Sada Dosa (Plain South Indian Crepe)

By DK on Mar 19, 2010
How to make Dosa Batter and Plain Dosa Recipe

I have been known to make assumptions - sometimes way lot than I give myself credit for. Will come to why this came all of a sudden. I think I can take it for granted to talk for all food bloggers that this situation of "family members waiting patiently for the food while the plate enjoys a minute of limelight while we click away" or "the question -" Did you take the photo yet?" is a common occurrence? The later is in mine. Our daily dinner starts with this question

Him:- "So took the picture yet? I can start eating right?

"Yeah as if I will set the table if I did not! Sheesh! He should know that by now ;) Jokes apart - this question arises for all types of food including even the most simplest of it all.

Me - "What? This thing? Who wants to see that? Nobody wants it!".
Him: - "And why are you deciding that for others?"
Me: - "mmm!! ahem! I dunno - I just think no one will care for this!"

How to make Dosa Batter and Plain Dosa Recipe
Of course a time did come when all those recipes which I did not think were wanted started to get back to me with full vengeance through recipe requests! It was like these recipes were looking at me and accusing me of cheapening them and pushing aside as unimportant! How could I? So after hearing the hints of *I told you so* from the jester of my life, here I am humbled! So the recipe that is a part and parcel of every South Indian household - Dosa. Its a South Indian savory crepe which comes in so many forms - the basic of it being this Sada Dosa - where "sada (pronounced 'saadha')" means Plain and "Dosa(i)" is crepe. This post goes out to a dear reader Mimi Syed who made this request. Here is the way I do it
Basic Information
Prep Time: 8 hours to 1 day
Cook Time: Under 15 min
Yield: Makes around 20-25 dosas depending on the size and thickness
Ingredients
  • 3/4 cup of parboiled rice (also labeled Idli rice in Indian stores)
  • 3/4 cup of medium grain rice
  • 1/2 cup whole black gram (urad dal, skinned)
  • 1/2 tsp Fenugreek seeds (methi)
  • salt to taste (start from 1-1/2 tsp)
Method
1
Soak the Black gram and Fenugreek together in a bowl and the rice separately in another bowl for at least 3 hours.
How to make Dosa Batter and Plain Dosa Recipe
2
You can either use your Mixie or the wet grinder to grind the Dosa Batter. I have a table top grinder which I use for making these goodies. You can also see the Idli recipe to see the Idli batter making process. First grind the Rice
How to make Dosa Batter and Plain Dosa Recipe
3
Grind it to a paste. Even after grinding for long time, you might see that the batter is little coarse. No panic! Perfectly normal. As long as its ground well its fine. Pour the batter into a large bowl
How to make Dosa Batter and Plain Dosa Recipe
4
Next add the Black gram and the fenugreek to the wet grinder. No need to clean the grinder/mixie in the middle.
How to make Dosa Batter and Plain Dosa Recipe
5
Grind this into a smooth batter. Unlike the rice batter, this ones gets a velvety smoothness.
How to make Dosa Batter and Plain Dosa Recipe
6
Add this batter to the rice batter.
How to make Dosa Batter and Plain Dosa Recipe
7
Add salt and mix well with your clean hands. Of course you can use a ladle, but the heat from your hands helps the yeast action to work well when you ferment this batter overnight. :)
How to make Dosa Batter and Plain Dosa Recipe
8
Set this aside to ferment overnight. Thanks to lack of humidity and cold in the place I live, I place this in my Oven. It does not overflow but it sure rises well.
How to make Dosa Batter and Plain Dosa Recipe
9
Next day, mix the batter well. Place a iron skillet/ non stick skillet, grease with little oil. I use a cut onion to spread the oil - this prevents the batter from sticking.
How to make Dosa Batter and Plain Dosa Recipe
10
Drop a ladle of batter
How to make Dosa Batter and Plain Dosa Recipe
11
Spread it around
How to make Dosa Batter and Plain Dosa Recipe
12
into a thin crepe
How to make Dosa Batter and Plain Dosa Recipe
13
Let it cook for 2-3 minutes until you see the edges turning up. You will be easily able to place a spatula under it. Also if you have spread it thinly, you will be able to see the bottom cooked when you start seeing reddish-brownish color fr om the surface.
How to make Dosa Batter and Plain Dosa Recipe
14
Turn and cook for another 1-2 min.
How to make Dosa Batter and Plain Dosa Recipe
Fold and serve hot. These are best served as soon as they are made. The number of side dishes enjoyed along with this is myriad. Enjoy it with Coconut Chutney, Tomato Chutney, Onion Chutney or Spiced Idli Powder mixed with little oil. How to make Dosa Batter and Plain Dosa Recipe
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39 Responses to “Sada Dosa (Plain South Indian Crepe)”
  1. :-P very good service.I ;like very much dosai.and I make dosa.Add some cook rice to dosa it’s very soft and nice.

  2. Ash

    Hi, thanks for the recipe. My batter didn’t fermented properly and when I cook, my dosa turn hard and the edges didn’t turn up as u suggest. Any tips to help me to overcome this and to save my batter? Coz I’ve prepared a lot. It’s a waste to throw. :( . Hope u can help me. Thank you

  3. Prem Nataraj

    Yes you can freeze idly batter. I put idly batter in a ziplock and freeze it. Whenever I need I just take one ziplock bag and keep it outside for few hours to thaw. Or if you need in a hurry just put the ziplock bag in a hot water for few mins to thaw.

  4. zmom

    Hi, Can you freeze the batter. Please let me know DK. I have a large family, and do not wish to be grinding batter every week. Thanks. Also do you have a recipe for South Indian Rasam.

  5. :-| i made this with little bit of alteration, and came out really good.. i use 2cups rice and 1 cup Ulundu and grind with coconut water and let it ferment with wee bit of dry east. Before cooking i added fried chopped garlic,onion , curry leaves, mustard seeds and dried red chilies. its a favorite treat of my hubby :)

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