About Alagar Temple / Azhagar kovil:
Azhagar means charming person. Here it represents a beautiful God Krishna.
Azhagar Kovil (Alagar temple),is a temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu (aka., Lord Krishna) situated 21 km from the city of Madurai, which lies in the Tamil Nadu state of India.It is situated on a very beautiful hill with lush herbal forest.
Dosa: As Panchamirtham in Palani and Laddu in Tirupathi, in the Kallazhagar temple, Dosa is very famous. The grains donated to the temple are ground and made to dosas and offered to the visitors as prasadham (divine food) here.
Noopura Ganga or Silambaru: This is a perennial river flowing from the feet of Rakkayee Amman from a cave in the temple.
The theerthamn (holy water) from a spring inside the Temple is believed to run through so many rare herbs. So it is considered as a healing water for so many uncurable diseases.
The lamp in the temple is kept burning for ever.
Azhagar Kovil dosai:
In the madapalli (the vegetarian kitchen to prepare offering for God), they prepare a crispy and unique dosa for offering to God and then distribute it to visitors.
Actually they deep fry the dosai batter in ghee.
But I have modified the preparation technique to suit our life style.
Whole black gram (with skin) – 1 cup
Raw rice (pacharisi/ unboiled rice) – 2 1/4 cups
Fenugreek seeds – 1 tbsp
Salt – 2 tsp
whole Black pepper - 2 tbsp
cumin seed - 1tsp
curry leaf - 2 brig
asafoetida - 1/8 tsp
mixture of ghee 1 tsp + sesame oil 1 tbsp
Wash and soak rice separately for 8 hours or overnight.
In another vessel wash and soak the urid dhal and fenugreek seeds together for about 8 hours.
Grind dhal to coarse texture. Rice should be ground separately and finely.
Don't add lot of water. The batter should be thick like softened butter. Add salt and mix the ground urad dhal with the rice mixture .
Store this in a large vessel so that there is enough space for batter to rise. Grinding and storing of batter should be done the previous day, preferably in the night so that the batter would be ready the next day. The batter should be allowed to ferment for about 15 – 18 hours. I usually keep it inside the oven to get warmth.
Home made Azhagar koil dosai:
Grind the black pepper, cumin seed, curry leaf to a coarse powder.Just before we start preparing the dosa mix the asafoetida powder and the ground powder and mix well with the batter.
Heat a dosa tawa (non stick or iron).Drizzle 2 drops of sesame oil+ghee over the pan.
Using a clean cloth or wooden spatula rub the oil uniformly over the tawa.
Take a ladle of batter and pour it gently over the tawa and do not spread it or press it.Reduce the flame to medium heat. Generously pour a 1/2 tsp oil+ghee around the dosa.
You can add more ghee for kids:)
Turn over the dosa when it starts getting mild red. cook both sides and take out the dosa .
Again increase the flame, apply oil and repeat the above process to make more.
This Azhagar koil dosai won't even need any side dish. But we can serve it with idly podi or butter or coconut chutney or idly sambar.
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Water should not be added the next day after it ferments. Dhal should be ground preferably in a grinder for at least 20 minutes and rice for 30 minutes.
The batter can also be made using an "Indian Mixer".
keep the remaining batter refrigerated.