Sunday, 18 December 2011


masala dosa is made by stuffing a dosa with a lightly cooked filling of potatoes, fried onions and spices. It wraps the dosa around an onion and potato curry or sabji It is listed at number 49 on World's 50 most delicious foods complied by CNN Go in 2011.Before it was invented, plain dosa was served with potato curry (batata bhaji) without onions in a separate cup. During a shortage of potatoes,a method was created in which potato was mashed and sautéed with onions with other spices. This was then placed inside the dosa instead of in a separate cup.This came to be known as "masala dosa", from the sautéeing of spices (masala) during the preparation of the bhaji.

  • Ingredients
  • For Dosa

Black gram(Uzhunnuparippu) - 1 cup
Rice                                       - 2 cups
Salt                                        - 1/2 tsp

  • For masala

Potato(boiled, skinned and chopped)   - 5 nos (large)
Onions (chopped finely)                      - 2 nos(large)
Garlic pods (chopped finely)               - 6 nos
Ginger (chopped finely)                       - 2 tsp
Green chillies (chopped finely)             - 4 nos
Mustard seeds                                    -1/2 tsp
Cumin seeds                                       -1/2 tsp
Dry red chilly(Kollamulaku)                 - 1 no
Curry leaves                                       - few
Turmeric powder                               - 1/4 tsp
Vegetable oil                                      - 1 tsp
Salt -                                                 - needed

  • For chutney

Coconut - 1/2 of one
Green chillies - 4 nos
Ginger(chopped) - 1 tsp
Coriander leaves - A bunch
Lemon juice           -1/2 lemon
Salt - needed

  • Preparation method

Wash thoroughly and soak black gram and rice separately for 6 - 8 hrs.Grind them separately into very smooth paste and mix them together. Keep this dough to ferment overnight.

  • For the filling (masala)

To hot oil in a pan, add mustard seeds, allow it to splutter then add curry leaf,red chillies and cumin seeds. To this add onion, ginger, garlic and green chillies. Saute till the onion changes its color.To this add the chopped potatoes, saute well and remove from flame.

  • For making dosas

Heat a flat non stick pan and pour the dosa batter and  spread it nicely with a ladle so that thin dosas are made.Spread oil on the top and sides of dosa, when the edges turn golden brown keep 3tbsp of masala in the center and then fold the dosa from both sides, one side over the other so that the masala is covered. Serve hot with chutney and sambar.

  • For making chutney

Grind together all the ingredients together with a little water.


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