Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Duh!sai Trick

A - (announcing with visible pride) I figured out how to get the first dosai right
B - Oh really? For me, the tawa usually behaves well after messing up the first dosai
A - Yeah, but the firt one always posed a problem. It sticks and you have to fight with it. But today, I got even the very first one right
(and A made it sound like the dosai sprang up obediently and did a somersault in mid air before getting its belly tanned on the tawa)
B - Oh, that's something...
A - I figured out the trick - you have to get the tawa to the right temperature - not too hot, not warm.. just about moderate and then dab a film of oil before pouring the batter. It comes clean.
B - Oh....interesting....is there some indicator for the right temperature?
A - Not sure... (thinking)
B - You have to check if this is a repeatable process...

Men make even kitchen conversations sound like some serious lab experiment!

On a different note, looks like there's still hope for (Wo)mankind!

18 comments:

Jayashree said...

He does have a point, Uma. If you spread a little bit of oil on the tawa an then heat it and make the first dosa a small one, it won't stick.

A journey called Life said...

tell me about it.. the words can be easily applied to a very serious set up too..
May be next time, A will record the temp just to make it look like serious business.

Shankari said...

This was a conversation between two men? The reason am asking is, one of my friends husband and H often get into deep conversations regarding vegetable shopping and it is quite hilarious listening to them :) Both of them get so involved in it!

starry eyed said...

It's a fact that SH makes better doasas than I ever could! He's the fryer and roaster around here! LOLing at belly-roast!

Aryan said...

That is hilarious....

PV said...

This is such a pain point - The Spouse never tires of teasing me as to how he applies scientific principles (almost frying the dosai batter in oil) to get the first dosai itself right - and how I can never achieve this

Hema said...

Man do make such conversations sound like experiments. I had posted this almost a year back:
http://lifeasapart.blogspot.com/2009/08/of-washing-machines-and-fried-vadams.html

Minka said...

Maybe next time A can volunteer sticking the finger on tawa to gauge temperature ;-)

I wouldn't be too hopeful for womankind though . I had my marwadi friend call me screaming " it's not spreading - I added enough water" on her first dosa attempt. I told her to stick to idlis and she calls screaming again " How many whistles did you say I should keep for?"

Lavanya Sriram said...

My husband was the DOSA guy after our marriage. I had never made a single dosa before my wedding ! I learnt the basics from him. Now I teach him a thing or two :)

@PV, heat the tawa, spread oil all over, let it heat again and then make the first dosa! then you can boast as well :)

Vidya said...

Visualizing the dosa sommersault leading to a brown belly was a treat:) Get the gentlemen to invite me the next time please!

A journey called Life said...

and i totally loved the title of this post..

MindfulMeanderer said...

LOL. I get that from my hubby a lot too!

ambulisamma said...

Dont call it stereotype,he is just right,what ever he said is very true,is it not?
Anyway the tawa temp is the key point,then spreading oil all over,half cut onion does a good job in spreading,if onion cannot be used,use one of those choppu saaman wooden rounds to spread oil,first dosa comes good for sure.

utbtkids said...

When you are not busy 'labo'ing HWs with Pattu, would you be kind enough to take up this tag?

http://utbtkids.com/2010/07/23/fear/

Pooh! said...

Lol! what fun! I refuse to let R near my dosai pan - it is strictly my domain

lostworld said...

Hey let me enlighten you that its not just men.. umm..me too ;)

Uma said...

All - Yes, A is absolutely right - all his points a valid and I am happy that men are discovering little kitchen facts and wisdom.

The point of this post was on men's approach. Rather scientific than intuitive. Women would have discussed it differently I suppose.

And more tips on dosa making: A's tips + rubbing onion/ salt on the tawa helps. The dosa comes out clean.
Make sute the batter is not too cold (just out of the refrigerator) when spreading on the tawa. The dosa will be stubborn.

utbt - working on the fears :)

Swaram said...

LOL :P