Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Rava dosa- Semolina crepes recipe with Video tutorial

I am back with another South Indian dish. This time I have for you, the recipe for Rava dosa. The rava dosa is nothing but a delectable, crispy and easy to make counter part of the traditional dosa. The rava dosa is usually prepared with fine semolina, rice flour, and all purpose flour. Since the batter doesn't need any fermentation, these crepes can be prepared almost instantly. The addition of onions, chilies and coriander, increases the flavor quotient of the crepes and makes them quite irresistible. 

This recipe was actually passed on to me by my grandmother. It seems like yesterday when, as a new bride, I had made her dictate a number of recipes and I had written them down in a book. The book is dog eared and the ink has faded. But the memory is still etched in my mind. 

I wanted to post this recipe for a long time now. Since making the rava dosa is lightly different than the ordinary dosa, it can be slightly tricky as well. In order to help you make the crepes easily, I decided to make a video. This my first attempt at making a video and I am afraid, it is not very skillful. But I do hope the tutorial will be help you to make the crepes easily. 

Rava dosa recipe:
Preparation time: 15min+standing time
Cooking time: 20-25min
Makes- 12-15 dosas

Chiroti rava or fine semolina- 2 cups or 240gms
Rice flour- 1 cup, 120gm
Maida or all purpose flour- 1/2 cup, 60gm
Onion- 1 large, chopped fine
Finely chopped Coriander leaves- 2tbsps
Green chilies- 2, chopped fine
Cumin seeds- 1tsp
Salt to taste
Sour curds- 2 tbsp
Water to make the batter- approximately 5-6 cups or as required
Oil to shallow fry- as required

  • In a large bowl, combine the semolina, rice flour, all purpose flour and salt and mix well
  • Add the chopped onion, coriander leaves, green chilies, cumin seeds, the sour curds and enough water to make a thin batter. The consistency of the batter should be like that of buttermilk. 
  • Cover and allow the batter to rest for 10-15min
  • Heat a skillet and rub 1/2 a tspn of oil.
  • Pour 1/2 a cup of batter from the outer edge of the skillet to and then proceed to the center, filling any gaps.
  • Drizzle a tea spoon of oil and cook the dosa on low heat for a minute. Increase the heat and cook further for another minute or till you see dark patches appear on the crepe.
  • Carefully Remove the dosa with a spatula and serve hot with coconut chutney.

  • The rava dosa, doesn't need any fermentation unlike the regular dosa.
  • The batter can be refrigerated for 3-4days. After that it acquires a sour taste.
  • The crepe should have a netted texture. If the crepes are not netted and lacy, then simply add more water to the batter.
  • Some of my friends argue that the batter should be allowed to stand for at least an hour. But I have never found the need to do so. The crepes that you see in the photographs were made just after 15mins of making the batter.


  1. viedo looks great.. Crispy dosa.. Love it

  2. Fabulous presentation of crispy, netted dosa. I too prefer these over traditional dosa. And your video is neat, short and well edited

  3. Dosa is something that has long been on my list to try. The video was great, Nandita!

  4. Hey, very nice site. I came across this on Google, and I am stoked that I did. I will definitely be coming back here more often. Wish I could add to the conversation and bring a bit more to the table,but am just taking in as much info as I can at the moment. Thanks for sharing.

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  5. Very original and surely extremely scrumptious! A wonderful speciality.



  6. Super lacy rava dosas, wonderful video Nandita, will be helpful for many of us.

  7. Gorgeous pictures Nandita. I am yet to post this family favorite.

  8. Rava dosa looks so pretty! You filled out the pan with batter but how interesting that the crepe has some holes after being cooked. It was fun watching you cook. :)


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