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April 1, 2009

4 Dosa Varieties with dosa batter, Dosa Upma Recipe - Indian Dosa Varieties

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Dosa varieties South Indian
I love dosa a lot. I never fail to eat dosa in 101 dosa varieties stall whenever I visit Big bazaar, Banashankari. When I was young, my mom used to make different types of dosa @home during weekends using Idli, dosa batter to make us eat more. I too follow the same technique for my husband & daughter to have more dosas. 

Last week, I conducted a mini dosa mela at home:) Yes, I made 4 dosa varieties along with ghee roast dosa and dosa upma for my family. I made 2-3 dosas in each variety. I prepared Coconut dosa, Onion dosa, Mixed vegetable dosa and Andhra Erra Karam masala dosa for our breakfast. Do try these dosa varieties for your family. They would love it for sure. Lets see how to make South Indian dosa varieties using dosa batter !
Different types of dosa

Dosa Varieties

Dosa Varieties 4 types of dosa using Idli, dosa batter
Cuisine: South Indian
Category: Breakfast
Prep time: 10 Minutes
Cook time: 10 Minutes
Total time: 20 Minutes

1 cup - 250ml
Coconut dosa 
  • Fresh Grated Coconut – 1/2 cup
  • Oil – to sprinkle
Onion dosa
  • Sliced onions - 2 nos
  • Cooking oil - as needed
Erra Karam Masala dosa
  • Garlic cloves - 3 nos
  • Red chilli powder – 1-2 tsp
  • Big Onion - 1 no
  • Tamarind - small piece (optional)
  • Salt & water - as needed
Mixed Vegetable Dosa
  • Finely chopped carrot - 1/2 no
  • Finely chopped capsicum - 2 tbsp
  • Finely chopped green chillies - 1 no
  • Finely chopped onion - 1 no
  • Ginger - 1/2 inch piece ( Finely chopped)

    How to make coconut dosa 
    This dosa is purely for coconut lovers. Fresh grated coconut sprinkled over the dosa cooked adding ghee gives a nice flavor :)) Do try it for a change !
    • Heat dosa tawa by greasing with oil and pour a ladleful of batter.
    • Spread a little. Don’t make it too thin, at the same time not like utappam. Thickness should be in between.
    • Now sprinkle the grated coconut and pour little oil/ghee around the dosa and cook for a min.
    • Flip the dosa and leave till coconut turns light golden brown. This gives the nice aroma & flavor for this dosa.Yummy coconut dosa is ready to eat!! No side dish is  needed!! Coconut lovers can surely give this a try:)
    How to make onion dosa
    • Repeat the first two steps given above and spread the grated onions around with a tsp of sesame oil.
    • Cover cook for a minute and then flip the dosa.
    • Cover again and leave till onions turn golden brown. Flame should be medium.
    Serve hot with your desired chutney. We don’t need any side dish for this dosa : ))
    My MIL used to make this dosa in a kadai.Heat the kadai with little oil and pour half-ladle of batter. Top up with grated onions and cover the onions by pouring another half-ladle of batter. Cover cook by pricking in the center. Serve hot!! Click THIS POST for details !

    How to make Mixed Vegetable dosa
    • Heat a kadai with a tbsp of oil and add all the finely chopped veggies (chop it like how you chop for fried rice)
    • Saute the chopped onions, green chillies, ginger and then veggies. Keep aside. This step is optional. I add it raw sometimes. It tastes equally good!
    • Then heat the dosa tawa and pour the ladleful of batter.
    • Make it thick like uthappam.
    • Sprinkle the sautéed veggies and pour little oil around it.
    • Cook for a minute and flip it over.
    • Cook the other side and serve hot.

    My husband liked this dosa the most!!

    Vegetable dosa

       How to make Erra Karam Masala dosa
I took this recipe from Srivalli’s blog. It tasted excellent! We loved it very much .It was bit spicy but very tasty. Please find the recipe here. Its a very simple recipe. Just grind onion, garlic cloves adding red chilli powder, salt and little water to make a smooth paste. Make thin or thick dosa and cook both the sides adding oil, apply the paste, drizzle some more oil and remove the dosa. No need to flip and cook it. Enjoy !
Erra Karam masala dosa

Here is the Individual Pictures of each dosa variety !








Last but not the least , dosa upma


  • Dosa – 2-3 nos (dosa shouldn’t be thin, should be slightly thicker)
  • Big onion – 2 nos (slice cut )
  • Red chillies – 2 nos (split into two ) or Idli powder – 1 tsp ( I used red chilli )
  • Mustard seeds – 1/4 tsp
  • Urad dal – 1 tsp
  • Chana dal – 1 tsp
  • Curry leaves – a sprig
  • Coriander leaves – to garnish
  • Lemon juice – a few drops.
  • Oil - 1tbsp
  • Cut the dosa into small bite sized pieces. set aside.
  • Heat the kadai with oil and add mustard, urad, chana dal, red chilli and curry leaves and onion slices in the same order.
  • Fry till onion turns transparent.
  • Now add the dosa pieces and toss it well.
  • Add salt if required.
  • Sprinkle very little water and cover cook for a minute. Stir it in between.
  • Remove from the flame and garnish with coriander leaves.
  • Add 2-3 drops of lemon at the end just before serving.
Yummy dosa upma is ready. Make & give it your kids. Sure, they’ll love it:) If you want, add some boiled veggies like carrot, peas, potato etc and temper with ghee if it is for kids:)

dosa upma!!
Ok friends, I hope you enjoyed reading all dosa varieties and I am sure you will try them too. I am leaving to my native place tomorrow and will be back on Monday. See you all on Tuesday. Bye for now.

