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Amazing, Simple and fast south Indian Tamil breakfast Dosa and Idli recipe

Updated on February 10, 2011

Even today when I wake up in the morning I will be asking dosa dosa to my mom with a smile. That’s because it’s a wonderful tasting dish which can be easily modified to form different variations. The ingredients are simple and the process of cooking is a child’s play.

In this post we’re going to see 3 variations of dosa

1.       Plain dosa

2.       Masala dosa

3.       Rava dosa

4.       idli

These are the basic and by for the simplest breakfast around.

Plain Dosa recipe:


1.       3 cups of organic rice

2.       1 cup of black gram(urad dhal in hindi and ulundhu in tamil)

3.       Salt one teaspoon or two

4.       1 teaspoon of fenugreek seeds(vendhayam in tamil)

5.       Little vegetable oil for frying


Soak the rice, black gram and fenugreek seeds in water for six hours and drain the water from it and empty the contents to a blender or a grinder and grind it until it’s a fine paste. Now add salt to it and mix it well and keep it inside the fridge for 12 hours. The next morning your batter is fermented and ready and for cooking. Take a fying pan and grease it with butter or with few drops of vegetable oil with the heat in medium. Now take a quarter inch cup and take some batter and pour it on the center of the pan and spread it in a spiral motion so that you form a light layered circle. Pour few drops on the sides of the dosa , this make the dosa to fry evenly as well as make the dosa non sticky. After 2 minutes or so, ou will notice bubbles from the dosa. It’s the right time to turn the batter. Use a flat wodden wick to turn the dosa to the other side and cook it for another 3 minutes to cook it on both sides evenly. Now remove it from the pan. Your dosa is ready to serve...

Masala dosa

This is a slight variation from the plain dosa. The difference is that you keep small quantities of potato masala in the center of the dosa while is it is cooking on one side. To make the simpler version of potato masala boil 3 potatos and mash them and add little chopped onions and chat masala to taste and simple apply it in the middle of the dosa and your simple masala dosa is ready to serve with chutney.

Rava dosa

Unlike masala dosa and plain dosa rava dosa does not require any waiting. I prefer this recipe for people who are extremely busy and people who don’t find much time for cooking. It’s simple and takes very less time to cook.


1.       2 cups of semolina( sooji in hindi/ rava in tamil)

2.       1 cup of organic rice flour

3.       2 chopped chilies (red pepper)

4.       1 teaspoon salt

5.       Half cup water

Rava dosa recipe:

Mix all the ingredients by adding water slowly and make a consistent batter and keep it aside. Now switch on the stove turn the heat to medium and grease the pan with oil or butter. Now with your hand grasp a handful of the batter and gently throw in it forms a light crispy layer. Add few drops of vegetable oil and fry it for 5 minutes and serve it hot with chutney.


Idly is a very soft delight served with chutney. The recipe is very simple make the batter same as plain dosa and pour it in an idli container (by one at your local store, it’s worth the buy) pour water in the botton of the idli container and arrage the idli grids one by one filling each at a time. Now cover the lid and let it cook in medium heat for 20 mins. There, you have soft idli for your breakfast. It always goes good with either chutney or even tomato ketchup if you prefer. So have fun and feel free to post your suggestions. Happy hubbing..


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    • jenniferg78 profile image

      jenniferg78 5 years ago from Philadelphia, PA

      looks really good. Any idea what the nutritional info for this meal is? thanks

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      Urmila 5 years ago from Rancho Cucamonga,CA, USA

      I love dosa and try to make it at home but it never tasted the same. Your idli and dosa are looking so mouth watering. Great hub!

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      banti 6 years ago

      i first time eat dosa tamil i like it

    • eshwar_1989 profile image

      eshwar_1989 7 years ago from India

      not really :) but yea, they are good looking ;)

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      Friend of Friends 7 years ago

      Hi Eswar Good looking Dosas and Idlis. Ar they Home made?