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How To Make Banana Dosas – There’s A Lot More To Indian Food Than Curries!

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Banana dosas with ice cream

Banana dosas with frozen yogurt

I’ve been making banana dosas for years!


My kids are off school this week for half term. That usually means me avoiding work and spending time in the kitchen with them. It’s one of those things we have always looked forward to – that is all of us except my 14 year old daughter who now prefers Facebook.

On Monday my youngest daughter Jennifer was thumbing through my recipe notes and found a recipe for Indian banana dosas. I’d taken a picture a few years back of the dosas I made and she decided she had to try them. We’ve been eating banana dosas ever since.

For breakfast – banana dosas!

For snack time – banana dosas!

For dessert… I think you get the idea.

The great thing about these rice flour pancakes is that they are really good for you. We use brown rice flour that is mixed with five bananas. We then top it all with frozen yogurt though I should point out they go much better with high fat vanilla ice cream.

I’ll save that option for our next dinner party.

Banana dosas are so easy to make!


Serves 4 – 6


250g brown rice flour
50g plain flour
Water – approximately 150ml – I never really measure
5 bananas
1 tablespoon sugar – more or less to taste
A small pinch of salt
1 Tablespoon vegetable oil

Making banana dosas

Jennifer mashing the bananas


Mash the bananas into a thick mushy paste in a large bowl. Kids love doing this!

Now sift the flour over the bananas and add the sugar and salt.

Mix to combine.

Pour some water into a cup and then slowly add it to the mixture while stiring with a wooden spoon.

You only want to add enough water so that the mixture is smooth but lumpy from the bananas and kind of plops off the fork when scooped up and dropped back into the bowl. It is quite thick.

to finish

Take a little bit of the oil and wipe it onto the surface of a non-stick pan.

Place the pan over medium heat. When it is hot, add a scoop of the batter.

Be careful not to burn the pancakes.

Let the banana dosas cook in the pan for about four minutes on the first side and three minutes on the opposite side.

Keep warm while you make the rest of the pancakes. Of course, if you have a large pan you should be able to cook a few at a time.

Please be sure to stop back around and let me know how you like these healthy dessert pancakes. They really are good and I don’t even like sweets!

Judging from the amount of batter my eight year old just mixed up on her own while I was at work, it looks like it’s banana dosas on the menu again tonight.


Wednesday 10th of October 2012

Hi Dan ,

Iam from Kerala,the God's own country,India. and the Banana Dosa is good. Iam very happy that you and your family likes our Indian food. I have some suggestions for you to make this Banana dosa more tasty. Please try and let me know how was it. Try to use Jaggerry instead of Sugar and it will give a nice color and smell. You can also use Wheat flour(instead of brown rice flour),grated coconut and cardomom in this dosa.

Please try our Kerala dishes also.

Best of Luck :-) San.

Dan Toombs

Wednesday 10th of October 2012

Thank you very much San. I'm going to try your recipe very soon. My daughter loves banana dosas so she will be happy that we're making them again! :-)


Rob Murray

Thursday 4th of October 2012

Dan, what quantity of sugar do you add - mentioned in the method but not in the ingredients.... Nazdrave, Rob.

Dan Toombs

Thursday 4th of October 2012

Hi Rob

Thanks for catching that for me. I really just add sugar to taste. Try a tablespoon and see what you think. Sometimes I don't add any depending on what I serving the dosas with.


Camilla @fabfood4all

Saturday 18th of August 2012

These sound utterly divine, can't wait to make some as I know kids and hubby will love them! PS: Is there a print button I'm not seeing?

Debbie Davis

Saturday 9th of June 2012

I made these yesterday and they were a big hit in the house (we ate it with Cornish Ice cream). This will now be replacing my usual banana bread recipe or pancakes for that matter!

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