Dosa Recipe - Indian Breakfast Recipe

How to make dosa and uttapam batter

This Dosa recipe is a basic recipe for making dosa. You will find below the information about how to make the basic dosa batter. Once you know the basic dosa batter recipe, you can make many kinds of dosas, Masala Dosa, Uttapam etc. with a variety of stuffings.

You can make this batter and keep it in the fridge after fermenting it. You may also store it in the fridge immediately after grinding it and ferment it later before making dosa. Do whatever you find convenient.

Dosa with coconut chutney and butterDosa with coconut chutney and butter

Remember to take the batter out of the fridge and ferment it for 5-6 hours. You may need to ferment the batter for longer time in cold weather. Keeping the container in a warm place will ferment the batter faster.

Please note that the batter will increase in volume after fermenting. So put it in a larger vessel before you keep for fermenting. Otherwise the batter will overflow.

For making uttappam, you can use the same batter(stored in the fridge) after 2-3 days. Generally, uttapam batter is slightly sour than the dosa batter. You get more fluffy uttapams.

The rice used for this is any white raw rice. You do not need to use basmati rice for this.

How to prepare basic Dosa and uttapam batter:

Main Ingredients for dosa batter

  • Raw Rice - 1 cup
  • Urad dal(white lentil or black gram dal(skin removed) -1/4 cup
  • fenugreek seeds - 1/4 tea spoon(optional)
  • Salt - 1 tsp or according to taste
  • water - about 2-3 cups, to soak and grind.

Making dosa batter

Fermented dosa batter ready to make dosaFermented dosa batter ready to make dosa
  1. Wash rice and urad dal together till water runs clear.
  2. Add fenugreek seeds.
  3. Add about 2 cups water. The water should cover the rice and dal mixture.
  4. Soak for 4-5 hours.
  5. Using a little water in which the rice is soaked, grind soaked rice and dal to a fine paste. Add water as much as needed to make the pancake batter. But do not make it too watery.
  6. Add salt according to taste. Mix well.
  7. Keep aside to ferment for 6-8 hours or overnight. In hot weather it will ferment in 4-5 hours.

The batter is ready to make dosa. You can keep this batter in the fridge and use for a week.

How to make Dosa

Ingredients for making dosa after the batter is ready:

  • You need the dosa batter made as per the instructions above.
  • oil - a few spoons to use while making dosa.

Making dosa method:

  1. Heat a tava(girdle, skillet) or a nonstick flat pan.It should be hot but not smoking.
  2. Sprinkle a little oil with a spoon. Add a ladleful batter in the center of the pan and immediately spread in circular motion to form a flat round, about 6-10 inches.
  3. Let cook for a few seconds. First bubbles will appear and then the bubbles will start to subside and then dosa color will change.
  4. Turn to the other side with a spatula. Add a few drops for oil if you wish.
  5. Cook for a few seconds.

Dosa can be cooked white or golden brown as you wish.Remove onto a plate and serve hot.

Serve hot with coconut chutney or Aloo Bhaji-Potato Subji.

Dosa with coconut chutney and butterDosa with coconut chutney and butter

Tips for dosa batter and making dosa:

Once fermented, you can keep the batter in the fridge for a week and use it when you want.

Add just enough water while grinding. The batter should be pouring consistency.

If necessary, you can add more water after fermenting and just before making dosa.

Pour dosa batter on the pan only after pan is heated. Otherwise dosa may stick to the pan.

If you want dosa to be crisp, cook it on low fire. you may use vegetable oil, butter or ghee for adding while the dosa is roasting.

If you are using a nonstick pan, you can reduce the consumption of oil.

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