South Indian Delight: Masala Dosa – Crispy Crepe with a Flavorful Potato Filling

Masala Dosa

Prep Time: 13 hours

Cook time: 10 minutes

Total time:  13 hours and 10minutes

Serving – 5


Masala dosa is one of the most popular South Indian breakfast. It is a dosa stuffed with potato masala.

First step is preparation of Potato masala


Potatoes- 4 medium sized

Mustard seeds- ½ tsp

Hing/ asafoetida- ¼ tsp

Chana dal- ½ tsp

Urad dal- ½ tsp

Jeera/ cumin seeds – ½ tsp

Ginger – small piece finely chopped

Green chillies- 1 -2 chopped

Onion- 1, finely chopped

Cashewnut- 5 to 6

Curry leaves- few

Turmeric / haldi powder- ½ tsp

Salt – as required

Coriander leaves – to garnish

Oil- 1 tbsp.

Preparation Method: Step by Step

Boil potatoes in a pressure cooker for 8 to 9 whistles.

Once potatoes are nicely boiled let it cool. Then remove the skin and mash them.

In a kadai, take oil.

Once oil is hot add mustard seeds and let them pop.

Then add urad dal, chana dal, cumin seeds, curry leaves. Stir well.

Then and hing, green chillies and ginger, and cashewnuts. Saute until cahewnuts change colour.

Now add the chopped onions. Cook till onions soften.

Add boiled mashed potatoes along with turmeric powder and salt. Mix well.

Sprinkle some water so that the masala is not dry.

Turn off the heat and add coriander leaves.

Remove the pan from the stove.


Boiled matar/ peas can also be added along with the potatoes.


DOSA Preparation


Dosa batter

Potato masala.

Preparation method

Heat a dosa tawa.

Once the tawa is hot, take a ladle full of dosa batter and pour it on to the center of the hot tawa.

Immediately, spread the batter evenly from the center in a circular motion to make a thin dosa.

Add oil on the edges of the dosa.

Let the dosa cook for some time until the bottom starts appearing golden brown. Only side of the dosa needs to be cooked.

Add the prepared potato masala on one side of the dosa and fold over the other side of the dosa onto the side of the masala or the masala can be put in the center and fold the dosa from the sides to the center.

Press the dosa with a spatula and remove it from pan.

Crispy masala dosa is ready to be served. Serve it with any chutney or sambar or can even be eaten plain.

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