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Monday, February 06, 2012

Masala Dosa | Authentic South Indian Breakfast

Coming back to today's recipe-Masala dosa, a very familiar item among all Indians and a popular item in Indian restaurants.When I was at college, many of my north Indian batch mates always enquired the recipe of the masala dosas as they also loved every bite of it. And there were only hardly any restaurants. All my family members equally love this too,  and I don't think anyone who have ever tasted this dislikes this filling dosa.So no more collective stories and tales, enjoy the crispy dosas !!

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for dosa
plain rice / long grain rice - 1 cup
urad dal 1/ 2 cup
cooked rice - 1/4 cup
fenugreek seeds 1 tsp (optional)

For filling
potatoes 2 big or 3 small (boiled n mashed)
onion 2 big thin sliced
green chillies 3-4
garlic thin sliced 4 pods
ginger chopped 1 tsp
turmeric powder 1/4 tsp
chana dal - 1 tsp
mustard 1 tsp
curry leaves
toor dal or chana dal 1 tbsp
oil 2 tbsp
salt to taste 

  • Chop all veggies, boil and mash the potatoes. Keep aside.
  • Heat oil in a kadai and add mustard seeds, then add tuvar dal.
  • Transfer the sliced onions and sauté along with ginger, garlic and green chillies till light brown(may take 5-7 minutes).
  • Add in the turmeric powder, mashed potatoes and toss.
  • Add in the salt if required after diluting it in 2tsp of water and mix. Switch off flame and leave aside to cool.

  •  Grind the rice and urad dal  separately. Grind the cooked rice, fenugreek seeds and make a fine paste.
  • Add in salt and leave for fermentation for 6 hours. If the weather is cold outside, leave it near the stove or in the oven.After fermentation, take out the batter, make it thin if required.
  • Heat a non-stick frying pan / tawa and pour a ladle of batter in the centre and spread outwards with the same ladle till you can reach the end.
  • Wait till it starts to have bubbles and the sides are crispy, add a tsp of ghee and spread 2 tbsp of masala and place it in the centre. Fold it from both sides towards the center.
  • Repeat the same process for making other dosas till you finish the batter. Serve hot with  coconut chutney / Tomato chutney /sambar!!

*The masala dosa batter should be thin and should be spread thin as possible, unlike regular dosas. Also, use a small katori (utensil) to spread the batter which gives an even spread dosa than ladle spread.
*If you find difficulty in fliping the dosas if the sides are not giving up, then you can drizzle a drop of oil to the sides.
* You can add a tsp of ghee to make it crispier on the top.
* Tempering  the chutney gives a nice flavor and aroma.
* If the iron griddle becomes very hot, it's hard to spread the batter evenly. Sprinkle a few drops of batter before pouring the batter and wipe dry so that the heat is reduced.
* Wiping the iron griddle with oil and sprinkling water gives crispier dosas than other methods.
* Add 1/2 cup rice flakes to grind when making dosa batter, gives a nice brown colour.

Am also happy to share that I received the 'Best Dish Award ' in 'The Kerala Kitchen' monthly event,last month hosted by Kaveri @ Palakkad Chamayal.Thanx a lot, Kaveri for the wonderful award,it really means a lot to me.The Best Dish award was awarded  to my Christmas Fruit Cake/ Kerala Plum Cake recipe.

Sending this to The Kerala Kitchen hosted @ Roshan's Cuccina ,Valentines Day Special hosted @ Anzz Cafe

Sending this to Street Food Of India event hosted by Rosh @ Chef Al Dente


Mahi said... Best Blogger Tips

Dosa looks crisp n perfect!

Rita said... Best Blogger Tips

Would love a taste of your breakfast.

Anisha said... Best Blogger Tips

Perfect Masala Dosa...

Torviewtoronto said... Best Blogger Tips

delicious looking dosa flavourful with the side dishes looks wonderful

jasna varcakovic said... Best Blogger Tips

What a breakfast! I'm sure your whole day is going to be fabulous if you start with this food!

Archana said... Best Blogger Tips

Love your pictures dear. Congrats on your award

Roshu said... Best Blogger Tips

Yummy yummy dosaaaa

Zoe said... Best Blogger Tips

This doosa is very nicely shaped! And I think you have to be very quick and skillful to do that so well.

