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Masala Dosa

Dosa is the fermented batter pancake originated in Southern India. There are many varieties of dosa such as plain dosa, set dosa, paper dosa, MLA dosa, cheese dosa, mushroom dosa etc., my favorite is masala dosa. Just one dosa is enough to fill your stomach. I used to have dosa when ever I was hungry outside. My botany professor used to say, since dosa is fermented it contains very minute quantities of alcohol. That is the reason why you feel drowsy when you have dosa's. So, my dear students do not have dosa before your exam. coming to recipe.

For dosa Batter:
Water as required
Urad dal/minapa pappu- split black gram-2cups
Rice-1 cup
Chana dal-for nice color- 1/4cup
Methi seeds/Fenugreek seeds-1/4tbsp
Salt to taste
For Masala Curry:
Alu/Potato-3 large
Onions sliced-1cup
Curry leaf-1 spring
Coriander/cilantro-10 springs chopped
Cumin seeds-few
Mustard seeds-few
Red chili-1
Green chili 3 big(Indian chili)+ 3 cloves of garlic- crushed together
Salt to taste

If you are planning for dosa tomorrow you should prepare batter today.
Take urad dal, chana dal, methi seeds and rice in a bowl together and wash them. Soak atleast for 6hrs. After soaking grind them to fine paste with little water. Do not add more water be careful while grinding. Now take the batter in a vessel close the lid and let it say overnight. Place the plate below the vessel, when the batter gets fermented it may overflow. If you place plate beneath it the batter can be collected and used. Next day add little salt and mix well. Add water if required, check for the consistency of the batter, it shouldn't be too thick. If you take spoon full batter and drop from top it should fall continuously.
Now the batter is ready we will see the masala preparation.

For masala curry:
Boil potato, peal skin and cut it to medium size pieces. Now take  a pan and heat 2tbsp of oil and add cumin and mustard seeds, allow them to splatter.Add onions and saute until they turn transparent. Then add turmeric powder, salt, green chili and garlic paste and cook for 2min under medium flame. To this mixture add boiled and diced potato and mix well. You can even add batani/green peas or carrots etc., to this recipe. No wthe masala curry is ready.
Directions for making dosa:
Heat pan and take laddle full of dosa batter and pour it on the center of the pan and spread it with the laddle by rotationg clockwise/anti clockwise until the batter is spread through out the pan and thickness remains same through out. For masala dosa the thickness should be medium. Scope out 1 spoon full of masala curry and add it at the center of dosa. Now close the pan with lid and let it cook till it attains nice brown color.them take from the pan and enjoy hot with little ghee on top, sambar  and coconut/tomato chutney.
Click here for Sambar recipe
Click here for tomato chutney recipe


  1. delicious masala dosa..

  2. One of my fav and I usually don forget to order these when I go out to eat..Sumptuous

  3. This is my all time fav :-) I need to make this soon!

  4. These dosas look very tempting...I am hungry now..

  5. Tempting masala dosa..yum

  6. My fav anytime, irresistible..

  7. They look perfect, I am a big fan masala dosa, love your peeking curry too :)

  8. Looks soo tempting, yummy and delicious.....:)

  9. Brilliant ! Lovely looking masala dosa. Making me hungry.

  10. Hmmm.. perfect breakfast dish. I can have this anytime of the day.

  11. love this one..ur recipe 4 dosa is quite diff

  12. my fav too. looking nice and tempting too

  13. My favorite..Sounds perfect, crispy and yummy!

  14. Hi DD! Nice to know you and your lovely blog! :D
    Oh I've always love masala dosa and it's my hubby who intro this to me, since then, I'm in love with it! I'll always order this for supper whenever we're outside at some coffeshops with Indian stalls around! ;)
    I've bookmarked this to make my very own masala dosa! :D

  15. Looks yum ..I love this


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