Paper dosa | Restaurant style crispy dosa

I keep making different dosa types for my kids as they love dosas. For soft dosas, my go to recipe is this Cotton dosa but for restaurant style crispy dosas, this Paper dosa from Jayashree Prabhu mai‘s cookbook “99 Delightful Dosas” is simply the best. The dosas turn out super crispy and very tasty.

My daughter loves ghee roast dosa from restaurants a lot and the least I can do is recreate it at home now since we have stopped restaurant foods since many months (due to the covid situation). She enjoys it a lot and I feel how much even the kids have adapted well to this “new normal” of eating only homemade foods. Hats off to all kids!

But one thing is sure. All this completely cutting out fast food and restaurant foods must have given the much necessary detox to our system and we will come out healthier for sure.

Hope you all will try and love this paper dosa too. Happy and healthy cooking!

RECIPE: {Adapted from “99 Delightful Dosas cook book by Jayashree Prabhu}

Ingredients: (About 20 dosas)

2 Cups Rice

1 Cup Urad dal

4 tsp Methi seeds

1 Cup Rice flour

4 Tbsp Besan or chickpea flour

Salt to taste

Oil or ghee to cook the dosa

Step by step recipe:

1. Wash well and soak rice in a bowl and soak urad dal along with methi in another bowl for atleast 4 hours.

2. Grind the Urad methi mixture to a smooth paste using water as needed. Pour into a large steel vessel. Now take the soaked rice in the mixer. Add rice flour, besan and salt.

3. Grind the rice mixture using little water to a smooth paste too. Add it to the Urad batter and mix well with hands.

4. Ferment overnight or for atleast 8 to 10 hours.

Love how well the batter ferments!

5. Heat a flat dosa pan and pour a ladle of batter over it. Shape using the back of the ladle into concentric circles to a thin, large dosa.

6. Add ghee and cook till the dosa turns crisp.

7. Fold and serve hot with a chutney of your choice. Repeat the same with the rest of the batter.


* The addition of rice flour gives a very crisp texture to the dosa while besan or chickpea flour is just for colour. So that can be skipped if you don’t have.

* For making perfect dosas, first heat the dosa pan to high and when it heats well, reduce the flame and spread the dosas as thin as you can. Then cook the dosas again on high flame till done. For very crispy dosas, just cook a little while longer and add a extra dash of oil or ghee.

* Leftover dosa batter can be refrigerated but the texture of the dosa did change the next day. It came out soft like regular dosas and not as crispy as the first day. We loved it both ways though.

* For this way of hing chutney that I make, just grind coconut along with ginger and green chillies with salt and little water to a smooth paste. Now season mustard seeds and hing (I use powder) in coconut oil and pour over this ground paste. Mix well. Done!


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