rava dosa recipe, how to make rava dosa | rava dosa video recipe

by dassana amit updated January 24, 2014

rava dosa

rava dosa is another popular south indian dosa variety. the best part of making rava dosa is that it does not require any fermentation and is very easy to make.

rava stands for suji or semolina. hence this dosa is named after one of its main ingredient. along with semolina, rice flour and all purpose flour are also added to the batter. you can make the rava dosa plain or you can spice it up by adding chopped onions, curry leaves, herbs and spices.

at home we prefer the rava dosa which has onions and some spices in them. so here i have added onions, ginger, green chili, cashews and some spices to the batter. this makes the dosa more healthy and tasty. rava dosa is crisp and has a netted texture. this texture and crispiness can be achieved if you make the batter thin.

so always remember that the batter for rava dosa should be thin and easy to flow. also allow some soaking time for rava or suji/semolina, so that they soften. i usually mix everything and keep the batter for 30-40 minutes.

when you make the first dosa then you will come to know whether you are getting the crisp and netted effect or not. if not then you will need to add some more water. instead of water you can also add butter milk to the batter.

here i am sharing my mom’s recipe of rava dosa. i have made a video. this is my first video. an amateur silent attempt on making recipe videos. hopefully i will improve with time and i also hope that this video helps you to make rava dosa easily at home.

rava dosa video below:

rava dosa can be served with potato sabzi, sambar and coconut chutney. here i served the rava dosa with mint coconut chutney.

if you are looking for more dosa recipes then do check mysore masala dosa, moong dal dosa, easy mix dal dosa and ragi dosa.

rava dosa recipe details below:

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rava dosa – easy crisp dosa made with semolina, rice flour and all purpose flour.
Recipe type: breakfast
Cuisine: south indian
Serves: 2-3
  • ½ cup unroasted rava/suji/fine semolina
  • ½ cup rice flour
  • ¼ cup maida/all purpose flour
  • 1 green chili, chopped
  • 1 medium sized onion, finely chopped
  • ½ inch ginger, finely chopped
  • 8-9 curry leaves, chopped
  • 1-2 tbsp chopped coriander leaves
  • ½ tsp crushed black pepper
  • ½ tsp cumin seeds
  • 1.5 to 2 cups water or as required
  • salt as required
  • oil or ghee or butter for frying the dosa
  1. mix all the ingredients mentioned above except oil.
  2. keep aside for 30 to 40 minutes.
  3. heat the tava or non-stick pan.
  4. spread 1 or 2 tsp oil.
  5. if using non-stick pan then no need to spread oil.
  6. with a ladle pour the batter from the edges towards the center.
  7. sprinkle ½ or 1 tsp of oil from the top.
  8. let the base becomes golden or crisp.
  9. flip and cook the other side.
  10. when both the sides are cooked, remove the dosa from the pan.
  11. prepare all the dosas this way.
  12. serve the rava dosa hot with coconut chutney.
  13. rava dosa has to be served immediately.
  14. otherwise they become dry once they become cold.
  15. rava dosa is best had when they are hot.

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anusha patil December 6, 2013 1

To ensure the dosas do not stick to the tawa, heat the tawa, rub a raw onion/potato over it ,sprinkle some drops of water and then spread the batter.

The recipes are so easy and educative too…… the same league as Shantadevi Malwad’s.
Thank you .


dassana December 7, 2013 2

thanks anusha. thanks for the tip. i know this, but i have no where mentioned in detail on this dosa post. thanks. will help the readers. but this can only be done with an iron tava and not non stick ones. i did not know who is shantadevi malwad. so i searched on google. thanks for that.


jhanvi August 8, 2013 3

kitna temp i have to keep. please explain that too. i am novice at south indian stuff. thanks


jhanvi August 8, 2013 4

i followed the recipe as it and applied oil as you are suggesting but dosa ki outer edges didnot curl up and i could not flip it. i tried 5-6 times. it was a mess washing and trying but anyways it didnot work out. i used rajdhani sooji and i used regular iron tawa we have at punjabi homes for roti. any suggestions ya??


dassana August 9, 2013 5

hi jhanvi. when making this dosa or any dosa, its always better to use a non stick pan. if you don’t have a non stick pan, than iron tawa also works well, but then the iron tava should be used only for making dosa. you can even do shallow frying of tikkis on this tava. but don’t ever make rotis.

if the roti wala tava is used, then the dosas will stick and becomes a mess. i have two tava at home. one for making rotis and the other for making dosa. when using first time, the tava should be seasoned first with oil. meaning oil should be applied on the tava and kept for a few days. then wipe the oil and begun making the dosa. the first 2-3 dosa will stick. but later one you will get proper dosas.

the fire can be low to medium. it the pan is too hot, then the dosa gets browned quickly and there is uneven cooking. rava dosa takes a longer time to cook than plain dosa.


