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Dosa Batter Recipe for dosa or idli

Step by step method for preparing batter for making dosa and idli.
Prep Time20 hrs
Course: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine: South Indian
Servings: 4 People


  • 3 cup rice small one
  • 1 cup split and dehusk black gram lentils urad dal
  • 1 tablespoon Fenugreek seeds meethi dana
  • half cup flattened rice poha
  • 1 cup chickpeas (chana dal) for making dosa crispy and golden brown.
  • Salt according to taste
  • water for soaking and rinsing


Preparation of batter

  • Take 3 cup rice in a bowl and rinse multiple times in water.
    rinse rice in water
  • Take 1 cup split lentis (urad dal) and 1 table spoon fenugreek seeds(meethi dana) in a bowl and rinse them in water multiple times. 
    rinse lentils in water
  • Soak rice in water. Water level needs to be just 2 inch above the rice level.
  • In separate bowl soak urad dal, poha and meethi dana. In this also water level needs to be above 2 inch of all of these.
    soaked rice and lentils in water
  • We need to soak this is for 7-8 hours. 

Making dosa better in a mixer

  • Drain all water form both of bowls.
  • Put soaked rice in mixer jar and grind it. We need the grainy consistency. So grind it until its consistency becomes grainy. You can add water little bit if required. Smooth consistency is also fine.
    grinding rice in mixer
  • Put urad dal, poha and meethi seeds in mixer jar and grind it. Maintain the grainy consistency of batter.
    grinding of lentils in mixer
  • If mixer gets heats up, then wait for some time. Start grinding again after mixer cools down. You may need to grind all of these in more than 1 batch according to your jar size.
  • Now put all these batter in one big bowl. Remember that batter should not be too thick or thin.
    rice and lentils grinded mixture in bowl
  • Now add 1 teaspoon salt in it and mix it well with hand or spoon.
    mixing rice and lentils grinding mixture
  • Keep lid on you bowl and leave it for 10-12 hours for ferment. Fermentation time depend on the weather conditions. 
  • After fermentation batter is ready for making dosa.
    batter for making dosa



  1. Use the big bowl for dosa batter. After fermenting of batter size of batter may go more than the twice of the initial size.
  2. If you are making idli from this batter. Then do not whisk it will spoon or whisker. If you whisk it, then idli will not be soft and spongy. With the help of spoon put the batter in idli stand for making idli.