dosa

KITCHEN COOKBOOK

The book is OUT! When our friends Leda and Nash, owners of Brattleboro’s beloved Dosa Kitchen food truck, asked us to contribute a recipe for a chocolate dosa that would appear in their forthcoming cookbook, we naturally jumped at the chance.

above photos by kristin teig // styling by catrine kelty // clarkson potter

The process began with our developing a recipe that would compliment the spongy, crispy, tangy delight that is a dosa, a traditional South Indian crépe that can be filled with myriad delicious fillings. We had a lot of sampling experience under our belts, with Nash and Leda dishing up their creative takes on both traditional recipes and new cultural mashups (Dosa hotdogs! Nut falafel dosas!) at our weekly winter farmers market and in their gem of a blue food truck at Grafton Village Cheese.

A chocolate ganache filling perfumed with cardamom and made with flavorful Vermont buttermilk hit the mark for us, so we began tweaking our recipe to create a simple, creamy, flavorful spread that you can easily make in your home kitchen.

cardamom, chocolate & buttermilk filling waiting in the wings for a fresh, hot dosa

With Leda’s background in cookbook writing and recipe development, we had we scaled down our recipe to home-cooking-size, and further tested and refined. When the time came for the official photo shoot, we gathered in Leda and Nash’s gorgeous Brattleboro kitchen to cook up the recipes and make any final adjustments. What a thrill it was to watch Clarkson Potter’s crack team of photographer Kristin Teig and food stylist and recipe tester Catrine Kelty in action!

Photographer Kristin Teig checks a shot on her laptop, while cookbook author Nash cooks a Dosa, and L to R: freelance photographer Clare Barboza, food stylist Catrine Kelty and cookbook author Leda Scheintaub look on

Food stylish Catrine Kelty gets a chocolate filled dosa ready for a shot

And then of course, there was testing of the final product. Here are Leda and I on quality control. It passed!

Leda & Nash hosted a launch party for their cookbook at their dosa food truck in Brattleboro, and I advertised the shindig at the Brattleboro Area Farmers Market

We got lots of great positive feedback from folks who went to the cookbook launch party and tried our chocolate dosa at Nash and Leda’s little blue food truck. Thanks to everyone who tasted! If you haven’t had a chance to taste the deliciousness of Dosa Kitchen’s sublime recipes, well, you can purchase the book online and make them at home!


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