Tuesday, 28 May 2013

Plain Dosa Recipe - Urad Dal ( Black Gram)

Posted by Veena Karanth at Tuesday, May 28, 2013
Urad dal (black gram) dosa or plain dosa is one of the most simplest and the most famous dosa recipe out there. God bless the person who has invented this dosa because this dosa forms the base for many other dosa. Preparing dosa is a type of art and only by practice you can do it. There are two methods of dosa preparations. In one method, the batter is formed from the grounded mixture and it is spread from the center to the sides in a circular shape. Another type is the one where the batter is formed from the powdered ingredients. In this plain/urad dal (black gram ) dosa, I have grounded a mixture of urad dal and rice ( dosa rice). Urad dal provides the necessary proteins to our body specially for vegetarians. It has lot of fiber content, hence it is quite helpful in digestion. It provides a great energy to the body. Urad dal contains a lot of vitamins and minerals. Another ingredient , namely rice, mainly contains carbohydrate which is a source of energy to our body,making  dosa  almost a complete food.


plain dosa







How To Prepare Plain Dosa / Urad Dal Dosa


The dosa batter should be grounded and allowed to be fermented for seven to eight hours to get a smooth and spongy dosa.

Ingredients For Urad Dal Dosa / Plain Dosa

  • Urad dal- 1 cup
  • Raw rice - 3 cups
  • Salt - three tsps
  • Flattened Rice ( Avalakki) - 1 tbsp
  • Fenugreek/methi seeds - 1 tsp


Method To Prepare Plain dosa / Urad Dal Dosa


  • Soak rice,methi (fenugreek seeds) and dal separately for three hours.
  • Grind urad dal (black gram ) along with methi/fenugreek seeds and flattened rice ( avalakki) separately for twenty minutes in the grinder
  • Remove the urad dal batter and grind the rice till smooth consistency for ten to fifteen minutes in the grinder.
  • Transfer the grounded item into a vessel and mix both urad dal and rice batter together.
  • Add salt.
  • Close the lid and let the batter remain for seven to eight hours for fermentation.
  • After the fermentation period, with a help of a big spoon or ladle stir the batter swiftly in a circular motion.
  • If necessary you can add water to make the batter dilute.
  • Heat a pan and pour a ladle full of batter in the center.
  • Spread the batter in a circular motion towards the edge of the pan.
  • Add one tsp of oil around the dosa.
  • Let it stay for two minutes and then flip it over to a plate.

Your crispy plain soft dosa is ready to be served. !!!

Kitchen Masti Points


  1. Any chutney will go on well with dosa but I assure you that coconut chutney will be outstanding.
  2. You can sprinkle grated paneer ( cottage cheese) on the dosa for a better and rich taste.
  3. You can refrigerate this dosa batter in the fridge for 2 days , but remember, do not add salt to the batter. Add salt, only when you are  ready to prepare the dosa.
plain dosa recipe



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