Set dosa


Set dosa has different definitions for different people. I was introduced to it in Bangalore and I instantly became a fan. A stack of 3 spongy dosas is served with sagu – a vegetable side dish. I absolutely adore this combination. Recently, one of my friends told me, the set dosa he knows is a stack of 3 different varieties of dosas. Anyway, I have seen so many different recipes for these spongy dosas. I loved this version which is very simple. This recipe is from some old Kannada recipe collection. I served it with a simple potato side dish.

1 cup rice
3/4 cup flattened rice (poha)
1 tea spn fenugreek(methi) seeds
1/4 cup yogurt
1/2 tea spn sugar
1/2 tea spn soda

Soak rice and fenugreek seeds in water for 4-5 hrs. Grind to a smooth batter.
Soak flattened rice(poha) in yogurt. Grind it and mix with rice batter. (I grind both together). Do not make the batter too thin. Leave over night for fermentation.
Add sugar and soda next day.
Make thick small dosas. Serve hot.

Serves : 3-4
Preparation time : 20mins

58 thoughts on “Set dosa”

  1. Shilpa,
    Dosa has made an appearance here after quite long! Wow..tks for sharing this recipe as well. (Raw rice or Dosa rice?)

    Shilpa: You can use any kind. I have used sona masoori and basmati. You can also use dosa rice, I haven’t seen dosa rice here anytime, so I use anything thats available

  2. Set dosas looks lovely, have never used poha in dosa batter, will def try ading it next time, i usually like my dosa thin and crispy 🙂

    Shilpa: As far as I know, set dosa is made spongy and thick. I love my dosas crispy too, but not this variety.

  3. Just one doubt. The rice – idli rice or the rice we eat?

    Shilpa: You can use any kind. I have used sona masoori and basmati(because these days thats what we eat daily).

  4. What is Set Dosa in Karnataka, is Chepi Surnali in Konkanis.(coconut is the addl ingredient) My mom makes the surnali batter and divides into two, adds jaggrey and a pinch of haldi in one of them for Godi Surnali, the other batter is the Chepi Surnali.

    Last time i made this the dosa’s got stuck to the non-stick pan, even after using oil. Must try this proportion. Thanks.

  5. Hi! this is something which we make as surnoli. I add kurmura, [charmuro in konkani and puffed rice in English.] instead of beaten rice,. Add jaggery n salt to batter. If you do not want to make saperate chutney, I add 1 green chilli,a small piece of ginger and a pinch of cummin seeds [jeera] while grinding. Turns out soft even without adding soda bi carb.

  6. Thanks! It is same here…Indian stores are stocking sona mussorie, which is my regular, but idli=dosa rice is missing since many months now! Shall try this wt sona- mus.rice n post my feedback! 😀 Tks again!

  7. The first time i ate this was in mysore. It was in the college canteen. The best thing I liked about set dosa was that you would get 3 dosas :). I think they serve chutney as well. Your dosas look so lovely and soft.

  8. Hi,

    This is a new veriety of Dosa for me. Looks yummy! I just wanted to ask whether the poha used is the thick variety or thin variety, as we get both types here.

    Shilpa: You can use any one. I have tried with both.

  9. Hi
    i cant believe that the dosas i made today morning came out so nice and tasty … wow….the same taste i had in my home town udupi….thanks a lot

  10. HI

  11. I tried this dosa today morning and it was perfect. I never expected it to come out like in the restuarants but it did. shilpa ….your recipies are amazing.

  12. Hi Shilpa,

    Thanks for sharing the recipe. Your Set Dosa looks just great!! I tried this one and it came out very good. We loved it very much. My husband usually likes crispy dosas but he like it too.
    I was thinking to write you from so many days, but I couldn’t.. may be because of my laziness..;) I like all your recipes. Whenever I want to try something new then your site is the first choice for me..and I usually find everything whatever I search for.
    One more thing I like is your narration. It feels like somebody is talking to you in person.You write in detail with each and every single tip.

    Great site!! Keep going..Good Luck..:)


  13. Shipa, try soaking rice, poha, methi seeds together in yogurt(butter milk gives a better dosa) for around 6 hours and grind into batter a bit thicker then dosa batter. The dosas should be thick and once u pour the batter on the pan, cover it so tat if the consistency is correct the dosas become almost double the size once u remove the covering pan. U can garnish with onions, chopped green chilies and ginger and cumin seeds.
    The propotion of rice and poha is 2:1.
    This is called Majiga dosalu in telugu-Andhra (buttermilk dosas).
    Try this.

