Dalia Dosa Recipe

Dalia Dosa Recipe

30 mins
5-6 people
15 mins



Hey there, I'm Chef Ajay Chopra! Let me whisk you away on a culinary adventure with a twist – my take on the traditional dosa recipe, infused with the goodness of dalia (broken wheat). Imagine the aroma of coconut mingling with the subtle sweetness of sugar, all wrapped up in a crisp, golden-brown dosa. But before we dive into the recipe, let me share a little anecdote about how this unique fusion dish came to be.


It all started one lazy Sunday morning when I found myself craving dosas but wanted to add a healthy twist to the classic recipe. After a bit of experimentation and inspiration from traditional South Indian flavors, the idea of incorporating dalia into the dosa batter struck me. And thus, the Dalia Dosa was born – a delightful blend of innovation and tradition that never fails to impress!




Dalia Dosa Recipe:




For Dosa:

  • 2 cups Dalia/Broken wheat
  • 1 tbsp Urad dal
  • 2 tbsp Poha (Flattened rice)
  • Handful of Coriander leaves
  • 2 tbsp Fresh coconut
  • 1 tsp Sugar
  • ½ cup Water
  • ½ inch Ginger
  • 1 Green chilli
  • ½ tbsp Jeera (Cumin seeds)
  • ½ tbsp Salt
  • Water, as required
  • Oil, for cooking dosas

For Coconut Chutney:

  • ½ cup Fresh coconut
  • ½ inch Ginger
  • 1 tbsp Fried garlic
  • 1 tbsp Cashew nuts
  • 1 tbsp Tamarind, soaked
  • 3-4 Dry red chillies, boiled
  • ½ tbsp Salt
  • 1 tbsp Oil
  • ½ tbsp Urad dal
  • ½ tbsp Chana dal
  • ½ tbsp Mustard seeds
  • 1 Dry red chilli
  • 6-7 Curry leaves





1. Preparation of Dalia Dosa Batter:

  1. In a mixer jar, add dalia, poha, and urad dal. Grind them into a fine powder.
  2. Add coriander leaves, fresh coconut, sugar, ginger, green chilli, jeera, and ½ cup water. Grind to a smooth batter.
  3. Transfer the batter to a bowl and let it ferment for 6 hours.
  4. Once fermented, add salt and water as required to make a dosa batter consistency.

2. Making Dalia Dosa:

  1. Heat a flat pan and drizzle some oil. Wipe it with a clean kitchen napkin soaked in water.
  2. Pour a ladleful of dosa batter onto the pan and spread it evenly.
  3. Drizzle some oil on top and cook until golden brown from the bottom.
  4. Flip and cook the other side until golden brown.
  5. Repeat the process with the remaining batter.

3. Preparation of Coconut Chutney:

  1. In a mixer jar, add fresh coconut, boiled red chillies, ginger, fried garlic, cashew nuts, soaked tamarind, salt, and water.
  2. Grind to a smooth paste and transfer it to a bowl.
  3. Heat oil in a tadka pan and add urad dal, chana dal. Roast until golden brown.
  4. Add mustard seeds, dry red chilli, and curry leaves. Let them splutter.
  5. Pour the tempering over the chutney and mix well.

4. Serving:

  1. Serve the hot and crispy Dalia Dosas with the prepared Coconut Chutney.


Enjoy your delicious and nutritious Dalia Dosa




About the Recipe:


The Dalia Dosa is a delightful fusion dish that combines the traditional South Indian dosa with the wholesome goodness of dalia (broken wheat). Infused with coconut, sugar, and a hint of spice, this dosa offers a unique flavor profile that tantalizes the taste buds. What makes this recipe truly special is its versatility – you can customize the flavorings and colors to suit your preferences, whether it's adding coriander for a refreshing twist or beetroot for a vibrant hue.



Cooking Tips:


  • Fermentation is key: Allow the dosa batter to ferment for at least 6 hours to achieve the perfect texture and flavor.
  • Adjust consistency: Add water gradually to achieve the desired consistency of the dosa batter. It should be smooth and pourable.
  • Use a non-stick pan: To ensure that your dosas turn out crispy and golden-brown, use a non-stick pan and grease it lightly with oil before pouring the batter.
  • Experiment with flavors: Don't hesitate to get creative with the flavorings. Try adding different herbs, spices, or even vegetables to customize your dosas to your liking.



Pairing Guide:


The Dalia Dosa pairs beautifully with a variety of accompaniments, enhancing its flavor and texture. Here are some pairing suggestions to elevate your dining experience:


  • Coconut chutney: The creamy texture and subtle sweetness of coconut chutney complement the crispy dosas perfectly.
  • Sambar: A hearty lentil-based stew packed with vegetables, sambar adds depth and richness to the dosa.
  • Tomato chutney: Tangy and spicy, tomato chutney adds a zesty kick to the dosa, balancing out its flavors.




Frequently Asked Questions about Dalia Dosa:


  1. Can I use instant dalia for this recipe?

    • Instant dalia can be used, but for best results, it's recommended to use regular dalia and soak it overnight for improved texture and flavor.
  2. How can I make the dosas crispier?

    • To make the dosas crispier, ensure that the pan is adequately heated before pouring the batter and cook them on medium-high heat until golden brown and crispy.
  3. Can I make the batter ahead of time?

    • Yes, the dosa batter can be prepared in advance and stored in the refrigerator for up to 2-3 days. Just remember to let it come to room temperature before making dosas.
  4. Can I freeze the dosa batter?

    • While it's not recommended to freeze the batter as it can affect the fermentation process, you can store it in the refrigerator for longer shelf life.
  5. What can I serve with Dalia Dosa besides chutney and sambar?

    • Dalia Dosa pairs well with a variety of accompaniments such as coconut chutney, tomato chutney, mint chutney, or even a simple yogurt dip.
  6. Can I make gluten-free Dalia Dosa?

    • Yes, you can make gluten-free Dalia Dosa by using gluten-free dalia and ensuring that all other ingredients are gluten-free as well.
  7. How thick should the dosa batter be?

    • The dosa batter should be of pouring consistency, similar to pancake batter. Add water as needed to achieve the desired consistency.
  8. Can I use jaggery instead of sugar in the batter?

    • Yes, you can substitute jaggery for sugar to add a more traditional flavor to the dosa batter.
  9. What's the best way to reheat leftover dosas?

    • To reheat leftover dosas, lightly toast them on a pan until warmed through and crispy.
  10. Can I make mini dosas with this batter?

    • Absolutely! You can make mini dosas for bite-sized snacks or appetizers by using less batter and spreading it thinly on the pan.


Feel free to experiment with toppings and fillings to create your own signature Dalia Dosa recipe!