Soybean Dosa Recipe: Healthy Soybean Flaxseed Dosa Recipe

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This is one healthy dosa recipe that I made with soybeans and flaxseed. This one is my original recipe and I made it because I often try to incorporate healthy ingredients in the food I prepare. You could also call it soybean pancakes, but unlike the traditional pancakes, this one is made without eggs and white flour.

Most of us know that soybeans are a rich source of proteins and also a good source of vitamins like: B-group vitamins and minerals like: calcium, iron, zinc, phosphorus, magnesium.

Flax seeds on the other hand are rich in Omega 3 fatty acids and lignans which are potent cancer fighters and they also help in improving the body’s immunity. It is also rich in fibre thereby helping in relieving constipation. It is also helpful for women in maintaining the hormonal balance. I can go on and on about the health benefits of flaxseed. Wherever I can, I add flaxseeds to the recipes I prepare.

Flaxseed is also beneficial for vegetarians who do not consume fish but want to partake the Omega 3 Fatty acids. I will soon be posting two recipes of flax seeds. First one is french beans rice with flaxseed and the second one is a recipe for making an eggless chocolate cake with flaxseed. Here I have used flax seeds instead of eggs. This cake is rich in omega 3 fatty acids. Just think of it. You are making a cake…….. that too chocolate and rich in omega 3 fatty acids… plus its also vegetarian and can be made vegan too by using soy butter and soy milk instead of butter and milk.

In fact, I have so many recipes to be posted. Now coming to the soyabean dosa recipe…….. it is easy, simple to make. An additional ingredient that I have used in the recipe is rice flour. Rice flour gives a bulk and body to the recipe and helps the dosa to retain shape while being cooked.

soyabean flaxseeds pancake

Initially I made the dosa without adding rice flour. But it was difficult to even lift the dosa from the pan and I use a non stick pan :-( The dosa was breaking while lifting. When I added rice flour, I could easily lift the dosas from the pan.

Mind you…… these soyabean dosas are slightly thick and take some time to cook. It does not cook as quickly as the regular dosa. You also cannot spread the soyabean dosa batter into a large circle as compared to the normal dosa batter. It just sticks and is difficult to spread. The batter I had made was thick and I did not want to take any chances by making the batter too thin or runny.

These soyabean flaxseeds dosa tasted great and even looked great as you can see in the pictures. They actually were porous and spongy from inside whereas as crisp from outside. I had the feeling…. like I was eating a spongy and porous bread. Its an excellent and power packed breakfast that can keep you going for the rest of the day. You can serve the soyabean dosas with coconut chutney, sambar or even the dry podis. It goes well with the simple tomato ketchup too. This recipe can be called a vegan recipe and it not only good for the the vegans but also vegetarians.

soyabean dosa or pancakes

So here we go with the soybean dosa recipe with flaxseeds:

Ingredients for the Flaxseed Soyabean Dosa:

  • 3/4 cup soyabean
  • 2 tbsp flax seeds
  • 3 tbsp rice flour
  • 1 green chili
  • 1/2 inch piece ginger
  • salt
  • water
  • oil/butter or ghee for frying (use oil instead of butter or ghee if you are a vegan)

Method to make the Flaxseed Soyabean Dosa Recipe:

  • Pick, wash and soak the soybeans and flaxseeds overnight in water or atleast for 8-9 hours.

flaxseeds soyabean soaked

  • Oh….. the flax seeds are too small and the soybeans are overpowering them in the above pic. So here is another pic with the flax seeds in the center of the pic. For some reason, they were just settling below the soybeans, making it difficult to take a pic of them.

soyabeans flaxseeds soaked

  • In the morning or after soaking them, ground both the soybeans and flaxseeds with green chili and ginger with some 1/2 cup water. Add more water if the batter is too thick and cannot be ground. In the below pic, you could see many of the flax seeds.

soyabean flaxseeds green chili ginger

  • Ground to a smooth paste.

ground soyabean flaxseeds batter

  • Remove the batter in a bowl and add rice flour and  salt to it. Mix well and check to see if you need to add more salt or not. You can see how much thick the batter is.

Remove Soybean Dosa Batter

  • Heat the tava or griddle and pour a ladle full of batter on the tava. Do not try to spread it as you cannot. Just slightly using the back of the ladle apply some pressure. This way the batter will spread very little. Since I have a non stick tava, I do not spread oil on the tava before spreading the batter. Ok….. in the pics above and below flash is used and hence the dosa batter is looking bright.

spreading soybean dosa batter

  • Drizzle some ghee or oil on the sides and top.

drizzling ghee on top of soybean dosa

  • Now comes the lifting part. Just lift the dosa slighlty to check if it is browned. If yes, then carefully lift it and turn over. Drizzle some oil on the sides and top again.

flipping first side of soybean dosa

  • Flip again, when the second sides gets browned.

flipping second side of soybean dosa

  • You could flip the dosa twice more to get it evenly cooked and golden browned.

flipping first side of soybean dosa

  • Fry the soyabean dosas till they are evenly and properly cooked.

soyabean dosa getting fried

  • Below is a pic of a fully cooked soyabean flaxseed dosa.

cooked soyabean dosa with flaxseed

  • Since it takes some more time to cook one dosa, you could do with this technique. Spread two dosas simultaneoulsy on the tava and let them cook as shown in the pic below.

cooking two soybean dosas on tava

  • When browned from the base, turn them on the tava. Cook these two dosas as you would cook the a single dosa on the tava.

cooked two soyabean dosas on griddle

  • Serve these yummy and healthy soyabean flaxseed dosas with cocnut chutney and sambar. They can be had plain too.

