Hotel Style Onion Rava Dosa

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This Hotel style onion rava dosa is a variation of the popular Rava Dosa recipe with slightly more onions and some spices and herbs. This is one of the easiest dosa variants to make since no grinding and no fermentation of batter is required. Make these instant hotel style onion rava dosa for a delicious breakfast or brunch. You can also enjoy them for a light lunch or dinner.

onion rava dosa served on a white plate with a side of sambar

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 batter is resting, you prepare the Coconut Chutney. The ease of this recipe makes it a good option for breakfast or even for brunch.

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 dosa tastes good. The spices, herbs that go into the dosa batter give their unique taste and flavor. Not to forget the presence of onions too.

This onion rava dosa is best served hot or warm with coconut chutney or Sambar.

Few more similar instant dosa varieties that you can make in a jiffy are:

Step-by-Step Guide

How to make Onion Rava Dosa

  1. In a bowl take the following ingredients and mix them with a spoon.
  • ½ cup unroasted rava (sooji or semolina)
  • ½ cup rice flour
  • 2 tablespoon all purpose flour or whole wheat flour
  • 1 finely chopped green chili 
  • 1 medium sized finely chopped onion or about ½ cup of finely chopped onions
  • 1 inch finely chopped ginger or 1 teaspoon finely chopped ginger – optional
  • 9 to 10 crushed black peppercorns
  • 1 tablespoon chopped coriander leaves (cilantro leaves) – optional
mix onion rava dosa ingredients in a bowl

2. Heat 1 teaspoon oil in a small frying pan. Crackle ½ teaspoon mustard seeds first on low heat. Then add 1 teaspoon cumin and 5 to 6 chopped curry leaves. Saute for a few seconds till the cumin browns.

frying cumin mustard in oil

3. Add this tempering mixture along with the oil to the other ingredients in the bowl. Also add salt as required.

add tempering to onion 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 2.25 cups 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 a cast iron skillet or tava or a non-stick pan. Using a small piece of cotton fabric or paper napkin or half of an onion which has been dipped in oil, grease the pan all over.

heat tava and apply oil on it

6. With a ladle pour the dosa batter. First start pouring the batter from the edges. Keep the heat to medium.

spread onion rava dosa batter on tava

7. Then move pouring the batter towards the center. If there are big gaps, then fill them lightly with the batter.

spreading onion rava dosa batter on tava

8. Sprinkle ½ teaspoon 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 onion rava dosa and serve immediately. Prepare all the dosas this way.

Keep a note that 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 or buttermilk. Stir and mix again.

cooking onion rava dosa

10. Serve the hotel style onion rava dosa hot or warm with coconut chutney or vegetable sambar for a comforting breakfast, brunch or lunch.

You can also serve it with other chutney varieties like Tomato Chutney, Onion Chutney, Peanut Chutney or Ginger Chutney.

If you have any leftover dosa batter then refrigerate it for 1 day. Ideally served these onion rava dosa hot or warm.

onion rava dosa served on a white plate with a side of sambar

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onion rava dosa recipe

Onion Rava Dosa

Easy lacy dosa made with semolina, rice flour, onions and all purpose flour. A quick breakfast or brunch option.
4.9 from 47 votes
Prep Time 25 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Cuisine South Indian
Course Breakfast
Diet Vegan, Vegetarian
Difficulty Level Easy
Servings 6 onion rava dosa
Units

Ingredients

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
  • 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
  • 5 to 6 curry leaves – chopped

Other Ingredient

  • oil or ghee as required for roasting the dosa

Instructions
 

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 teaspoon oil in a small frying pan. Crackle the mustard seeds first on low heat. The mustard seeds should pop before you add the cumin seeds. 
  • Then add the cumin and chopped 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 as required.
  • Pour water or buttermilk and make a thin batter without any lumps. Keep aside for 15 to 20 minutes.
  • 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.

Cooking onion rava dosa

  • Heat a cast iron skillet or tava or non-stick pan. Smear a bit oil with a slice of onion or a small piece of fabric or paper napkin. Keep the heat to medium.
  • With a ladle pour the dosa batter from the edges towards the center.
  • Sprinkle ¼ or ½ or 1 teaspoon 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.
  • While making second dosa stir the batter very well as the rava and the flours settle down at the bottom of the batter.
  • Serve the hotel style onion rava dosa hot with coconut chutney or vegetable sambar. This dosa has to be served immediately.

Notes

  • *To make the buttermilk – dissolve 3 to 4 tablespoons of yogurt in 2 cups of water. Whip the buttermilk very well before you add it to the other ingredients.
  • The recipe can be scaled to make a larger serving.
  • Adjust the spices according to your taste preferences.
  • You can skip ginger and black pepper if you want.
  • Additionally, you can also add some finely chopped fresh coconut to the batter.
  • Cook the dosa on medium to medium high heat depending upon the thickness of the pan. If your pan is not heavy then cook on medium heat. For a heavy skillet use medium high heat.

Nutrition Info (Approximate values)

Nutrition Facts
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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This Onion Rava Dosa post from the archives (April 2014) has been updated and republished on 20 October 2021.

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  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

    1. 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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