South Indian Masala Dosa Recipe
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South Indian Masala Dosa

South Indian Style Masala Dosa Recipe : Crisp rice - lentil crepes stuffed with spiced potato filling.
Prep Time9 hrs
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time9 hrs 30 mins
Course: breakfasts, snacks
Cuisine: south indian
Servings: 4
Author: Dassana Amit


ingredients for the dosa batter

  • 1 cup regular rice (sona masuri or parmal rice)
  • 1 cup parboiled rice or idli rice (ukda chawal)
  • ½ cup spilt black lentils (urad dal)
  • ¼ cup thick poha (flattened rice)
  • ¼ teaspoon fenugreek seeds (methi dana)
  • salt to taste
  • water as required

ingredients for the masala - potato filling

  • 4 to 5 medium sized potatoes (aloo)
  • 10 to 12 cashewnuts (kaju), optional
  • 10 to 12 curry leaves (kadi patta)
  • 1 tbsp chana dal (bengal gram)
  • 3 medium onions, thinly sliced or chopped
  • ½ teaspoon mustard seeds (rai)
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds (jeera)
  • 1 to 2 chopped green chillies (hari mirch)
  • 1 to 1.5 teaspoon chopped ginger or grated ginger
  • 2 tablespoons chopped coriander leaves (dhania patta)
  • ½ tsp turmeric powder (haldi)
  • 1 pinch of asafoetida (hing)
  • 2 tablespoons oil or ghee
  • salt as required


Making Dosa Batter

  • Rinse the rice and urad dal separately first.
  • Soak the parboiled rice, regular rice and poha in a bowl or pan.
  • In another bowl soak the urad dal-methi in enough water
  • Grind the urad dal with methi to a fine and fluffy batter.
  • Grind the rice and poha to a smooth batter.
  • Mix both the rice and urad dal batter with salt.
  • Cover and let the batter ferment for 8-9 hours.

Making Potato Filling or Sabzi for Masala Dosa:

  • Soak the chana dal in hot water for 30 minutes.
  • Later drain the chana dal and keep aside.
  • Heat oil or ghee. Fry cashew nuts and keep aside.
  • Splutter the mustard seeds. Add cumin seeds and drained chana dal.
  • Fry the chana dal well. Now add the onions and curry leaves.
  • Fry the onions till they become soft. Add the green chilies and ginger.
  • Add the turmeric powder and asafoetida. Mix well.
  • Now add the boiled chopped potatoes. Add the fried cashew nuts and salt
  • Cook for 2-3 minutes stirring well. Add chopped coriander leaves. Stir and keep aside.

Making South Indian Masala Dosa Recipe

  • Heat a flat pan or a flat non-stick pan. Smear some oil if using an iron pan or griddle. Don't smear oil on a non stick pan, as then you won't be able to spread the dosa batter.
  • Spread the dosa batter in a circular way on the pan. Add some oil on top
  • Flip and cook the other side. Flip again.
  • Spread the potato sabzi filling on one side of the dosa.
  • Cover with the other half and let the masala dosa cook for 15-30 seconds.
  • Serve masala dosa hot with coconut chutney and sambar


Tips for making masala dosa recipe:
  1. If you are unable to spread the batter on the pan, then add some water to the dosa batter. This will help you in spreading the batter evenly on the pan.
  2.  to get golden brown dosa, the pan should be hot. But the flip side is that if the pan is very hot, then you cannot spread the dosa batter nicely. Either sprinkle water on the pan and then wipe it. This brings down the temperature of the pan. Do this method on an iron pan. Don't do this on a non stick pan. It might affect the non stick coating. 
  3. If using a non stick pan than as soon as one dosa is done, reduce the flame. Spread the dosa batter on the pan. Now increase the flame and let the dosa cook.