Here is how to do home made murugal dosa batter recipe. Usually, I just use my idli batter recipe for making dosa. But if you are looking for making a really crispy dosa, then this is the recipe you need to be making. It is an extremely easy recipe and comes out good every single time.
Hope you enjoy our video instructions!
The recipe is very similar to the idli batter recipe but the easiest. All the ingredients are soaked together and ground. The batter needs to be ground to a fine paste and allowed to ferment for at least 12 hours. The dosa will nicely brown only when its fermented well. Also the batter consistency should be a little thinner than the idli batter consistency. After fermenting, if you feel that the batter is thick or your dosas or not coming out well, try to add little water and dilute the batter. But add very little at a time.
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Murugal Dosai / Dosa Batter Recipe
Recipe for home made murugal dosai with batter made from scratch. Dosai batter recipe. Home style ghee roast. A video recipe.
- Total Time: 16 hours 10 mins
- Yield: 30 dosas 1x
Dosa Batter Ingredients
- !Measurements used – 1 cup = 250 ml
- 1 Cup Idli Rice (Par boiled rice)
- 1 Cup Raw Rice
- 1/2 Cup Urad Dal
- 2 Tablespoon Toor Dal
- 1/4 Cup Aval / Poha
- 1/4 teaspoon Fenugreek Seeds
- 1 1/2 teaspoon Salt
For making Dosa
- Ghee and Oil for greasing the pan
- Wash the rice and dal in running water 2-3 times.
- Soak all the ingredients except the salt together in water for at-least 4 hours.
- Grind the ingredients with little water to a very fine paste. Add upto 2 cups of water while grinding. If you are grinding in a mixie, take time and grind in 2-3 batches. Try not to add a lot of water while grinding.
- Add in the salt to the batter and mix well to combine.
- Cover the bowl and allow it to ferment for at-least 12 hours in a warm place.
- The batter would have almost doubled in volume after the 12 hour fermentation.
- Mix the batter well and the dosa batter is ready. Store the batter in the refrigerator for up to 3 days and use as required.
For making dosa
- If the dosa batter is very thick, thin it out by adding very little water.
- Heat the dosa griddle until medium hot.
- Add 1/3 cup batter and swirl to completely cover dosa griddle. Sprinkle 1/4 teaspoon of oil or ghee to the dosa. Cook until underside of the dosa is golden brown, about a minute.
- Loosen the edges of the dosa with a steel spatula. No need to flip the dosa. Remove dosa from the griddle and repeat with remaining batter.
- Serve hot.
Adding oil to the pan and then doing dosa will make it difficult to spread the batter. Always add oil to the dosa and not to the pan.
- Prep Time: 16 hours
- Cook Time: 10 mins
- Category: Breakfast
- Cuisine: Tamilnadu
85 thoughts on “Murugal Dosai Dosa Batter Recipe, Crispy dosa recipe”
Is it necessary to buy wet grinder for dosa, adai and pesarattu batter?
Will I get more crispy and tasty dosas if I use wet grinder?
I am using cast iron tawa to cook dosa.
Very crispy. In my home we all like to have it
What to do about hot handle of dosa griddle? Pls suggest?
You can use a kitchen towel to handle.
Any idea if the silicone handle holder provided by lodge is completely/effectively heat proof? Does it fit well or is it slightly loose?
I have not used it personally. I prefer a kitchen towel to hold.
Which one for more crisp dosa. Non-stick, iron or cast iron?
cast iron always
Came out well with iddly rice and basmati rice.
Hello dear Suguna,
Your recipes are so dependable and authentic in terms of taste and flavour. Thank you for sharing them with us.
My question is, can i grind all the ingredients together in a wet grinder? I usually do it rice and urad dal separately for idli. Do i need to do the same for dosa batter as well?
Yes. Since its an exclusive dosa batter, you can grind everything together. No problem.
Can I substitute raw rice with normal sona masoori rice?
Thanks in advance!
yes. you can.
Hello! Tried your madras chicken curry and it turned out so yummy thank you!
But the dosa batter did not ferment well even after 24 hours.
I did not add salt and the batter was a little course.
Are these the reasons why the batter didn’t ferment?
Coarse* Also, is there anyway I can fix this batter? Thank you
If the place you live is cold, it might not ferment. Leave it inside the oven with pilot light on.
Hey! I’m from Mumbai. Tried it again and left it to ferment for 12 hours. Doubled in volume and was great! BUT, it has turned sour. Is there anyway I can fix this and how do I make sure it doesn’t turn sour next time
In humid conditions, batter will ferment fast. Since Mumbai is very hot during this time, the batter should ferment in 4-5 hours time.
Alright. I’ll keep it for lesser time then. Thank you!
Do we use thick or thin poha for this ?
Hello, Absolutely love your attention to detail and story telling for all your recipes. I’m not just following a recipe but thanks to your writing i’m learning to cook various dishes.
I’ve run out of idli rice and unable to buy any during quarantine. Any chance this recipe works with 2 cups of ponni or is this a deal breaker? Really gonna miss dosai 🙂
any parboiled rice will work.
Awesome, tried it and it worked fine. Thank you !
Why do you use toor dal? Why not chana dal?
When you say raw rice, what kind do you recommend? I have basmati and Ponni.
Suguna, I can’t thank you enough for this amazing recipe. It yielded the best dosas I’ve ever made. Golden brown and perfectly crispy. Received several compliments. This recipe is definitely a keeper!
Thank you so much!
Kannamma rocks!! Perfect proportions! Had lovely dosas!
This appears to be an easier and simpler recipe. Like instant dosa. Do you think it would be as tastier as the traditional on where the urad dal and rice are soaked and ground separately in a wet grinder?
Please watch the video / READ the recipe again. This is not an instant dosa. The batter is very much fermented.
