Besan Dosa

11 Mar

Senagapindi Dosa.

Besan dosa is one of the instant dosa’s prepared with gram flour and rice flour. Equal quantities of besan and rice flour is mixed with other spices into thin batter. A big ladle full of batter is poured on the hot flat pan in circular motions to form the dosa. The besan dosa is crisped up a little and served with chutney.
Makes: around 6 Besan Dosa.


Besan 1 Cup
Rice Flour 1 Cup
Green Chiles 2 – 3
Cumin Seeds 1/4 tsp
Onion 1 Small
Cilantro few Sprigs
Salt to taste
Oil as required

Method of preparation:

Peel and finely chop the onion.
Remove stems, wash and grind the green chiles into coarse paste.
Wash and finely chop the cilantro.

In a mixing bowl, add besan, rice flour, green chiles, cumin seeds, cilantro and salt.
Add enough water (around 3 cups) and make it into a somewhat thin batter.

Heat a flat pan on medium high heat, apply quarter tsp of oil with back of a spoon.
When pan gets hot, pour a ladle full of besan dosa batter on the pan in circular motions.
Make sure batter is thin enough that the dosa has perforations.
Try to fill up any big holes and form into 10 – 12 inch diameter dosa.
Layer the dosa with a tbsp of chopped onion.

Fry till bottom side starts to turn light golden brown.
Pour quarter tsp of oil around the dosa and turn on other side.
Reduce the heat to medium and cook on this side for a minute before removing from heat.
Repeat the same with remaining besan dosa batter.
Serve besan dosa with any chutney of your choice or with sambar.
Notes: Make sure besan dosa is little crisp before removing from heat.

Suggestions: If the besan dosa doesn’t come out crisp, make sure the pan is hot all the time. Don’t spread the batter once it hits the pan. Let dosa take its time to cook and crisp up. If the dosa sticks to pan, make sure dosa batter is not too thin. If dosa comes thick, make sure batter is not too thick, else dilute it with water.
Variations: You can also add curry leaves, red chile powder or asafoetida powder to the dosa batter. Add more rice flour to make the dosa much crispier.
Other Names: Besan Dosa, Senagapindi Dosalu.

12 Responses to “Besan Dosa”

  1. Shilpa March 14, 2010 at 4:18 am #

    Hi Raji,

    This is Shilpa. I am a new visitor to your site….I like your way of cooking very much . It’s very very delicious.I feel like trying immediately as soon as I see your dishes…It’s yummy to be true.
    I have tried this besan dosa and it has come out very well and tnx for your recipe.

    Please keep adding new recipes.
    I am visiting your site regularly.

  2. meena wani March 14, 2010 at 5:16 am #


  3. S. Meyyappan March 14, 2010 at 9:41 pm #

    We tried this Dosa. It is very tasty and iwill be good for emergency preparation.

  4. kalpana March 15, 2010 at 6:47 am #

    we add tomatoes to the batter and also bottle gourd or any veg which children dislike

  5. Raji March 15, 2010 at 9:35 am #

    @Shilpa welcome to talimpu. and so glad you like it already. thx for trying out besan dosa. keep visiting .thx

    @meena wani sounds delicious. will give it a try.
    @S.Meyyappan glad you like it. it sure is quick dosa.
    @kalpana sounds good to me.

  6. Subhashini April 11, 2010 at 9:43 pm #

    Hi Raji,

    This is Subhashini. I am a new to your site. The dishes which u r posting in u r site is very nice and mouth watery.

    I tried u r Besan Dosa recipe it came out very well and it is very easy too. I am learning a lot of new dishes from u r site and the way of presentation is very nice. I am a beginner in cooking. The way which u explains is very helpful for me. Now I became a regular visitor of your site.

    Thank u for the Recipe and please add these kinds of new and simple dishes.

  7. Reemu May 23, 2010 at 1:51 am #

    This is reemu, I tried ur besan dosa. its good one every one like it in my family. thanks alot for ur for making this site for us …………………

    thanks alot, i realy want to try every day a new recepie.

    I love this site ……….. good one

    Thanks again………….

  8. arathi July 31, 2010 at 5:20 am #

    is it saggy when it cools down

  9. Mirat April 2, 2011 at 2:53 am #

    This is Mirat I tried besan dosa. its good one every one like it in my family. thanks alot for ur for making this site for us …………………

    thanks alot, i realy want to try every day a new recepie.

    I love this besan dhosa ……….. good one

    Thanks again

  10. Kusum Sharma December 8, 2011 at 9:42 pm #

    Hi, I am Kusum.
    I am newly married and my husband is fond of eating new dishes and thnx a tone for posting such a simple and delicious recipes…..

  11. asha radhakrishnan January 22, 2012 at 3:55 am #

    the dosa recipes look so simple nd easy to try, tks for yr recipes

  12. nitu May 17, 2012 at 4:52 am #

    i like this recipe.its very easy to make and tasty to eat.thx

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