Kalingana Saali Polo /Watermelon Rind Dosa#Improv

Watermelon Dosa / Kalingana Saali Polo is a dosa made using watermelon rind (the white part, which is in between the red part and the outer green skin). It is a traditional dosa recipe from the Konkani cuisine of Karnataka. In Konkani language, Kalingan means Watermelon, Saali means peel and Polo means Dosa. 
I have  posted  so many Watermelon recipes earlier check below. Watermelon is everyone’s favorite summer fruit. Since it's made up of 90 percent water, it provides  refreshment during  summer. 
I always use  the white part/rind in cooking recipes. So after my Watermelon Parathaits this quick and easy Watermelon Rind Dosa. This dosa is so soft and has a very spongy texture. You won’t even come to know that it has watermelon rind added to it and you will love itThe coconut added to the batter gives  a slight sweetness to the dosa's. Serve it along with any Chutney or Sambar .


11/3 Cup Idli Rava
1 Cup Heaped Chopped Watermelon rind
1/4 Cup Fresh Grated Coconut
1/2 Cup Poha /Flattened Rice
Salt to taste

Olive Oil as required

Wash and soak the idli rice in water just enough to the level of the rava for 2 hours.
Wash and drain the poha in water using a strainer and keep aside.

Now in a mixer grinder, grind the watermelon rind along with grated coconut to a smooth paste. Take it out in a mixing bowl. Add the soaked poha and idli rice, season with salt and make a smooth dosa batter by adding very little water.
The consistency of the batter should be a little thick.

Leave the batter to ferment for 4 -5 hours, before  making the dosas.
Now, heat a dosa pan or a cast iron tawa on a medium heat, brush it with a little oil, pour a ladle full of the dosa batter, pour a teaspoon of oil on the sides. 
Cover it with a lid and let the dosa cook in its own steam till done. 
Then flip it and cook for a minute on that side too.
Remove it on a plate and proceed to make rest of the Kalingana Saali Polo similarly with the remaining batter.

Serve the Karwar Style Kalingana Polo Recipe- Watermelon Rind Dosa along with Peanut Coconut Chutney  or Sambar for the weekend breakfast or a dinner.
You would like other Watermelon recipes
Watermelon Paratha
Watermelon Agua Fresca 
Watermelon Granita
Apple & Watermelon Crush
Sparkling Apple & Watermelon Lemonade Spritzers
Vegan & Gluten Free Watermelon Jelly

Lables : South Indian, Karnataka, Watermelon, Rind, Dosa, Healthy, Coconut, Breakfast, Dinner,  Vegan, Gluten free,Improv Cooking Challenge 
Improv Cooking Challenge; July 2020
Watermelon and Olive Oil
Sneha's Recipe
Sneha's Recipe

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  1. That is fascinating and looks delicious. I've seen a recipe that used the rind that way.

  2. Oh my gosh what an interesting recipe! I've never heard of anything like this!

  3. I love the idea of using the watermelon rind. Thanks for sharing Sneha.