dosa batter recipe
Breakfast

Dosa Batter Recipe (Crepe of Rice Batter)

Dosa is a recipe made from fermented rice batter and popular dish of south India. It has so many variations and goes well with so many kinds of chutneys but mostly with Sambar (a stew made with lentil). Plus, each southern state has its own way of preparing the dosa batter recipe. Some make it thicker, then some made it thinner. Some have it plain, then some have it with stuffing inside.

The authentic way of preparing the dosa is by fermentation process which enhances vitamin c and vitamin b apart from carbohydrate and protein. That’s why it’s one of the favourite breakfast in south Indian states.

Ingredients for Dosa Batter Recipe

Split urad dal (black lentil) – 1/2 cup

Chana dal (bengal gram) – 2 tablespoons

Methi dana (fenugreek seeds) – 1 teaspoon

Idli Rice – 1 1/2 cup

How to make Dosa Batter?

Preparing Dosa Batter

  • Add urad dal, chana dal and methi dana in a large bowl. Add water and soak it for 6 hours or overnight.
  • Same as above add rice to another bowl. Add water and soak it for 6 hours or overnight.
  • After soaking, drain the water completely from the dal mixture. Add dal into a blender and add 3/4 cup water into it along with non-iodised salt. (Note Non-iodised salt helps in fermentation. If you don’t want to ferment dosa batter, skip all fermentation process I am mentioning here.)
  • Blend in a smooth batter. Add more water if required. It must be a thick batter with pouring consistency. Keep it separately.
  • Now add rice into the blender. Add 1/2 cup water. Blend to a smooth batter.
  • Add rice mixture into dal mixture and mix well. If the batter is too thick add some water at this stage. Remember thick batter will not ferment.

For fermenting Dosa Batter

  • Cover the batter bowl and keep it in a warm place until it rises and turns bubbly. In warm regions depending on the temperature, it may take 5 to 16 hours. For the colder region, preheat the oven to 140 F for 10 minutes. Turn off the oven and place the batter into it. It may take 7 to 8 hours.
  • When properly fermented, the batter raises and turns light, fluffy with lots of pores & bubbles.
  • To check whether the batter is fermented or not, just drop half the spoon of this batter in a half bowl of water. It should float.
  • Don’t over ferment it and once fermented, keep it in the refrigerator.

For making Dosa

  • Grease oil in a flat pan adds few drops of it. Heat it enough.
  • Now keep the flame low. Take a ladle full of dosa batter and pour it on the centre of the pan.
  • Immediately spread it over the pan clockwise so that it shapes like a crepe.
  • Increase the heat slightly and pour little oil on the edges.
  • Continue till it becomes golden brown and its edges start to come out.
  • Cooking on the other side is optional and only required if your dosa is too thick.
  • Serve it hot.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long can I store dosa batter?

Dosa batter can be stored in an airtight container for 3-4 days in refrigerator.

dosa batter recipe

Dosa Batter

Shikha
A recipe for preparing batter of crepe made from rice flour and lentil.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 mins
Resting Time 6 hrs
Total Time 6 hrs 15 mins
Course Breakfast, Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Servings 6 dosas
Calories 132 kcal

Equipment

  • Blender

Ingredients
  

  • 1/2 cup Split urad dal (black lentil)
  • 2 tbsp Chana dal (bengal gram)
  • 1 tsp Methi dana (fenugreek seeds)
  • 1 1/2 cup Idli rice

Instructions
 

Preparing Batter

  • Add urad dalchana dal and methi dana in a large bowl. Add water and soak it for 6 hours or overnight.
  • Same as above add rice to another bowl. Add water and soak it for 6 hours or overnight.
  • After soaking, drain the water completely from the dal mixture. Add dal into a blender and add 3/4 cup water into it along with non-iodised salt. (Note – Non-iodised salt helps in fermentationIf you don’t want to ferment dosa batter, skip all fermentation process I am mentioning here.)
  • Blend in a smooth batter. Add more water if required. It must be a thick batter with pouring consistency. Keep it separately.
  • Now add rice into the blender. Add 1/2 cup water. Blend to a smooth batter.
  • Add rice mixture into dal mixture and mix well. If the batter is too thick add some water at this stage. Remember thick batter will not ferment.

For Fermentation

  • Cover the batter bowl and keep it in a warm place until it rises and turns bubbly. In warm regions depending on the temperature, it may take 5 to 16 hours. For the colder region, preheat the oven to 140 F for 10 minutes. Turn off the oven and place the batter into it. It may take 7 to 8 hours.
  • When properly fermented, the batter raises and turns light, fluffy with lots of pores & bubbles.
  • To check whether the batter is fermented or not, just drop half the spoon of this batter in a half bowl of water. It should float.
  • Don’t over ferment it and once fermented, keep it in the refrigerator.

For Making Dosa

  • Grease oil in a flat pan adds few drops of it. Heat it enough.
  • Now keep the flame low. Take a ladle full of dosa batter and pour it on the centre of the pan.
  • Immediately spread it over the pan clockwise so that it shapes like a crepe.
  • Increase the heat slightly and pour little oil on the edges.
  • Continue till it becomes golden brown and its edges start to come out.
  • Cooking on the other side is optional and only required if your dosa is too thick.

Nutrition

Calories: 132kcalCarbohydrates: 28.1gProtein: 5.8gFat: 0.1gTrans Fat: 3.2gSodium: 276mgPotassium: 9mgSugar: 0.1gCalcium: 4mgIron: 1mg
Keyword dosa, rice flour crepe, south indian food, vegan
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