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Rava Dosa

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Rava Dosa is a popular South Indian thin and crispy flat bread. It looks like thin crepes. This is a mouthwatering culinary delight. Rava Dosas are quick to make. They can be served as a snack or part of a main meal.

Recipe will make 6 Dosas.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup fine semolina (fine Sooji)
  • 1/4 cup rice flour
  • 1/4 cup all purpose flour (plain flour or maida)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds (jeera)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt adjust to taste
  • Pinch of asafoetida (hing)
  • 1 tablespoon chopped cilantro (hara dhania)
  • 1 green chilly finely chopped
  • Approx. 2 cups of water

Method

  1. Mix all three flours including semolina, rice flour and all-purpose flour. Make a thin batter using little water at a time and avoiding any lumps. Batter should have pouring consistency like buttermilk.
  2. Add all other ingredients to the batter including cumin seeds, salt, asafetida, cilantro and green chili. Mix it well. Let the batter stand for about 30 minutes.
  3. Heat the skillet on medium high. To check if skillet is ready sprinkle few drops of water over skillet water should sizzle. Wipe the skillet with few drops of oil.
  4. Pour the batter with ladle on the skillet in a circular motion starting from the periphery to the center. Keep pouring the batter till it covers the whole skillet.
  5. Note: pour the batter on the skillet from about 3 to 4 inches height. Don’t try to spread the batter otherwise the characteristic and appearance of Rava Dosa will not come. Rava Dosa should have holes like swiss cheese or have lacy look.
  6. Sprinkle 1 teaspoon of oil around dosa.
  7. Cook Dosa over medium heat for about 2 minutes or until Dosa becomes golden brown. Then turn the Dosa using spatula.
  8. Let Dosa cook for about 1 minute from other side. Dosa will be golden brown on one side and light color on other side.
  9. Thin and crispy Rava Dosa is ready to serve.

Serving Suggestions

  1. Rava dosa is very flavorful. You may eat this snack with Hari Cilantro Chutney.
  2. Traditionally Rava Dosa is served with Sambar (lentil soup cooked with vegetables), and coconut chutney.
  3. I have the recipes for Sambar, Coconut Chutney, and Hari Cilantro Chutney on my web site.

29 thoughts on “Rava Dosa

  1. The dosa did not come out good. When I try to flip it breaks and forms lumps even though the batter is thin and I stirred it before pouring in the pan. How can I make it right ?

  2. Manju my mom keep telling that normally people who make rava dosa will add curd to it?? But in your recipe there is no room for curd. Shall i add it are let the recipe be the same way??. I actually loved yours….. :)

    1. Hey just want to share that in rava dosa curd is added but prob with adding it is the proportion. If we mess it up the dosage will stick to the tawa.
      This is the ultimate recipe as it is easy and tastes almost same.
      Once u become a pro in this u can make ur changes.
      Hope this is ok

  3. Manjula jee,

    My wife used to make Rawa Dos for me for many years. I like Rawa Dosa very much.
    Unfortunately she died on 5th January 2013. I stay alone, My sons and daughters-in-law separate but in the same high-rise building built by me.
    Today I gave then a BIG surprise. I opened your site saw the video for Raw Dosa and made with the help of my helper boy. And it was delicious. Thanks a lot Manjula jee.

  4. Thank you so much for this super easy recipe. My hubby and I both love rava dosas. The ones I made last evening turned out great. Next time I’m thinking of adding chopped onions too! Thanks again.

    Xx,
    Priyanka

  5. Hope Manjula won’t mind my making a suggestion here as one who grew up eating rava dosa of many varieties, both blended with whole rice and prepared with rice flour. Despite the fact that rice flour is what is generally used for rava dosa, one can use maida only without using any rice flour. The taste won’t be exactly like the traditional rava dosa, but, pretty close and good. The secrets of making perfect dosas: 1. Keep dosa skillet just for dosas without making any chapati on it. 2. Try not to wash the iron skillet too much, certain dosas like rava dosa need the oil on the base of the skillet without adding any, prior to pouring the batter. 3. If you must add oil, use a tip of a potato stuck on a fork to dip in the oil container and spread on the skillet. Hope these tips help. :-)

  6. Can we make it without the rice flour…do you have any other substitute …or if I can put cooked/steamed rice churned in a mixer….
    Please do let me know

  7. Hi Mam,

    I tried this yesterday but it did not come well.
    I was breaking when I was turning.
    Also, dont why all the rava was accumating down in the batter.

    Why it was happening?

    1. Priyanka Soni,

      If the rava accumulates on the bottom, keep on mixing with your hand and try sprinkling the batter with your hand on the griddle(as it is thin, it will be easy to sprinkle)…it works fine….

  8. Thank you,manjula..i v prepared rava dosa.it was my first experiance.my wife also likes your recipes and now she is also a fan of your.once again thankyou…jayakrishnan&thushara,punjab

  9. Munjulaji,

    Your receipes are great. I love the way you demonstrated the rava dosa. I am just starting to learn cooking and your receipes are so user friendly. Thank you so much. Long life to you.
    Best Rgds
    Meena

  10. Hi! Manjula Aunty,
    Yesterday my friend came at my home and I made Rava Dosa for her. It turned out great.. :) We both loved it!

    Thanks for sharing this and all the recipes.
    Your teaching method is so nice..I love to watch your videos.
    Please add the recipe of ‘Sukhdi’.

  11. Thank you Manjula for your recipes and videos. I have made several of your dishes and they have all been very good.

    A word of caution: what most American cooks call semolina isn’t sooji. Semolina is yellow, is made from hard durum wheat, and is the primary ingredient of Italian pasta. The American word for sooji is farina. Farina is white, is made from soft wheat, and is the primary ingredient of Cream of Wheat.

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