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Masala Dosas

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Want to learn how to make crispy masala dosas that are just as good as any restaurant? Read on.

I have been making dosas for years and masala dosas are on the menu at my house weekly. If you’ve ever tried to make masala dosas, you’ll know how amazing they are, especially with a few delicious chutneys. You’ll find all the information you need to make the chutneys and dosas here.

Before making masala dosas, however, you need to understand how to make the batter and what it should look like before starting so be sure to check out this page too.

Masala dosa

Let’s get the dosa batter right.

Preparing the perfect dosa batter is essential to the success of your masala dosas. Get the dosa batter right and the rest is a breeze.

Therefore, I have given step by step instruction on how to make the dosa batter on this page. This is the dosa batter I use for all of my dosas.

Which type of pan is best for masala dosas?

If you have a crepe maker, that’s perfect as they are normally larger than frying pans and don’t have sides. Most people don’t so you should try a large crepe pan or Indian flat tawa. All of these will work.

You do not want to use a normal frying pan for masala dosas because the sides of the pan get in the way of swirling the batter around the surface.

How hot should the pan be for masala dosas?

This is all explained in detail in my dosa batter instructions but I’ll repeat it here. You are going to need to watch this closely. I recommend heat your pan over a medium high heat. To test the surface heat, sprinkle a few drops of water over your pan. When the sizzle away on contact, your pan is at the perfect heat.

If you get your pan too hot, it will be difficult to swirl the batter around so if you experience clumping, turn the heat down.

Making the masala dosa filling

The potato filling used in masala dosas is so good! You could serve it on its only as a potato curry!

When cooking the masala dosa filling, it is essential that you cook it right down so that all the water has evaporated. Then let it cool some.

Can you make other popular dosas?

Yes! I have a few for you and the list is growing so be sure to check back often. For now, you should most definitely try egg dosas and cheese dosas.

Step by step photos…

Frying chillies, onion and curry leaves

Heat the oil/ghee over a medium high heat and add the cumin and curry leaves. Fry for 30 seconds and then add the chopped onion and chillies.

Adding the potatoes and ground turmeric to the pan.

Fry the onions for about 5 minutes or until soft and translucent. Then add the cubed potatoes and ground turmeric.

Potatoes frying.

Stir to combine and fry for a few minutes.

Simmering the cubed potatoes.

Add just enough water to cover and then cover the pan to cook the potatoes through.

Adding coriander and salt to the potato mixture.

The potatoes are ready when really soft. Stir in the coriander (cilantro) and salt to taste. You need to cook the potatoes until the water has evaporated.

Cooked potatoes.

Transfer the cooked potatoes to a bowl to cools some.

Dosa batter swirled across hot surface.

Swirl your dosa batter in a circular motion across the hot surface.

Adding the masala potatoes to the dosa

When you begin to see browning from underneath, you can add the cooked potatoes.

Checking for doneness and folding the dosa over

Carefully fold the dosa over. You may need a sharp metal spatula to assist in this as the dosa can stick to some surfaces.

Masala dosa

Look at that! Really crispy edges just as a dosa should have. This method works!

The masala dosa cut in half.

You can eat the whole dosa or divide it as your next dosa cooks.

What do you serve with masala dosas?

There are many different popular chutneys you can serve with your homemade masala dosas. Why not try some of these…

Garlic chutney

Green chilli chutney

Mint and coriander chutney

Ginger chutney

Tomato Chutney

Coconut Chutney

If you like this masala dosa recipe, you might like to try some of the Indian Vegetarian favourites.

Dum Aloo
Pakistani Chickpea Biryani
Punjabi Saag Curry
Punjabi Rajma
Butternut Squash Curry
Sri Lankan Green Beans Curry
Aloo Gobi
Saag Paneer
Onion Pakora Curry
Chana Saag Curry
Potato Curry
Mushroom Curry
Masala Corn
Gobi Manchurian
Bombay Potatoes
Saag Aloo
Tandoori Hummus
Tarka Dal
Masoor Dal
Dal Makhani
Chana Dal
Homemade Poppadoms From Scratch
Green Bean Thoran
Cabbage Thoran

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Yield: 6

Masala Dosas

Masala dosa
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes


  • 1 batch of dosa batter
  • 4 large potatoes - skinned and cut into small cubes
  • 2 tablespoons ghee or butter
  • 10 fresh curry leaves
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 onion - finely chopped
  • 2 green chillies
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 3 tablespoons fresh coriander
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Melt the butter/ghee in a large wok or frying pan over medium high heat.
  2. When melted, add the curry leaves and cumin seeds.
  3. Fry these for about 40 seconds and then add the chopped onions and chillies.
  4. Add the cubed potatoes and the turmeric and fry for a few minutes.
  5. Now add just enough water to cover and simmer the potatoes until cooked through and the water has evaporated.
  6. Mash lightly and then sprinkle in the fresh coriander and salt and pepper to taste.
  7. These potatoes are also nice served as a side dish with your favourite roast dinner.
  8. When ready to cook, place a non-stick - or normal crepe pan or frying pan over medium-high heat.
  9. The pan is ready when a drop of water sizzles away almost immediately.
  10. Using a ladle, pour about 150ml of batter into the centre of the pan.
  11. Then working very quickly and working from the centre, take the bottom of your ladle and move the batter in circular motions outward so that it is flat and not thick.
  12. Turn the heat up a little. The sides of the dosa will begin to brown and move away from the pan after a few minutes.
  13. When this happens, trickle about ½ tablespoon of the oil around the edges of the dosa.
  14. Add some of the prepared masala dosa filling to the centre of the dosa and spread it out some. It will begin to heat through.
  15. When the dosa is browned on the under-side and the potato filling is heated through, roll it up or fold it in half to serve.
  16. Repeat, making as many masala dosas as you like.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 204Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 12mgSodium: 77mgCarbohydrates: 37gFiber: 4gSugar: 2gProtein: 5g

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I hope you enjoy this masala dosa recipe. I know that making dosas can be difficult at first. If you have any problems or questions, please leave a comment. I’ve seen it all and can help!



Sunday 22nd of February 2015

I am more of a paper dosa girl, but I know a good masala when I see it. I love eating it as a side, and it goes very wel with rice too. The peanut chutney looks delightful.

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