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 How to make a perfect Dosa

  Last Updated : Oct 26,2018

7 steps to make a perfect Dosa

Dosa and Idlis are super popular not only in South India but also sold as street food all throughout the country. Dosas with Sambar or Chutney are a perfect healthy snack, breakfast or part of any meal. Follw the method below to make a perfect dosa

1. Always soak and grind the rice and urad dal separately. Grind urad dal in small portions by adding little water till smooth and frothy.

2. The dosa batter should not be thick but light. Mix the batter using a ladle starting from the bottom of the vessel as rice paste being heavier than urad dal paste, tends to settle down at the base.

3. The batter should always be at room temperature. So if you have refrigerated the batter, leave it at room temperature for about an hour before you procced.

4. The dosa griddle is traditionally made of cast iron although non-stick tavas are more favoured now.

5. To prepare the tava / griddle, heat till it becomes very hot, sprinkle some water. It should evaporate quickly. Wipe with a soft cloth and reduce the flame. Then rub it with a thick slice of potato or onion dipped in oil. Tava should not be too hot while you spread the batter.

6. If your cast iron griddle is giving you trouble, pour half a cup of salt on it and heat on a medium flame for about 5 minutes while stirring continuously. Remove the salt and use.

7. After spreading the dosa batter on the tava / griddle, pour a tsp of oil or ghee along the sides of the dosa in order to brown it evenly and to ensure that it does not stick to the tava / griddle.

Given below are popular dosa recipes. Don't forget to check our article on how to make the perfect idli.

