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Beating Thosai Batter By Hand

For the Tamils, thosai making is a culinary tradition that has been passed down through generations. The process of beating thosai batter by hand is not only deeply rooted in this tradition but it is also a cultural practice that connects people to their culinary roots and helps preserve the traditional way of making thosais.

Since thosais are made from a batter consisting of rice and white gram or black gram, the batter needs to ferment to achieve the characteristic tangy flavour and the right texture. When you beat the batter by hand, you can control the level of aeration and the consistency of the batter, which in turn affects the fermentation process.

This process  helps create an optimal environment for the growth of beneficial microorganisms responsible for fermentation and this in turn produces a well-mixed batter with a consistent texture, which is crucial for making thosais that are thin, crispy, and evenly cooked.

Hand-beating thosai batter allows me as a chef to closely interact with the ingredients. This hands-on approach fosters a deeper understanding of the batter’s consistency, The experience of hand-beating can also help you adjust the batter based on factors like temperature and humidity.

Modern kitchen appliances like blenders and mixers have become popular tools for making thosai batter more efficiently. These appliances can also produce good results, but for many Tamilians like me, the process of hand-beating holds a special place in their hearts, reminding them of their cultural heritage and the flavors of home-cooked thosais.