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Indian Crisp Rice Pancake (Dosa)

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"The famous South Indian dosa is made with fermented batter of rice and urad dal. There are innumerable variations of the basic, which are very easy to learn or invent once you have the basics right. Good dosa should be spongy, red, and crisp on the outside, and white and soft on the inside. Serve with coconut chutney."
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8 h 12 m servings 612
Original recipe yields 6 servings


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  1. Rinse the rice and the urad dal in a mesh strainer; place in a bowl and add fenugreek seeds. Cover with water; soak for 2 to 4 hours. Drain, reserving the soaking water.
  2. Grind rice and urad dal in a blender, using enough reserved soaking water to reach the consistency of cake batter. Mix in salt; cover and place in a warm spot until batter is risen and fermented, 6 to 8 hours.
  3. Stir fermented batter gently. Heat 1 teaspoon oil on a griddle over medium heat; wipe quickly with a wet cloth to diffuse heat.
  4. Spread a large ladleful of batter quickly, thinly, and evenly over the griddle using the back of the ladle. Increase heat to high. Spread 2 teaspoons of oil on the surface of the dosa and cover with a lid; cook until top is spongy, 1 to 2 minutes. Remove lid; cook until bottom is crispy, about 1 minute more. Spread 1 teaspoon of butter on top of the dosa; transfer to a plate. Wipe griddle with a wet cloth and repeat with remaining batter.


  • Cook's Note:
  • If you want to make dosa batter in large quantity, grind and leave to ferment as usual. When it starts to rise, after about 2 hours, transfer batter to the refrigerator. Take out the desired amount 6 hours before use and let it sit to ferment further before frying.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 612 calories; 18.8 94.2 14.8 11 80 Full nutrition

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