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November 12, 2014


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Last week i shared instant millet dosa using mixed millets energy mix powder.Though i make it very often,i wanted to try a dosa recipe with kambu (in tamil)/Pearl millet ( in English)/Bajra(in Hindi) as i got tempted by seeing my fellow bloggers post.Recently my friend Shalini was telling me about kambu dosai which she has been making for her breakfast regularly.So I took this recipe from her and tried today for the first time.She told me to use brown rice and pearl millet but i used raw rice as i din’t have brown rice in stock.So feel free to use brown rice instead of raw rice in this recipe.You will get good results and its a healthier option too.I will try to post kambu adai and kambu koozh recipes soon.Lets see how to prepare this kambu dosai for breakfast/dinner.This dosa tastes the best when it is served hot.It becomes slightly chewy when its cooled down but overall its a very flavorful and healthy breakfast recipe.Check out my other millet recipes below.

Millet energy mix powder

Millet ladoo

Instant millet dosa recipe

Thinai idli,dosa recipe

Saamai sweet pongal/Little millet pongal recipe

Types of millets with health benefits,other names,where to buy etc.

A small update : I made this dosa for dinner with raw onion-garlic chutney as side dish.I felt this combo was awesome than coconut chutney.Even my daughter told the same.This chutney pairs very well for kambu dosa.Try this combo ! U will like it ;)

Kambu dosai

Kambu dosai/Pearl millet dosa

Kambu dosai/Pearl millet dosa Pearl millet dosa/Kambu dosai recipe - Healthy millet recipe for breakfast/dinner
Cuisine: Indian
Category: Millet recipe
Serves: 15 nos
Prep time: 3 Hours
Cook time: 2 Minutes
Total time: 3H2Min

  • Kambu/Pearl millet - 1.5 cups
  • Raw rice or brown rice - 1/2 cup
  • Round Urad dal - 1/2 cup
  • Methi seeds - 1 tsp
  • Salt & water - as needed
  • Cooking oil – to drizzle ( while making dosa)


  • Wash and soak the kambu,rice,urad dal and methi seeds together for 2-3 hours.In a big mixie jar,take half of the quantity of soaked grains and grind it adding ice cold water(It helps the mixie jar to prevent heating). Grind it to a smooth paste adding enough water and salt.(I used the soaked water itself).Transfer the batter to a vessel. Kambu-dosai-step1

  • Let the batter ferment over night or for 10-12 hours.The next day morning batter would have raise well.Mix it well and check the consistency.If it is too thick,add little water say 1/4 cup and mix well.Heat dosa pan and pour a ladleful of batter.Spread it well if u want to make thin,lacy dosas OR spread it little if u want thick soft dosas.Make it as per your wish.Drizzle a tsp of oil and cook for a minute.Cover it with a lid and cook the dosa if u want crispy ones.Do not flip the dosa.If u want thick dosas like utappam,flip the dosa and cook for a while.Remove and serve hot. Kambu-dosai-2

    Enjoy with your favourite chutney.I served it with coconut chutney and idli podi !

  • Note

  • Use enough water while grinding the batter.Batter has to ferment for 10 hours minimum in cold weather.If the climate is hot,this batter will ferment quickly and it will become sour.So keep an eye.
  • Use brown rice instead of raw rice.U can use idli rice too.
  • If u don’t want to use rice at all,just follow 2:1 ratio of kambu & urad dal and grind the batter as mentioned above.
  • This dosa becomes soft when its cooled down.So serve n eat hot !

  • Have this healthy millet dosa for your breakfast/dinner.I enjoyed it with coconut chutney,idli podi and had milk with Lion dates syrup.

    A small update : I made this dosa for dinner with raw onion-garlic chutney as side dish.I felt this combo was awesome than coconut chutney.Even my daughter told the same.This chutney pairs very well for kambu dosa.Try this combo ! U will like it ;)


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    Unknown said...

    super healthy they are...

    esther said...

    Healthy dosa..Vil try soon...

    sujitha said...

    Healthy Dosa recipe..

    great-secret-of-life said...

    healthy and perfect start for the day

    Kaveri Venkatesh said...

    Very healthy dosa

    AparnaRajeshkumar said...

    loved it . do try it with madras onion chutney , u just love the entire combo

    Anonymous said...

    healthy dosai :)

    Lifewithspices said...

    my fav dosa.. yummy

    Rafeeda AR said...

    really healthy....

    Unknown said...

    Healthy dosai for a perfect breakfast!!!

    jaya's recipes said...

    Healthy dosa!

    Unknown said...

    My fav healthy dosa... yummy

    Unknown said...

    Hi, I love ur blog and inspired by it I made Millet energy mix powder as posted by you.I tried to make dosa just by adding water and salt, but while pouring the mix in tawa itself was difficult it instantly became dry and hard and it was breaking.I don't know wats wrong, please help.

    Chitra said...

    Hello, Thanks for making Millet powder. I think the batter is thick. So dosa became dry and hard. Please make it watery, it should be pourable concentrically. For trouble shooting, you can add little wheat flour to the batter and make dosa. It makes the dosa soft too.

    Karthi said...

    Kambu gives cooling effect or heat to our body?
    Can we store this dosa batter in fridge for 3 to 5 days?

    Chitra said...

    Kambu gives cooling effect. But storing for 2 days is OK. Not 3 to 5 days.

    smr said...

    Hi hitra, can i use kambu powder for this dosa, i dont have the whole kambu. look forward to your reply thanks.

    Chitra said...

    Hi, yes you can try.