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Minapattu (Plain Dosa)

Jul 13th, 2006 | By | Category: All Recipes, Breakfast Recipes

A south indian savoury, which is served plain as well as with a variety of fillings too. One bite and you fall in love with it, I bet 🙂 . All you need is some time to make this tasty breakfast. It can be served with accompaniments like coconut chutney, peanut chutney, sambhar, or podis.


1 cup whole urad dal (Minapappu)

2 cups of rice

1/2 cup of chana dal (senagapappu)

1 tb sp of methi seeds


  • Wash and soak urad dal, rice, chana dal and methi seeds together in lots of water for about 5-6 hours.

  • Drain water and grind them to a smooth batter, not too thick nor too watery. Add water while grinding for the batter to turn smooth.

  • Transfer the batter to a vessel, cover it and leave it overnight for fermentation.
  • The quantity of batter increases by morning. Add 1 tb sp of salt to the batter, mix well. Now the batter is ready for making dosas.
  • Place and heat a dosa pan (skillet) on the stove. Pour a laddle full of batter on the pan and spread into thin round shape as shown below. Move the laddle in circular shape till the batter turns into thin round shape. Sprinkle 1/2 tsp of oil on the sides and allow to cook till dosa turns to golden brown in color.

  • Turn dosa to the other side as shown below and allow to cook for few seconds. Keeping dosa for a long while on the pan would turn dosa to be more crisper so make sure you dont over cook them.

  • Reverse dosa again, fold into two halves and serve hot with chutney.
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  1. A dosa with channa dal,thats nice!I have a question Sowjanya,is par boiled rice not necessary here?

  2. Hi sumitha,

    parboiled rice is optional while making dosas. The one I blogged is my moms old recipe. Some times she used to substitute raw rice with rice flour as they do in restaurants.

  3. Hi Sowjanya,
    This is my second time to your blog, got here form another bloggers page. Loved your recipes, the dosa and bangaladumpa iguru also looks yum, will try them out soon. Thank you for the recipes 🙂

  4. Thanks for your nice words priya.

  5. THis dosa with ur potato curry should be a nice combo along with the coconut chutney!!!Man Did I just have a feast for myself now???

  6. Hi Sowjanya,

    Dosa looks great and I did try your kobbari chutney it was great.

  7. Thanks for those sweet words BDSN. Hope you and your baby are doing good.

  8. Lovely looking dosa.

  9. where can you purchase the item that they use in restaurants to make dosa

  10. Hi Sowjanya
    dosa looks crispy and tempting. Dosa with coconut chutney seems to be made for each other. Wld love to try this recipe.
    Chk here for a thread on varieties of dosa by Krishnamma:

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  12. Looks Good

  13. Hi
    Usually we place make a idly/dosa batter in a idli rice and without the dal, its come really good both. I have a doubt, any other rice for the good idly batter ?? I tried pro-boiled one.

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