Vendhaya Dosai | Methi Dosa

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South Indian cuisine has many dishes, especially the ones for breakfast, that are really nutritious. Thus, a great choice when you really want to have something tasty and filling, yet high on the health factor. This Vendhaya Dosai from Tamil Nadu is one such dosa variation. The batter of this dosa is made with idli rice or parboiled rice, lentils and fenugreek seeds (a.k.a methi dana in Hindi). Hence, the dish is also known as Methi Dosa. This recipe not only gives light, porous and soft dosas but also is vegan and gluten-free.

methi dosa served on a blue rimmed white plate with a bowl of kara chutney kept on the top left side and text layovers.

What is Vendhaya Dosai

‘Vendhaya or vendhayam’ is the Tamil word for fenugreek seeds and ‘dosai’ is a dosa (a South Indian savory crepe). Thus, when put together, Vendhaya Dosai simply means a wholesome version of a dosa that has fenugreek seeds – and traditionally from the cuisine of Tamil Nadu in South India.

These are spongy and soft dosas made with a fermented batter of rice, lentils and fenugreek (methi) seeds. This Tamil style Methi Dosa, when paired with a comforting Sambar and an earthy Coconut Chutney makes for a really hearty meal.

This is because methi or fenugreek has innumerable health benefits. Both fenugreek seeds and leaves are very good for health. So, once a while, you can make these dosas at home.

Some known and proven health benefits of methi include – it is good for diabetics; helps to keep the sugar levels in blood in control; it is an excellent source of fibre and helps prevent constipation; lessens blood cholesterol levels and menstrual cramps; great for the skin and hair, etc.

Methi has a prominent bitter taste. However, in this recipe of Vendhaya Dosai, it is not strongly felt. Only a mild bitterness is there, which is absolutely fine for the Indian taste buds as we our accustomed to eating bitter veggies and greens like karela (bitter gourd), fenugreek leaves (methi saag), neem, etc. in our food.

vendhaya dosa served folded on top of another dosa on a blue rimmed white with text layovers.

More on this recipe

This recipe of Methi Dosa was shared by Durga aunty, who has also shared other recipes of Wheat Appam, Ven Pongal and Curd Rice in the past. Her recipes never fail and are always a success and super hit! Even if I am making her recipe for the first time, I always get super good results.

In this Vendhaya Dosai, along with parboiled rice or idli rice, the lentils used are urad dal (husked black gram) and tuvar dal (husked pigeon pea lentils). Durga aunty’s recipe only had tuvar dal in it. But I added the urad dal as well.

So, you can even prepare Methi Dosa without the urad dal, and by just adding tuvar dal. Tuvar dal does give a different flavor to this dosai.

According to me, the chutney that should be served with Vendhaya Dosas should be a spicy one like Kara Chutney, Tomato Chutney or Onion Chutney. These spicy chutneys compliment and pair well with the faint bitterness of the dosas.

A lightly sweet coconut chutney won’t be able to match up and pair well with this Methi Dosa. You can also serve this dosai with any spicy vegetable chutney.

Step-by-Step Guide

How to make Vendhaya Dosai

Soak rice, lentils and fenugreek seeds

1. Take 1 cup idli rice or parboiled rice, ¼ cup whole urad dal and ¼ cup tuvar dal in a bowl or pan.

idli rice and lentils in a bowl for making vendhaya dosa.

2. Rinse for a couple of times with water and then soak in 1.5 cups water for 5 hours. If you prefer, you can soak the rice and lentils separately.

soaking rice and lentils in water for making vendhaya dosa.

3. In a small bowl, take 1 tablespoon methi seeds.

methi seeds added to a bowl for making vendhaya dosa.

4. Rinse once or twice and soak in ¼ cup water for 5 hours.

soaking methi seeds in water for making vendhaya dosa.

Make Batter

5. Before grinding, drain all the water from the rice and lentils. Then, add half of the rice and lentils in a wet grinder jar.

Add all the methi seeds along with the soaked water. Do not discard the water in which the methi seeds were soaking. Also, add ½ cup fresh water.

drained rice, lentils and methi seeds added to a wet grinder jar along with water for making batter for vendhaya dosa.

6. Grind to a smooth and fine batter. The fenugreek seeds will look sticky, while grinding. But continue to grind till you get a smooth fluffy batter. You can grind in batches or all at once.

