set dosa recipe, how to make set dosa | sponge dosa

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set dosa is very soft, light and spongy dosa.

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set dosa recipe with step by step photos – very soft, light and spongy dosa. these soft dosas are called as set dosa as they are served in a set of 3 dosa per serving. set dosa also reminds me of davanagere benne dosa. i have had davanagere benne dosa with the spicy coconut chutney and the bland potato stuffing. it was so good that we still remember the taste of it till now. i do plan to add davanagere benne dosa recipe too.

set dosa recipe

our first tryst with set dosa was in bangalore, in one of the local hotels. served with vegetable sagu it was a delight to have these so soft dosa as they soaked the veg sagu gravy like a sponge. the combination of set dosa with veg sagu was very good.

later when living in goa, on occasions we used to have set dosas from an udupi restaurant and here they would serve the dosas topped with some onions, served with the usual pair of sambar and coconut chutney.

this recipe is how i make set dosa at home. some variations also add curd or buttermilk, but i make these dosas without curd. the lightness and sponginess comes from poha or flattened rice added to the batter. the amount of urad dal added is also less. set dosas are different from poha dosa though.

set dosa recipe

you can even make benne dosas with this set dosa batter. just use butter instead of oil while preparing the dosas. usually set dosas are cooked on one side only. for proper and even cooking, i cook them on both sides. in the step wise pics, i have shown two methods to cook these dosas.

set dosa also make for an excellent tiffin snack as they remain soft even after cooling down and remain soft even after 4 to 5 hours. you can even pack set dosa for a picnic snack with a dosa podi or a dry peanut or sesame chutney.

serve set dosa with your favorite coconut chutney or veg sagu or potato sagu or sambar.

if you are looking for more tasty dosa varieties then do check:

  1. rava dosa
  2. masala dosa
  3. cheese dosa
  4. neer dose
set dosa recipe, sponge dosa recipe
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set dosa recipe

set dosa is very soft, light and spongy dosa.

course breakfasts
cuisine karnataka, south indian
prep time 9 hours
cook time 30 minutes
total time 9 hours 30 minutes
servings 3 to 4
author dassana

ingredients (1 cup = 250 ml)

  • 1 cup idli dosa rice or parboiled rice or 200 grams idli dosa rice
  • ½ cup thick poha (flattened rice) or 50 grams thick poha
  • 2 tablespoon urad dal
  • 7 to 8 methi seeds (fenugreek seeds)
  • 1.5 cups water for soaking
  • ¾ cup of the strained water for grinding
  • ¼ teaspoon sugar
  • ½ teaspoon rock salt or regular salt or add as per taste
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • oil or butter or ghee as required

how to make recipe

soaking - preparation for set dosa recipe

  1. in a bowl or pan, take the following ingredients - rice, urad dal, 7 to 8 fenugreek seeds. i used idli rice. you can also use short grained regular rice like sona masuri rice.
  2. rinse all the ingredients for a couple of times. drain and keep aside.
  3. next, in a separate bowl or pan or cup, take the thick poha (50 grams). rinse the poha once or twice with water.
  4. strain and add the poha to the bowl containing rice, urad dal, methi seeds.
  5. add 1.5 cups water and soak all the ingredients for 5 to 6 hours.
  6. later, drain very well. reserve the strained water. we will use this strained water for grinding.

grinding and fermentation of set dosa batter

  1. now add half of the soaked ingredients in a wet grinder jar. depending on the size of the jar, you can add half or full.
  2. add ½ cup water and grind very well. the rice grains can have a consistency of that like idli rawa.
  3. pour this batter in a large bowl or pan. i ground in two batches. first round, i added 1/2 cup water and for the next batch i added 1/4 cup water. overall i added 3/4 cup water while grinding. if the grinder becomes hot, then wait for it to cool down and then continue with the grinding.
  4. then add 1/4 tsp sugar.
  5. mix very well. cover with a lid and let the batter ferment for 8 to 9 hours or more depending on the temperature conditions in your city.
  6. the day i made this batter, the temperature in the night fell to 16 degrees celsius. i kept the batter in a warm place in the kitchen for 13 hours.
  7. add 1/2 tsp salt and 1/4 tsp baking soda. you can add the salt as per your taste.
  8. mix very well. the soda should be evenly distributed in the dosa batter.
  9. in case if the batter looks thick, you can add some more water. i did add 1/4 cup water before preparing the dosas. mix very well after you add water.

making set dosa

  1. heat an iron tawa or griddle. in the center, spread some oil. for non stick pan, you need not grease the pan. 

  2. the tawa has to be medium hot and not very hot. if very hot, the dosa gets too browned or can get burnt with uneven cooking. if the tawa is warm, then the dosa does not become soft and the bubbles or holes do not get formed on the dosa. while making these dosas, you can regulate the flame from low to medium.

  3. take a ladle of the batter and gently pour it on the tawa. just spread the batter very lightly to make a small dosa.
  4. drizzle some oil on the sides as well as on the top. you can also top the set dosa with some grated carrots, beetroots, chopped onions and green chilies.

  5. when the base become golden and crisp, flip the dosa.
  6. when the second side also gets golden and crisp, lift the dosa with a spatula and serve. you can also place the set dosa in a warm casserole.

  7. the usual method of cooking these dosas - first spread the batter and drizzle some oil on the sides and top.
  8. lower the flame and cover the dosa with a lid.
  9. remove the lid when the top is firm and done. 

  10. use any method that suits you to make these set dosas. prepare the dosas this way. if you have a large tawa, then you can make 2 to 3 dosas at the same time.

