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Instant Masala Dosa – Crispy & Delicious

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Making a crispy, restaurant like dosa was a fantasy earlier. But with this recipe, trust me, you can make a gorgeous, crispy dosa at home too. It is a foolproof recipe for someone like me – who tried making dosa so many times and always failed and eventually gave up. But now I can make dosa even with my eyes closed. Okay, that’s an exaggeration but you got my point. Right?

We also have the recipe of Instant Ragi Dosa. Ragi is Finger Millet in English. Ragi Dosa is not just healthy but quite delicious too. And like I always say, make millets a part of your kitchen, your diet. They are very nutritious, rich in fibers, and gluten-free too.

Ragi Dosa
Instant and Crispy Ragi Dosa

STORY TIME

I never met anyone who doesn’t love dosa. Except for my South Indian friend who used to have it almost every day and got bored of it. I was a dosa lover since childhood and used to go to my South Indian friend’s home to have all kinds of South Indian delicacies. I even learned to make dosa from his mom. But man, it was an impossible task for me.

Then I married a huge dosa fan. Since we both found making dosa so difficult, we always used to go out to eat dosa. You can easily get a good dosa in Indian restaurants but sometimes you have to compromise on the taste of sambar or chutney. I was okay with that but my huge dosa fan husband wanted to make it just perfect at home. I gave up after many attempts but then the lockdown came. We stopped eating out and we had no option left but to make it at home.

& Finally, we did it. We found a foolproof recipe.

Now we can make dosa anytime we want. These days we are having it once or twice every week. Yay. I was so excited that I decided to share this recipe with everyone who had been through the same situation as I did. So get ready to enjoy a restaurant-style dosa at home.

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TIPS TO MAKE IT RIGHT

  1. Grind Sooji: Earlier I tried to make dosa using sooji rava because that’s how I used to make uttapam and Gordon Ramsay’s Potato Pancake. Sooji does get soft when you make the batter and let it rest for a while. But it doesn’t give the right texture and crispiness needed for a dosa. Grinding sooji into a fine powder is important.
  2. Poha or Rice Flour: I also grind some poha/rice flakes along with the sooji. You can also use rice flour instead. This ingredient gives nice crispiness to the dosa.
  3. Whole Wheat Flour: The dosa batter needs a good binding agent that can make it spread well on the pan. Whole wheat flour helps in making a thin dosa.
  4. Sugar: Don’t worry. Sugar won’t make the dosa sweet. It helps in giving a nice restaurant-style browning to the dosa. It also enhances the flavor of the dosa.
  5. Batter Consistency: More than the right kind of pan, you need to have the right consistency of the batter. It is THE MOST IMPORTANT thing. It should neither be thick nor thin otherwise it will be difficult to spread it on the pan. You need a medium consistency batter.
  6. Heat: Heat on the pan also plays a major role in making a perfect dosa. If the pan is too hot, you won’t be able to spread the batter. It will start sticking to the pan and will form lumps. That’s why keep the flame on medium, sprinkle water at the start, and before making each dosa. This reduces the temperature of the pan. Wipe off the water and then pour the batter and spread it. You will get good results.
  7. Oil: I always used to think that oiling the pan is important because that will prevent sticking the batter to the pan. NEVER EVER DO IT. Learn from my mistakes. The oil prevents the easy spreading of the batter.

WHAT CAN RUIN THE DOSA?

Two things that can really ruin your dosa-making experience are Curd and Baking Soda.

If your curd is sitting in the fridge for a long time, chances are that your dosa will become soggy. It happens. It is tough to explain the texture but it just ruins the mood.

Also, if the baking soda has expired, you won’t get a light, airy batter. The texture of the dosa also changes because of that. But you can check the quality of baking soda. Just add a little bit of lemon juice to it. If it forms bubbles, it means your baking soda is just perfect. If not, it is time to buy a new pack.

WHAT GOES WELL WITH DOSA?

Honestly, sometimes I don’t need anything with dosa. Just some paper-thin dosa and a cup of coffee (vegan). I am sorted. But if you want to enjoy it fully, serve it with the following:

  1. Sambar (in the video)
  2. Onion-Tomato Chutney (in the video)
  3. Coconut Chutney (in the video)
  4. Coconut Coriander Chutney (in the video)

To have the best experience, serve it hot. It doesn’t remain crispy if you let it rest. Also, the masala makes it softer quickly. Although, I like soft dosa too. Loved it when someone used to bring it in school 😀

I think I shared all my learnings here and I am sure now you will be able to make a perfect instant dosa at home. Don’t get disheartened if it is slightly thick in your first attempt. It will get better with each dosa you make. The best thing about instant dosa is that you can make it anytime. It is perfect for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. You don’t need to soak anything or wait for the batter to ferment. Just whip up the ingredients and it’s ready.

Now grab all the ingredients because you are ready to make restaurant-style dosa at home. If you like the recipe, please share the photo on Instagram and tag us too @marriedfriends. We just love to see your recreation of our recipes.

