Breakfast Recipes/ Dosa & Idli/ No Onion No Garlic


Scorching summer is just round the corner …Cooling body naturally with natural cooling food is the best way to beat the summer heat . So today i’ll share a very healthy recipe of “ Menthya Dosa / Fenugreek seeds Dosa ” , apt for summer , as they naturally reduce the body heat . As the name suggests , methi seeds are the star ingredients of this dosa,making them taste fabulous with a tempting fenugreeky flavor and aroma.Trust me they won’t taste bitter…Do try for sure and you will agree with me..

As we all are aware,fenugreek seeds has lot of medicinal values.They improve digestion,prevents constipation,gastritis, reduces cholesterol and blood sugar levels.Fenugreek seeds are also traditionally used to enhance milk production in lactating mothers in India. I remember my mom giving me almost everyday these fenugreek dosas after my delivery for initial few days.

As guessed,this traditional recipe is passed to me from my mom.You can make these dosas thick like utappam ( how i prefer ) or thin crispy dosas ( the way my hubby n kids prefer). It tastes great either way;soft ,delicious….Here goes the recipe…


Smitha Kalluraya
Course Breakfast
Cuisine south indian
Servings 4 serving


  • 2 1/2 cup Dosa rice / Normal rice
  • 1/4 cup Fenugreek seeds methi seeds
  • Salt, - as per taste
  • Ghee / oil, to make dosas


Making Batter

  • Wash and soak rice and methi seeds separately ; methi for about 5-6 hours , rice for 2-4 hours.
  • Now grind only methi seeds along with water in a grinder or mixer for about 5-10mins.Batter will become fluffy and little smooth.
  • Then add the rice with the required quantity of water.Grind both the ingredients together to get a smooth batter.Lastly add salt to the batter and mix well.
  • Transfer the batter to a container and allow it to ferment over night / 8-10 hours.

Making Dosas

  • In the morning, you will see that the batter would have fermented well. It would have raised. Mix well using a laddle. Add water if required.
  • Heat a tawa. Grease with oil.Pour a laddle full of batter. Make it thick or thin dosa asย  you wish.Spread it in circular direction if you like thin crispy dosa or spread just a little if you prefer soft thick dosas.Drizzle few drops of oil or ghee around it.Cover and cook on medium flame for abt 1-2 mins.No need to flip over and cook.
  • Super soft and healthy fenugreek dosa is ready.ย Serve hot with ghee and chutney or chutney pudi or sambar or coconut milk.Enjoy making healthy food....


  1. Fenugreek seeds must be soaked well before grinding. It should have turned little soft.
  2. This dosa batter takes little more time to ferment than the normal batters.The batter must have well fermented. Else they will have tinge of bitterness.
  3. This dosa would be super soft because of extra quantity fenugreek seeds. In case for some reasons, your dosas are sticky, you are having problem making them or taking off from tawa , don't panic, add some rice flour to the batter and mix well.
variations :
  1. To the fermented batter you an add chopped veggies.
  2. In the morning , to the fermented batter, you can add jaggery and make sweet fenugreek dosa.
Tips for fermenting during cold weather : During cold weather, the batters wont ferment / raise well. In that case,
  1. keep the batter container closed inside an oven with lights on. Or preheat the oven, and keep the batter container inside it with lights on.
  2. Take a big cooker. Fill it 1/4th warm water. Keep the batter container inside the cooker. Close the lid.

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  • Reply
    Linsy Patel
    March 18, 2014 at 1:07 pm

    yummy and very soft dosas. we are still wearing heavy jackets, we need summer, please send it here too.

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    March 18, 2014 at 1:22 pm

    We too make the same.we call it vendhaya dosai ๐Ÿ™‚

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    chikkus Kitchen
    March 18, 2014 at 1:49 pm

    Healthy and Flavorful dosa ๐Ÿ™‚ yumm !!

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    Radha Natarajan
    March 18, 2014 at 2:26 pm

    Lovely fluffy dosa ! Fenugreek is our favourite ingredient nd I make this with fresh leaves too! Beautiful recipe and explanation. Chennagide:-)

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    March 18, 2014 at 2:58 pm

    Simply superb.. Loved this dosa..

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    nandoos Kitchen
    March 18, 2014 at 3:51 pm

    love these super soft dosas.. Yumm..

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    Sony P
    March 18, 2014 at 4:05 pm

    Absolutely delicious dosa…..!!!

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    Priya Suresh
    March 18, 2014 at 6:44 pm

    Very spongy and a diabetic friendly dosa..well done.

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    Mitha Hegde
    March 18, 2014 at 7:23 pm

    So soft and spongy… Very healthy too.. Bookmarked! Will def try Smitha! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Eliza Lincy
    March 18, 2014 at 7:33 pm

    Healthy Dosa. Love the flavour of fenugreek, when making dosas. I can get the methi smell till here from ur dosas.

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    Gayathri Sathyanarayanan
    March 18, 2014 at 8:27 pm

    simple healthy dosa’s.inviting with lots of side dish.

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    Sathya Priya
    March 18, 2014 at 9:50 pm

    for summer we have to have this dosa for sure…nice tips n lovey dosa

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    Beulah Arun
    March 19, 2014 at 4:43 am

    We too add fenugreek for dosa, lovely dosa!

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    Nalini Somayaji
    March 19, 2014 at 5:46 am

    Healthy and yemmy Mentya Dosa…

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    Rafeeda AR
    March 19, 2014 at 6:13 am

    fenugreek would give a nice flavor to the dosa i feel… looks so good dear…

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    beena stephen
    March 19, 2014 at 6:50 am

    Simple healthy dosa

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    Priya Shiva
    March 19, 2014 at 10:56 am

    lovely healthy dosa!

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    Swathi Iyer
    March 20, 2014 at 12:35 am

    Menthya dosa looks delicious.

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    Sundari Nathan
    March 20, 2014 at 12:38 pm

    healthy & yummy dosa ๐Ÿ™‚

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    techie ZM
    March 21, 2014 at 12:03 pm

    Looks very delicious…

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    shuchita aggarwal
    November 21, 2014 at 6:27 am

    How to reduce bitterness of dosa batter

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    Smitha Kalluraya
    November 21, 2014 at 11:59 am

    If it ferments well it wont be bitter.or you can add some sour cord or buttermilk

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    dheer Manral
    January 5, 2015 at 10:55 pm

    Pleasant contemplated the Beautiful formula and Fenugreekone of the most ideal approach to demonstrate to it

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    anubhuti srivastava
    March 22, 2015 at 5:27 pm

    Can we use rice flour instead of soaking rice?

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    June 12, 2015 at 11:50 am

    Nice one!

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    Janaki Lakshman
    April 3, 2016 at 1:18 pm

    In fact we prepare this with boiled Idli rice in place of raw rice soaked and ground. The boiled rice and methi gives a sweetish taste to the dosa. Optional addition is scraped coconut and finely cut green chillies. Taste is out of this world. Extremely healthy and soothing to the stomach…esp to new mothers.

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    April 3, 2016 at 4:15 pm

    what if we add little grated coconut as value addition?

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    Smitha Kalluraya
    April 4, 2016 at 6:52 am

    i havent tried.. but i guess it would taste great

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