Banana Dosa /Vegan Indian Banana Pancake

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Sometimes change is not bad after all. Recently at work, I moved my desk from one place to another (please don’t ask why!) and I am totally enjoying it. Nothing has changed in terms of my job, my position, my work load etc everything remains the same. But then the people who now site by me and the environment have changed and definitely that has made a positive impact on me. Not to mention that this place is much quieter and warmer J Keeping fingers crossed and hoping that the good spirit lasts. 

Based on the spirit of change I made these sweet Banana Dosas. In our family we are so used to the idea that Dosas are savory, that it takes a while to digest the idea of sweet ones literally. Now the main reason that compelled me to try this was to try this on my 4 year old. He has a very small list of things the he likes in food and being a typical Mom I try ways to expand that repertoire. He likes savory Dosas and also bananas, so I planned on making this Dosa based on an idea of Eggless Banana Pancake. He liked the taste; however he could not eat more than ¾ of it at a time.

As I said before this is a good one to make if you need some change from the regular savory Dosas or can be made as accompaniment with regular Flour Dosas. I have known many people who like to eat the combination of sweet and salty together in a meal.

This Dosa does not require any fermentation or grinding. It is a good way to use up the over ripe bananas. If you prefer go ahead and substitute Soy Milk with regular milk, sugar with jaggery and cinnamon with cardamom powder. 

This is my contribution to the event “It’s a Vegan World- Indian” an event hosted by Graziana. This event “It’s a Vegan World” is a brain child of Vaishali of Holy Cow.

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  •  1 cup wheat flour  
  •  ½ cup sooji/semolina  
  • 1/4 cup rice flour
  • 2 over ripe bananas (mashed)
  • Soy milk (use regular milk if you don’t prefer Soy milk)
  • Sugar per taste (substitute with jaggery)
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp powdered cardamom 
  • Salt a pinch  

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  • Mix the different flours along with salt, sugar, baking powder.
  • Blend the mashed banana along with milk into a thick shake.
  • Add this to the flour, cardamom powder and mix well. Add more milk if necessary.
  • The batter should be comparatively thick for this. Let it sit aside for 30 minutes.
  • Heat a dosa flat pan/ tawa. Make sure the Tawa is not very hot, otherwise the batter will stick to the pan.
  • Spread the batter on the tawa like utthappa. Do not spread around the batter a lot like we do for a regular dosa. Little spreading around shoud do.
  • Do not touch it for a while; add oil and shallow fry like Uthappa. (Note: The oil to be added to this dosa should be little more compared to the urad dosa)
  • Once browned, turn it on the other side. There is no need to cook it for a long time.
  • This can be eaten as is and does not require any sides.
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  1. Vani says:

    As a kid, I never liked the sweet dosas – banana dosa, jackfruit dosa etc. Have not attempted them as an adult. I’m sure I’ll love them now! 🙂
    Simple recipe too. Love the clicks, RC.

  2. Pavani says:

    Dosa looks delicious. Loved your cute dimple spoon as well. Regarding moving, our company is moving to a new building end of this year. Right now we have our bldg but with the move we’ll be sharing office space with other companies in the area. I’m excited abt it since that area is full of restaurants and shops to spend some rukda. OK let me go.. great looking dosas..

  3. Vaishali says:

    What a spectacular recipe, RC. Would’ve never thought of adding banana to an Indian dosa, but I can imagine it’d taste delicious. Beautiful pictures too– they’re making me hungry!

  4. Desi Soccer Mom says:

    Got to second Pari. I think I may have had the sweet dosa as a kid but the memory is very faint. They do look good though not to mention the great photo.
    May I tell you a secret? Sometimes I enjoy admiring and drooling over your pictures more than the recipes, no offense to your delicious recipes. Your pictures look like works of art.

  5. Happy Cook says:

    When we wer ekids mom used to amake banana dosa, but then they were fatter and the banana was sliced instead of mash.
    Looks yummy yumm, especially kids would love it.

  6. RedChillies says:

    Thanks Aparna. Hey I completely forgot about Surnali, will prepare that sometime. But that does not have banana and that requires grinding right?

    Thanks Soumya. True, this is very simple and it does not need grinding and fermenting. Hey, are you enjoying this pleasant weather? Even this won’t last long and we have to brace for that ice cold winter :-((

    Thanks Vani. Frankly, I do not like sweet Dosas either. I wanted to try it on my son to see if it has any impact on him. He is a relucatant eater and it makes me try new stuff on him.

    Thanks Pavani. We got that spoon on out recent trip and I love it too. AAh, I would have been excited too. Sometimes even a small change can make so much of a difference. Good luck with the move and enjoy the new place sweetie!

    Thanks Pavithra. I am the other way around, never heard of jackfruit dosa. That must taste delicous. This tastes good too, especially for the kids.

  7. RedChillies says:

    Thanks Vaishali for the sweet words. Banana does add a psecial taste to this Dosa and I had to send this to your event :-))

    Thanks Superchef. That was just sweet of you. Banana does add great flavor to this quick and easy Dosa.

    Thanks Pari. I will check out about God Dhirada, the name sounds very enticing. We got that spoon from a recent trip and I like the shape of it too :-))

    Thanks Jaya for the sweet words. Goodness gracious, you make me blush as I never expected that and I feel like hiding somewhere. Coming from you, it means a lot to me, nevertheless your words were very inspiring and thanks to you from the bottom of my heart. I admit, I enjoy taking pictures, as that is one thing which can distract me from stress and cool my nerves. I hope I continue to learn, but have a long long way to go.

  8. Upsi says:

    …and I thought anyone can make these dosas!

    served my proud-ish, over-confident self right!

    made these dosas for breakfast and the batter fell in love with the pan and will not separate.

    i re-read your recipe now. my batter was way too liquid consistent. i was also impatient and did not follow your ‘do not touch it for a while’ rule.

    – a humbled Upsi

  9. Sharmila says:

    One look at the snap and I go …oh!goodie .. a new dosa … then you go ‘like uttappa’ and then somewhere I see the word pancake. Lol RC … love, love love it. 🙂
    I love a little grated coconut in it too. 🙂

  10. Sonu says:

    Wow…banana dosa?! never heard before. Look so nice and beautiful. I might like this version b’se I love mild-sweet things. :)btw, it’s exactly look like ‘Pulla’…what we call in Gujarati, though recipe is different. 🙂
    Loved the pink background.

  11. nags says:

    interesting.. i recently started cooking with banana and absolutely love the flavour though i have to say it depends on personal taste 🙂

  12. Soma says:

    had no idea you could make dosa, or pancake (they are sounding more like it to me, as they are sweet:-D ) with bananas. I actually like sweet dosas better & even with the regular ones I add some ghee & sugar for mine! neat idea.. Supriya those spoons are cuties.

  13. SAD says:

    Hi…..lovely Dosas, made them today….I was wondering though, how would it taste if we replace banana with apple and cinnamon … ?

  14. redchillies says:

    Apple and cinnamon seems cool. But apple will not have the paste consistency like mashed banana so you may need to add more milk I guess?

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