  11. serve set dosa with coconut chutney, vegetable korma, sambar. i served set dosa with a spicy coconut chutney and potato sagu.

how to make set dosa recipe

soaking

1. in a bowl or pan, take the following ingredients – 1 cup idli dosa rice or parboiled rice (200 grams), 2 tbsp whole urad dal, 7 to 8 fenugreek seeds. i used idli rice. you can also use short grained regular rice like sona masuri rice.

ingredients for set dosa recipe

2. rinse all the ingredients for a couple of times.

making set dosa recipe

3. drain and keep aside.

making set dosa recipe

4. next, in a separate bowl or pan or cup, take ½ cup thick poha (50 grams). rinse the poha once or twice with water.

rinsing poha

5. strain and add the poha to the bowl containing rice, urad dal, methi seeds.

poha for set dosa recipe

6. add 1.5 cups water and soak all the ingredients for 5 to 6 hours.

making set dosa recipe

7. later, strain very well. reserve the strained water. we will use this strained water for grinding.

poha for set dosa recipe

grinding and fermentation of set dosa batter

8. now add half of the soaked ingredients in a wet grinder jar. depending on the size of the jar, you can add half or full.

making set dosa recipe

9. add ½ cup of the strained water and grind very well. the rice grains can have a consistency of that like idli rawa.

making set dosa recipe

10. pour this batter in a large bowl or pan. i ground in two batches. first round, i added ½ cup water and for the next batch i added ¼ cup water. overall i added ¾ cup water while grinding. if the grinder becomes hot, then wait for it to cool down and then continue with the grinding.

batter for making set dosa recipe

10. add ¼ tsp sugar.

sugar to make set dosa recipe

11. mix very well. cover with a lid and let the batter ferment for 8 to 9 hours or more depending on the temperature conditions in your city.

making set dosa recipe

12. the fermented batter the next day. the day i made this batter, the temperature in the night fell to 16 degrees celsius. i kept the batter in a warm place in the kitchen for 13 hours. depending on the temperature in your city, you can keep the batter to ferment from 8 hours to 20 hours.

making set dosa recipe

13. this is the consistency of the batter after stirring it.

making set dosa recipe

14. add ½ tsp salt and ¼ tsp baking soda. you can add the salt as per your taste.

making set dosa recipe

15. mix very well. the soda should be evenly distributed in the dosa batter.

making set dosa recipe

16. in case if the batter looks thick, you can add some water. i did add ¼ cup water before preparing the dosas. mix very well after you add water.

making set dosa recipe

making set dosa

17. heat an iron tawa or griddle. in the center, spread some oil. for non stick pan, you need not grease the pan. the tawa has to be medium hot and not very hot. if very hot, the dosa gets too browned or can get burnt with uneven cooking. if the tawa is warm, then the dosa does not become soft and the bubbles or holes do not get formed on the dosa. while making these dosas, you can regulate the flame from low to medium.

making set dosa recipe

18. take a ladle full of the batter and gently pour it on the tawa.

making set dosa recipe

19. just spread the batter very lightly to make a small dosa. these set dosas are slightly thicker in size than the regular dosa.

making set dosa recipe

20. drizzle some oil on the sides as well as on the top. you can also top the set dosa with some grated carrots, beetroots, chopped onions and green chilies.

making set dosa recipe

21. when the base become golden and crisp, flip the dosa.

making set dosa recipe

22. when the second side also gets golden and crisp, lift the set dosa with a spatula and serve. you can also place the set dosa in a warm casserole.

making set dosa recipe

23. the usual method of cooking these dosas – first spread the batter lightly and drizzle some oil on the sides and top.

making set dosa recipe

24. lower the flame and cover the dosa with a lid.

making set dosa recipe

25. remove the lid when the top is cooked, firm and done. use any method that suits you to make these set dosas. i prefer the first method. prepare the dosas this way. if you have a large tawa, then you can make 2 to 3 dosas at the same time.

making set dosa recipe

26. serve set dosa with coconut chutney or vegetable korma or sambar. i served with a spicy coconut chutney. set dosa can also be served with potato sagu or potato masala.

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dassana amit
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i started vegrecipesofindia.com in feb 2009. it is a pure vegetarian blog and shares recipes with step by step photos that will help you to make delicious and tasty vegetarian food easily.

i am passionate about cooking from childhood and learnt cooking from my elders. having a home science degree surely enhanced my cooking & baking skills which i now share as fool proof recipes on the blog. i am trained both in mainstream indian as well as international cuisines.


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  1. why did u add baking soda? is it compulsory?

    • hirannia, it makes the set dosa soft. if you want then you can skip adding it.

  2. Dassana hi good afternoon! I want to ask the recipe for masur huli regular south India Dish using curd .kindly let us know. one more doubt for set dosage only two spoon of Urdu dal is enough?

    • nirmala, i have taken your request for masur huli. will try to add. for set dosa, 2 tablespoons urad dal is enough. in some set dosa variations urad dal is not added only.

      • Madam dosa came out well. Thanks a lot. It was happy cooking.

        • thanks nirmala for letting me know 🙂

  3. l like all your recipes and they turn out fine also. Thanks

    • Welcome Sunila

      • Being my favourite, I prepare set dosas often, they turn out fine n spongy. Everyone enjoys it. Thanks. I tried your kachori n banana cake also. Both turned fine. Once again Thanks ?

        • Welcome Sunila. Thanks for your positive feedback on recipes.

  4. dosa turned out well..spongy n light..thank you dassana..I am learning cooking from you..

    • nice to know shree and thanks for the feedback.

  5. Dosa came out perfect first time… 2nd time batter got smelly… I think overfermented.. I soaked for 7 hours, fermented for 12 hours and udad dal was old… temp was around 25c.. what could be the reason…

    • hmmm. when batter becomes smelly, its due to over fermentation. if urad dal is old, then the texture does get affected somewhat. the reason here could be over fermentation.