Search Recipes

Onion Rava Dosa | Instant Rava Dosa

Making dosa batter needs some planning and preparation like soaking rice and dals, grinding and then fermentation. When you run out of dosa batter or forget to soak them, instant dosas like rava dosa or wheat dosa come as a saviour. Rava dosa is a popular South Indian breakfast item made of semolina (rava/sooji), rice flour, all-purpose flour and spices. It's an instant dosa which does no require any soaking, grinding or fermentation.

Making a crispy and laced rava dosa takes some practice and patience. Here are few important tips in getting a perfect hotel-style rava dosa:
  • The consistency of the batter is one of the keys in getting laced rava dosa. The batter should be thin and flowing. If the batter is thick, you will not get the crispy laced dosa. If batter is too thin, the dosa will break.
  • The tawa should be nicely hot while pouring the batter. To test if the tawa is hot enough, sprinkle some water on the tawa and it should sizzle and evaporate right away.
  • The batter should be quickly poured in a circular motion starting from the outer edges, then filling the gap in the center. Do not pour batter over again or fill the small gaps or spread the batter. The batter will spread by itself and fill some of the gaps.
  • Rava dosa takes longer time to cook than regular dosa. If you try to remove the dosa before its cooked, it will break. Cook in medium heat to get perfectly crispy and golden dosa.
You can skip the onions to make a plain rava dosa. Onion rava dosa tastes best when served hot. I served these crispy dosa with coconut chutney and sambar


{ Instant dosa recipe with semolina, rice flour, all-purpose flour, onion }
Makes 6-8


½ cup rava / semolina
½ cup rice flour
2 tbsp all-purpose flour / maida
1 small-sized onion, finely chopped
2 green chillies, chopped
½ inch ginger, grated
Few curry leaves
¾ tsp black peppercorn
½ tsp cumin seeds  / jeera
Pinch of asafoetida / perungayam / hing
Salt to taste
Sesame oil / nallennai


1. In a large bowl add rava, rice flour, maida, asafoetida, onion, green chillies, ginger, curry leaves, pepper, cumin seeds, salt and mix well with a whisk.

2. Now add 2 ½ to 3 cups water and mix well with whisk to make a thin flowing batter without any lumps.

3. Heat a dosa tawa over high heat and let it become hot. Pour a ladle full of batter in a circular motion starting from the outer edges and fill the gap in the center.

4. Drizzle 1-2 tsp of oil around and over the dosa. Cook in medium heat till the dosa turns crisp and golden. Fold dosa and serve immediately.

Serving Suggestion ~ Coconut chutney, tomato chutney and sambar.

Notes and Tips
  • Make dosa immediately after making the batter. There is no need to rest the batter.
  • You can use a cast iron tawa or non stick pan to make dosa. No need to grease the pan before making dosa.
  • Mix the batter well before making each dosa as the ingredients would have settled down.
  • After making each dosa, turn up the heat and wait for the tawa to get hot before pouring the batter.
  • Rava tends to soak water. So if the batter becomes thick after making few dosas, add little more water and adjust the consistency.


  1. very nicely explained...thanx for sharing

  2. Love the color & crispyness !

  3. one of most fav breakfast.. Very crispy dosa!

  4. super crispy n yummy dosa..nicely explained !!

  5. perfection :) This looks lip-smacking, beautiful and yummy:)

  6. Instant healthy breakfast..

  7. love the laced rava dosa, looks so delicious. Am going to try this recipe.

  8. Tempting dosa...yummy...

  9. Perfectly crispy, golden and laced rava dosa. Your pics are fabulous Sona.

  10. My attempts of making rava dosa have always been flops. Your rava dosa looks perfect. I will follow your tips and see how it comes out. What kind of rava did you use?

    1. Thanks Divya. It takes some practice to get it right. I have used fine rava here. You can either use fine rava or little coarse rava.

  11. Your dosas are so round... I have always seen rava dosas without shape... :) Thank you for all those tips, wish u were my neighbor... my kids would have been really happy with u! ;)

  12. Wow!! so perfectly made!! Look at the holes!!

  13. Rava dosa looks perfect, just like we get in hotels. Lovely inviting pictures Sona..

  14. Wow so easy and laced dosa...... An easy option for me whenever I had to make a quick breakfast or dinner... :)

  15. The onion dosa looks sooo beautiful looks like a doily folded.

  16. Brilliant pics and perfectly crisp and round rava dosas Sona. Thanks for sharing the tips..

  17. Instant dosas attract fermenting and no hassle..these dosas look so good...perfect for breakfast

  18. Yummy crispy rava dosas. Love to eat any time.

  19. Onion rava dosa looks crispy and delicious.

  20. A perfect yummy breakfast with lovely clicks.

  21. I love dosas but don't make them as mine turn out rubbish. Your pictures are making me wish for them.

  22. Wow.. dosa is my favourite anytime. Perfectly made rava dosas. Looking at the pics and craving for them.

  23. My fav dosa....just love this....yours look restaurant style dear...yummy

  24. U gt a Perfect shape n look ..need active practise I think's delicious


Thank you for taking time to visit my blog. Your feedback is a big motivation for me
and I appreciate your valuable comments and suggestions.
Hope you liked my space and please keep visiting for new recipes.

Please do not leave comments with links to your blogs, events and advertisements.

- Sona

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...