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Masala Dosa (Indian Stuffed Crepes) + Video

Enjoy crispy Indian crepes filled with spicy potato masala for breakfast with this masala dosa recipe. With video and step by step photos!
Prep Time4 hrs 10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Ferment Time14 hrs
Total Time18 hrs 30 mins
Servings: 6
Calories: 372kcal
Author: Kevin

Ingredients

Batter

  • 2 cups Parboiled Rice (See Note 1)
  • 1 cup Urad Dal
  • 2 tablespoon poha flattened rice, optional
  • 1 tablespoon Chana Dal
  • 1 tablespoon fenugreek seeds
  • 2 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 teaspoon kosher salt

Cooking

  • 1 medium onion optional
  • Vegetable oil or ghee

Instructions

Make the Dosa Batter

  • Add the rice, urad and chana dals and optional poha to a sieve and rinse with cool water (use your fingers to move and mix) for a minute, then discard the water. Transfer mixture to a large bowl (or 8 cup measuring bowl) and cover with water by 2 inches and soak for 4 hours. (See Note 2)
  • Working in batches, transfer half of the soaked and drained mixture to a Vitamix or high powered mixer and grind each batch with 1 cup water and 1 teaspoon sugar. Feel the batter, it should be completely smooth, no gritty chunks. It should look like a white pancake batter, but thinner in consistency. Free flowing, not clumpy and thick. Too thick and it will not ferment.
  • Transfer all the batter to the steel bowl of your Instant Pot. Top with glass lid, (not the IP seal lid), and push the Yogurt setting and change time to 12 hours.
  • Remove lid, you should see see air bubbles, it will smell slightly sour and the consistency will be a thick and foamy batter.
  • Add 2 teaspoon of kosher salt AFTER it ferments and mix thoroughly with hands or spatula for 1-2 minutes (this aids in fermentation). To check, you can drop some batter into a glass of water, it will float if it's fermented. If it sinks, cover batter again and ferment for another 2 hours.

Cook the Dosa

  • Heat a large cast iron skillet (or a non-stick pan) or griddle on medium-high heat. Check to see if pan is hot enough by sprinkling some water on the pan; it should sizzle away and evaporate immediately.
  • Cut an onion in half and insert a fork in through the root end of one piece and dip the onion in some oil or melted ghee. Use the onion to rub the pan with a thin layer. Set onion aside.
  • Using a ⅓ cup or ½ cup measure of batter (depending on size of pan or griddle 12 inch or 14 inch), pour it in the center of the pan. Using bottom of measuring cup, ladle or spoon, move batter in a circular motion from the center outwards, spreading the batter in a thin layer. Spread layer as thin as possible. NOTE: This takes a lot of practice and the right amount of pressure to evenly coat the pan. Be patient, there's plenty of batter!
  • The edges of the dosa will lift up and turn a golden brown. Drizzle oil or ghee all around the dosa and also in the center. Let the dosa cook for few minutes until the bottom starts appearing golden brown. You only need to cook one side of the dosa (I prefer to cook both).
  • Using a spatula gently scrape the sides of the dosa to release it from the pan. Add some aloo (potato) masala on one side if you wish to fold it or in the center lengthwise if you want to roll the dosa.
  • Press with a spatula and then remove dosa from the pan. Rub the pan with the onion dipped in oil or lightly grease and repeat with remaining batter. You should be able to make around 12 to 14 dosa.

Video

Notes

  1. Also known as idli rice. I had a hard time finding it, but Mahatma brand in the USA has parboiled rice in 16oz packages, which equals the 2 cups needed for this recipe. It's labeled rice for paella - Parboiled Medium Grain Rice.
  2. I found when making these several different ways that soaking the ingredients separately makes no significant taste difference, so I mix and soak them all together to keep things simpler.
  3. Nutritional information shown is for 2 plain dosa, without filling

Nutrition

Serving: 2crepes | Sodium: 782mg | Calcium: 51mg | Vitamin C: 3mg | Vitamin A: 3IU | Sugar: 2g | Fiber: 9g | Potassium: 118mg | Calories: 372kcal | Saturated Fat: 1g | Fat: 1g | Protein: 14g | Carbohydrates: 76g | Iron: 4mg