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Few tips for Soybean Dosa:

  • I cooked the entire batches of dosa on a low flame so that the dosas get evenly and properly cooked.
  • For your first dosa, if you are not able to lift it from the tava as the dosa breaks. Then you need to add some more rice flour to the batter. Add 1 or 2 tbsp of rice flour and try making the dosas again. Also check the seasoning of the batter, if you add more rice flour.

If you are looking for more dosa recipes then do check rava dosa, mysore masala dosa, andhra pesarattu dosa, masala dosa recipe, easy mix dal dosa and urad dal dosa.

Soybean Dosa with Flaxseed recipe below:

Soybean Dosa Recipe with Flaxseed
 
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INGREDIENTS (measuring cup used, 1 cup = 250 ml)
  • ¾ cup soyabean
  • 2 tbsp flax seeds
  • 3 tbsp rice flour
  • 1 green chili
  • ½ inch piece ginger
  • salt
  • water
  • oil/butter or ghee for frying (use oil instead of butter or ghee if you are a vegan)
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Pick, wash and soak the soybeans and flaxseeds overnight in water or atleast for 8-9 hours.
  2. In the morning or after soaking them, ground both the soybeans and flaxseeds with green chili and ginger with some ½ cup water. Add more water if the batter is too thick and cannot be ground.
  3. Grind to a smooth paste.
  4. Remove the batter in a bowl and add rice flour and salt to it. Mix well and check to see if you need to add more salt or not.
  5. Heat the tava or griddle and pour a ladle full of batter on the tava. Do not try to spread it as you cannot. Just slightly using the back of the ladle apply some pressure. This way the batter will spread very little.
  6. Drizzle some ghee or oil on the sides and top.
  7. Now comes the lifting part. Just lift the dosa slighlty to check if it is browned. If yes, then carefully lift it and turn over. Drizzle some oil on the sides and top again.
  8. Flip again, when the second sides gets browned.
  9. You could flip the dosa twice more to get it evenly cooked and golden browned.
  10. Fry the dosas till they are evenly and properly cooked.
  11. Since it takes some more time to cook one dosa, you could do with this technique. Spread two dosas simultaneoulsy on the tava.
  12. When browned from the base, turn them on the tava. Cook these two dosas as you would cook the a single dosa on the tava.
  13. Serve these yummy and healthy soyabean flaxseed dosas with cocnut chutney and sambar. They can be had plain too.
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SERVING SIZE: 3


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  1. Parisa.. says

    Hi dassana this looks more nutritious .i am definitely goin to try it as soon as possible…thanks a lot for your recipes….For long i m making all ur recipes bt today only i was able to thank you ..sterday i made Ur Kaju katli recipe.it came out awesome…i had rose petals syrup at home it tasted yummy and dat s the first tym i tried kaju katli and i am so happy bt the only sad thing is my hubby and kid completed all without giving me a piece…I am a south indian and due to my husbands job transfer v r now in north side…your blog helps me lot to cook healthy and variety foods using things available near me…keep posting recipes like this…

    • says

      thanks parisa. thats what happens when any sweet or dessert is made. all gets over without anything left for the person who made them :-) i know in north side some ingredients are difficult to get. most of the north indian recipes on the blog makes use of ingredients which are easily available.

  2. Puja says

    Thank you. How long can this batter be stored? And I didn’t understand clearly whether rice can be used by soaking and grinding instead of ready rice flour.

  3. Puja says

    Hi, thank you for sharing this. I am trying healthy recipes without wheat flour these dayes. this looks promising.
    Can you confirm if I can use rice soaked overnight and ground with the flaxseeds instead of rice flour. Will try the option of urad dal also. Can you confirm proportions I need to use if I am saoking rice or urad dal.

    • says

      i have used not much of rice flour in this recipe. so the taste and texture is beany. we like it this way, but it does suit everybody. if you increase the proportion of rice flour, the taste and texture will be different. to get a dosa like texture, you can add 3/4 to 1 cup rice and about 1/4 cup of urad dal.

  4. Reshma says

    Hi Dassana,
    Is Soybean available in Indian Grocery Stores ? If not can I use the same equivalent i.e. 3/4 cup Soyabean Flour in this recipe ?

  5. Lauren says

    Hi there!
    Those pictures look great, makes me want to eat one right now!! I was wondering if the soybeans can be substituted for another bean type? and would it be the same amount?

    :-)

    • says

      hi lauren, you can use whole mung beans instead of soy beans. you can also lentils like spilt/skinned bengal gram, spilt/skinned mung lentils. to enhance the flavor and ease in digestion of these beans and lentils, add a pinch of asafoetida (hing) too in the batter.

