Tuesday, 5 April 2016

Dosa with Masala

Yes Dosa with Masala or Masala Dosa is very famous in Kerala. Until a decade ago Keralites idea of a treat was 1 Masala Dosa. Though this is very easy to make, yet the keralites never make this at home. They always relish this is restaurants. And so every restaurant will serve one. There is a famous chain of restaurant in Kerala in the name of "Indian coffee house". They serve one of the best masala dosas.

Until about a decade ago if the heroine in malayalam cinemas become pregnant - they will not ask for raw mangoes, instead they will ask for a masala dosa!!! Well the dosa batter that the mallus make is slightly different from TN - for one they use a combination of raw rice and parboiled rice and they also add little cooked rice to the batter.


To make dosa batter:

Raw Rice /Pachari : 1 1/2 cup
Parboiled Rice/Idly Rice : 1 1/2 cup
Cooked rice :  1/2 cup
Black gram /Urad dal /Uzhunnu Paripuu : 1 cup
Fenugreek seeds /Uluva :1 tsp
Salt to taste

To make the masala:

Potatoes : 2 large
Onions: 1 medium (finely,chopped)
Green Chillies : 2 (finely chopped)
red chillies - 1
Cashew nuts : 2 tbs (broken)
Mustard seeds : 1/2 tsp
Turmeric powder : 1/2 tsp
Curry leaves : Few
Salt to taste
Oil : 3 tbsp


  • Separately soak rices and urad dal along with fenugreek seeds/uluva at least 5 hours in water.
  • First grind the soaked urad dal, fenugreek seeds in the grinder to a smooth paste, adding water little by little. Transfer this into big container.
  • Now grind the soaked rice adding water; when it is half way done, add the cooked rice.
  • Add the ground rice batter to the urad dal batter in the vessel. Add salt and Mix it well with hands.
  • Cover and keep it aside for 8-10 hrs or overnight for fermentation.
  • Pressure cook or microwave the potatoes and mash them.
  • Heat oil in a pan,add mustard seeds.When they splutter,add broken cashews,curry leaves, red chilly pieces and fry for a minute. 
  • Add green chillies and chopped onions. Saute till the onions turn golden brown and now add turmeric powder and mix it well. 
  • Now add the mashed potatoes and 1/4 cup of water. 
  • Add salt to taste. When it comes to a boil cover and cook it on a low flame for about 2 minutes. 
  • Heat a flat tava/griddle and grease it with a teaspoon of oil or ghee.
  • Pour a ladle full of batter and spread the dosas as thin as possible.
  • Drizzle some oil or best ghee, cover and cook for a minute.
  • When it gets cooked, no need to flip, just spread a ladle full of potato masala prepared in the middle.
  • Fold the dosa into half, closing the masala filling and serve hot with Coconut Chutney or Sambar.

We can also sprinkle little grated coconut to give a kerala touch.

Hot masala dosas are ready!!! Relish with a cup of coffee.


  • In kerala households the dosas made are generally thick. I havent seen thin dosas made at households. Probably thats why keralites relish this at restaurants.
  • Instead of cooked rice we can also add poha/aval (soaked for 10 minutes) while grinding the batter.

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  1. I think the Masala dosa batter is prepared slightly differently in Karnataka, where the dish originated. You are right, it is hard to recreate the restaurant's masala dosa taste at homes. It is the king of dosas.

  2. Masala dosa any time, anywhere! Absolutely love how crispy your dosa has come out.

  3. I have never added cooked rice to the batter , must try it nect time . The dosa is nice and crisp . LOL on the Malayalam heroines ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

  4. Me to masala dosa any time looks so inviting bookmarked your version..

  5. Loved the masala dosa and d Malayalam heroine tales ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

  6. Very nicely prepared...:).. LOL on the Malayali heroines..:)

  7. masala dosa is the classic udipi dish, which u crave after all things u have done with food :) this one looks super crispy

  8. This is simply incredible, who can resist to this beautiful masala dosa, droolworthy.

  9. Love this dosa any time. Yours look perfect...

  10. Lol about cravings of pregnant women in Malayalam movies.. :) I feel no matter how the dosa is prepared, it can't beat the hotel masala dosa. Your dosa is mouthwatering.

  11. Lol on pregnant women in the movies! Any way that it is prepared these are always a hit! Good choice...

  12. Love the masala dosas, I have a friend from Kerala who adds cooked rice to the batter. Love that texture. Love your dosa and masala:)

  13. Love those crispy & delicious looking Masala dosa. Adding cooked rice to the batter is interesting.

  14. Second para LOL ;-) Love the crispy and perfect round dosa.

  15. I love masala dosa to the core.You are tempting me by showing such crispy and tempting masala dosa.

  16. Adding cooked rice sounds interesting, BTW masala dosa looks so tempting.

  17. I love Masla dosa, especially ones that are as crispy as yours. Amazing choice :)

  18. The evergreen masala dosa!!Love it.

  19. I just love it... I can have masala dosai any time....

  20. We like to eat it more at hotels than make it at home from scratch! It was a special treat indeed :-)

  21. so perfectly executed with not a stray end anywhere - delicious and so beautiful to look at also

  22. Mouth watering. Adding cooked rice is interesting. Should try this soon