Pour 1½ ladleful of the batter on it and spread it in a circular motion to make a 225 mm. (9”) diameter thin circle. Smear a little ghee over it and along the edges and cook on a medium flame till the dosa turns golden brown in colour and crisp. Fold over to make a semi-circle or a roll. Repeat with the remaining batter to make 19 more dosas. Serve immediately with coconut chutney, sambhar and malgapodi. Delightfully crisp, golden-coloured pancakes made of a rice and urad dal batter, South Indian sada dosa make a more indulgent breakfast compared to easy, steamed idlis! Combined with chutney and sambar, Dosas are sumptuous and tasty, fit to be had not just for breakfast but for evening tiffin or even dinner. While some people like to make plain dosas with leftover idli batter, others who do not like even a slight sourness make fresh dosa batter using the proportions described here. You can choose either option, as you wish. Not only that, the versatile easy sada dosa offers a lot more choices. You can make it with oil, ghee or butter; in an iron griddle or a non-stick tava, plain or with a stuffing of potato bhaji or a layer of chutney! Enjoy your sada dosa fresh and hot, just the way you like it. Tips for sada dosa. 1. The urad dal, rice and parboiled rice have to be soaked for 4 hours. So plan for it in advance. 2. Don’t miss out on adding fenugreek seeds while soaking. It helps in fermentation. 3. The batter usually takes 12 hours to ferment. But in winter season, it may take upto 14 to 15 hours depending on the temperature outside. 4. If using leftover batter from the fridge, then bring it to room temperature and then make dosa. This is very important or else you won’t get brown crispy dosa. 5. If the tava gets too hot, then sprinkle some water to bring down the temperature of the tava. By doing so the dosa will not stick to the pan. The ideal temperature of tava is very important to make the perfectly crisp dosa. Enjoy sada dosa recipe | plain dosa | South Indian sada dosa | how to make easy sada dosa | with step by step photos.
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