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Besan Puda (Gram Flour Dosa)

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.

148 thoughts on “Besan Puda (Gram Flour Dosa)

  1. Hi Manjula aunty,
    I love your recipes! So healthy and easy to make. I have a question about this recipe..could I use shredded yellow squash instead of zuchinni?
    Thank you!

  2. You are really incredible!!!!!
    Thanks for this fabulous,tasty,easy ,healthy and non fattening recipe.
    At first,I made it as described.It was delicious beyond belief,the Zucchini giving it a light texture,not always easy to achieve with chick-pea flour
    I then made my own version.Having sauteed some onions,garlic,chillies and KALE,I added it to the batter.
    Came out fabulous
    Will add your recipe as a staple in my experimental kitchen
    It just works!!!

  3. Thank you Manjula, these were delicious! I improvised a bit as I did not have rice flour (or rice) on hand so I used 1/4 cup coconut flour instead. But fortunately, I watched your video again and saw how runny the batter was so I had to add (slowly) quite a bit more water- maybe another 1/2 cup to get the right consistency. I also added 2 chopped scallions- the green part only and fresh cilantro. The first puda fell apart when I tried to flip it- not sure if too many scallions or if it was the coconut flour or the size. I made the others with only 1/2 cup of batter and they did not fall apart. :) I served them with with Greek yogurt and mango ginger chutney. Thanks for the video and recipe.

  4. dear Manjula de,
    How r you? I really liked your recipe.Dosa is very nice & easy to make.my family likes your dosa. thanks for sharing your recipes.

    thanks again.


  5. Hi Manjula Aunty,

    Is there any suitable replacement for zucchini? My father doesn’t react well if he has zucchini.

    Thankyou for sharing your recipes.

  6. Dear Manjula,
    Your site is so educative and recipes are very practical and easy to make. I look for healthy food as much as possible and try to adapt your recipes. Here is one.
    I made this today without the vegetables, because I wanted a Plain Besan Dosa. The ingredients used were 1 c Besan flour + 1/4 cup brown rice flour + pinch of black salt + pinch of regular salt + water . As you had in your recipe, the above was mixed into pancake or dosa consistency.
    The non-stick pan was oiled with 1 teaspoon Olive Oil and then the batter was spread on the hot pan.

    This came out very crispy. Recipe above made 2×9 inch dosas. The taste was so good, I will make it again tomorrow. I believe you can make an addition to your site, after doing some trials. Perfectly healthy chick pea and brown rice dosa in olive oil
    Thank you so much for your effort and hard work on all the recipes.

  7. 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!!!

  8. Dear manjula,
    your recipies are very simple and very tasty. My family likes your aloo dum very much. Thanks …………….

  9. You are awesome cook..:)Your websites teaches us so many varieties…I tried this Besan Puda ,it was tasty ..Thanks for the website and videos..Keep posting..:)
    Once again Thank You

  10. I tried your recipe and all my kids liked it! I had some Besan and had no idea what to do with it so I found your page. I have never made any Indian recipe and wasn’t sure what the Besan would taste like or how it would cook up. My family said to make this again. The only change I made was to switch scallions for the peppers (I didn’t have the peppers and I don’t think my kids would have like them) so scallions were a mild alternative. I am “all American” and always looking for something new to try. Thanks for posting this and we’ll be making it again.

  11. Dear Manjula,
    Thanks for sharing this receipe. Just made it as is and it is absolutely delicious : soft, not too dry thanks to the zucchini, and very fragrant ! The batter is as easy to spread as chown in the video, thanks again for your time !

  12. Good afternoon Manjula:
    I visit your blog not long ago. I always think that everything you cook looks great.
    I wanted to ask: the green coriander must put the leaves or seeds.
    Best regards

  13. I have a serious digestion problem when it comes to eating bread. I have recently discovered the Amazing DOSA with it’s seemingly endless possibilities. It is not only that it is tasty, good looking, fun to cook and experiment with but I have no problem with it’s digestion.
    Thank you to India and to you Manjula for I am about to try a mix with some bits and pieces in it.

    Best wishes from a very grateful

    Scott x

  14. Oh dear Manjula, I love Ladoo’s when I was in Brahma Kumaris in New York, they were delicious. Now I am back to Poland and I can’t find the basan, but I am keep trying. Thank you for bringing my memories back.

    With love


  15. I really liked that recipe
    its really easy & quick to make
    I have 2 questions
    1. Can i skip rice flour and add Oats flour to make it little healthy n heavy ???
    2. instead zuchini ( I cant buy around here) can i just add chopped onions and capsicum ?

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