MORE MAIN COURSE RECIPES:

  1. Punjabi Rajma Masala
  2. Leftover Rajma Wraps
  3. Veg Lasagna

Happy Cooking 🙂

Love from us

Richa & Jatin

Recipe

Instant Masala Dosa – Crispy & Delicious

Restaurant-Style Dosa at Home

Servings

8

Prep Time

10 min

Cook Time

20 min

Rest Time

10 min

Ingredients

For Potato Masala

  • 2-3 Boiled Potato medium size, peeled
  • 2 tbsp Coconut Oil or any oil
  • 1 tsp Mustard Seeds/Rai
  • 1 tsp Chana Dal
  • 1 tsp Dhuli Urad Dal
  • A few Curry Leaves
  • 2-4 Green Chilli chopped
  • 1 cup Onion chopped
  • 1 inch piece Ginger grated
  • Salt to taste
  • 1/4 tsp Turmeric Powder
  • 2 tbsp Fresh Coriander chopped

For Dosa Batter

  • 1 cup Sooji
  • 2 tbsp Poha/Rice Flakes or rice flour
  • 2 tbsp Whole Wheat Flour
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 cup Curd
  • 1 cup Water or as needed
  • 1 tsp Sugar
  • 1/4 tsp Baking Soda

Other

  • Cooking Oil

Steps

Potato Masala

  1. Heat some oil in a pan and then add mustard seeds, chana dal, urad dal. Let them sizzle for a few seconds. 
    Be careful. It burns fast.
  2. Add onion, green chili, and ginger. Saute for a minute or two till the onions are translucent. Do not brown them.
  3. Add turmeric powder and mix it well. 
  4. Mash potatoes and add them to the pan. Add salt and mix everything well. 
  5. Switch off the flame. Add chopped coriander and mix. Set aside.

Dosa Batter

  1. In a mixer grinder, add sooji and poha/rice flakes. Grind them first into a fine powder. 
    If it not absolutely fine, that is okay.
  2. Transfer it to a bowl and add whole wheat flour, salt, and sugar to it. Just mix it well.
  3. Add curd and whisk everything well. It will be difficult to whisk. Then add water 1/4 Cup at a time. Keep whisking.
  4. Add more water and whisk till you get a lump-free, medium consistency batter.
    I used 1 Cup of water but you may need a little less or more.
  5. Let it rest for 10-15 minutes.
  6. Once you are ready to make dosa, add baking soda and whisk it well.

Prepare Dosa

  1. Heat a flat pan or Tawa.
  2. Sprinkle some water and wipe it off. It reduces the temperature of the hot pan.
    Water should form steam instantly. That's the clue that the pan is ready.
  3. Take around half a ladle of the batter and pour it at the center of the pan. Spread it in a circular motion using the back of the ladle. 
    DO NOT rush. Stay calm. That's the key.
  4. Add around a teaspoon of cooking oil over it.
    Cook on medium flame.
  5. Once the dosa starts to turn golden brown, scrape it off from the sides first. Put the potato masala on one half of the dosa and spread it a little. Fold it in half and serve hot.
  6. To make the next dosa, again sprinkle some water on the pan, wipe it off, and then proceed further. You need to repeat this step with every dosa you make.
  7. Now take a bite and enjoy the crispy sound. Ahhh...Exciting Right? Enjoy your happy meal.
frequently asked questions

FAQs

Is Dosa healthy at night?
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In my opinion, dosa is light on your stomach, easily digestible. It is made of sooji and curd and perfect for breakfast, lunch or dinner too.


How to make a crispy dosa at home?
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If you are making instant dosa using sooji or semolina, add 2 Tbsp of rice four in the batter. That will make the dosa much crispy. Do not add a lot of rice flour because it will ruin the texture of the dosa.


Why my dosa sticks to the pan?
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Dosa sticking to the pan is a very common problem. You can avoid that by the following ways:

  1. Make sure the pan is not very hot. To keep the pan at the required temperature, sprinkle some water and wipe it off after making each dosa.
  2. Do not apply oil to the pan. It becomes difficult to spread the dosa and it just keeps sticking to the ladle.
  3. Maybe your dosa batter is quite thick. Add a little bit of water and whisk it well.

If you are a beginner in making dosa, I would suggest trying with a non-stick pan first and when you get better, you can try your hands on a cast iron pan.


Why my dosa is not spreading on the pan?
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If your dosa is not spreading well on the pan, maybe your dosa batter is slightly thick. To correct that, add a little bit of water and whisk it well. The batter should not be thick or thin. Both ruin the dosa-making experience. Make sure the batter is of medium consistency which is easy to pour and easy to spread.


How do you evenly spread dosa?
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One mistake to avoid is – DO NOT apply oil on the pan. It prevents the spreading of the batter.

Make sure the pan is not very hot. Sprinkle some water and wipe it off after making each dosa. If the pan is too hot, the batter will start cooking as soon as you pour it.

To spread it evenly, pour around half a ladle (depends on the size of the pan) at the center of the pan and start spreading it out in circular motion starting from the center. Do not apply a lot of pressure. Do not rush. One common mistake that we all do is that we rush in spreading and that just ruins it. Stay calm and spread it gently. It may be thick in the beginning but it will get better with each dosa you make.


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