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Crispy Indian Traditional Fermented Pancake from Tamil Nadu. Authentic Recipe of Dosa.

Things to know about Dosa Recipe

The Indian Traditional Fermented Pancake or Dosa is a South Indian fermented pancake made from a batter consisting of rice or black gram.

The exact origin of the dish is unknown but mentions of the pancake are made in ancient Tamil Sangam literature. After the Independence of India, the dish became popular among North Indians as well. The Madras Hotel in Connaught Place in Delhi became one of the first North Indian restaurants to serve the cuisine.

Dosa is an anglicized name of the names for the dish in South India, for example, Dosai in Tamil Nadu and Dose in Karnataka.

Dosas stuffed with veggies can be served as a quick meal and also as a side dish with Sambar which is a type of lentil curry. Masala Dosa is a famous variant that has a filling of spicy potatoes. Another famous variant is Paper Dosa which is its thin and crisp version.

Crispy Indian Traditional Fermented Pancake from Tamil Nadu. Authentic Recipe of Dosa.

Local Recipe Name with Local Characters: डोसा
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— General Atributes of This Recipe:

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Fermentation 12 hours
Total Time 12 hours 45 minutes
Main Ingredient Group Beans and Legumes based Recipes
Spice Level No Spicy Recipes
Main Cooking Method Fermented


Servings 12 Pieces
Calories / Serving 119 kcal


  • ½ cup Black Gram
  • 2 tbsp Bengal Gram (Split)
  • ½ tsp Fenugreek Seeds
  • ¾ cup Water For blending the fenugreek seeds, black gram, and Bengal gram
  • cups Rice
  • ½ cup Water For blending the rice
  • 1 tbsp Poha – Flattened Rice
  • ½ cup Water To soak the flattened Rice
  • ½ tsp Kitchen Salt – Cooking Salt – Kosher Salt – Rock Salt – Flake Salt – Kashering Salt
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  • In a bowl, add fenugreek seeds, black gram, and Bengal Gram. Soak it in water for about 4-5 hours.
  • In a separate bowl, add rice and soak it for about 4-5 hours.
  • Soak flattened rice in water for 30 minutes.
  • Drain the water from the bowl with fenugreek seeds that were soaked earlier and add it along with the flattened rice, salt, and water to a blender.
  • Transfer the paste to another pot.
  • Drain the water from the bowl of soaked rice and add it to the blender along with the water.
  • Make a smooth batter, and transfer it to the pot with the gram paste made earlier.
  • Cover the pot and set it aside in a warm place for fermentation. This will take up to 12 hours.
  • Grease a pan with oil and heat it.
  • Stir the batter in a bowl and take a ladle of the Dosa batter and spread it on the griddle.
  • Spread the batter evenly starting from the center in a circular motion.
  • Increase the heat and add oil.
  • Continue to cook until the Dosa turns golden.
  • Remove from the griddle and serve.


  • The amount of water added to make the batter depends on the soaking time. If you soak the grams for a longer time, you will need to add less water.
  • The consistency of the batter should not be too thick nor too runny or the batter won’t ferment.
  • The time that takes for fermentation also depends on the temperature of the region. In cold regions, it will take longer to ferment the batter.
To check if the batter has fermented well, drop half a spoon of this batter into a bowl of water. A well-fermented batter will float.
Adding sugar can help to ferment the batter.
Even if the batter hasn’t doubled or tripled in size, there should be tiny bubbles in the batter. You can also add baking soda to help ferment the batter.
Dosa is typically served with coconut chutney which is a type of sauce made of coconut or Sambar which is a lentil curry.

— Specific Atributes of This Recipe:


Calories: 119kcalCarbohydrates: 24gProtein: 4gFat: 0.4gSaturated Fat: 0.04gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.04gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.05gSodium: 101mgPotassium: 48mgFiber: 2gSugar: 0.03gVitamin A: 8IUVitamin C: 0.4mgCalcium: 18mgIron: 1mg
Keyword Dosa Recipe, Indian Traditional Fermented Pancake, डोसा
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