hotel style onion rava dosa

Hotel style onion rava dosa recipe with step by step photos – this is a variation of the popular rava dosa recipe with onions. Rava dosa is one of the easiest dosa to make since no grinding and no fermentation is required. Few more similar dosa recipes on the blog are Oats dosa and Butter rava dosa.

To make this instant onion rava dosa – just mix all the ingredients and allow the batter to sit for 15 to 20 minutes and then you are ready to make the dosas. When the dosa batter is resting, you prepare the coconut chutney. The ease of this recipe makes it a good option for breakfast or even for brunch.

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I have tempered the dosa batter with mustard seeds, cumin seeds and curry leaves. This tempering gives a really nice flavor to the dosa and does not take more than 5 minutes.

To make the batter, you can use water or buttermilk. Sometimes I prepare the batter with water and sometimes with buttermilk. Both ways the onion rava tastes good. The spices, herbs that go into the dosa give their own taste and flavor….. Not to forget the presence of onions too.

This dosa is best served with coconut chutney or sambar.

How to make hotel style onion rava dosa

1. Mix all the ingredients for the dosa like the rava, rice flour, all-purpose flour, onions, green chilies, ginger, crushed black pepper.

mix onion rava dosa ingredients

2. Heat 1 tsp oil in a small frying pan. Crackle the mustard seeds first. Then add the cumin and curry leaves. Saute for a few seconds till the cumin browns.

frying cumin mustard for making rava dosa

3. Add this tempering mixture along with the oil to the other ingredients. Add salt too.

add tempering to rava dosa batter

4. Pour water or buttermilk and make a thin batter without any lumps. The batter should not be thick or of medium consistency. I added about 2 cups and ¼ cup water to the batter. If the batter becomes too thin, then add some rice flour to slightly thicken it. Keep aside the dosa batter for 15 to 20 minutes.

onion rava dosa batter

5. heat the tava or non-stick pan. Using a small piece of fabric or paper napkin or half of sliced onion which has been dipped in oil… Grease the pan.

heat tava for making onion rava dosa recipe

6. with a ladle pour the dosa batter. Start from the edges and…..

spread onion rava dosa batter on tava

7. Move towards the center. If there are big gaps, then fill them lightly.

spreading onion rava dosa batter on tava

8. Sprinkle ½ tsp oil from the top. This dosa takes a little longer time to cook than the regular dosa. The pan has to be really hot before you pour the batter.

sprinkle oil on onion rava dosa batter

9. Let the base becomes golden or crisp. Flip and cook the other side. Usually, I cook both sides. But you can just cook the base and when the top is also cooked, fold the dosa and serve immediately. Prepare all the dosas this way. The rava and the flours settle down at the bottom of the batter. So you have to stir the batter very well every time you make the dosa. In case the batter becomes thick after making a few dosas, then add some water and stir again.

cooking onion rava dosa recipe

10. Serve the hotel style onion rava dosa hot with coconut chutney or vegetable sambar.

onion rava dosa

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Hotel Style Onion Rava Dosa

4.89 from 43 votes
Easy lacy dosa made with semolina, rice flour, onions and all purpose flour. A quick breakfast option.
onion rava dosa recipe
Author:Dassana Amit
Prep Time:25 mins
Cook Time:20 mins
Total Time:45 mins
Cuisine:south indian
Servings (change the number to scale):6 dosa
(1 CUP = 250 ML)


main ingredients

  • ½ cup unroasted rava (sooji or semolina)
  • ½ cup rice flour
  • 2 tablespoon all purpose flour or whole wheat flour
  • 1 green chili - finely chopped
  • 1 medium onion - finely chopped or about ½ cup of finely chopped onion
  • 5 to 6 curry leaves - chopped
  • ½ inch ginger - finely chopped (optional)
  • water or buttermilk as required - i added 2.25 cups water *check notes on how to make the buttermilk
  • 9 to 10 black peppercorns - crushed
  • 1 tablespoon chopped coriander leaves (cilantro leaves) - optional
  • salt as required

for tempering

  • 1 teaspoon oil
  • ½ teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • oil or ghee as required for roasting the dosa


making batter

  • Take the rava, rice flour, all purpose flour, green chilies, ginger, onion, coriander leaves, crushed black pepper in a mixing bowl.
  • Heat 1 tsp oil in a small frying pan. Crackle the mustard seeds first. The mustard seeds should pop before you add the cumin seeds. 
  • Then add the cumin and curry leaves. Saute for a few seconds till the cumin browns.
  • Add this tempering mixture along with the oil to the other ingredients in the bowl. Add salt.
  • Pour water or buttermilk and make a thin batter without any lumps. 
  • The batter should not be thick or of medium consistency. If the dosa batter becomes too thin, then add some rice flour to slightly thicken it. Keep aside for 15 to 20 minutes.

