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How to Make Dosas with Lentils and Rice

Dosas are moist, tender pancakes made from rice and lentils. Follow this recipe to make a delicious batch.


  • Step 1: Soak the lentils and rice Place the lentils and rice in separate bowls. Cover both with 2 inches water and let soak for 6 hours.
  • Step 2: Puree the lentils Drain the lentils in a sieve and puree them in a food processor with 3/4 cup water until they are light and fluffy. Transfer them to a large bowl.
  • Step 3: Puree the rice Drain the rice in the sieve and puree it in the food processor with 1/3 cup water until it forms a gritty paste.
  • Step 4: Mix the rice and lentils Mix the rice and lentil pastes together, adding salt and water to form a thin batter.
  • TIP: Let the batter stand at room temperature overnight.
  • Step 5: Heat cooking oil Heat cooking oil in a skillet. Spread some of the batter in the skillet, moving it outwards in concentric circles until it forms a circular thin circle.
  • Step 6: Cook the dosa Cook the dosa at high heat for several minutes. Then flip it over and cook the other side for a few seconds. This recipe serves four. Dig in!
  • FACT: When filled with potatoes, dosas are known as masala dosa, where masala means spicy.

You Will Need

  • 1 1/2 c. rice
  • 1/2 c. black lentils
  • 3/4 c. water
  • Salt
  • Vegetable oil
  • Sieve
  • Food processor
  • Skillet

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