Rashmi July 4, 2013 6

Hi Dassana, loved this recipe …it’s perfect for us, my 6yr old son loves his dosa crisp….I never got it with my other recipe …u r doing a great job …keep up the good work!God bless!


dassana July 4, 2013 7

thanks rashmi. i am glad you all liked the dosa.


Kay June 20, 2013 8

Hey Dassana,
Can we use bangalore/bansi rava for this recipe?
thnks and keep up the good work!


dassana June 20, 2013 9

the rava has to be fine like the bombay rava. i checked pics of bansi rava and they looked a bit coarse to me. so i suggest using fine rava to make rava dosa.


Poornima May 12, 2013 10

The dosas look perfect, with the crisp edges. I too make it like this, I just use wheat flour instead of maida.


dassana May 12, 2013 11

yes poornima you are right, whole wheat flour can also be substituted.


Poornima May 11, 2013 12

Tried this and we all loved it at home. The video helped of course. Thanks Dassana.


dassana May 11, 2013 13

thanks poornima.


Teju May 11, 2013 14

Hi Dassana,
Wow..a dream come true actually. Always wondered how you cook n wished you’d add a video. I just saw your recipe mail n usually I browse to see what recipes you have posted n check it later. I saw video on the rava dosa one. Yipee I got to see it! Was hoping to see you, however this was a great surprise too.
Congratulations on your first video n thank you for taking this big step. Will give this a shot tommorrow for breakfast. It gives me more confidence n the dosa looks so tempting. God bless


dassana May 11, 2013 15

thanks teju. the video was an amateur one. its pretty difficult when you are cooking as well as shooting. i plan to add more videos. they are faster and easier to edit then pics. do let me know how was the rava dosa.


Megha May 10, 2013 16

Dasana, I tried it this morning today, simply awesome. Just like I enjoy at south indian hotels. I was looking for this kinda recipe and glad I found it. Thanks for posting again!


dassana May 10, 2013 17

thanks megha for writing back and sharing your positive feedback.


venkat May 10, 2013 18

I have a problem with rava dosa. I use non stick . but dosa sticks to the pan and does not come out. what could be mistake.


dassana May 10, 2013 19

venkat, you can apply oil before pouring dosa batter on pan.
ideally it should not stick or there is something wrong with the dosa batter or pan.
adding oil should solve the issue.


Renuka May 9, 2013 20

Hi Dassana
i will try this recipe this weekend..
can we skip maida in it….
and one more question…is there any alternative for imli and tomato in recipes as my mother cannot take it due to ayurvedic treatment….we don’t get kokum here in north india otherwise i have heard it is one…..


dassana May 9, 2013 21

hi renuka, instead of maida, you can add whole wheat flour.

for sourness in food lemon juice or even raw mangoes or amchur powder can be added. i am not sure if your mother cannot take these too. sour buttermilk or curd can also be added. another souring agent is dry pomegranate powder. so depending on the recipe, these souring agents can be used. also natural vinegars like coconut vinegar or apple cider vinegar are also good. but vinegar cannot be added to any recipe like dals or sambar. kokum is very good. i wonder why its not available in north india.


Rujuta May 9, 2013 22

I tried it today and the dosas are really yummy and crispy thanks for sharing the recipe. Your video was really helpful. Keep up the good work.


dassana May 9, 2013 23

thanks rujuta for trying the recipe and giving the feedback.


Anamika | madcookingfusion May 9, 2013 24

The dosa looks so crisp and nice, its my fav :). The video is WOW dassana, great start and now waiting for many many more of such video’s! All the best.


dassana May 9, 2013 25

thanks anamika


nags May 9, 2013 26

i have a version in drafts too but the ingredients are slightly different. don’t think we add maida. love the lacy and crisp dosas in the first pic.


dassana May 9, 2013 27

nags, i will look forward to your version of rava dosa. i am sure it will be tasty.


Familycook May 9, 2013 28

I had been wishing you did a video series of your recipes. This video was awesome, very clear.
I wish you lots of luck!


dassana May 9, 2013 29

thanks familycook.