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Masala Dosa

 Published 2008-Feb-02   Updated 2018-Oct-02

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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. The crispy dosa with the delicious filling is dipped into the chutney and then dunked into the bowl of piping hot sambar. It is then eaten to enjoy the full taste. The combination of flavours is just amazing. 

Potato Masala Dosa is by far the most popular of all South Indian tiffin varieties. It is found in restaurants all over India and even in Indian restaurants abroad. For me personally, this is the first thing I prefer to order when I go to restaurants, The big dosas made in thick cast iron tawas are to die for. Nowadays with kids growing up, I make this at home often. Mostly during weekends when I have some extra time.

There are many variations of masala dosa served 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. The potato masala stuffing is the most basic one and also the most popular one. I am going to share the recipe of Masala Dosa with Potato Filling today. Try it out this weekend and have fun.

Recipe For Masala Dosa

Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 50 minutes
Serves: 4


For The Dosa

For The Masala

  • Potatoes - 3 or 4
  • Onion - 2 (finely chopped or sliced)
  • Ginger - 1/2 " pieces (finely chopped)
  • Green chilies - 4 (finely chopped)
  • Curry Leaves - 1 strand
  • Cilantro - handful
  • Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Cumin Seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Chana dal - 1/2 tsp
  • Urad Dal - 1/2 tsp
  • Asafoetida - 1/2 tsp
  • Turmeric powder - 1/4 spoon
  • Green Peas or Grated Carrots - 1/4 cup (optional)

masala dosa ingredients


Making the Potato Masala

  1. Boil the potatoes and mash them coarsely.
  2. In a kadai heat little oil, temper the mustard seeds, cumin seeds, urad dal and chana dal. Add some cashew pieces if you like its crunch in the masala,
  3. Add asafoetida, curry leaves, chopped green chillies, ginger and sliced onions. Saute it until the onion is transparent.
  4. Add turmeric to it. Add 1/2 a cup of water and salt to taste,let it boil.
  5. Add the mashed potatoes (and green peas or grated carrots if you prefer) to the mixture. Let it cook together for about 5 minutes until all the moisture is absorbed.
  6. Sprinkle some chopped cilantro on top and switch off.

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 bottom side is cooked, you can see brown spots appear.
  4. Now 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

In a kadai heat little oil, temper with mustard seeds and cumin seeds.

masala dosa preparation step

Once it pops, add urad dal, chana dal and curry leaves. Add some cashew pieces if you like its crunch in the masala,

masala dosa preparation step

Add asafoetida, chopped green chillies, ginger and sliced onions. Saute it until the onion is transparent.

masala dosa preparation step

Add turmeric and about 1/2 a cup of water, Add salt to taste and let it boil. Now add the mashed potatoes to the mixture.

masala dosa preparation step

Let it cook together for about 5 minutes until all the moisture is absorbed.

masala dosa preparation step

Sprinkle some chopped cilantro on top and switch off.

masala dosa preparation step

Keep this masala ready and start preparing the dosas.The same masala can also be used to make Mysore Masala Dosa.

masala dosa preparation step

Make a normal dosa. Drizzle some oil or ghee on top.

masala dosa preparation step

Once the dosa gets cooked well, some brown spots start appearing. At this stage, 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. Cook for a minute and remove on to a plate.

masala dosa preparation step

Serving Masala Dosa

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Comments (36)

Person   ()
Fantastic way of making it .
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Thanks Pranita.
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hello, can u accept guest post?
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Yes we do. Please check the terms and conditions for guest posts before sending. Thank you.
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Please give me a way that where to send recipe or guest post?or where to submit it?
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Send your recipe with image to
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.
Person   ()
Glad to hear that. Thank You.
Person   ()
Thanks. .....ingredients so taste
Person   ()
Good. Enjoy!!
Person   ()
Thanks,...interesting so tasty
Person   ()
Its my pleasure.
Person   ()
good and tastey.....
Person   ()
Thank you.
Person   ()
I like masala dosa
Person   ()
Me too.
Person   ()
i like dosa...
Person   ()
Thank You.
Person   ()
i lv it :-) , thk u
Person   ()
i like it
Person   ()
Its one of my favorite dished too.
Person   ()
thank u
Person   ()
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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