how to make a perfect dosa

 by Tarla Dalal
dosa recipe | with dosa batter recipe | South Indian dosa | how to make dosa | with 22 amazing images. Dosa has put South India on every culinary hot spot of the world. We show you how to make dosa with detailed step by step recipe on how to make the perfect dosa batter. Dosa is as popular in South Indian cuisine as Idli is! Crisp and thin pancakes made of a rice and urad dal batter, dosas are even more exciting than idlis. In fact, while idlis are considered to be an easy, comfortable steamed food, dosas are often considered a more indulgent alternative! While dosas were traditionally made using iron griddles, nowadays non-stick tavas have made the job much easier. You can roast your dosas using oil, ghee or sometimes butter too! . Dosa is a pancake. One of the most popular snacks in all of South India, over time it has become popular all over the country and globally too. Dosa is made by spreading a batter on a hot griddle and cooking it with a little oil, or sometimes even no oil, till it turns golden brown and crisp. While most people use a non-stick tava these days, you can also opt for a traditional iron tava, which will enhance the taste as well as give you a nutrient boost. To make dosa, first you need to make the dosa batter. For making the dosa batter, combine the urad dal and fenugreek seeds in a deep bowl, soak it in enough water for 4 hours.Combine the rice, parboiled rice and thick rice flakes in a deep bowl , soak it in enough water for 4 hours. Drain the urad dal and fenugreek seeds and blend in a mixer to a smooth paste using approx. 1 cup of water. Transfer the mixture into a deep bowl and keep aside. Drain the rice, parboiled rice and thick rice flakes blend in a mixer to a smooth paste using approx. 1 cup of water. Transfer the mixture into the same bowl, add the salt and mix well. Cover and ferment in a warm place for 12 hours. Further, to make dosa, heat a non-stick tava (griddle), sprinkle a little water on the tava (griddle) and wipe it off gently using a cloth. Pour a ladleful of the dosa batter on it and spread it in a circular motion to make a 225 mm. (9”) diameter thin circle. Smear a little ghee over it and along the edges and cook on a high flame till the dosa turns brown in colour and crisp. Fold over to make a semi-circle or a roll. Serve South Indian dosa immediately Enjoy dosa hot and crisp, with coconut chutney and Sambhar. If you are going to have the dosas after a while, make them slightly thick, so that they will remain soft and springy even after a while. Enjoy dosa recipe | with dosa batter recipe | South Indian dosa | how to make dosa | detailed step by step recipe with photos and video below.
paneer dosa | paneer chilli dosa | Indian breakfast paneer dosa | Mumbai street food | with 28 amazing images. paneer dosa is a popular Indian breakfast paneer dosa recipe. You can think of paneer dosa as a Chinese counterpart for the popular Masala Dosa, just that the usual potato masala is replaced with a fiery paneer chilli stuffing. The paneer chilli dosa stuffing has a spicy flavour and a wonderful texture, thanks to veggies like capsicum, cabbage, tomatoes, and more. It is important to use tomato ketchup in the paneer dosa stuffing because it balances the spiciness of the chillies. Notes on paneer dosa. 1. Add cabbage. Make use of any vegetables of your choice like baby corn, purple cabbage, bell pepper, carrot to give a nice bite to the spicy paneer chilly stuffing. 2. Add the paneer. Replace cottage cheese with tofu to make it vegan. 3. You can buy readymade paneer from a local dairy or supermarket in fresh or frozen form. In case the frozen paneer is too hard, submerge it in hot water for 15-20 minutes and get a soft texture. 4.To prepare paneer chilly dosa, we are using readymade dosa batter. We will add a little salt and adjust the consistency by adding a little water, mix well and keep aside. If using batter stored in the fridge then bring it to room temperature and then make dosa. This is very important or else you won’t get brown crispy dosa. You can also try other interesting dosa recipes like the Rava Dosa and Neer Dosa. Learn to make paneer dosa | paneer chilli dosa | Indian breakfast paneer dosa | Mumbai street food | with step by step photos and video below.
 by Tarla Dalal
Dosa has put south india on every culinary hot spot of the world. Served traditionally with sambhar and chutney. Very quick and easy to make dosa.
 by Tarla Dalal
rava dosa recipe | instant rava dosa | sooji dosa | South Indian rava dosa | crispy semolina dosa | with 17 amazing images. Rava dosa is an easy to make counterpart of the traditional dosa ! These crispyrava dosas are made with a batter of semolina and buttermilk. While South Indian rava dosa is very popular in the South, it is also a popular Mumbai Street Food . Making rava dosa is easy. The first part is making the rava dosa batter. Combine the semolina, flour, curds and ½ cup of water together in a bowl and mix well to get a smooth batter. Ferment. Add the green chillies, cumin seeds, coconut, cashew nuts and salt and mix well. Add more water as required and mix well to a thin sooji dosa batter. The second part of making instant rava dosa is heat a non-stick tava. Pour ½ cup of the rava dosa batter and tilt the tava in all directions so that it forms a thin circle. Smear a little oil on the sides, cook till both sides are golden brown in colour. Your sooji dosa is ready. I would like to share with you some tips to make the perfect rava dosa recipe. 1. Curd provides a nice flavour to the dosa but, if you are vegan, skip adding it. 2. Mix well to get a smooth batter. Make sure the batter is lump-free. 3. The batter must have a pouring consistency to be able to spread easily on the pan. It should literally be watery and as thin as buttermilk. 4. Never use a roti/paratha tava to prepare dosa. Also, preferably make use of thick, heavy bottomed tava to prepare semolina dosa. 5. The tawa must be super hot to get crispy rava dosa. The rava dosa batter does not require any grinding or fermenting and makes it perfect for breakfast on a busy morning. Serve crispy rava dosa hot with coconut chutney and sambar. See our collection of dosa recipes and try dosas like Stuffed Moong Sprouts Dosa, Buckwheat Dosa and Schezwan Cheese Dosa. Enjoy rava dosa recipe | instant rava dosa | sooji dosa | South Indian rava dosa | crispy semolina dosa | with detailed step by step photos below.
 by Tarla Dalal
