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Dosa – Rice and Lentil Crepes

March 18, 2013

Dosa is a south-Indian dish, a popular fast food item in India and my personal favourite. It is made out of rice and lentil.


Making the Batter

For the Batter you require  the following ingredients

2 cup sona masuri rice (plain rice)
1 cup parboiled rice
1 cup urad dal (skinned black gram)
1 teaspoon fenugreek seeds
Salt 1 teaspoonBatter

Soak rice and dal (with fenugreek seeds) separately for 4-6 hours.

Drain water and grind them separately, starting with urad dal. The consistency of dal should be soft, smooth and fluffy. A soft paste should be made of rice too and both mixed together using “hands” (and not ladle). It is said that the warmth from hands kick starts the process of fermentation. Add Salt.

Step 2:


Leave the batter in a loosely covered (the lid shouldn’t be air-tight) container overnight. If staying in a cold area then you could also put it in your oven (turn on your pilot light, not your oven). The fermented batter would be nearly double in size and is a bit frothy.

Fermented batter

At this point, the consistency of the batter would be thick and to make dosas we need pouring (but not running) consistency. So add water accordingly. Add salt as per taste to this batter.


Preparing tawa

preparing tawa

Dosa doesn’t need an extremely hot oven. So it is important to test the heat/temperature.

Heat your pan, sprinkle a few drops of water and if it sizzles, it implies your pan is ready.

making the non-stick, even more nonstick!

Now take an onion, cut into half, put a few drops of oil in pan and smear it with the onion. This makes the pan non-stick and ensures an even dosa.


dropping batter

Now pour the batter into the pan (preferably with a ladle but since I didn’t have a ladle, I used a big spoon). Swirl the spoon/ladle in concentric circles and spread out the batter.

Step 5:


Spray a few drops of oil on the sides and over the dosa.

Cook on medium heat. If you cook on high flame the dosas might not get well-cooked.

When you see the dosa turn golden in colour, you could roll it and serve or flip it around (for a crispier dosa)

Step 6:


Serve with Sambar and Chutney. 😀

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