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plain dosa recipe

Plain Dosa Recipe, How To Make South Indian Style Plain Dosa

Easy and simple South Indian style dosa can be enjoyed with side dishes like sambar (South Indian veg curry with dal) or chutneys like coconut chutney,tomato chutney etc or any curry that you like.
You will need dosa batter (see recipe here) to make dosa.
Course Breakfast
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 12 minutes
Servings 4 dosa


  • 2 cups Dosa batter add little water to idli batter to make dosa batter
  • 1 tablespoon Ghee or melted butter or Oil adjust as needed to grease the pan


  • Gently mix your batter ans see if it is of the right consistency and check if salt is enough (if salt is less, you can add more according to your preference)
  • Heat an iron griddle or non stick pan and when the griddle is really hot, add few drops of oil or ghee (or melted butter) to the griddle and gently rub all over the pan using a spoon or spatula.
  • Pour a small ladle full of batter on to the hot griddle and then gently spread the batter thinly by moving the ladle in circular motion.
  • As the batter gets cooked, add few drops of oil or ghee onto the top, and wait for the dosa to get cooked. This may take 1 to 2 minutes usually.
  • Once the bottom side of the dosa is cooked, you will see the edges are coming off the pan, you can start flipping the dosa by slightly removing the edges from the pan using a good steel spatula. This step is very important, as the dosa may stick to the pan or griddle in some cases.
  • Usually it comes off quickly if the batter is made right and if the pan or griddle is properly seasoned and if you wait till the bottom of the dosa is completely cooked. If the dosa is sticking you need to be more patient and give more time for the dosa to be cooked completely on the bottom so it will come off easily (if it is still sticking, your griddle may not be seasoned properly or there could be a problem with the batter)
  • Flip the dosa and wait for the other side to be cooked, and this will be more quick and usually done with in a minute. Enjoy hot dosa with side dishes like sambar or any chutneys or any curry you like.


Popular side dishes enjoyed with dosa are sambar and chutneys like coconut chutney, tomato chutney and there are many varieties on chutneys. The most common chutney that is used with South Indian dosa is coconut chutney.