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Paneer Masala Dosa

Masala dosa is a popular South Indian breakfast recipe. The stuffing for a regular masala dosa is made with a mildly spiced potato and onion filling. These days, hotels and road-side stalls are coming up with various kinds of stuffing. Paneer dosa is one such well liked masala dosa recipe.

I had this paneer masala dosa long time back in India and had loved it. I make potato masala dosa quite often, but this time I wanted to make this paneer dosa. I tweaked my usual potato masala stuffing and came up with a delicious paneer filling. Though nothing can beat the taste of the classic potato masala dosa, this paneer masala dosa is equally tasty and irresistible. Try this paneer dosa for a change or on a special occasion. Serve the dosa hot with coconut chutney.


{ Stuffed dosa with paneer (cottage cheese), onion and tomato filling }
Serves 2


Dosa or idli batter

For the stuffing:
1 cup heaped paneer, crumbled
1 medium onion, sliced
1-2 green chilly, finely chopped
½ tsp ginger-garlic paste
1 small tomato, chopped
¼ tsp turmeric powder
½ tsp coriander powder
½ tsp red chilly powder
1 sprig coriander, chopped
2 tsp oil
½ tsp mustard seeds
½ tsp cumin seeds / jeera
A pinch of asafoetida / hing
1 sprig curry leaves
Salt to taste


To make the stuffing:

1. Heat oil in a pan and add mustard seeds. When it splutters, add hing, jeera and curry leaves. Add onion, green chillies and ginger-garlic paste. Fry until soft.

2. Add tomatoes and fry for 2-3 minutes or until they become soft. Add the paneer, turmeric powder, coriander powder, red chilly powder and salt.

3. Sprinkle 1-2 tbsp water and mix well. Cook for 4-5 minutes. Remove from heat and add the coriander leaves.

To make dosa:

1. Heat a dosa tawa and take a laddle full of batter. Spread into a thin dosa and drizzle some oil. 

2. Once the dosa is cooked and turned brown and crisp, place some paneer filling and fold the dosa.

Notes and Tips
  • There is no need to flip the dosa. By the time bottom side gets browned and crisp, the top will also be cooked.
  • Thaw the paneer if frozen by either microwaving or immersing in warm water. Then crumble with hands.


  1. Lovely addition of paneer, delicious

  2. lovely replacement dear.sure will try this out

  3. This is very innovative and unique...Looks very delicious.

  4. rich dosa.. Love the presentation

  5. healthy masala dosa,nice filling!!

  6. yummy and kids fav dosai...

  7. Mmm....looks so tempting...feel like having a bite

  8. paneer in dosa is my new love ;)
    totally love the flavours and colours:)

  9. Love the filling, looks very delicious.. nice pics, makes the dosa even more tempting!

  10. my colleague always goes gaga over the paneer masala dosa we get at sangeetha's here, but yet to try... looks really so good sona...

  11. such masala dosas r my favs.. they make the dosa so flavorful.. yummy preperation

  12. Paneer dosa sounds interesting and delicious, have to try this.. Nice clicks..

  13. Paneer filling sounds delicious and yummy.. nice pics..

  14. I'am drooling right over the stuffing.......looks yummm!!!

  15. Nicely clicked and the recipe is awesome.

  16. Nicely clicked and dosas are awesome.

  17. What a tempting n killing picture...

  18. Paneer masala dosa looks yumm love it.

  19. This looks like a great breakfast for me. I love anything with a kick of spice in the morning.

  20. Paneer masala dosa sounds so good. I can never make good dosa. Is there a secret to how hot you keep the tawa?

    1. Thanks Mina. There is no secret, all depends on the batter and its consistency. I keep the tawa on medium heat. In between each dosa, rub the tawa with a wedge of onion.

  21. nicely arranged n looking very tempting :)

  22. Love to start my day with this fantastic dish.Paneer masala dosa is killing me.

  23. Excellent cooking and photographs.
    Which lenses do you use for food photography?

  24. Wow!! This is so tempting!! Cant resist :)

  25. I am a masala dosa fan. And this paneer filling looks so interesting and delicious. Love the pictures!


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