Set Dosa

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Set Dosa is a popular breakfast dish of the Karnataka state of India. The dosas are served in a set of 3 or 4 in small size and hence its named, Set Dosa. The set dosa is different from an ordinary dosa or masala dosa, as its smaller in size, cooked both sides, as well beaten/flattened rice is added to this to give the dosa the spongy and soft texture. Here the parboiled rice though optional but if added gives the crispy taste to the soft dosas with a different flavour. Fenugreek seeds are also added for the colour and a good texture. Ultimately the clarified butter/ghee gives a perfect flavoured finish to these set dosas.


1. Raw rice - 2 cups
2. Parboiled rice - 1/4th cup
3. Flattened/beaten rice/poha/atukulu/aval/avalakki - 3/4th cup
4. Black gram/urad dal - 1/4th cup
5. Fenugreek/methi seeds - 1 tbsp.
6. Baking soda - a pinch
7. Clarified butter/ghee to 4 tbsp.
8. Salt to taste

Cooking Method:

1. Mix both the rice and fenugreek seeds together, clean them, and soak them in the water for about 5 to 6 hours. For the same amount of time clean and soak the black gram too in the water separately.

2. Once the rice and black gram are soaked in water for the said time, before grinding, clean and soak the beaten rice/poha too in water (as this will get soft soon). Grind the black gram, and rice and poha separately and then mix them with salt, and keep it on shelf overnight or 7 to 8 hours for it to ferment. The batter should raise little for to understand its fermented.

3. Beat the batter soft adding salt to it like a thick pouring consistency.

4. Heat the dosa tawa or pan, drizzel some oil and pour the batter, and let the batter take its round shape. Cook the dosa on both sides, flipping over, drizzing some oil until done.

5. Serve this dosa with a coconut chutney and vegetable kurma, which is a great accompaniment to the set dosa.


1. The fermentation of the batter under normal weather conditions takes around 7 to 8 hours. If its cold weather keep the batter in a container in the microwave or oven where is switch is on off mode so that the place remains warm.

2. If you want to get the batter fermented much in advance, squeeze some lemon juice into it or add some sour curd/buttermilk.

3. If using dosa rice, then take the quanity equal to the proportion to raw rice and parboiled rice together. Rest all remains same.

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