Thursday, August 16, 2018

Set Dosa Recipe-Karnataka Style Set Dosa

Set Dosa is a very popular breakfast of Karnataka. It is called set dosa as it is served in a set of 3, usually with coconut chutney and vegetable sagu. These dosas are small in size, thick, soft and spongy. Today let us learn how to make Karnataka style Set dosa following this easy recipe with step wise pictures.

Set Dosa

Set Dosa

Set Dosa

 Prep Time : 30 mins (excluding soaking time)
 Cook Time : 2-3 mins per dosa
 Recipe CategoryBreakfast-Dosa
 Recipe CuisineSouth Indian

   Ingredients needed

   Idli Rice/Idli Pulungal arisi - 2 cups
   Urad dal (whole without skin)/ulundu - 1/2 cup
   Fenugreek seeds/vendhayam - 1 tsp
   Beaten rice/poha/aval -1 cup
   Salt - as needed

   Oil for making dosas


Wash and soak urad dal and fenugreek seeds for 5-6 hours.

ingredients for set dosa

Wash and soak rice for 5-6 hours. Soak poha separately for 30 minutes before grinding.

After 5 hours -

Grind rice and poha together to a smooth paste adding little water from time to time.

Grind urad dal along with fenugreek seeds to a fluffy batter. If grinding in mixie, use ice water for grinding urad dal and use the whipper button in the end for few minutes to get fluffy batter.

Now mix the rice + poha batter and the urad dal + fenugreek batter together. The consistency of the batter should neither be thick nor thin. Add salt (I added 2 1/4 tsp sea salt) and mix well.  (Tips - when a ladle of batter is lifted and poured back into the container, it should flow in ribbons, that is called ribbon consistency batter. The batter should be of that consistency),

Leave it to ferment overnight or for 6-7 hours. Fermentation time differs according to the weather conditions.

I kept it overnight and my batter has fermented well as you can see in the picture.

fermented batter


Mix the batter well. Take a ladle of batter and spread it to a medium sized circle. This dosa will be a little thick but soft and spongy like uthappam. (if the batter is too thick, add a little water and mix it well before making dosas)

how to make set dosa

Drizzle a tsp of oil around the dosa. Cover it with a lid.

Karnataka Style Set Dosa

Once you find the corners lifting up, flip the dosa to the other side and cook for few minutes.

soft-spongy set dosa

Remove from the tawa and enjoy super soft and delicious set dosa with any chutney or sambar or vada curry or vegetable sagu. Repeat the same for the rest of the batter. (In Tamil Nadu hotels, set dosa is usually served with vada curry).

Note - You can grind rice and poha for some time and then add the urad dal + fenugreek seeds and grind everything together, if you are using wet grinder.

If you are a dosa lover like my, check my list of  Dosa Varieties.

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  1. i made this yesterday for dinner and it was delicious with tomato chutney. could you please share recipe for making veg biriyani in an easy way?

  2. thank you so much maam i have done this today for lunch. came out nice. i added meal maker instead of peas. please tell me the ratio of rice and water for jeeragasamba rice


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