Tomato Dosai /Thakkali Dosai (Indian Rice crepes made with tomatoes)

2nd Jan, 2013

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Being a South Indian, Dosai’s are one of our staple Tiffin and dinner recipes. Everyone loves dose in my house and this is one of a different recipe for dosai that does not require the batter to ferment. That means for people like me who forget to grind the batter a day or so earlier, so that it can ferment, this is a perfect recipe. This is sort of an instant dosai, but not quite. Instant dosai’s are something that is made by mixing flours and using them right away. This one requires us to soak the rice and dals for few hours before we could grind them.

Adding tomatoes to the dosai, gives it a nice vibrant color and a tanginess that works really well flavor wise. The addition of ginger works really well, so I would highly suggest that you do not omit that. If you are making this for breakfast, you could soak the rice and the dal overnight and grind them in the morning.

Preparation time – 10 mins plus 3-4 hrs for soaking the rice
Cooking time – about 30 mins
Difficulty level – easy


Ingredients – (makes 12-14 dosais)

  • Raw rice – 1 ¼ cup
  • Thuvaram paruppu/Toor dal/Split pigeon peas – 2 tbsp
  • Ullutham paruppu/Urad dal/Black gram lentil – 2 tbsp
  • Tomatoes – 4
  • Red chilies – 3
  • Ginger – 1 inch piece
  • Curry leaves – few
  • Salt – to taste
  • Gingelly oil (or any oil) – for making dosai
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Procedure –
  • Wash and soak the dal and rice for at least 3-4 hrs.
  • Grind them in the blender along with the rest of the ingredients (except the oil) to a sort of smooth batter. When grinding, cut the tomatoes into quarters for easy grinding. Like I already mentioned, ginger adds a very wonderful flavor to the dosai, so try not to avoid it.
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  • Heat a tawa/pan/griddle on medium high and when hot pour a ladle and a half of batter in the center of the pan and using circular motions push the batter towards the outer edge and form a dosa. Add about a tsp of oil surrounding the dosa. 
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  • Let it cook until it is golden brown and then flip over to the other side. Let it cook on the other side too and then remove it from the pan. Repeat with the rest of the batter. 
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  • Serve with chutney or sambhar of your choice.
Notes and observations –
  • When making dosais, it is helpful to use a paper towel with a touch of oil to clean the griddle in between.
  • To keep the dosais warm until serving you could leave it in a preheated oven until ready to serve. I would suggest not leaving them in a hot pack because it takes away the crispness of the dosais.
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19 thoughts on “Tomato Dosai /Thakkali Dosai (Indian Rice crepes made with tomatoes)

    1. Thanks Meena Aunty! It was a sambhar with mixed vegetables 🙂 This dosai would be very easy for you to make. Does not require you to ferment and you don't need a grinder.

  1. Hi sandhya I'm thinking of different breakfast tomorrow since its holiday and also it takes minimum of 24hrs for fermentation due to weather so this will help me a lot because we r also dosai family.

    1. Thanks Gayathiri! That is exactly one of the reason, I make quite a few dosai's like this, so I don;t have to wait for it to ferment. For us, it takes about a day to day and a half to ferment in winter 🙂

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