Masala dosa is a delicious South Indian dish that consists of a thin, crispy pancake made from fermented rice and lentil batter, filled with a spiced potato filling. Here’s a general recipe to make masala dosa:

For the dosa batter:

  • 1 cup long-grain rice
  • 1/4 cup urad dal (split black lentils)
  • 1/4 teaspoon fenugreek seeds
  • Salt to taste
  • Water (for soaking and grinding)

For the potato filling:

  • 3 to 4 medium-sized potatoes, boiled and peeled
  • 1 tablespoon oil (preferably coconut oil)
  • 1 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 2 to 3 green chilies, finely chopped
  • 1 sprig curry leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tablespoon chopped coriander leaves

For the dosa:

  • Oil or ghee (clarified butter) for greasing the dosa pan


  1. Prepare the dosa batter:
  • Wash the rice, urad dal, and fenugreek seeds separately and soak them in water for about 5 to 6 hours.
  • Drain the water and grind the rice, urad dal, and fenugreek seeds together to a smooth batter. You can add water as required to get the right consistency. The batter should be thick but pourable.
  • Add salt to taste and mix well. Allow the batter to ferment overnight or for at least 8 hours. The fermentation process makes the dosas light and crispy.
  1. Prepare the potato filling:
  • Mash the boiled potatoes using a fork or your hands, and set aside.
  • Heat oil in a pan on medium heat. Add mustard seeds and let them splutter. Then, add cumin seeds and sauté for a few seconds.
  • Add chopped onion, green chilies, and curry leaves to the pan. Sauté until the onions turn translucent.
  • Add turmeric powder and salt. Mix well.
  • Add the mashed potatoes and mix everything together, ensuring that the spices are well incorporated. Cook for 2-3 minutes.
  • Garnish with chopped coriander leaves and remove from heat. The potato filling is ready.
  1. Make the dosas:
  • Heat a non-stick dosa tawa (griddle) or a flat pan on medium-high heat. Grease it with oil or ghee.
  • Pour a ladleful of the dosa batter onto the center of the tawa. Spread it gently in a circular motion from the center to the edges to form a thin, round dosa.
  • Drizzle a little oil or ghee around the edges of the dosa and cook until the underside turns golden brown and crispy.
  • Place a portion of the prepared potato filling in the center of the dosa and fold the dosa over the filling, creating a cylindrical shape or a half-moon shape.
  • Gently remove the dosa from the tawa and serve hot with coconut chutney, sambar, or any other chutney of your choice.
  1. Repeat the process with the remaining batter and potato filling until all the dosas are made.

Enjoy your homemade masala dosa with its delicious flavors and textures!

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