Mysore Masala Dosa from Karnataka

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When I had my Dosa Mela, I had some chosen specialty dosas from each state. One of them was this Mysore Masala Dosa. When trying to know how different this is from our regular Masala Dosa, I came to know that it has a special Red Chutney spread on the dosa and then the Potato Masala is placed in the middle and served as folded Dosa.
This was almost done on the initial days, when I was making each state for dinner and this came as a package. I was literally swamped because I had to prepare so many chutneys, sambar and on top, it was a weekday. Luckily I was able to make this on time and all of us had a ball. In fact, my aunt who was visiting was taken in by this. The person who loved this so much was Konda. So much so that she insisted I send her this for her friends the next day.
So I saved up the red chutney and made all the rest, the next day morning and trust me, their friends simply loved it. In fact, when she saw this while I was uploading the pictures, she again ranted on saying she wants it right now. I said though I love hearing she loves so much, I simply can’t make it just like that.
I surely can’t cover everything about what comprises of Karnataka Cuisine. There is simply so much one can talk about. I never had much problem thinking about what I want to make from this, as this is one of those regular cuisines that I cook from.
Some of the famous dishes from this state that I have already posted, includes Bisi bele bath, Jolada rotti, Akki rotti, Vangi Bath, Kesari Bath, Davanagere Benne Dosa, Ragi mudde.
The famous Masala Dosa traces its origin to Udupi cuisine. Plain and Rave Idli, Mysore Masala Dosa and Maddur Vade are popular in South Karnataka. Kodagu (Coorg) district is famous for spicy varieties of pork curries while coastal Karnataka boasts of many tasty seafood specialties. Some of the famous sweets are Mysore Pak, Holige etc. I can’t list out all the different dishes that are popular in this state.
For today it’s all about Mysore Masala Dosa.
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How to make the batter for Mysore Masala Dosa



For the Dosa Batter

Ingredients Needed:

Raw Rice – 2 cup
Parboiled Rice 1 cup
Black Gram / Urad dal – 1/4 cup
Poha – 1/2 cup
Methi Seeds – 1/2 tsp
Salt to taste

How to make the batter

Wash and soak all rice along with the Urad dal for 6 – 7 hrs.

Wash and soak the poha just one hour before grinding.

When grinding, grind the poha first, then add the rice for grinding. Grind to a smooth batter. Add salt and ferment overnight.

If you are going to use it right away, you can use after fermentation. Else refrigerate.


Aloo Masala

Ingredients Needed:

Potatoes – 4 big / 2 cups
Onions, juliennes – 2 cups
Garlic, crushed – 1 tsp
Ginger, grated – 1 tsp
Coriander leaves handful
Green chillies – 3 -4 nos
Salt to taste
Oil – 2 tsp
Mustard seeds, Urad dal – 1 tsp
Curry leaves handful
Cashew nuts handful

How to make Aloo Masala

MW potato for 8 mins.

Heat a nonstick pan with oil with mustard seeds, cashew nuts, curry leaves, chopped green chilies, onion juliennes.

Saute well till the onions turn brown.

Then peel the aloo and mash before adding to the pan.

Add turmeric powder, salt and cook in simmer till aloo is done well. Remove once the palya is done.



Red Chutney / Onion Garlic Chutney

Ingredients Needed:
Onion chopped – 1 Big
Garlic – 8-10 cloves
Dry Red Chilli – 4-5 nos
Salt to taste
Oil – 1 tsp
For tempering
Curry leaves
Mustard, Urad dal – 1 tsp
How to make the Red chutney
Heat a kadai with oil, saute all the ingredients one by one. Allow it to cool and grind to a smooth paste.
Once done, do a tempering of mustard seeds and urad dal.

Coconut Coriander Mint Chutney

Ingredients Needed:

Fresh Coconut, finely chopped – 1 cup
Mint leaves – 1 cup loosly packed
Coriander leaves – 1 1/2 bunch of
Green chillies 5-6 nos
Fried gram – 1 tbsp
Tamarind pulp – 1 tsp
Salt to taste

For seasoning:

Oil – 1 tsp
Mustard seeds, Urad dal – 1/2 tsp
Curry leaves 5-6

How to make the chutney

Grind fried gram, green chilies and coconut to a coarse mixture.

Saute the mint leaves for couple of mins, then cool it. Once done, add to the coconut mix.

Add coriander, tamarind extract, mint and salt and grind it to a slight coarse mixture.

Temper with mustard, urad dal and curry leaves.

How to assemble the Mysore Masala Dosa

Heat a tawa, grease with oil. Pour one ladleful of batter, spread as you do with your regular dosa. Sprinkle oil all over.

Cover with a lid and cook in sim. Pores will be formed on the top and this should not be flipped on the other side for cooking.

Once the top is cooked, spread the red chutney on the top, place a serving of Aloo masala on it and fold over.

Serve with other chutneys and Sambar.

Coconut Chutney
Shallot Sambar

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Mysore Masala Dosa from Karnataka

Course Breakfast, Dinner
Cuisine Karnataka
Keyword Combo Dishes
By Cook Method Stovetop
By Diet Healthy Recipes
Dish Type Dosa Varieties
Author Srivalli
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  1. Valli , I love these dosas…I have book marked this post, even though most of the chutneys and the Aaloo masala is almost like the way I make…yet I feel, let me try with these proportions…of course the dosa batter is different ..and these look absolutely wonderful, truly I feel like having some…yes, at this hour too…

  2. so professionally presented… love the clicks and the post is so well written.. I am going to bookmark this to try..

  3. When I was in Mysore during college days, there was a famous hotel called as GTR which was famous for mysore masala dose. I never missed it as I have never eaten a flavourful dosa anywhere else. Your post is making me nostalgic…

  4. masala dosai is my favourite order at any restaurant.. these dosais look super tasty and the banana leaf makes it look so pretty.. i initially tried set dosa and sagu for karnataka, screwed up terribly and then changed to bisi bele bath

  5. Valli its going to be dosa galore in my house now on for the entire month of May! So this dosa is the first on the menu. Thanks for the delicious chutney it wil be loved in my place.

  6. The day you posted this recipe, each time I opened my FB, this post would show up in my news feed and each time it showed up, I was drooling over the pictures. Wonderfully done ! I am sure Konda and her friends had ball eating these for lunch. I also like the way you presented them in a banana leaf.

  7. wow another tempting and delicious platter .. I am serious unable to resist , can you just parcel me some valli .. very very tempting karnataka breakfast platter love the varieties of chutney you have given with those tempting dosa 🙂 mouthwatering platter seriously 🙂

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