cooking onion rava dosa

  • Heat the tava or non-stick pan. Smear a bit oil with a slice of onion or a small piece of fabric or paper napkin.
  • With a ladle pour the dosa batter from the edges towards the center.
  • Sprinkle ¼ or ½ or 1 tsp of oil from the top.
  • Let the base becomes golden and crisp. Flip and cook the other side. When both the sides are cooked, remove the dosa from the pan. 
  • Prepare all the dosas this way.
  • Serve the hotel style onion rava dosa hot with coconut chutney or vegetable sambar. This dosa has to be served immediately.


*to make the buttermilk - dissolve 3 to 4 tbsp of yogurt in 2 cups of water. Whip the buttermilk very well before you add it to the other ingredients.

Nutrition Info (approximate values)

Nutrition Facts
Hotel Style Onion Rava Dosa
Amount Per Serving
Calories 181 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Sodium 44mg2%
Potassium 64mg2%
Carbohydrates 25g8%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 30IU1%
Vitamin C 18.9mg23%
Calcium 113mg11%
Iron 5.2mg29%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Dassana Amitnamaste and welcome to which i started in feb 2009 and is a pure vegetarian blog. i have been passionate about cooking from childhood and began to cook from the age of 10. later having enrolled in a home science degree greatly enhanced my cooking & baking skills and took it to a different level which i now share as foolproof recipes. i was formally trained both in mainstream indian as well as international cuisines.

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175 comments/reviews

  1. I tried these recipe today.although I used a non stick pan my dosa were sticking to the pan I was not able to turn the dosa pls help4 stars

    • mamta, while making dosa firstly always use a heavy pan. it can be nonstick or cast iron, but the pan has to be on the heavier side. light weight pans do not work and dosa or pancakes made on such pans will stick. secondly the pan has to be used only for making dosa or for pan frying or shallow frying food. if it is used for dry heat cooking, like making rotis or roasting spices, then also dosas can stick. hope this helps.

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    I love dosa but can’t make it frequently because of the required preparation time but yesterday i tried this recipe and turned out so good… Thanks a lot…5 stars

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  4. Thankuu mam for such a yummy recipe… Today i prepared and my family liked it so much…. I measured according to ur given measures and i came out perfect… i always follow ur recipes.. Thankuu very muc mam..:)5 stars

    • Welcome Ruchi. Glad to know this.

  5. Quick receipe, especially when kids are bored of the normal dosas.5 stars

    • Thanks Nithya

  6. I love your recipes and the best part is whatever I try out it comes out well. Thanks somuch. The rava dosa was yummy.

    • Welcome Purba. Glad to know this.

  7. hi
    I tried rava dosa its taste very nice but it break when I made what’s the reason Pls tell me5 stars

    • nidhi, rava needs to cook more and become crisp from base. if its not allowed to cook well, then it will break. another reason could be that the water has become more. so in this case the rava dosa becomes soft and thus breaks.

  8. Yummy recipe! I tried it out twice and my daughter loved it 🙂 thanks for sharing!!5 stars

    • thanks vanessa. nice to know.

  9. I tried rava dosa but it did’nt come out sticked on non stick tava.whats the reason

    • use only one tawa for preparing dosa. also the non tawa should have a thick bottom, which helps in even distribution of heat. if the tawa is thin, then dosa will stick. so here the dosa sticking is not due to the dosa batter, but the tawa.

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    • thanks sudha.

  11. First of all thank you for sharing the recipe. I tied the rava dosa and my family members loved it. Your recipes are explained in Such a detailed manner alo g with snaps that’s really very helpful.

    • glad to know this jalpa thanks for positive views 🙂

  12. Hi Dassana! Your website is a saviour! I have tried a few of your recipes and each and every one of them turned out superb! ?In regards to this particular recipe, will pre-roasted rava work??

    • thanks chaitrali. you can prepare with pre roasted rava. but the dosa will taste a bit different.

  13. Hello. plus let me know substitute for rice flour

    • skip and add the same amount of maida as rice flour.

  14. Great recipe….One of the best recipe sites in India5 stars

    • thanks so much vikas for positive views and this appreciation means a lot to us 🙂

  15. Can be make rava dosa without rice and wheat flour
    Can we use only rava????

    • you can make with only rava too. just that with rava, the dosas will not be very crisp, but will taste good. rice flour adds some crispness to the dosa.