My brother ate a lot of street food in Madras. I have suffered from a host of allergies and illnesses that put loads of restrictions on my eating. As an adult, I know how to balance my diet and not suffer endlessly because I ate something I shouldn't have. When I was younger, I don't think my parents trusted me enough to judiciously choose.
When H started college, our exposure, as a family, to Madras beyond the IIT campus increased a great deal. He'd come back and tell us about what he ate at the college canteen or at the tea stall opposite Anna University. One day he told me that he ate a Muttai Dosai. I thought that was the Tamil name for an omelette and I thought, "Big deal!"
Years later, when I went to University, I visited a friend's uncle and aunt. When you're a hosteler, everyone is always thinking of feeding you. As soon as I landed up at their place, the lady asked me what I'd like to eat. The poor eater that I am, I always say no to food offered to me at odd times. But she insisted and asked me if I eat eggs. I said yes. She said, "Appo unakku muttai dosai tharen" (Then I'll give you an egg dosa.). I thought I knew what I was getting. After 5 minutes, I got something that looked like a dosa . Wait, it was a dosa. And while the dosa was being made, an egg had been broken over it. So, this was the muttai dosai that H talked so highly of. One bite and I was hooked.
I taught Amma how to make this and she did. But she added her own touch. Read on and you'll find out what she did to make her signature muttai dosai.
2 eggs, beaten lightly
1 Onion, finely chopped
1 tsp Coriander leaves, finely chopped
1/2 tsp Chilli Paste
1/2 tsp Ginger Paste
Salt to Taste
Oil for frying
Mix the onions, coriander, chilli paste, ginger paste and salt with the beaten eggs and keep aside.
Heat a tawa and proceed to make a dosa as illustrated here. When the dosa begins to brown at the bottom, spoon some of the egg mixture on to it and spread it over the dosa. Pour a little oil around the dosa. When the egg begins to cook, turn the dosa around.
When the egg is cooked, flip the dosa and enjoy it with sauce or chutney or anything you like.