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 blog are oats dosa and butter rava dosa recipe.
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.
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 instant onion rava dosa is best served with coconut chutney or sambar.
if you are looking for more dosa varieties then do check:
Onion Rava Dosa
main ingredients for onion rava dosa
- 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 onion rava dosa
- 1 teaspoon oil
- ½ teaspoon mustard seeds
- 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
- oil or ghee as required for roasting the dosa
making onion rava dosa 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 rava dosa batter becomes too thin, then add some rice flour to slightly thicken it. keep aside for 15 to 20 minutes.
making 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 rava dosa from the pan.
- prepare all the dosas this way.
- serve the onion rava dosa hot with coconut chutney or vegetable sambar. onion rava dosa has to be served immediately.
making onion rava dosa batter
1. mix all the ingredients for the dosa like the rava, rice flour, all purpose flour, onions, green chilies, ginger, crushed black pepper.
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.
3. add this tempering mixture along with the oil to the other ingredients. add salt too.
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 onion rava dosa batter for 15 to 20 minutes.
cooking onion rava dosa
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.
6. with a ladle pour the dosa batter. start from the edges and…..
7. move towards the center. if there are big gaps, then fill them lightly.
8. sprinkle ½ tsp oil from the top. rava dosa takes a little longer time to cook than regular dosa. the pan has to be really hot before you pour the batter.
9. let the base becomes golden or crisp. flip and cook the other side. usually i cook both the sides. but you can just cook the base and when the top is also cooked, fold the rava dosa and serve immediately. prepare all the rava dosas this way. the rava and the flours settles 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.
10. serve the onion rava dosa hot with coconut chutney or vegetable sambar.