Dear Suguna, just wanted to clarify if the whole white urad dal is to be used for this recipe. I used split white urad dal the previous time. The ingredients mentioned only says Urad Dal. Many thanks.
Yes Sharon. Whole white urad is preferred.
Thank you Suguna for the prompt reply.
Dear Suguna, I am planning on trying the crispy dosa recipe once again. Just wanted to clarify which urad dal is to be used. The whole white or split white one. Last time I used the split white urad dal. Many thanks.
Many thanks. I will try that
the next time.
I tried your recipe and it was the best dosa batter that we ever made. It was lovely. However, I just wanted to clarify one thing. It remains crisp for about a 1 minute or so after taking it off the pan. Post that it tends to soften. In the restaurants, the crispiness remains for a much longer time. Any idea on how to retain the crispiness for a longer while ?. We tried it with your onion/tomato chutney. Yum. Many thanks.
cook at medium heat until it browns nicely and adding more oil/ghee will make it crisp and remain crisp for a longer time.
Thank you for the reply. Will try this the next time I make the batter.
Thanks! When to add the baking soda?
There is no baking soda in this recipe. Traditionally, we never add soda to our idli and dosa.
Really your great..
Which raw rice do we use for the dosage?
Hi Suguna ,
Your blog has become my go to for recipies 🙂 This dosa is a biiiiiiiiiig hit in our home and with my daughter’s friends .. Their mothers has started asking for the recipies to me now 😉 tried your thalapakattu Mutton Briyani ,, whaat a hit ,, My husband jus keeps eating that :):D Keep rocking .. 5 stars to both *****
Thank you so much Preeti. Really Glad.
Your comments mean a lot to me.
Hi Suguna Vinod,
Thank you so much for this recipe. It came out so well.. i also tried your Chettinad kara chutney with this dosai. I am so happy with the results..
Thank you so much. Glad that you liked the recipe!
Ma’m.. Do i hv to soak all ingredients together?? With wat do i soak the tur Dal??? N aval?? Kindly advice! Waitg fr ur response…
Yes. you can soak everything together.
With wat do i soak the tur Dal?? – you soak everything in water.
is it ok kanamma to use long grain rice for dosa batter
Have never trained long grain rice for dosa.
I tried to make dosa with the same measurement but it did not come out well.they were not at all crispy and we’re sticking on the Tavares.i was v excited but was disappointed. I did use parboiled rice and for raw rice I used regular white basmati rice and grinder it in wet grinder.pl tell me what did I not do correct.
Instesd of idli rice can we use idli rava
Hello Saguna I would like to know can we prepare Idly of this batter by soaking all together.? Thank u. If reply earliest.
Sure you can do idlis. But if you are looking for regular idli dosa batter, refer
I use this recipe for both idli and dosa.
I just love your recipes and my kids enjoy this crispy dosa. Thank you
Thank you Priya!
Nice… crispy dosas.. I usually make dosas in this way .. Tastes good..and this is one of my fav dish also.. 🙂
Hi is it OK if I never use poha?
You will need to use Poha.
Adding poha gives softness to dosas.. 🙂
good such taws made in India are available with amazon. Lodge logic items are too costly . thanks for giving this information. next what about cast iron shallow vessesl (in tamil “illuppa chatty) for making vegetable roasts.
I can proudly say that im a huge fan of all ur vegan recipes..i can confidently try any of urs..im really appreciating all ur efforts in bringing out the recipes from whichever corner its in.
Im going to try this and will update u how it is..Do we really need to store the batter only for 3 days?cant we use it more than that?
Thank you Sowmya. The batter still ferments in the refrigerator and the dosas will be sour after 3 days. You can consume but its gonna be sour.
Thanks for the reply Suguna. BTW I tried the dosa today and its a huge huge hit!!
Can i use sona masoori instead of raw rice?
yes! you can use sona masuri!
HI Kannama: Thank you for explaining the nuances of the otherwise quintessential dosa! I have a naive question so please pardon it- what is the difference between idli and ‘raw’ rice. I live overseas and we get Sona masoori which i presume is the Idli rice? Does ‘raw’ mean basmati rice?
There is a very special personality to your blog and recipes just like your name 🙂 I have become a huge fan!
Thanks so much!
Please refer to this post to know the difference about the rice varieties.
I make idlis from your recipe and they come out excellent…. The same batter however doesn’t make really nice dosas… How do I know if my batter is perfectly fermented for dosas?.. I end up making it from rawa dosas..
For dosas, the batter needs to be little thinned out. Try next time with thinned out batter.
Totally loved the crispness of these dosas…Thanks for sharing the recipe with that secret ingredient.
Really glad that you got crispy dosas Preeti!
Thank you for the recipe! Please also send me the recipe for the sambal / daal served with dosas
Thanks Salima. Please refer our chutney sambar posts.
Yummy and simple.
Dear sugu sis…..vanakkam…missed your posts during vacation. Tried murugal dosa, dum tea, OPOS onion thokku.all turned out real good….thanks for the wonderful recipes.keep going machi?
Thank you so much Andal! Welcome to the world of OPOS.
Can we grind this in grinder? If so, should we grind the ingredients separately?
Sure Sasha. You can grind in the grinder. You can grind seperately.
I never thought that it would taste this good.Excellent!!!Thanks for sharing this recipe.
Ever since I saw your video on Facebook, I am hooked to ur website.please keep making more videos like this. Your work is phenomenal ..I love the way u approach all the recipes explaining the science behind it. ..u are a Godsend for people with no mothers to guide ..
Please do make more opos videos and more basics videos. Like how to make filter coffee, chapati dough, vada etc. Alsoo can we use this same batter for idli as well??
Thank you so much Aishwarya. Idlis are not bad in this batter but I prefer only dosa using this batter.