How to Make a Perfect Dosa Batter at Home

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Dosa is a popular South Indian dish made from a fermented batter of rice and urad dal. It is a thin, crepe-like pancake that can be served plain or with a variety of fillings, such as sambar, chutney, or potato masala. Dosa is a healthy and delicious breakfast or snack that is easy to make at home.


  • 1 cup rice
  • 1/2 cup urad dal (skinned black gram)
  • 2 tablespoons poha (flattened rice)
  • 1/2 teaspoon fenugreek seeds
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Water, as needed


  1. Rinse the rice and urad dal together in a colander until the water runs clear.
  2. Soak the rice and urad dal in separate bowls for at least 4 hours, or overnight.
  3. Drain the rice and urad dal.
  4. Add the rice, urad dal, poha, fenugreek seeds, and salt to a blender.
  5. Blend until the batter is smooth and creamy.
  6. Transfer the batter to a large bowl.
  7. Cover the bowl with a lid or plastic wrap and let the batter ferment for at least 8 hours, or overnight.
  8. The batter is ready to use when it is light and frothy.


  • Use a good quality rice and urad dal for the best results.
  • Soaking the rice and urad dal for at least 4 hours helps to break down the starches and proteins, making the batter smoother and easier to digest.
  • Do not overblend the batter, or it will become tough.
  • Let the batter ferment for at least 8 hours, or overnight. This is essential for the dosa to have a good flavor and texture.
  • If you are in a hurry, you can speed up the fermentation process by adding a teaspoon of yogurt or lemon juice to the batter.

How to Make Dosa:

  1. Heat a non-stick dosa pan over medium heat.
  2. Pour a ladleful of batter onto the pan and spread it out into a thin circle.
  3. Cook the dosa for 1-2 minutes per side, or until golden brown and crispy.
  4. Serve the dosa hot with your favorite fillings.


Here are some additional tips for making a perfect dosa batter:

  • Use a wet grinder to grind the rice and urad dal. This will help to achieve a smooth and creamy batter.
  • If you do not have a wet grinder, you can use a blender. However, you may need to add a little more water to the batter to get it to the right consistency.
  • Do not overcook the dosa. It should be cooked until it is golden brown and crispy, but not dry.
  • Serve the dosa hot with your favorite fillings. Some popular fillings include sambar, chutney, and potato masala.

With these tips, you will be able to make a perfect dosa batter at home every time!

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