Rava Dosa – South Indian Savoury Pancakes

Rava Dosas are a tasty savoury pancake from South India. It is traditionally eaten with coconut  or other chutneys.

I had the pleasure of tasting this during my my mother in law’s recent visit to Australia. I then learnt the recipe and have made it a few times since.

To make:

1 cup rice flour

1/2 cup fine semolina

1/2 cup fine dessicated coconut

2 eggs

approx 1.5 – 2 cups water

salt to taste- approx 1.5 teaspoon

1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds

5 curry leaves – chopped (optional)

one small onion- finely diced

black pepper

To make:

Miix all ingredients to form a smooth batter. It should have a pouring comsistency but still be thick. Allow to stand for at least half an hour in the fridge to soften the semoliina)

Preheat a non-stick pan, add one ladel full of the batter at a time, spreading throughout the pan by rotating it gently after pouring to ensure even coverage.

Cook until it is golden brown on the bottom , it is usually ready when you can see the edges unsticking from the pan.

Flip over and cook the other side for a minute, but do not brown.

Eat alone or serve with your favourite chutneys or curry.


  • Ensure the right tempurature of your pan by trying a small amount of batter first. Too hot and the bottom will brown too quickly, too cold and it would take very long to cook.
  • You can add a bit of oil in the pan for crispy dosas
  • The dosa thickness is up to you, you can have them paper thin or a few mms thick. I like mine about 2 mms so I can scoop food with it

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