Recipe world said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow, delicious dosa..makes me hungry!
and congrats on your award :)

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

masala dosa looks absolutely yummy dear :-)

simran said... Best Blogger Tips

congrats on the award....and on your fb page...joined up:)
nice n crispy masala dosa with yum chutney!

Rashida Shaikh said... Best Blogger Tips

My favourite Dosa.
muamh …love it

Mélange said... Best Blogger Tips

Looks professional Julie..Cheers!

Zareena said... Best Blogger Tips

Lovely and delicious...

Kaveri Venkatesh said... Best Blogger Tips

You're most welcome Julie...The masala dosa looks proper restaurant style...very nicely made

Deeksha said... Best Blogger Tips

All time favorite. Looks crispy and yummy.

Faseela said... Best Blogger Tips

my fav.....superbly done...

Faseela said... Best Blogger Tips

congrats on the award too....

Treat and Trick said... Best Blogger Tips

Looks so good! Thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe dear..

Sarah said... Best Blogger Tips

this is my favourite ! i love having this any time of the day! and urs looks so good!

Shanthi Krishnakumar said... Best Blogger Tips

tempting and wonderful

Charu Srivastava said... Best Blogger Tips

wow ur dosa luks like restaurant style...perfect and flawless!!!! said... Best Blogger Tips

wow...beautiful pics.........loved the filling......folding of the dosa is looks awesome...........

Hema said... Best Blogger Tips

Love masala dosa, nice presentation too..

Vineetha Sush said... Best Blogger Tips

Dosha looks so crispy the way u folded it :)

What's Baking?? said... Best Blogger Tips

I love this with the white coconut accompaniment.

Asiya Omar said... Best Blogger Tips

Congrats for the lovely award.masal dosa looks delicious.

Neetz said... Best Blogger Tips

my fav!!! i was craving so much for these for oast few days i made them today morning and ate :)... now seeing urs i want again ;).. awesome!!!

Hema Krishnamohan said... Best Blogger Tips

Congratulations. Tempting pictures of crispy Dosa.

Sensible Vegetarian said... Best Blogger Tips

Delicious looking comfort food. Looks yumm.

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

I love Masala Dosa. Congrats on the award.
Love Ash.

hotpotcooking said... Best Blogger Tips

Looks nice with perfect triangles.

Spicy-Aroma said... Best Blogger Tips

Dosa looks delicious..perfectly done..and congrats on your award!! :)

KitchenKarma said... Best Blogger Tips

I love masala dosas and all other varieties but my problem is whenever I try to make them at home, things go well till it is time to make the doas. There I mess up big feels horrible to have a perfect coconut chutney, aloo sabji and sambar but a horribly messed up dosa....I think my dosa karma is all bad. I envy you your perfect dosa making skills :-)

Vimitha Durai said... Best Blogger Tips

All time favorite. Perfectly done

Sravs said... Best Blogger Tips

This is my all time fav !! looks so crispy and yummy !!

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PrathibhaSreejith said... Best Blogger Tips

Masala dosa is our fav too, never a no from my kids as well.
Congrats on the KK Award Julie, wishing you many more :)

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

I love it! so crispy and thin..lovely dosas Julie

MyKitchen Flavors-BonAppetit!. said... Best Blogger Tips

Fantastic Masala Dosa.Crisp-dun and yummy clicks.Luvly!

Teena said... Best Blogger Tips

wow..what a crispy dosa! Perfectly done & its my favourite too :) Congrats on your award & glad to see you on FB Julie!

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

Looks pretty amazing - a perfect example of a crispy dosai

Reshmi Mahesh said... Best Blogger Tips

Masala dosa super...crisp and yummy..

Rasi said... Best Blogger Tips

Congrats julie :) love masala dosas!

cookingvarieties said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi Julie, thanks for sharing a very well presented and delicious masala and dosa. Have a nice day

Achu's Amma's Kitchen said... Best Blogger Tips

Congrats on ur award Julie...Masala dosa is my favorate..looking awesome

Shylaja said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow.Perfectly made dosa. Absolutely love this

Rumana Rawat said... Best Blogger Tips

So perfectly done dosa:)

Sona said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi Julie,

Masala dosa looks crispy and inviting :)

Thanks for visiting my blog and following me :) Am following you too :)

Deeps @ Naughty Curry said... Best Blogger Tips

looks perfect, like the ones we get in restaurant!

Kalyani said... Best Blogger Tips

delicious and crunchy masala dosas .......