Remember thin, crispy dosas with a teaspoon of ghee on top and masala inside?
Did your mouth water?
Well, it’s not your fault; dosas are the tastiest and comfort food for most of us, isn’t it?
It is acknowledged as one of the most versatile and iconic dishes that originated in South India.
But for most of us, dosa means ‘sada dosa’, or ‘masala dosa’.
You would be surprised to know that usually found in the shape of a pancake made of rice and urad dal, today’s dosa has exposed itself to myriad variations, such as wheat dosa, rava dosa, and ragi dosa, and the list is never-ending.
Each of these dosas has its unique taste and filling.
If you are a dosa lover or a foodie looking to try something new, here are some of the dosa varieties you must try.
Plain Dosa – The Basic!
It’s so intriguing that the entire journey of dosas started from something so simple and unique simultaneously, the plain dosa!
It is a crepe-like thin pancake made of rice and urad dal batter. The batter is fermented overnight, which gives it excellent flavour and texture.
The crepe is light, crisp, and mildly sour, perfect for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
Often served with coconut, sambar, or tomato chutney, plain dosa can become your favourite at any age and any time.
Just give it a chance!
Masala Dosa – The Classic!
Masala dosa has been India’s most popular type of dosa for generations.
It’s a crispy, light, and soft dosa stuffed with wonderfully spiced potato filling made from mashed boiled potatoes, onions, tomatoes, and a blend of spices.
Masala dosa is often served with coconut chutney, sambar, and tomato ketchup.
When you can’t think of anything else, go for Masala Dosa!
Mysore Masala Dosa – All hail Mysore!
Mysore masala dosa is a variation of masala dosa originating from Mysore, Karnataka.
This crispy dosa is spread thin and coated with a layer of red chutney made from red chilli, garlic, and spices. It’s then stuffed with spicy potato filling and served with coconut chutney and sambar.
Rava Dosa – A unique touch!
Rava dosa is a crisp dosa made from semolina (rava) batter, rice flour, and all-purpose flour.
The batter is thin and watery, which makes the dosa crispy.
This dosa is a quick and easy option for breakfast or when you have guests over.
Paper Dosa – Let it fly!
As the name suggests, Paper dosa is a thin, almost transparent dosa.
The dosa is made from fermented rice & urad dal batter spread on the tawa. The dosa is then folded multiple times to make a long, thin dosa resembling paper.
Set dosa – The Stomach filler!
Set dosa is a softer, thicker version of dosa that is fluffy, and spongy version.
The batter for set dosa is made from rice, urad dal, and poha, which gives it a unique taste and texture. Set dosa is usually served with coconut chutney, sambar, and potato curry.
Onion Dosa – Burst of tastes!
Onion dosa is a simple yet flavorful dosa that is easy to make.
It’s a variation of the regular dosa that is made by adding chopped onions and green chilies to the batter. Onion dosa is crispy on the outside and soft and fluffy on the inside.
Cheese Dosa – So good!
Cheese dosa is a modern twist to the traditional dosa.
It’s made by adding grated cheese to the batter and stuffing it with paneer and onion. Cheese dosa can be served with tomato ketchup or mint chutney.
Neer Dosa – The lightest dosa!
Neer dosa is a soft and delicate dosa made from rice flour & coconut milk.
It’s a popular breakfast item in Karnataka, especially in coastal regions. Neer dosa is usually served with chicken or vegetarian curry.
Pesarattu Dosa – The healthy version!
Pesarattu dosa is a dosa made from green gram or moong dal.
It’s a healthy and nutritious dish that is rich in protein.
The batter for pesarattu dosa is made by grinding soaked moong dal and rice together. Pesarattu dosa is usually served with coconut chutney and ginger pickle.
Adai Dosa – The wholesome mix!
Adai dosa is made from a mixture of various lentils like urad dal, chana dal, toor dal, and a mix of rice.
The batter for adai dosa is thicker than regular dosa batter and is usually topped with chopped onions and curry leaves. It is served with coconut chutney & tomato chutney.
Ghee Podi Masala Dosa – Flavours overburst!
Ghee Podi Masala Dosa is a perfect blend of flavours and spices.
The dish is made with a crispy dosa filled with a spicy potato filling and sprinkled with homemade ghee podi masala.
The ghee podi masala is made from a mix of roasted lentils, spices, and ghee, giving it a rich and aromatic flavour.
This dosa is unique and a great way to start your day with a hearty & delicious meal that is both nutritious and flavoursome.
If you are in Amsterdam and craving some authentic ghee podi masala dosa, then we have just the thing for you.
Try out The Madras Diaries; it is one of the best authentic Indian restaurants there and has an impressive list of different varieties of dosa that can make your day.
See for yourself!
Chilli Cheese Masala Dosa – A spicy choice!
Try the Chili Cheese Masala Dosa if you’re in the mood for something spicy & delicious at the same time. This dosa is made with crispy crepes filled with a spicy potato and vegetable filling and topped with melted cheese and spicy chutney.
The combination of flavours & textures is sure to satisfy your taste buds.
So why not add a little spice to your life and give the Chilli Cheese Masala Dosa a try?
Dosa is a versatile dish that has evolved over the years and has many variations.
It’s amazing how there’s something for everyone, whether you prefer a crispy dosa or a soft and fluffy one.
We hope this blog gave you an idea about some of the varieties of dosa you must try if you haven’t already.
So, what are you waiting for?
Head out to your nearest South Indian restaurant or The Madras Diaries and indulge in some delicious dosas.
Thank us later!