Plain Indian Dosa Recipe

A dosa is a huge savoury pancake filled with everything from potato, ghee and masala spices to beetroot, carrot and grated coconut and are most commonly eaten in India for breakfast.

Although they look a lot like pancakes, they are made using completely different ingredients and using a completely different method.

Follow these easy steps to make your own delicious dosas at home.

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Ingredients for the Dosa batter

1 x cup of dal (any type of dal will work)
3 x cups of idli rice
1 – 1 1/2 x cups of water

Method for making the batter

Soak the dal and rice separately for 3 hours

Grind the dal into a smooth consistency adding water slowly to achieve this texture. Then, do the same with the rice (still in a separate bowl to the dal)

Next, mix both the dal and rice together, add a pinch of salt and leave to ferment lightly covered (not air-tight) in a warm place for around 8 hours

Once fermented, add 1 – 1 1/2 cups of water to the batter (or enough to make it a smooth, pouring consistency – like pancakes)

You’re now ready to cook your dosas!

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Heat up a large iron plate (this is what they use in India to make the humungous dosas) or, a non stick pan

Cut off the top of a red onion and dip it in a small bowl of oil

Stick a fork in the onion and lather the pan with it until there is a thin layer of oil covering the pan

Once hot, mix the dosa batter before ladling one scoop (or around half a cup) into the pan. Use the base of the ladle to make careful circular movements in the centre of the batter to spread it to the edges of the pan

When the edges begin to curl up, use a spatula to flip the dosa

Throw on your chosen ingredients (recommended: paneer, potato, spices, herbs, grated vegetables, coconut – you can really get inventive) and voila, you have a yumtastic, filling dosa perfect for breakfast, lunch or dinner!!

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Enjoy!! And let me know if you come up with some unique fillings you’d recommend.

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1 Comment

  • Reply Murugan Khordia


    the following link will let you know how to make a masala dosa,the most preferred one across the world.

    February 22, 2016 at 10:06 am
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