Help needed, please!

I am at my wits end!

I used to make perfectly good dosas when we were in London. Ever since moving to Leeds, my luck has dried up.

These days, every time I make the batter using rice, urad ratio of 3:1 and using a tsp of fenugreek seeds – it just does not work. Either the batter does not get fermented at all or it rises splendidly, only with a rotten smell! Just does not smell the way fermented batter should smell.

Just to be extra sure, I even tried making a dosa out of this smelly but fermented looking batter – but it tastes un-fermented too! My friends have advised putting the batter in a slightly warm oven, in the boiler room – but nothing works!All this used to work in London, by the way..

Then I thought that maybe my vessels needed sterilizing – tried that – and that failed the test too. Same result.

Then, I found some dosa mix which I had to whizz in the blender and then leave to ferment – exact same result! I have searched high and low on the internet – exhausted my mom’s tips.. And am now hoping that one of you will have some solution!

Any and all suggestions welcome!

There I did it…

The one thing, I thought I’d never do… make a mess of a baking project.

Daughter wanted to make ‘Aana Biscuits'( biscuits shaped like elephants) and wanted to ‘make it all by myself’. So I decided to give indulge her and we set about making the dough. After doing everything, I just tasted a bit to see if it tasted right. And it tasted all salty! Salty? I was stunned! Only then did I realise that I added 1/4 cups of salt instead of 1/4 teaspoons of it. Even at that time, I did feel that it was a bit too much.. but for some reason did not re-check.. if only I had..

Well, daughter insisted on baking it.. So we made it anyways and it looks really pretty.. Marbled elephants.. if only we could frame it or something.. eating is out of question..

There – one more to add to my domestic disasters list 😦 The only good thing that came out of it, is that daughter is delighted that the biscuits look so pretty- if only I had been more careful.. on the other hand.. this way it is a craft project – with no carbs, butter or sugar being consumed by me – silver lining, don’t you think 🙂

Edited to add: Inspired by the comments, I googled and found a recipe for home made baking clay 🙂 Here it is, for any of you who wants to try. Have included the link too.


  • 1 cup salt
  • 1 1/2 cups warm water
  • 4 cups all purpose flour

Stir the salt into the warm water. Let cool. Add flour and knead for 8-10 minutes. For colouring the dough, add food colouring or powdered tempera paint to the salt and water – before adding the flour. Create figures and bake at 325 degrees F for 30 minutes to one hour (until all the moisture is gone). Paint creations when cool. You can also seal the complete work with a non-toxic water-based sealer.

I promise to post pics when we make the next set of elephant biscuits:)