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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Brown Rice Dosa Recipe-Brown Rice Dosa Batter Recipe-Healthy Indian Breakfast-Dinner Recipes

Brown rice is rich in fiber, more nutritious and is always a better choice over white rice when it comes to health. It helps lower cholesterol and prevents weight gain. I have already written a lot about health benefits of brown rice in my how to cook brown rice, so do not want to repeat it. Today let us learn how to make healthy and delicious brown rice dosa following our easy recipe.

Brown Rice Dosa
Brown Rice Dosa with tomato chutney and coconut chutney

Brown Rice Dosa

Brown Rice Dosa

 Prep Time : 60 mins
 Cook Time : Less than 5 mins per dosa 
 Recipe CategoryBreakfast-Dinner
 Recipe CuisineSouth Indian

   Ingredients needed

   Brown Rice -2 cups
   Idly Par boiled rice -1 cup
   Whole Urad dal -1 cup
   Fenugreek seeds -1 tsp
   Salt as needed

Brown Rice Dosa Batter Preparation

Soak brown rice and idly rice together for 5-6 hours.

Soak urad dal along with fenugreek seeds for 4-5 hours.

Grind urad dal along with fenugreek seeds until light and fluffy adding water from time to time. Remove it in a vessel. I prefer the wet grinder for grinding for idli and dosa but if you do not have a wet grinder, you can grind it in a mixer grinder also. Grind it in the same way as you grind it for the regular idli batter or dosa batter.

Grind both rice together until smooth.

Once you finish grinding the rice, add the ground urad dal batter to the rice batter and grind for another 5 minutes. I do this so that both the batter will get mixed well. Remove the batter from the grinder, add salt and mix well with your hands.

Let it ferment for 6-7 hours. After fermentation, mix well and make dosa as you normally do. Check out my detailed post on how to make dosa if you are a beginner.


Heat a tawa, add a ladle of the brown rice batter in the center and spread it in a circular motion.

Drizzle a tsp of oil around the dosa, when the corners start lifting up, flip it over to the other side and drizzle another 1/2 tsp of oil.

Once the other side is cooked, remove from tava and serve hot with sambar or chutney of your choice.

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  1. Dear Padhu,
    Your recipes never fail anyone, not even the festival recipes.
    My best wishes to you to run this kitchen series for many more years to come.
    Please clarify :
    Why do you always recommend whole urad dal (full urad dal which is not broken) and not the broken urad dal?
    How do you substitute one for the other?
    Kindly advise.
    Thanks a lot.

    1. Thank you so much Maha for liking my recipes. Actually I recommend whole urad dal for idli and dosa as it gives volume and gives softness to the idli and dosa. You can use split/broken urad dal with skin which will also give volume and softness to the idli and dosa but it is so time consuming to remove the black skin. I do not recommend split urad dal used for seasoning for idli and dosa if you really want soft and spongy idlis.

    2. Dear Padhu,
      Thanks so much for the immediate reply albeit your busy schedules.
      I have read your profile and wonder at your interest and achievement.
      Probably what one requires is a goal and one automatically works to get at it.
      This morning was a day of rava dosa as usual with Padhu suggested ingredients and it was so very nice.
      Thanks again,
      With love,

  2. Wow....Very healthy dosa recipe, I am going to try this :-) Thnx for the recipe.

  3. Awesome....simply awesome...

  4. Easy n healthy recipe.....I ll definitely try this dosa!!

  5. dear padhu,
    I am a fan of your recipes.I will try this brown rice dosa tomorrow itself and send my appreciation.Good luck and best wishes.

  6. hi padhu,
    m gud interested in trying ur receipes...yesterday i have tried to make brown rice dosa...bt thr was little mess up ....its nt coming properly dear..dont knw why...i have added the same proportion wat u have listed above...help to solve this .....

    1. Thanks for trying my recipes. About brown rice dosa - I prepare it every week and even make idlis (which will be posted soon). Quality of urad dal matters. Use whole urad dal without skin and grind it in a wet grinder as it gives volume and a fluffy batter. Also ferment it for 7-8 hours.

  7. Uhoh, I misread and just soaked urad dal with skin. :-(

  8. Hi Padhu

    Thanks for the recipe, what type of brown rice should I use? Can I use the Kerala rice?


    1. I have used organic brown rice. You can use Kerala rice also.

  9. Hai mam I was searching for brown rice receipes and ended here....very nice ideas and methods to.prepare dishes with brown rice . bought it today...will try..thanks mam..your website is very useful for my diet and weight reduction

  10. Hi
    I tried a variation of your recipe to create a Chinese Black Rice dosa. It worked out pretty good.

  11. Hi, thanks for your recipe. I did idlI with this n came out well. Liked it more than regular idlI. Can we use full 3 cups of brown rice ?

    1. Yes, you can use. Even if you don't get idli, you can make nice dosas.

  12. Hi, thank for the recipe. I follow your recipe frequently. Can i not use idli rice for this recipe?

    1. Thanks a lot for following my recipes. You can use brown rice alone.

  13. Thank you for this recipe. I'm going to try this one soon.

  14. Hi , can i use 3 cups of brown rice skipping idly rice?

  15. hello ma'am... i m living in Gujarat....i tried to find idli rice but it is not available here... instead of idli rice can i use par boiled rice?

  16. Namaste Madam

    Kindly advice if the recipe is safe for colic Baby in the event mother is breast feeding . Would appreciate your response.


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