Instant Dosa



In our family we are totally biased towards the regular Urad Dosa. Hands down, we would prefer it any day, any time over the Instant Dosas, Rava Dosas etc. Even though making the urad dosa is not hard, preparing the batter is time consuming which requires prep work of grinding and time for fermentation. But when prepared it is worth every bit of time. But when time is the constraint then these easy instant Dosas that require no fermentation or grinding fill the void.


Knowing that I am hard pressed for time during the weekdays; my parents usually send me quick and easy recipe ideas whenever they find one. My mother collects these from friends, TV shows or concocts something on her own. So this Dosa recipe was sent by them. The recipe that she had sent called for tomatoes and wheat flour. I changed it a little bit to suit the taste and requirement of DS.


Some days I prepare this dosa for my son after coming back form work.  After coming back, I check his lunch box and there are days when he has hardly finished his lunch.  Those are the days when he is super cranky and stubborn; that is when he requires some ‘fuel’ to calm him up.  Instead of giving chips, crackers, cookies etc I quickly whip this up and feed the little one. I sometimes also make it during weekends as quick snack or as breakfast. I refer to this as “Jiffy Dosa” while serving my 3 year old. He thinks of it as some fancy Dosa and so far seems to have taken a liking towards it.



Notes: For this Dosa, spreading the onion, sesame, coriander leaves mixture is optional. But at home we like the cooked onion taste as it adds crunch and also sweetness to the Dosa. You can go little extra and also add carrots, spinach, tomatoes etc. This dosa requires little bit more oil that the regular urad daal dosa. Finally this Dosa is not a crispy Dosa.




  • Gram Flour(Besan) – 1/2 cup
  • Rice flour – 1/2 cup
  • Fine Rava (Sooji/Semolina) -1/2 cup
  • turmeric powder
  • salt to taste
  • Cumin seeds  – 1 tsp 
  • green chillies + ginger in paste form 
  • Finely chopped onion  ½ cup
  • Sesame seeds and (or) poppy seeds
  • Handful Chopped coriander leaves
  • Oil



4-5 medium dosas


  • Please see the Notes above. Mix all the flour together, along with salt, cumin seeds and turmeric. Add water to a dosa batter consistency (thicker version like for onion dosa).
  • Make a paste of ginger and green chilli. Add this to the batter.
  • Mix the chopped onions, sesame seeds, chopped coriander and keep aside.
  • Heat tawa. Spread the batter on the tawa like utthappa. Spread around handful of the onion mixture over the top of the dosa.
  • Do not touch it for a while; add oil/ghee and shallow fry like Uthappa. (Note: The oil to be added to this dosa should be little more compared to the urad dosa otherwise it will turn out dry)
  • Serve hot with Tomato Ketchup.
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  1. pavithra says:

    Clicks are really awesome and dosa too. I too do this but never added sesame and sooji for the batter, i have noted down and add both when i make next time. Thanks yaa. Lovely photos. Thumbs up!!!!!!!

  2. Deesha says:

    I too prefer the urad dosa as compared to instant ones .. once in a while this too is okie .. pretty pic with those toppings

  3. Kalai says:

    You are so right about the “real” dosai, as I like to call it! But, when pressed for time, you’ve made a great quick dosai.

  4. Sonu says:

    This Dosa is really quick. I make it with only Chickpea flour…we call it ‘Pulla’ or ‘Pudla’.
    Your dosa looks so yum..yum! 🙂

  5. indosungod says:

    It is good to have one of these dosai recipes handy. I know what hunger crankiness can do to the kiddies. The dosa looks really good. I like the way you have dressed it up. Grated carrots, beets – the choices seem endless.

  6. SuperChef says:

    this is soo yummy…especially loved the topping. I sometimes like these kind of dosas to the regular urad dosa..but yeah, that is still me all time fav!

  7. Asha says:

    Thanks RC! Yeah! After 18yrs, I couldn’t find my bank in Jayanagar! Took 1 1/2 hrs of traveling and asking around to find it and it was buried under a huge bridge and huge roads!:D
    Even St.Martha’s was unrecognizable where Arvind did his internship and I used to go there so often. Unbelievable traffic and change, don’t know if it’s good or bad! Metro is coming too!

    My poor kids survived somehow. Arvind thinks they are old enough to cook or take care of themselves, so he took them out only in the weekends. I am upset but what can you do? That’s why I never left the kids when they are younger, glad I stayed home!:P

    Enjoy Summer, see you in Fall.

  8. Soma says:

    When i saw the picture, I was thinking cheela. It does have the besan, with other things. I will tryy this soon:-).. I do not have the rice flour, but will grind up regular rice i guess.. the onions are for me too. Supriya that is a very very pretty plate:-)

  9. mahimaa says:

    fabulous dosa. i am a fan of instant ones… looks lovely. i want to make it right away after this post…. yes, i might end up making 🙂

  10. Vani says:

    I love dosas – instant or long-winded 🙂 The pic is beautiful, RC! Sounds delicious with the ginger-garlic-chilly paste and the onion topping.

  11. Vaishali says:

    I love those long-soak udad dosas too, but truth be told, I never have the time to plan. This instant dosa sounds healthy and delicious, and it makes such a pretty picture too, RC.

  12. sunshinemom says:

    I prefer these to the ‘real’ ones! Esp. rice flour dosas and rawa dosas. I do not add haldi otherwise it is the same recipe. Picture looks super yum!

  13. Uma says:

    My mom used to make these instant dosas for us. Brought a long lost dish alive. You website is perfect and very nice pictures.

  14. redchillies says:

    Thank you all for the warm comments.

    Mahimaa thanks for trying it out girl and glad you liked it 🙂

  15. Aparna says:

    I make another version with besan and atta. My daughter and I like all maneers of “jiffy dosas” though my husband wouldn’t quite agree.

  16. RAMESH DAGA says:

    Basically I enjoy making , rather attempting different types of dishes…. this looks Yummy.. certeinly I wud like to make it this sunday

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