Recipe for Pesarattu with Alu Chokha

This post is the second in series of the T20 Tadka. On 7 exciting match days, I shall be sharing a fusion recipe that clashes the food of the two states clashing with each other in the match. This recipe is a clash between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Kolkata Knightriders.

Pesarattu is a kind of dosa from regions of the Andhra Pradesh - Telangana states and quite popular in the South Indian restaurants in Hyderabad such as Chutneys. It is eaten both as a breakfast item and as a snack. Here, the pesarattu is stuffed with alu-chokha, a Bengali style preparation of mashed potatoes. Alu Chokha is a simple mashed potato dish from Bengal made using minimal ingredients. The mustard oil gives it the typical Bengali taste and the caramelised onions provide a boost of flavour. You can also add other ingredients like peas to the mash.

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Pesarattu with Alu Chokha

Recipe Pesarattu with Alu Chokha
Prep time including soaking time: 4 hours
Cooking time: Less than 20 minutes
Makes 6-8 pesarattu depending on the size and thickness

Ingredients
For Pesarattu:
1 cup Tata I-Shakti whole green moong
1 inch piece of ginger
3 green chillies
1 tsp salt or to taste
Oil to prepare the pesarattu

For filling:
2 large potatoes
1 tbsp mustard oil or any vegetable oil
2 medium onions, peeled and thinly sliced
2-3 red chillies
½ tsp salt

Directions
1.   Wash and soak the Tata I-Shakti whole Green Moong for 4 hours in lots of water.
2.   After 4 hours, drain and grind to a paste with the ginger, chillies, salt and keep aside.
3.   Pressure cook the potatoes. Peel and using a masher or ricer, mash the boiled potatoes well. Keep aside.
4.   In a heavy bottomed pan, heat the mustard oil. Add the sliced onions and red chillies and fry on a medium heat until onions are golden brown. This will take around 8-10 minutes. To this, add the mashed potatoes and salt. Mix well for 2-3 minutes on low heat. Remove into a bowl and keep aside.
5.   To prepare pesarattu, heat a seasoned cast iron or non-stick tava.
6.   Using a kitchen tissue, apply a few drop of oil on the surface. Once the tava is hot, pour 1-2 ladles of batter and move in circles outward to get a thick dosa.
7.   Drizzle a teaspoon of oil along the circumference and allow to cook for 1 minute or so on one side until it turns golden brown and crisp. Turn over, add some oil and allow this side to turn golden too.

8.   Remove onto a plate and place a tablespoon of alu-chokha in the center and fold the pesarattu over and serve hot with chutneys of choice.


This recipe is a part of the Tata I-Shakti Dal T20 Tadka Campaign. 
The recipe is also shared on the Tata I Shakti website.
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