Neer dosa with coconut chutney and kaai bella! Ooh, yum! No one can eat just one. I remember plates with huge stacks of dosa, laid one on top of the other, from my childhood. Siblings and cousins would have competitions. “I ate 8, how about you?” Those were the days!
Neer dosa is one of the more popular recipes from coastal Karnataka. It is usually served with yummy coconut chutney, In my school days, when we got bored of chutney, my mother would make a neer dosa roll with kaai bella, or coconut jaggery stuffing. The warm rolls would melt in the mouth! We kids loved it!
‘Neer’ means water. Neer dosa got its name from the watery rice batter, much thinner than the regular dosa batter. The batter is not fermented. It is ready to cook after grinding.
White neer dosa you find in shops are made from white rice and coconut. We have used the traditional red rice and unpolished brown rice alone, and no coconut. It is better to eat coconut raw in the form of chutney or with jaggery as kaai bella, without cooking. It is most nutritious this way.
Remember to make a lot of batter! No one can eat just one! 😀