Mysore Masala Dosa Recipe
Mysore Masala Dosa ~ an absolutely addictive, comforting fare and a classic among South Indian breakfast recipes. I always look forward to my visits down South to savor the flavor of this Karnataka special dosa that has its origins in Mysore. One thing I noticed during my visit to Mysore and Bangalore is that each restaurant has its own version ofMasala Dosa, be it Benne Masale, Mysore Masale or Plain Dosa. Either the accompaniments served with dosa were different or the stuffings and texture of dosa differed. Dosas are thin and crisp or have a crisp exterior with a spongy uttapam like interior. Dosas are liberally sprinkled with podi, drizzled with ghee/butter and served with potato masala, sambar and a colorful array of chutneys or plain sponge dosas similar to set dosas are served with vegetable saagu and green chutney.
Whatever fillings the dosas were enveloped in, I have enjoyed the numerous flavors and textures with delight. Any visit to a restaurant in Karnataka or Tamil Nadu, the enticing aromas emanating from the kitchen, reiterate that Masala Dosa is THE breakfast dish to be ordered.
Mysore Masala Dosa recipe is easy to make though it is a labour intensive breakfast dish. This addictive rich dosa has a crisp exterior and the spongy interior is liberally smeared with butter or ghee, over which a layer of red chutney is smothered and finished off with potato masala, folded in half and served with accompaniments like sambar and coconut chutney. Its rich and filling, enough to see your through the day. And the best way to finish off this ultimate South Indian breakfast indulgence is a cup of strong filter coffee.
Soft or crisp, shaped like a roll or cone, with or without stuffing, slathered with or without butter, the divine dosa is my perennial favorite. If you are a dosa lover and yet to try this comforting Karnataka special, I suggest you give Mysore Masala Dosa recipe a try. You will not regret.
Mysore Masala Dosa
- Prep time: 60 min
- Cook time: 60 min
- Serves: 12
- urad dal
- For Dosa:
- Raw Rice – 1 cup
- Par boiled rice – 1 cup
- Urad dal – 3/4 cup
- Chana dal – fistful
- Tur dal – fistful
- Methi seeds – 1 tsp
- Poha – 1/4 cup
- Sugar – 1 tsp
- Salt to taste
- For Potato Masala:
- Potatoes – 2, large, boiled, peeled and cubed
- Onion – 1, large, sliced
- Green chilies – 2-3, slit
- Ginger – 1″, finely minced
- Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp
- Lemon juice – 1 tsp
- Salt to taste
- Oil – 1 1/2 tbsps
- Coriander leaves – 2 tbsps, finely chopped for garnish
- For tempering of Potato Masala:
- Mustard seeds – 1 tsp
- Urad dal – 1 1/2 tsps
- Curry leaves – 1 sprig
- For Red Chutney:
- Red chilies – 4-5
- Roasted gram dal – 1/4 cup (dalia/putnala pappu)
- Onion – 1 tbsp, finely chopped (optional)
- Coconut – 1/4 cup, fresh and grated
- Garlic – 1 large clove (optional)
- Tamarind – 1 1/2 tsps
- Salt to taste
- Sugar – 1/4 tsp (optional)
- Oil – 1 tsp
- To make the dosa batter, soak rice, parboiled rice, urad dal, chana dal, tur dal and methi seeds in a large bowl with enough water for 6-7 hours. Soak the poha or flattened rice in one third cup of water for at least half an hour before grinding the dosa batter.
- Drain the water from the soaked rice-dal mixture and grind along with soaked poha, in batches, adding little water while grinding. It should be a smooth paste, neither too thick or runny. Add enough water to make a smooth batter. Add a tsp of sugar and mix well.
- Ferment the dosa batter overnight or at least 8-10 hours. It will rise on fermentation. At the time of preparing dosas, add salt to taste to the dosa batter and mix well.
- To make potato masala, heat oil in a heavy bottomed vessel. Once the oil is hot, add mustard seeds and as they begin to splutter, add urad dal and allow the dal to turn red. Add curry leaves, green chilies and ginger and mix for a few seconds. Add the sliced onions and saute for 6 mts on low to medium flame.
- Add the turmeric powder and mix. Add the boiled potato cubes and mix well. Lightly crush a few potato cubes with a ladle. Sprinkle1/4 cup of water, place lid and cook for 5-6 mts on low flame. Remove lid and mix well. Adjust salt, add lemon juce and coriander leaves and mix. Turn off flame and remove to a bowl.
- To make red chutney, heat a small pan and dry roast the red chilis for 3 mts on low flame. Remove. If using garlic, saute garlic in a little oil till lightly red and remove. Grind the roasted red chilies, roasted garlic, dalia (roasted gram dal), onion pieces, grated coconut, tamarind, sugar and salt to a fine paste. Remove to a bowl, add a tsp of oil and mix well.
- To make the dosas, heat a non stick dosa pan on high for 20 secs. Do the water sizzle test. If you sprinkle little water on the hot pan, the droplets should sizzle. Reduce flame to low and pour 2 ladles full of dosa batter. In sweeping circular motion, use the back of the ladle to spread it in thick concentric circles. Usually Mysore masala dosa has a thick, spongy interior, hence the dosa should be spread thick. (I like my dosa on a slightly thinner side so I made thinner dosas)
- Drizzle oil along the edges of the dosa, drizzle melted butter or ghee all over the dosa. Cook the dosa on medium flame till the base begins to brown. Just before removing the dosa, smear a heaped tsp of red chutney all over the dosa. Place a ladle full of potato masala on one half side of the dosa, fold the dosa over the potato filling and remove to a serving plate. Prepare dosas with rest of the dosa batter.
- Serve Mysore masala dosa warm with sambar and coconut chutney.
- If you do not have par boiled rice, replace it with raw rice. Do not use long grained rice to make dosa batter. Short grained sona masuri type rice will do.
- For red chutney, garlic can be ground raw with the rest of the ingredients. I like to saute garlic till red and then grind it. Those who do not like the flavor of garlic, can omit it and follow rest of the procedure to make red chutney.
- The recipe for red chutney is of medium spice. You can reduce the quantity of red chilies for a milder spice.
- To attain a deep red color for the red chutney, use Kashmiri chilies. I ran out of Kashmiri chilies and used local produce red chilies.
- Left over dosa batter can be refrigerated upto 2-3 days after which it will turn sour. Prepare uttappam with left over 3 day old dosa batter.
- Recipe for coconut chutney – http://www.sailusfood.com/2012/06/27/hotel-style-coconut-chutney/
- Mysore Masala Dosa recipe is a classic among South Indian breakfast recipes. Red chutney or podi is spread on the dosa, served with potato masala & chutney.