Have a great weekend ahead!! Take care:)

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Anonymous said...

Wow, so many dosas in one post! Yum!

FH said...

Great post, love all the dosas but specially Coconut dosas! :)

jayasree said...

Great.. u made so many varieties in a day. Love the dosa upma. Heard of idly upma,and dosa upma is new to me.

Vikis Kitchen said...

I am also a dosa paithiyam dear. U went to a dosa mela. sure this is the advantage of getting married. Me too had a lot of restaurant foods after marriage only:) Ur micro dosa mela seems a mega one for me. Love all those varieties , esp the veg. one and the paper roast. Upuma with dosa is new to me . must try.

Finla said...

I love love dosa, and really clever to make dosa upma too.
It is apity i don't make dosa that often, i always admire the people who make dosa alsmot everyday as for me drinding the mix for dosa is like a hard job, even with a mixer.


lovely dosas...yummy.....u know wut iama dosa lover too

Suparna said...

I love dosas too! so many varieties of dosas in one post! well done :) I love paper dosa the best. Liked ur idea of dosa upma :) sounds interesting. Have a great time in ur native, Enjoy!

EC said...

Nice varieties...will try coconut dosa

Deepthi Shankar said...

I love all varieties of dosas .. dosa upma is very new to me though

Cynthia said...

So I think that I need to plan a trip and let you take me to a dosa mela!

Pooja said...

So many yummy dosas..Know about idli upma..nice idea of dosa upma..Delicious dosa post..

Deepa Hari said...

thats a lovely collection of dosas...looks yummy Chitra.

Poornima Nair said...

Wow...thats a great collection...each one looks awesome. Love the idea of the upma.

Ashwini said...

wow nice dosa mela..everything so tat upma too..

Manju said...

wow! thats a lot of variety of dosas!! the paper roast looks exactly like the ones you get in restaurants!! :)

Gita Jaishankar said...

Doing a dosa mela is a great idea! May be I can do the same dosas for dinner today, everything looks so delicous :)

Varsha Vipins said...

Great one Chitra..You should start a dosa mela..loved all of 'em..:)

Vibaas said...

i'm a big dosa fan and i love this post. i need to try that dosa upma girl :D

Uma said...

What a menu! mmm. so many dosa varities! All are so mouth-watering Chitra! Dosa upma is a great idea.

Raks said...

Wow mouthwatering! I was waiting for this post! I too am a dosa lover!
Dosa upma is a good Idea:))

Unknown said...

loved the mixed veg dosa ...actually loved all of them..nicely presented..

Archana said...

This is such a blessing..TH loves dosas and can have it at any hour of the day...great options...dosa upma is a fab idea !!

phanitha said...

Great post..!! dosa upma is new to me...will try it out soon...

gtyuk said...

all of us at home love dosai, no wonder there are so many varieties...:)
all of them look delicious, the erra dosa sounded new (thought it was erra = prawns) after seeing the recipe, came to know that it was something else :)

the cone / papaer roast (we call it thoppi dosa) wow, has come out perfect like at the restaurants!! bravo!!!

AnuSriram said...

Thats a gr8 work! Just like a menu card of a restaurant! ;) tempting dosas.

Vani said...

Your dosa mela looks great! Loved your dosa upma idea! :)

kalpana said...

lovely dosas..nice ideas. I make upma with leftover idlis..will try it out with dosa nextime.I am a dosai paithiyam too :)

Cham said...

Dosa upma, next time i won't throw my lefover cold dosas!

Tangled Noodle said...

I think the mixed vegetable dosa is my favorite! These all look wonderfully delicious!

sriharivatsan said...

Dosa upma, chittu kalakara...Something new to me..Will definitely give a try sometime..

Gayathri said...

Yummy yummy

A_and_N said...

Lovely post! And dosa upma is certainly innovative :)

Sanghi said...

Mm yummy dosas, i love all of them. My hubby's favt..:)

Rajee said...

Already posted to see all those yummy dosa. Tempted me that u went to Davangare dosa stall. I know there will be king sized paper dosa. So popular in bangalore. You try ur best to ask the ingredients for paper dosa. Remember that it's recipe not easily found in the net. I am drolling all over ur dosas. said... many dosa varities....looks aawesome..especially dosa upma sound new and good.........

ajay said...


ajay said...

great dosas

Janani said...

nice collection of dosas hmm yum yumm