Instant mixed dal dosa, requires no fermentation or rice. It is very high in protein and is great for diabetics. Dals/lentils are the backbone of Indian cooking and the primary source of protein for vegetarians. Dosas usually require some rice, oats or daliya/cracked wheat.
This recipe has only dal/lentils making it perfect for diabetics who are trying to watch their intake of high glycemic foods like rice and oats. The dosa is still as crisp and crunchy as the one with rice!
My friend Hema suggested the use of sugar for the nice golden color on the dosas. What a neat idea, the sugar caramelizes on the hot tava/griddle imparting the lovely color. This is completely optional and is only meant to enhance the color. Other healthy dosa recipes are Daliye ka Dosa/Cracked Wheat Dosa and Brown Rice Dosa. Other high protein,low fat options using dals are Moong Dal Appe-South Indian style, Green Moong Dhokla, Quinoa Moong Matar Pulao, and Pesto Moong Dal Appe.
Here is the written recipe followed by the pictorial one-
Yields 10-12 dosas
An instant dosa that requires no fermentation or rice. The four types of dal provide protein. Ideal for diabetics or those watching their carb intake.
10 minPrep Time
2 minCook Time
12 minTotal Time
- 2/3 Urad dal
- 1/3 cup Yellow Moong dal
- 1/3 cup Orange Masoor dal
- 1/3 cup Chana dal
- Salt as per taste
- 1 tsp sugar(for color)
- Wash the dals till water runs clear and soak overnight or atleast 6 hours.
- Rinse and drain and grind into a smooth paste.Do not use too much water.
- Add salt and water till you get thick pouring consistency,not too watery.
- Adding sugar is optional,its not enough to make it sweet, sugar caramelizes and gives the dosas a nice,golden color.
- Heat a pan/tava and spread on the pan,starting from center.
- Brown and crisp on one side,no need to cook the other side.
Urad dal is a must and has to be 2/3 cup. The other three dals can be of any variety.The sugar caramelizes and gives a nice golden color. If you can set the batter aside for 30 minutes to an hour, dosas will be more crisp.
Here the step by step pictorial recipe-
Wash and soak dals overnight
Grind into a smooth paste with little bit of water
Add salt,sugar and just enough water to make batter into pouring consistency
Spread on a hot tava/griddle and cook till crisp
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Disclaimer: The nutritional information shared here is approximate. Variations may exist due to ingredients and brands used. Please refer to a Registered Dietitian
or Nutritionist if you have any health issues or questions.