Cook's Hideout: Rava Dosa with Onion Chutney

November 11, 2013

Rava Dosa with Onion Chutney

Blogging Marathon# 34: Week 2/ Day 2
Theme: Instant Idlis/ Dosas
Dish: Instant Rava Dosa with Brown Rice flour
For Day 2 of BM# 34, I have instant Rava dosa. I love Rava dosa and order it once in a while when we are at an Indian restaurant. There is a fast food place here in New Jersey that serves amazing rava dosa. But  I don't usually make them at home because of all the refined flour/ rawa used. 
So today to make our beloved rava dosa (just a tiny little bit) healthier (and not feel too much guilty), I added brown rice flour in place of white flour. There is no discernible difference in either the taste or the texture of the dosas, so I'm happy to report that rava dosas will be made with brown rice flour here on out in my house.
Rava Dosa with Onion Chutney

I have a healthier version of rawa dosa coming up tomorrow, but for now here's everyone's favorite regular rava dosa recipe. 

Rice flour - 1cup (I used brown rice flour)
Sooji (Semolina) - 1cup
All-purpose flour - 1cup
Yogurt - 1cup, whisked (sour yogurt preferred)
Cumin seeds - 2tsp
Green chilies - 2, finely chopped
Cilantro leaves - 2tbsp, finely chopped
Salt - to taste

  • In a medium size mixing bowl, combine rice flour, sooji and all-purpose flour. Add yogurt and salt. Mix well making sure that there are no lumps. Set aside for at least 30 minutes.
  • When ready to make dosas, mix cumin seeds, green chilies and chopped cilantro in the batter. 
  • Heat a tawa or griddle on medium-high flame. Pour batter using a ladle from about 3"-4" above the tawa in a circular motion from outside to the center. Don't spread the batter.
  • Pour 1~2tsp oil on the batter and cook until golden brown and crispy, about 3~4 minutes per side.
Rava Dosa with Onion Chutney
My attempt at capturing the steam from hot rava dosas :-)
Serve hot with your favorite chutney and/ or sambar. I served these dosas with Onion Chutney and Pindi miriyam. This onion chutney is my aunt's recipe. Here's how I made it:

Onion Chutney:
Onions - 2 medium, chopped
Tamarind paste - 1tbsp
Dry red chilies - 4~5
Garlic - 1 clove
Mustard seeds - 1tsp
Cumin seeds - 1tsp


  • Grind onions, tamarind paste, dry red chilies, salt and the garlic into a coarse paste.
  • Heat 1tbsp oil in a pan, add mustard and cumin seeds and once the seeds start to splutter, add the ground paste. Cook on medium flame stirring frequently until the raw smell of onions goes away, about 8~10 minutes. 
  • Serve with idli, dosa, upma or even with plain rice.
Rava Dosa with Onion Chutney
Lets check out what my fellow marathoners have cooked today for BM# 34.


  1. Pavani, love the shot with the steam coming out! The dosas look marvelous and no one good even guess that it used brown rice flour! I am bookmarking this :)

  2. wow so perfectly made rava dosa with superb clicks :) love your presentation dear :)

  3. Woww.. amazing presentation.. Love these pictures and the 2nd pic is very beautiful.. great job :)

  4. That's a yum dosa...lovely pics....

  5. Super hit combination. Both the recipes are good.
    Thanks for sharing.

  6. Wow love that click with steam going out..very beautiful shot!...and whats to say about rava dosa, my favorite!

  7. Woww, they looks fabulous..Can see the steam prefectly, well done Pavani.

  8. Rava dosa with onion chutney ,who can resist even if there is a healthier version...

  9. Dosa looks so tempting and ur version sounds good...we make it slightly in a different proportions..

  10. Looks Delicious...and lovely pics

  11. My fav rava dosa with the steam shooting up ..beautiful capture!

  12. This looks delicious and love the pic with the steam coming out

  13. photos look amazing - the whole meal would be so delisiouc


  14. Thanks for sharing this recipe. I look forward to trying it out...
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