  6. Deepthi Menon says

    Its really great recipe ,look wise ,taste wise and more over a best nutri choice…
    I am happy i have tried this and tastes great..and Dassana i have added some tricks ,i added some chopped onions,carrots,beetroots,cabbage and some mushrooms and mint leaves …anyways thanks dear ..go on with such great recipes ..

    Regards Deeps

  7. anita says

    Hi… I tried soyabean flaxseed dosa…. It is a very good n nutritious receipe and is a part of my breakfast now…Thanks for sharing such a healthy receipe

  8. Shumi says

    I just came across this recipe and sort of ended up making soy bean fritters instead (because of not making the consistency runny enough for dosa); and want to thank you for sharing such a terrific healthy tasty recipe! I look forward to exploring more of the recipes you have posted.

  9. champa says

    seems and looks not only easy but also delicious too. i suggest the batter shd be kept covered for half hour atleast after mixing in the rice flour. one can alsoadd about 2tbsp of curds which gives a slightly sour, tangy flavor. comes off easily from the tawa too.

    • dassana says

      nice suggestion champa. one can keep the batter covered for half an hour. adding curd is also a good idea to get a slightly sour taste.

  10. Ina says

    Living in europe i didnt have easy access to rice flour. I used baking soda and wheat flour and a touch of soy sauce to add umami. Also i baked them in the oven instead. Delicious, as burgers or easy bread to take to work or school.
    Thanks a lot for great idea!

    • dassana says

      thats great ina… a creative solution when we don’t have access to some ingredients… the addition of baking soda & wheat flour must have made the soybean dosa soft and fluffy and plus you baked these…. a much creative, healthier and flavorful soybean dosa… great….

  11. Kara says

    Hi there,
    I’ve never tried making dosas but plan to make the ‘normal’ recipe next weekend for the first time. I just wanted to confirm that this recipe above is not like the standard recipe in that it doesn’t call for fermentation – is that correct?

    Thanks!

  12. ishi poddar says

    I’ve never hear about flaxseeds.. i belong to Noida,(U.P)may i know its hindi name and will it be available in UP..may its alternative almonds be used ..i mean how will be the taste if i use almonds..one more thing do the flaxseeds have their own taste??

    • dassana says

      i think you should be able to get flaxseeds in Noida. you could try adding almonds. flax seeds are generally bland and a little slimy to taste but has great health benefits.

  13. says

    hi…. its a really fantastic recipe specially for women and easy to cook..i m pure vegetarian n wants my hair healthy…for this it is helpful in consuming omega 3 fatty acids and off-course protein as well

  14. Sinora says

    I just wanted to ask if its okay to add besan or chane ka atta rather than rice flour, as rice would be more starchy.. Wat do you suggest??

    • says

      adding rice flour gives some body to the batter and also makes the dosa crisp. if you don’t want to add rice flour you could add poha ( flattened rice ).
      other option would be to soak urad dal and add ground urad dal to the batter. chana dal would also be good.
      i have never tried adding besan so i don’t know how the dosas would taste. my suggestion would be to add besan along with some semolina (suji).
      you could even add poha, semolina and besan.
      you can work out various combinations till you come to the perfect one which you like.

  15. Sinora says

    Hi.. I tried your recipe today and Just loved it…..its tasty and nutritious and the best is that its a low calorie food… its definitely one of the dishes that I will be incorporating in my everyday life…. Thanks!!!

      • manickavasagam says

        how about grinding flax seed, four tbsps, and mixing it with wheat floar for makind roti for four members . have not tried this . your view in this one is invited.

        • says

          apologies for replying late…. yes you could add flax seeds to the wheat flour for making rotis. i tried this method once. the flax seeds that i added were coarsely ground hence the rotis were not puffing up. so we ended making parathas instead. if u add finely ground flax seed powder than the rotis would puff up.

          its really a good idea to incorporate essential nutrients in the diet. to share with you a small tip. at home we make flax seed powder and store in the refrigerator. when we serve ourselves we add this powder to the sabzi or vegetable or even pulaos or rice.

          another alternative that we make at home is that we roast flax seed and sesame seeds and then make a coarse powder with some salt. we top up our food with this flax seed and sesame seed mixture. its awesome. you must try it.

  16. Gayathri says

    Excellent and healthy recipes. you can add 2 table spoon of soaked soybeans while grinding for idlies also.

  17. Neerja says

    Am going to try this….I live in Bangalore, will try to ask for flaxseeds at the local shops…otherwise is there another equally healthy alternative?

    • says

      you should be able to get flax seeds easily in bangalore. the other healthy vegetarian alternatives which contain essential fatty acids including omega 3 fatty acids are pumpkins seeds, sunflower seeds, walnuts, almonds, soyabean, soyabean oil, olive oil, olives, sesame seeds, wheat germ, pecans.

    • Pradeep says

      Flaxseed is also called Linseed and Tisi in Hindi. It is easily available in supermarkets like More, Nilgiris, Food Bazar or giant markets. Its a wonderful seed for women in particular.Try it..!