Masala dosa

The masala dosa is a popular South Indian dish made from a fermented batter of rice and black lentils. It is typically served with a potato-based filling, and a variety of chutneys and sambar. The dish has its origins in the state of Karnataka, and is now popular throughout the Indian subcontinent.

The earliest known reference to the dish is in a Tamil text dating back to the 10th century. The text mentions a dish called dosai, which was made from a batter of rice and black lentils. It is unclear whether this is the same as the modern-day masala dosa.

The dish gained popularity in the state of Karnataka in the 13th century. It is believed that the dish was introduced to the region by the Hoysala kings. The dish became a staple of Karnataka cuisine, and is now also popular in the neighbouring states of Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, and Kerala.


Making masala dosa is a delicious and satisfying meal. To make the perfect masala dosa, start by preparing the dosa batter. You'll want to mix a cup of rice flour and a cup of urad dal flour with some salt and water. If you can, let the batter sit overnight for the best results. Once the batter is ready, spread it onto a hot griddle, and cook until golden brown. For the filling, you'll want to sauté some mustard seeds, potatoes, onions, and spices like turmeric, cumin, and coriander. Once the filling is cooked, spoon it into the center of the dosa, and fold it over. Cook for a few more minutes, and serve your masala dosa hot with chutney or sambar. Enjoy!

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Classic Masala Dosa

  • vegetable oil
  • fenugreek seed
  • urad dal
  • salt
  • short grain rice
  • ginger
  • mustard seed
  • onion
  • yellow potato
  • cilantro
  • cumin seed
  • salt
  • turmeric
  • asafetida
  • hot red pepper
  • green chile
  • ghee
  • garlic
  • curry

Masala Dosa With Coconut Chutney From Padma Lakshmi

  • aloo masala
  • coconut chutney
  • dosa batter
  • tadka
  • red chile
  • coconut
  • canola
  • salt
  • urad dal
  • salt
  • urad dal
  • green chily
  • canola oil
  • lemon juice
  • urad dal
  • brown mustard seed
  • black mustard seed
  • chana dal
  • turmeric powder
  • curry
  • cilantro
  • canola
  • asafetida
  • onion
  • canola
  • green chily
  • white grain rice
  • yukon gold potato

Masala Dosa

  • turmeric
  • spiced chutney powder
  • ghee
  • salt
  • russet potato
  • chana dal
  • urad dal
  • black mustard seed
  • jalapeño
  • onion
  • cilantro
  • ghee
  • lemon juice

Ingredient Breakdown

urad dal
black mustard seed
chana dal
cumin seed
coconut chutney
dosa batter
green chily
lemon juice
russet potato
vegetable oil
fenugreek seed
mustard seed
yellow potato
short grain rice
hot red pepper
green chile
aloo masala
red chile
canola oil
brown mustard seed
turmeric powder
white grain rice
yukon gold potato
spiced chutney powder
thai green chili
kashmiri red chili powder
apple cider vinegar