quick rice dosa recipe | instant rice dosa | no fermentation quick rice dosa | with 15 amazing images. quick rice dosa recipe is an ideal South Indian breakfast recipe, which is quick and a great alternative to sada dosa as this is a no fermentation quick rice dosa. So save the long hours of waiting for fermentation. Quick rice dosa is super quick and easy to make. If you have left over rice BINGO!! As, this dosa batter requires cooked rice. If you have guests coming in, you can definitely rely on this instant rice dosa as it doesn’t require much time for preparation and even for cooking. The process of making quick rice dosa is too simple and divided into two parts. For making the dosa batter, combine raw rice, grated coconut, cooked rice and little water in a mixer and blend everything well. Transfer mixture into a deep bowl. The mixture shouldn’t be too thin, add salt and keep aside for 10 mins. For the second step, to make the dosa take a non stick pan, sprinkle little water over it and gently wipe off with a tissue or a cloth. Pour a ladle full of batter and spread it in a circular motion to make a circle. Smear butter over it and also in the edges, cook for 2 mins and your quick rice dosa is ready!! As this dosa requires no soaking or fermentation it can be prepared in a jiffy and the addition of cooked rice makes this instant rice dosa soft despite of not soaking the raw rice. Make sure you serve quick rice dosa immediately with coconut chutney or sambhar! Enjoy quick rice dosa recipe | instant rice dosa | no fermentation quick rice dosa | with detailed step by step photos below.
 by Tarla Dalal
Mumbai’s roadside food is always in tune with people’s preferences, and offers some dishes that are unique to the Mumbai food scene and much-loved by the people there. These dishes are so tasty that visitors to the city carry fond memories of these, and want to try them in their own kitchens all over the world. The Palak Paneer Dosa is one such marvellous creation. Palak and paneer is an evergreen combo, be it in the form of a gravy, rice, sandwich or whatever. The duo comes together as a stuffing for these tasty dosas, with the able support of tomatoes, onions and some masalas. This dosa tastes absolutely heavenly – creamy, moderately spicy and totally scrumptious. You should make sure the palak paneer stuffing is of the right consistency. If it is too thin, the dosas will become soggy and tear. Serve it hot and fresh. You are also sure to enjoy other roadside foods like Schezuan Chopsuey Dosa or Paneer Chilly Dosa.
 by Tarla Dalal
ragi dosa recipe | nachni dosa | finger millet dosa | healthy ragi dosa | with 28 amazing images. Ragi dosa also known as nachni dosa or finger millet dosa is consumed as breakfast in South-Indian states and now also all over India because of the health benefits of finger millet! Ragi is a super millet which is commonly eaten in South Indian states, generally milled to flour and used to make many dishes, one of which is nachni dosa! The batter to make this nutritious and tasty Nachni Dosa is easier to make than regular dosas because we have used nachni flour. So, you just need to grind the urad dal. I make ragi dosa for breakfast, breakfast or when in mood to have a light healthy meal. Allow the batter to ferment well, so you get really crisp ragi dosas. As a variation, you can even add grated carrots or finely chopped onions and green chillies to the batter before making the dosas! All you need is 5 ingredients to prepare the ragi dosa. Methi seeds help with fermenting and gives aroma to the batter! See why we think this is called healthy ragi dosa? Nachni or ragi flour is a good source of calcium. Urad dal, paired with it in this dosa, is a good source of protein. Both these key nutrients together help in building strong bones, which are the pillars of our body. 3.2 g of protein and 77.3 mg (13%) of calcium is what this each Nachni Dosa offers. As we age our body’s capacity to absorb calcium decreases. So this Nachni Dosa is a great way to make up for your day’s calcium requirement by having a calcium rich breakfast. All you need to remember is to not use too much oil for cooking them, as excess fat hinders calcium absorption. Here are some tips for perfect nachni dosa recipe. 1. If you have made batter in large quantity then always take required amount of batter in a separate bowl and adjust the consistency of batter. 2. If using leftover batter from the fridge then bring it to room temperature and then make dosa. 3. Further, If it gets too hot then sprinkle some water to bring down the temperature of the tava. By doing so the ragi dosa will not stick to the pan. The ideal temperature of tava is very important to make the perfectly dosa. 4. Lastly, If using cast iron tawa, please pre-season it well ahead of time. Serve ragi dosa it with healthy coconut chutney and Sambar for a real healthy treat. Enjoy ragi dosa recipe | nachni dosa | finger millet dosa | healthy ragi dosa | with detailed step by step recipe photos and video below.
oats mutter dosa | mixed vegetable oats dosa recipe | healthy oats matar dosa | instant oats dosa | with 31 amazing images. Oats mutter dosa is a healthy snack option for people of all ages. Mixed vegetable oats dosa as the name says has colours, flavours and variety in terms of taste due to the addition of veggies. Learn how to make instant oats dosa. To make oats mutter dosa grind the oats, urad dal and salt to a fine powder and combine it with enough water. Follow it by making the vegetable stuffing. Heat little oil in a broad non-stick pan and allow mustard seeds to crackle in it. Add onions and sauté them. Then add the carrots and green peas and sauté them too. Add some spices and lemon juice and cook for 1 minute. Then make dosas on a hot tava and spread the stuffing in the center and serve. This instant oats dosa batter is packed with protein and fibre . Oats must be consumed daily for its high content of soluble fibre ‘beta-glucan’, a potent blood sugar and cholesterol-lowering agent. The addition of urad dal and carrots make the thy oats matar dosaheal rich in protein and vitamin A correspondingly. Prepare this instantly and serve it hot with a hot bowl of sambar. With less than 100 calories per dosa, this mixed vegetable oats dosa is a perfect snack option to give you a feeling of satiety and a whole batch of nutrients too! Enjoy oats mutter dosa | mixed vegetable oats dosa recipe | healthy oats matar dosa | instant oats dosa | instant oats dosa | with step by step photos.
 by Tarla Dalal
Nothing like this Neer Dosa to soothe your palate! Made with a simple batter of raw rice, this dosa has a soothing flavour and a mildly chewy texture that is very appealing. The batter for this dosa does not require any fermentation. Although simplicity is the highlight of the Neer Dosa, it requires a bit of expertise to prepare it perfectly. Make sure the tava is really hot before pouring the batter, and ensure the dosa is cooked well before you try to remove it, else you will end up with bits and pieces instead of a nice, big dosa! If you like a bit of spice, serve it with coconut chutney or vegetable stew, else combine it with sweetened coconut churna. As a variant, grind some grated coconut along with the rice, for an even softer dosa.
 by Tarla Dalal
This dosa is so tasty and cheesy and scrumptious that it could well be a strong competitor for pizzas! Palak Cheese Dosa is an innovative recipe that features buttery dosas layered with a paste of palak, cheese, onions, tomatoes and other taste-givers, followed by a topping of grated cheese. Folded into an appetizing shape, these dosas are truly, completely irresistible! Next time when you have guests over, build a party platter of a wide variety of dosas which everyone is sure to love - Corn Dosa , Dosa Lasagne , Jini Dosa , Moong Dal Dosa .
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