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Thavala Dosai

Neeru Srikanth
120 minutes
Prep Time
30 minutes
Cook Time
5 People
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ABOUT Thavala Dosai RECIPE

Thavala Dosai is a heirloom recipe in Tamil Nadu. This recipe is a dosa cooked with a coarse powder made out of Raw Rice, Boiled rice, Bengal Gram Dhal/Kadalai Paruppu, Toor Dhal, Urad dhal, Methi, Pepper, & Jeera. The powder is marinated in yogurt and tempered fresh coconut for 2 hours. After marination, the batter is poured into a kadai similar to appam kadai and cooked on a low flame. This recipe is absolutely yummy!!

Recipe Tags

  • Veg
  • Medium
  • Tiffin Recipes
  • Tamil Nadu
  • Breakfast and Brunch
  • Healthy

Ingredients Serving: 5

  1. For the Thavala Dosa powder:
  2. Raw rice : 1 cup
  3. Boiled rice : 1 cup
  4. Bengal Gram Dhal/Kadalai Paruppu – 1/3 cup
  5. Toor Dhal – 1/3 cup
  6. Urad dhal – 1/3 cup
  7. Fenugreek seeds  - 3 tsp
  8. pepper – 1.5 tsp
  9. cumin seeds – 1.5 tsp
  10. For the actual dosa
  11. Thavala Dosa Powder – 2.5 cups (yielded from above measurements)
  12. sesame oil – 3tsp (For temper)
  13. Musturd – 1 tsp
  14. Bengal gram – 1.5 tsp
  15. Urad dhal – 1.5 tsp
  16. hing powder - A generous pinch
  17. Mor Milagai (Salted curd Chillies) – 4
  18. Curry leaves - few
  19. Sour curd – 1 cup
  20. water – as needed
  21. salt to taste.
  22. Fresh coconut - 1 cup
  23. oil for making dosa - 10 tsp


  1. Grind the items mentioned under “For the thavala dosa powder” - Raw Rice , Boiled rice, bengal gram, toor dhal, urad dhal, fenugreek seeds, pepper, cumin seeds in a mixie as a coarse powder.
  2. To make the thavala dosa batter, Mix the thavala dosa powder with sour curd , water and salt to a dosa batter consistency.
  3. Take a pan and temper with sesame oil in the following order hing, mustard, urad dhal, Bengal gram dhal, sour curd chili's and curry leaves.
  4. Once they are fried , transfer them to the dosa batter and add fresh coconut.
  5. Let this marinate for a minimum of 2 hours.
  6. After 2 hours, check the consistency of the batter and add water if necessary so that it would pour easily.
  7.  Take an iron kadai or appam kadai and make it hot.
  8. Add oil and pour the batter and make it like a dosa (or appam) shape.
  9. Cover it for 3 minutes with a lid. You make keep checking in between if it is cooked.
  10. Flip around and cook for another 3 minutes
  11. Serve hot with a chutney.

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Kanak Patel
Kanak Patel   Feb-27-2017

my nani use to make this for me... how i miss it, thanks for sharing!

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