Besan Puda (Gram Flour Dosa)

January 18th, 2007 filed under Breads, Gluten Free, Vegan
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BasenKa Puda is a tasty dish for breakfast or a light lunch.  This recipe is quick to prepare and can be served many different ways. In my house this is a favorite dish for breakfast, folded with cheese.

Makes 5 pudas.

Besan Puda Dosa Recipe by ManjulaIngredients:

  • 1 cup besan (gram flour) (available in Indian grocery stores)
  • 1/4 cup rice flour (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds (jeera)
  • 1 teaspoon chopped green chilies
  • 1 cup shredded zucchini (Italian squash)
  • 1 tablespoon chopped cilantro (green coriander)
  • About 6 tablespoons of oil to cook


  1. Shred the zucchini with the skin and keep aside.
  2. Mix all the dry ingredients together: besan, rice flour, cumin seeds, and salt. Add the water slowly to make a smooth batter, the
    consistency of pancake batter or Dosa batter. Add the green chilies, cilantro, and zucchini. Mix well.
  3. Use  a non-stick skillet and place on medium-high heat. Test by sprinkling a few drops of water on it. Water should sizzle right away.
  4. Pour about 1/2 cup of the batter into the skillet and spread evenly with a back of spoon. Starting from the center, spiral the batter outward evenly to form a circle about 7″ in diameter.
  5. When batter starts to dry, gently spread one teaspoon of oil over it. Wait about 30 seconds; flip the puda using a flat spatula.
  6. Press the puda lightly all around with the spatula to make the puda cook evenly. Turn the puda three to four time, until crisp and brown on both sides.
  7. Repeat for the remaining pudas.


Spread the batter quickly, or it will begin to dry and will be difficult to spread.

Serving Suggestions:

  1. You can serve the puda with yogurt, chutney, spicy pickles, or ketchup.
  2. Pudas can also be served as quesadillas. Fold the pudda with shredded cheddar cheese, sliced tomatoes, or roasted vegetables.


  1. Zucchini can be replaced with finely chopped spinach, shredded potatoes, or  finely shredded cabbage.
  2. If you make the puda without vegetables, do not use rice flour. This will cause the pudas to be very dry.
  3. Cilantro can be replaced with  ground coriander powder.

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135 Responses to “Besan Puda (Gram Flour Dosa)”

  1. amrita says:

    Nice article , me and my mother always following your ideas

    Thanks for sharing

  2. Nina says:

    1 Cup of Besan woudl be 128 grams, you can use conversion chart to help this;

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  4. mita robertson says:

    Manjulamassi, Thank you being sooo willing to share yourself & your hooomie recipes w/us. You remind me of my mom… whom I miss greatly :( She would make simple salty &/or sweet puda for a snack w/masala chai. Sooo comforting!!! Thank you again, & I look forward to view more of your recipes… especially now that I know you have a facebook page :)
    God Bless You!!!

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