Thursday, July 11, 2013



In an earlier post, I have written about the famous breakfast dish of South India, the dosa. This is usually made up of a combination of rice and urad dal. I have also posted on a popular variation called the Masala Dosa, which is a dosa with a potato-based stuffing.

Today I present another dosa variation which does not contain rice but is a mixture of two dals, urad dal and moong dal.  The combination of ginger, green chillies and hing ground into dosa batter gives a taste of its own. This allows you to have this dosa, if you choose to do so, even without the usual accompaniment of chutneys and the like.

Another advantage is that you save time as for this recipe the batter does not require to be fermented.

I don't use it now but when we were kids, my Mom used to serve this to us with a dollop of home made butter.  However, today I have served the urad dal and moong dal dosa with chutney.

Do try this variation for breakfast some day and let me know what you thought of it.


  • Urad ( Black Gram) dal, 1 cup
  • Moong ( Green Gram) dal, 1 cup
  • Ginger, 1 " piece, grated
  • Green Chillies, chopped, 3-4
  • Hing, (Asafoetida), a pinch
  • Oil, 
  • Salt, to taste
                          To clarify, picture shows Urad Dal on the left and Moong Dal on the right. 


Prepare the batter by soaking urad dal and moong dal in water for about two to three hours.
In a mixer, grind together chopped green chillies, grated ginger, salt and hing to a paste
To this add the soaked urad dal and moong dal and grind once more, adding the required amount of water to a smooth paste to make the dosa batter

To make the dosa: 
Heat the tawa ( griddle.) Sprinkle a few drops of water. When the water sizzles, the tawa is ready for use.
Pour a ladleful of the batter on the tawa.
Spread this quickly using the ladle.
Move outwards from the centre using a continuous spiral motion till the dosa measures about 6 ".
Pour a teaspoon of oil around it. 
Cook for a couple of minutes till it becomes crisp at the edges.
Now, flip the dosa and cook the other side till done.
Serve hot with chutney of your choice.


If you have liked this recipe, I would appreciate your leaving a comment. Thank you !