How to make dosa | Recipe of masala dosa and Plain Dosa

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How to make dosa? We will learn step by step methods of making dosa at home with photos and video. In the previous post, I have mentioned the recipe of batter for it. In this recipe, you will learn how to make restaurant-style or hotel-style dosa which is very crisp and perfectly prepared.

how to make dosa

With dosa batter, you can make plain dosa, masala dosa, paneer dosa, idli, and uttapam. In the previous post on dosa batter, I mentioned the recipe in a very simple way.

If you want to know more about it and how healthy is it you can read my batter preparing a post. One of the healthiest and very famous Indian dishes. It has many fans all over the world.

Dosa’s companion is sambhar, nariyal chutney, and peanut chutney. You can learn all the recipes on my blog

checkout sambar recipe with video and step-by-step instructions with photos.
Nariyal chutney recipe

In this post, you will learn how to make plain dosa, masala dosa, and potato masala for dosa. Masala dosa is filled with potato masala which is made of potatoes, onion and Indian spices. Whereas plain dosa is not filled with any masala or filling. It is just a plain dosa. Masala dosa is very famous in the whole of India whereas people also like to have plain dosa also.

In restaurants and hotels, they make it on cast iron tawa. Even people in south Indian also make this on cast iron tawa. If you do not have it then you can use non-stick tawa. I have used also non stick tawa for making it.

Cast iron tawa

Dosa Video | Masala dosa recipe video

I made this video while making dosa. You can watch it and learn how I make dosa for myself. I have also mentioned the steps of it with pictures in the below post.

dosa recipe
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Masala Dosa and Plain Dosa Recipe

One of the healthiest meal which you can have anytime of the day.
Course Breakfast, Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine South Indian
Keyword Masala dosa, Plain dosa
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 5 People
Calories 111kcal


Potato Masala Ingredients

  • 6-7 medium size boiled potatoes
  • 2 chopped onions
  • 1 small bowl peas
  • 2-3 tablespoon oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon asafoetida hing
  • 1 teaspoon black mustard seeds Rai
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds jira
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder haldi powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon red chili powder lal mirch powder
  • salt as per taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry mango powder amchur powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garam masala
  • 6-7 curry leaves

Dosa batter


Steps for making potato masala

  • Heat 2 tablespoon oil in frying pan
    heat oil for potato masala
  • Lower the flame and add mustard seeds(rai) in it and let it sputter.
    splutter mustard seeds in oil
  • Add cumin seeds (jeera) in oil and fry it until its color changes to golden brown.
    add jeera in oil for potato masala
  • Add curry leaves and let it cook little bit.
    curry leaves in potato masala
  • Put chopped onions in it and saute it till they softens and turns translucent.

    chopped onion in oil for frying for potato masala
  • Add turmeric powder, red chili powder, salt, dry mango powder(amchur), garam masala in it and cook it until it releases oil from it
    add all spices in oil for potato masala
  • Add mashed potatoes in it and mix it well.
    add mashed potato in mixture
  • You will notice that the potatoes masala it very dry, instead of adding water in it. Add little bit of sambar in it. Consistency of potato masala will be little thicken. It will not look dry.
    potato masala is ready
  • You can add coriander leaves in it which is completely optional.

Steps for making plain dosa or simple dosa

  • You will require the batter for it. Add half teaspoon salt in it and lightly stir it.
    add salt in dosa batter and mix it
  • Heat up the flat non stick tawa or iron tawa on medium flame.
  • Clean the tawa with half onion or wet thick cloth to lower down the temperature of it.
    clean dosa tawa with onion or wet cloth
  • Spread the oil on iron tawa for making it greasy. Remember that oil should not be visible on it. But tawa looks greasy. There is no need to add oil on non stick tawa.
  • Spread the batter with the help of spoon on tawa. And make sure the flame is low.
    put batter on tawa
  • Spread batter in circular direction on tawa.
    spread batter in circular motion on tawa
  • Spread the oil on top and on all sides of the dosa.
    put oil on sides of dosa
  • Cook dosa now on high flame for 1/2 to 2 minutes.
  • You will see, the edges of dosa will lose the tawa itself.
    edges of dosa are brown and lose it
  • Cook it until it becomes crisp and golden brown.
    dosa is crispy and brown
  • Now fold the dosa. And your yummy crispy plain dosa is ready to eat.
    plain dosa is ready to eat

Steps for making masala dosa

  • follow the steps from 1 to 10 of plain dosa.
  • After that add potato masala dosa with the help of spoon and spread it.
    add potato masala on dosa
  • Fold the dosa and serve in serving plate.
  • Serve this crispy and delicious masala dosa with coconut chutney and sambar


  1. Before putting batter on tawa, clean tawa with wet cloth. By doing this tawa will be clean every time and little cold.
    You can buy tawa for making dosa from amazon
  2. Remember that tawa should not be very hot before adding batter on it. If it is too hot then dosa will not be spread on it.
  3. After spreading dosa on tawa, turn the flame high to make it crispy and golden brown.

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