I ground in 2 batches. For the first batch, I first added ½ cup water and for the second batch, I added ¼ cup water. So, overall I used ¾ cup fresh water.

If you have soaked the lentils and rice separately, then you can grind the lentils and fenugreek seeds first and then the rice.

ingredients ground to a smooth fluffy batter for making vendhaya dosa.

7. Now, pour the batter in a bowl and pan.

prepared vendhaya batter poured in a bowl.

8. Add ¼ to ⅓ teaspoon rock salt.

rock salt added to vendhaya dosa batter.

9. Mix very well. Cover and keep the batter aside to ferment for 8 to 9 hours. Depending on the temperature conditions in your city, you can keep for less or more time.

As its raining here and cool all the time, the batter took around 16 hours to ferment.

vendhaya batter kept for fermenting.

10. The batter consistency the next day. It should have a faint sour aroma with tiny air pockets in it. Just lightly mix or stir the batter.

lightly mixing the fermented batter.

Make Methi Dosa

11. Heat a cast iron griddle or non stick pan. The pan should be medium hot. You can keep the heat to a low or medium while making dosas.

If using an iron pan, spread ¼ to ½ teaspoon oil all over the pan. Use a silicon brush, spoon, kitchen towel or an onion halve to spread the oil. Remember not to spread oil on a nonstick pan.

Keep the heat on low to low-medium, so that you can easily spread the batter. If the pan base is very thick, then keep the heat to medium. If the pan is very hot, you won’t be able to spread the batter in a round circle.

brushing some oil on hot cast iron pan.

12. Pour a ladle of the batter in the center.

pouring batter with a ladle.

13. With the ladle, gently spread the batter to a neat round and slightly thick dosa.

spreading the batter into a round and slightly thick methi dosa.

14. These dosas are not thin, but slightly thick. You can even make uttapams with this dosa batter.

batter spread into a dosa on the hot pan.

15. Cover the dosa with a lid and cook it for some minutes.

cooking methi dosa on the covered pan.

16. When the top looks cooked, you can spread some oil on it. You need to cook these dosas on one side only.

brushing the cooked top of the dosa with some oil.

17. When the base has turned golden, remove and serve. Prepare all dosas this way. The leftover batter can be refrigerated and you can make uttapams with it, the next day.

cooked methi dosa.

18. Serve Vendhaya Dosa hot or warm with kara chutney, tomato chutney or onion chutney.

methi dosa served on a blue rimmed white plate with a bowl of kara chutney kept on the top side and text layover.

Expert Tips

  1. While soaking the rice and lentils, you can soak them separately as well.
  2. If you feel like skipping the urad dal, then add a total of ½ cup tuvar dal.
  3. You have to grind a smooth batter for this recipe. While grinding, the fenugreek seeds will be sticky at first. But continue grinding till you get a smooth, fluffy batter.
  4. Like for any other dosa batter, this Vendhaya Dosai batter also has to be fermented well. The timings will vary depending on the climate and weather conditions in your city. In a cool temperature, it takes more time to ferment and if the climate is hot, the batter will take less time to ferment.
  5. The sign of a well-fermented batter is a faint sour aroma with tiny air pockets in it.
  6. Keep the pan on a medium heat as if it is too hot, then you won’t be able to spread the batter into a proper circle. Spread some oil, if using a cast iron pan. Do not spread oil, if using a non-stick pan.
  7. You have to cook this dosai on one side only. So, when the base turns golden, you can remove and serve.
  8. The leftover Methi Dosa batter can be refrigerated and used to make uttapams as well, the next day.