  14. Hi shilpa.
    I too make set dosa but with regular dosa batter.yours look very spongy and nice will surely try this you dont add urad dal to this is it?
    And plz give me a recipe for sagu.i love it.

  15. Hello,

    Have been referring to this site for many recipes, and thanks to everyone contributing, I can cook descently now.

    Just an addition to what you have said for Set Dosa.

    When i grind the rice and poha, i also add powered jaggery. By the time i prepare the dosas next day after it has fermented, it tastes really nice. Have got that feedback from others also.


  16. Dear Shilpa, I made the set dosas today. My family loved it! thank you for all your efforts to provide the perfect recipes. 🙂

  17. hi Shilpa,
    I want to try this recipe today.. I got a huge (25 lbs) packet of parboiled rice from sams.. 🙂
    I have 1 important question.. when should we add salt.. Before keeping the batter for fermentation or after fermenting it?
    Salt slows down the fermentation process, so we should add it after.. right? Pls let me know..


  18. Hi Shilpa, I tried this recipe and for the first time in my life i was so happy to make such a super Dosa!!! Thanks a ton for the recipe!!

  19. Hi Shilpa, I tried this recipe and for the first time in my life i was so happy to make such a delicious Dosa!!! Thanks a ton for the recipe!!

  20. Hi Shilpa,

    I am trying this recipe tomorrow.I have soaked the rice and poha.Wish me luck.I am very bad preparing dosa so just scared to try new.

    I tried your kesari bhath recipe.It was good.Thanks.

  21. Hi shilpa, Set dosa came out very nice.I was so happy.My husband enjoyed it too.I served it with kurma.I didnt get a sagu recipe.

  22. hi shilpa ,

    i tried your set dosa recipe today . it tasted excellant , but it was thick not spongy .no holes were formed in dosa 🙁
    can u just tell me what went wrong ????
    i stay in dubai its hot here . whether its not fermented properly or any other reason .

  23. hey thanks for the immediate reply . i could see the pores in the batter nex mng . it was a bit sour .but i din notice abt the volume 🙁

  24. Sanchari Mukherjee

    Thanks for such a nice easily digestible recipe. One thing I’ve notices while making with this above measurements that initially it did not bind but after adding 2-3 tablespoons of Maida and Upma Rava the Dosas came out really well and it was so soft like a Sponge. Thanks for such easy cooking Tiffin recipes.

  25. Hi Shilpa,
    Thank you for posting such tasty recepies …this particular recepie was a big hit….it is really really good…i make it atleast once a week…Thanks once again.

  26. Thanks Shilpa for such an easy and tasty recipe. I prepared set dosas today and it turned out great. So spongy and yummy dosas. loved it. I am a big fan of any kind of dosas. Can eat it in breakfast lunch and dinner. 🙂 Once again thanks.

  27. Thanks Shilpa for such an easy and tasty recipe. I prepared set dosas today and it turned out great. So spongy and yummy dosas. loved it. I am a big fan of any kind of dosas. Can eat it in breakfast lunch and dinner. 🙂 Once again thanks.

  28. My grandma says for dosa and all we have to use grinder to make it perfect.but now a days ppl are started using what is ur ur preparing it

  29. Hi, when does the salt get added, pre grinding or next morning with sugar n soda?. I live in Bangalore, but prefer home made dosa’s 🙂

  30. Hi Shilpa,

    Thank you so much for your recipes…I’ve tried a few of them including set dosa, it came out so well. I have shared this link with couple of my cousins & friends stating tried and tasted…go for it. Have received positive response from them too

    Thanks once again.

    Minnie, China

  31. Hi shilpa,

    Tried this dosa…and they came out really wonderful, very soft and tasty…even my huby loved them..definitely goes to my dosa list….Im new to cooking & so far have tried (in the dosa category) the neer dosa, mashti dosa, masala dosa, rava dosa recipes and they are in my collection. I refer ur site for my daily cooking and its of great help. the preparation and taste is just what i want in my cooking. thanks to you 🙂

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