Friday, March 2, 2012


Being a south Indian, it is hard to live without dosa even for a week. But during long winters when nothing can make dosa batters raise and the ready made ones in packets stinks, I had no choice but to look for alternatives. That's when I borrowed this recipe from my friend.

 Pesarattu or green gram dosa is healthy and delicious. Unlike adai, this dosa is filling without making you feel heavy. It is a great way of introducing gram or sprouts in your diet. Batter preparation is quite simple and requires no fermentation. You can have it plain or add chopped onions to the batter. In some hotels they serve it with upma which is known as MLA pesarattu or upma pesarattu. But it is like making two breakfast dishes so I generally skip the upma ;)

(makes about 8 to 10 dosas)
  • Green gram - 1 cup
  • Rice - 1/4 cup
  • Red chillies - 4 (or more depending on your taste)
  • Onion - 1 cup finely chopped (optional) 
  • Curry leaves 
  • Asafoetida
  • Salt
  • Oil

  1. Soak green gram and rice overnight. Grind it to a smooth paste along with water, salt and red chillies. Consistency of the batter should be thicker than a dosa batter.
  2. Heat the tawa. Add asafoetida and chopped curry leaves to the batter, mix well.
  3. Pour a ladle of the batter and spread it out evenly. Top it with some chopped onions. Pour some oil and cook till one side turns golden brown. Flip the dosa, cook the other side too.
  4. Serve hot with ginger chutney.

sending this to I'm the star by rasi , gimme green by chef al dente,  Vegan Diet – Only Plant Based by Srav's culinary concept, only South Indian by Pari
and makey cakey by makey cakey.


  1. MLA pesarattu..havent heard of this.. we do this a lil differently but the addition of green gram is really good.. I am super happy that u went great lengths to link it.. yay! hope to see many more entries & u can link in ur lauki kofta's too :)

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  2. thanks rasi !! love ur event. Looking forward to bein a part of it :)

  3. Hi Aishwarya! Such a lovely space!! This is an amazing recipe that would lift my event up a notch...very apt for the theme; so healthy and Im sure equally delicious :-) Do link it. Any trouble pls lemme know. Thanx for ur visit. Happy Cooking!

  4. Hi Aishu! I too learnt about pesaratu from a friend in really came in handy in those cool months. Btw, i guess i forgot to post on ur blog about the award...Pick up ur Versatile Blogger award from my's waiting for u!

  5. Aishwarya, Thanx for dropping by my blog. Gave me a chance to visit yours. I love this dosa. My friend used to make it for mea long time back. Missed it all the while.

  6. @rosh - tats very sweet of u !!! i am linkin it right away :)
    @foodiliciousnan - thanks nandhini:) tats very encouragin!!!
    @anzz - thanks for stoppin by :) luv ur glass cookies

  7. Nice tasty breakfast !! Thanks for linking to the event !!

    Ongoing event CC:Vegan Diet - Plant Based Food

  8. This looks delicious - thanks for joining in the Breakfast Club!

  9. Hi. Pesarattu is always filling and healthy. Thanks for sending it to my event, helped me explore and follow yours.

    Pls use the logo, it's mandatory.



  10. There is an award for you in my blog.Pls pick up

  11. The Breakfast Club roundup is now posted

  12. Thanks for taking part in Breakfast Club. I adore savoury and spicy breakfasts!

    This month's breakfast club is all ready to go at Utterly Scrummy.