Breakfast or snacks

Urad dal dosa (Udida pole)

This is the simplest way of doing Urad dal dosa. Some people add one table spoon of chana dal for making the dosa very crisp and/or half tea spoon of fenugreek seeds for taste and fiber content.

2 cups dosa rice (or any normal white rice)
1 cup urad dal
1 tbl spn chana dal (optional)
1/2 tea spn fenugreek seeds(methi) (optional)
Salt As per taste

Soak all the ingredients(except for oil) for 4-5hours. Grind with salt. Leave the batter for 5-6hours. Make dosas.
Serve with bhaji or chutney.

Serves : 5
Preparation time : 20min

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Urad Dal Paddu(Udida Appe)

Paddu(Kannada), appe(Konkani), ponganalu (Telugu), paniyaram(Tamil), unniyappam(Malayalam), is one very popular dish in South India. To make this we require a special paddu tava (Appe Kayli), which looks like following.

Usually we get two kinds of tavas, one of black colour(of cast iron) and other silver color(I guess it is aluminium). In silver one the batter does not stick to tava, so preferably use that. These days we get non stick paddu tava, which looks like following. If using cast iron tava, grease it with oil in the night and use it for making paddu next day. By doing this, paddu does not stick to tava.

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Urad Dal Paddu(Udida Appe)

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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 5


  • 1 cup urad dal
  • 2 cups rice
  • 1/2 cup avalakki poha
  • Salt
  • Oil


  • Soak dal and rice in water for about 3-4hrs.
  • Grind with poha(washed in water to make it soft) and salt.
  • Make it to the consistency of dosa batter.
  • Keep overnight for fermentation.
  • Heat the tava & add little oil.
  • Pour the batter in the tava(mix the batter well before using it).
  • When it is fried from one side, turn & cook on other side.
  • Serve hot with coconut chutney.


You can add chopped onion, coriander leaves and green chillies to the batter


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Bread Upma

This is usually done from a day old bread that remains after making some sandwiches or other bread dishes. In the above picture I haven’t used coriander leaves and coconut, but if you add both or one of them the taste will increase.

4-5 cups bread cut in to small pieces
1/2 cup onions(optional)
2 tbl spns fresh/frozen coconut(optional)
3-4 green chilies
A pinch turmeric (optional)
6-7 curry leaves
A pinch asafoetida
1/2 tea spn each mustard seeds, cumin seeds, urad dal
1 tea spn sugar (optional)

Heat oil and add mustard, cumin seeds, urad dal. When they start popping add curry leaves and chillies. Add onions and fry till they turn brownish. Add bread pieces and mix well. Add sugar, coconut and salt. Mix well.

Serves : 4
Preparation time : 10min

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Cucumber/water melon Dosa

Aayi makes these dosas whenever we get watermelon. Many people throw out the white part between green skin and the red sweet part. We normally use this white part (or the red part of not-so-sweet watermelons) to make this dosa. Cucumber can also be used instead of watermelons.

2 cups dosa rice(or any normal white rice)
1 and 1/2 cup water melon or cucumber(taushe or magge) pieces
1 cup fresh/frozen coconut grated

Soak rice for around 5-6hours. Grind rice with other ingredients. Make dosas. Serve with coconut chutney.

Serves : 4
Preparation time : 10min

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Potato Dosa

I learnt this recipe from some book. Everybody makes fun of me when I say we can make potato dosa. But if you try this once, you will never forget the taste!!!. This dosa is a bit hard to take out from pan. So my initial trials were all big disasters. But this dosa was so tasty that I wanted to master this. So after trying it many times, I could make them perfect. The key is to add as much rice flour as required to make them easy to remove from pan.

1 cup boiled, mashed potatoes
1 cup rice flour
5-6 strands coriander leaves
1 tea spn ginger-garlic paste
2-3 green chillies
2 tbl spn yogurt/curd

Grind all the ingredients(except rice flour). Add rice flour. Mix well and make dosas. Some times, the dosas get sticked to tava. Add more rice flour and try again.
I usually serve this with honey or mango syrup(ambe paank).

Serves : 2-3
Preparation time : 10min

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Coconut dosa (Soyi polo/Pan polo/Neer dose)

This is a very common breakfast in North Canara. The combination differs. Some people eat this dosa with normal coconut chutney or jaggery(molasses) or chutney powder. But I like this dosa with garlic chutney the way my mother does it.

This is called Neer dosa in Kannada and served with fish/chicken curry in Mangaloren restaurants. Traditionally these dosas are prepared on cast iron tavas which are well oiled. My aayi applies oil to the tava, keeps it overnight and makes dosas on it the next morning. This helps in avoiding dosas sticking to the tava.

1 cup rice (use dosa rice if available, otherwise use any normal uncooked rice)
3/4th cup coconut (tender coconut works the best)

Soak rice overnight. Grind with salt and coconut. Make the batter very thin. Prepare dosas. These dosas have to be cooked from only one side. (Since coconut is used, there is a chance of dosas getting sticked to tava).

Serves : 4
Preparation time: 10 min

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