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Masala Dosa

masala dosa


  • - 2 cup: Rice - preferably parboiled
  • - 1/2 cup: Split and husked Black Gram (Dhuli Urad) - soaked with rice for 5-6 hours
  • - 1/2 tsp: Fenugreek Seeds
  • - Oil to smear the pan for cooking the dosas
  • - 2 tsp: Salt

For Masala

  • - 500 gm (3 cups): Potatoes - boiled, peeled and cubed
  • - 1 1/2 cups: Onions - sliced not very thin
  • - 1/4 tsp: Powdered Turmeric
  • - 2-3: Green chillies - chopped coarsely (optional)
  • - 6-7 : Curry leaves or 1/2 tsp dried curry leaves
  • - 2 tbsp: Oil
  • - 1 tsp: Mustard seeds
  • - 2 tsp: Salt
  • - 1/2 cup: Water


  • - Grind daal mixture together to a very smooth consistency. Add salt and enough water to make into a dropping consistency. Leave to ferment for about 5-6 hours, till a little spongy.
  • - If thickened too much, add a little water to thin a bit. Heat tawa, and brush oil over it. When really hot, splash a little water over it, and immediately pour batter onto it, spreading it thin, with a circular motion. This will have to be very swift and will need a bit of practice.
  • - After spreading the batter, lower the heat and dribble a little oil around the edges so that it seeps under the dosa. When edges start browning a bit, pass a flat spoon under it to ease the dosa off the pan.
  • - Put desired filling in the centre and fold the two edges over. Serve accompanied with sambhar and chutney

For the Masala Filling

  • - Heat the oil in a heavy based pan and add the mustard seeds, then onions, curry leaves and green chillies, and sauté over high heat till the onions are a little transparent.
  • - Add the salt and the turmeric and mix well before adding the potatoes. Turn the potatoes around till well mixed and add the water and let it simmer for 2-3 minutes.