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Masala Dosa

 Published 2008-Feb-02   Updated 2017-Dec-11

- Submitted by Elizabeth

(Masal Dosai)

Masala Dosa is originally from Udipi and is geneally made by stuffing dosa with potato masala. The thin paper dosa forms a wrap around the masala which is then had with chutney and sambhar.

There are many variations of masala dosa in different places like Mushroom dosa, Cauliflower dosa, Peas masala dosa, Paneer masala dosa, Chicken masala dosa, Onion masala dosa (with fried onions), Soya masala dosa, Mysore masala dosa (red chutney is applied in the inner surface of the dosa) etc. Whatever be the case, a thick masala is prepared with the respective ingredient and is stuffed inside the dosa.

Recipe For Masala Dosa


For The Dosa

For The Masala

  • Potatoes - 3
  • Onion - 1
  • Green chilies - 3 or 4
  • Curry Leaves - 1 strand
  • Cilantro - handful
  • Mustard seeds - 1/4 tsp
  • Chana dal - 1/2 tsp
  • Turmeric powder - 1/4 spoon
  • Green Peas - 1/4 cup (optional)
  • Close the other side


Making The Potato Masala

  1. Boil the potatoes and mash them coarsely.
  2. In a kadai heat little oil, temper the mustard seeds and chana Dal.
  3. Add curry leaves, slitted green chillies and sliced onion. Saute it until the onion is transparent.Add turmeric to it.Add 1/2 a cup of water and salt to taste,let it boil.
  4. Add the mashed potatoes and green peas to the mixture. Let it cook together for 2 minutes, sprinkle some chopped cilantro on top.

Making The Masala Dosa

  1. Pour a spoonful of batter on a hot dosa griddle. Immediately spread it using the back of the spoon using concentric circular motion.
  2. Add few drops of oil/ghee/butter on top.
  3. Once the first side is cooked, you can flip the dosa or let it cook as it is.
  4. Once the dosa is completely cooked add the masala in the center as shown.
  5. Cover the masala with the dosa as shown in the picture.
  6. Serve with hot sambhar and chutney varieties.

Detailed Steps

Make a dosa.

masala dosa preparation step

Put some masala in the center.

masala dosa preparation step

Fold one side of the dosa to cover the masala.

masala dosa preparation step

Fold over the other side.

masala dosa preparation step

Serving Suggestion

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Comments (30)

Person   ()
Thank you for the recipe.I would like to correct you on the history of masala dosa.The place Udupi is not in tamil nadu but in the state of karnatake. This is a small coastal town in the state.which has now called the udupi district.
Person   ()
Thanks for the correction sharitha. I've made the changes. Your participation is highly appreciated.
Person   ()
A small suggestion, you can apply coconut chutney or red chilli chutney on the dosa and then put the masala and fold it. Lastly brush the dosa with lil ghee. It'll be superb....
Person   ()
Thanks for your tips Jyothi. I'm sure it will be useful to many.
Person   ()
thank you for your masala dosa receipi. it is very useful to me.
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Glad to hear that. Thank You.
Person   ()
Thanks. .....ingredients so taste
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Good. Enjoy!!
Person   ()
Thanks,...interesting so tasty
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Its my pleasure.
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good and tastey.....
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Thank you.
Person   ()
I like masala dosa
Person   ()
Me too.
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i like dosa...
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Thank You.
Person   ()
i lv it :-) , thk u
Person   ()
i like it
Person   ()
Its one of my favorite dished too.
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thank u
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u r welcome.
Person   ()
I like masala dosa very much.
Person   ()
its my favourite too.
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thank you.
Person   ()
What kind of tawa should we use? Whenever I make dosa it stick to tawa and effort wasted
Person   ()
I use non stick tawa. It makes life so much easier. Just add few drops of oil in the tawa and spread with a dry cloth or paper towel before you make the dosa.

If you are using a traditional iron tawa, rub the tawa with a cut onion. Repeat this 3-4 times befoe you make dosa. It takes some effort to make the traditional tawa suitable for dosa making. Non stick tawa are much more easier.
Person   ()
Nonstick tawa should be use.
Person   ()
u have not explained how to prepare masala dosa batter pls explain
Person   ()
Hi Naveen, I just use the normal dosa batter to make masala dosa. Here is the recipe for that.

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