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Vendhaya Dosai | Methi Dosa

Vendhaya Dosai are light and soft dosa made with fermented dosa batter. This batter is made from idli rice, lentils and fenugreek seeds.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 9 hrs
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 9 hrs 30 mins
Cuisine South Indian
Course Breakfast
Diet Gluten Free, Vegan
Difficulty Level Moderate
Servings 4
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Ingredients

  • 1 cup idli rice or parboiled rice – 200 to 205 grams
  • ¼ cup urad dal (husked black gram), whole or split – 50 grams
  • ¼ cup tuvar dal (arhar dal or pigeon pea lentils) – 50 grams
  • 1 tablespoon fenugreek seeds (methi seeds or vendhayam) – 12 grams
  • ¼ cup water – for soaking fenugreek seeds
  • 1.5 cups water – for soaking rice and lentils
  • ¾ cup water – for grinding or add as required
  • ¼ to ⅓ teaspoon rock salt (edible and food grade) or sea salt, add as required
  • oil as required

Instructions
 

Soaking rice, lentils and fenugreek seeds

  • Take the idli rice or parboiled rice, whole or split urad dal and tuvar dal in a bowl or pan.
  • Rinse for a couple of times with water and then soak in 1.5 cups water for 5 hours. If you want, you can soak the rice and dals separately.
  • In a small bowl take the fenugreek seeds.
  • Rinse once or twice and soak in ¼ cup water for 5 hours.

Grinding and fermenting batter

  • Before grinding, drain all the water from the rice and lentils and then add half of the rice and lentils in a grinder jar. Add all the fenugreek seeds along with the soaked water.
    Do not discard the water in which the fenugreek seeds were soaking. Also add ½ cup fresh water.
  • Grind to a fine and smooth batter. The fenugreek seeds will be sticky, while grinding, but continue to grind till you get a smooth fluffy batter.
  • You can grind in batches or all at once. I ground in two batches and added a total of ¾ cup fresh water.
    If you have soaked the lentils and rice separately, then you can grind the lentils and fenugreek seeds first and then the rice.
  • Now pour the batter in a bowl and pan.
  • Add ¼ to ⅓ teaspoon rock salt.
  • Mix very well. Cover and keep aside the batter to ferment for 8 to 9 hours. Depending on the temperature conditions in your city you can keep for less or more time.

Making vendhaya dosai

  • After fermentation, the dosa should have a faint sour aroma with tiny air pockets in it.
  • Before preparing the dosas, just lightly mix or stir the batter.
  • Now heat a cast iron griddle or nonstick pan. The pan should be medium hot. You can keep the heat to a low or medium while making dosas.
  • If using an iron pan, then spread ¼ to ½ teaspoon oil all over the pan. Use a silicon brush or spoon or kitchen towel or an onion halve to spread the oil. Do not spread oil on a non stick pan.
  • Do keep the heat on low to low-medium, so that you are easily able to spread the batter. If the pan base is very thick, then keep the flame to medium.
    If the pan is very hot, you won’t be able to spread the batter in a round circle.
  • Pour a ladle of the batter in the center and with the ladle itself, gently spread the batter to a neat round circle and a slightly thick dosa.
  • These dosas are not thin and slightly thick. You can even make uttapams with the vendhaya dosa batter.
  • Cover the dosa with a lid and cook it for some minutes.
  • When the top looks cooked, you can spread some oil on it. You need to cook these dosas on one side only.
  • When the base has turned golden, remove and serve. Prepare all methi dosas this way. The leftover batter can be refrigerated and you can make uttapams the next day or day after.
  • Serve Vendhaya Dosa hot or warm with kara chutney, tomato chutney or onion chutney.

Notes

  • If you want to skip urad dal, then overall add a total of ½ cup tuvar dal (pigeon pea lentils).

Nutrition Info (Approximate values)

Nutrition Facts
Vendhaya Dosai | Methi Dosa
Amount Per Serving
Calories 331 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Fat 11g17%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.5g
Monounsaturated Fat 9g
Sodium 156mg7%
Potassium 100mg3%
Carbohydrates 50g17%
Fiber 5g21%
Protein 8g16%
Vitamin A 3IU0%
Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) 0.3mg20%
Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) 0.04mg2%
Vitamin B3 (Niacin) 2mg10%
Vitamin B6 0.1mg5%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Vitamin E 4mg27%
Vitamin K 1µg1%
Calcium 23mg2%
Vitamin B9 (Folate) 129µg32%
Iron 4mg22%
Magnesium 23mg6%
Phosphorus 68mg7%
Zinc 1mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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This Vendhaya Dosai post from the archives first published on September 2016 has been republished and updated on November 2022.

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    1. i forgot 🙂 i will update in the post. soaking time is 5 hours for rice, dal and methi.

  1. Made this dosa for breakfast today, my family loved it. Thank you for your effort taken and for sharing it with us.5 stars