Thursday, February 17, 2011

Brown Rice Dosa and Tomato Onion Chutney!!

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Dosa,being the staple breakfast in many south Indian homes appears regularly on their breakfast menu.These days many people avoid eating them as it has large proportion of white rice which makes then feel it is bit unhealthy.For such kind of people brown rice is a nice and healthy substitute to the regular rice in making dosa.One need not to even compromise for the taste of dosa as I felt there is no major difference between the regular and brown rice dosa other than a slight dullness in the color of dosa because of the usage of brown rice.Though the calories,carbohydrate and protein contents are similar in both the rice varieties,brown rice has low glycemic index when compared to white rice and also it has required dietary minerals and vitamins which are essential for the body.As I have made my dosa healthier I had to even pick a low calorie side dish which goes with it other than the coconut chutney which is loaded with calories.So I made Tomato-Onion chutney to pair up with my healthy brown rice dosa.I make this tomato chutney very rarely as husband always prefers coconut chutney for idli and dosa and that is the reason it rarely appears on my menu,but I made this specifically to make this breakfast combo healthy.

Brown Rice Dosa:

3 cups normal brown rice(I used sona masuri variety)
1 cup whole urad dal(skinless)
1 cup mix of toor dal,chana dal,moong dal (approx 1/3 cup each)
1 cup beaten rice(poha)
1 tsp methi seeds
salt to taste
oil/ghee to roast the dosa

  • Wash rice,dals and methi seeds all together for 2-3 times in running water and soak them for 6-8hrs or overnight.
  • Next day morning soak poha for an hour before starting the grinding process of the batter.
  • Grind everything together to a smooth paste in the wet grinder for better results.Add enough salt to the ground batter and mix well and let it ferment for 9-10 hrs at room temperature or keep it in hot oven in winters for speeding up the process of fermentation.
  • I am sure everyone knows how to make simple plain dosa,still I explain the process of making it for people who are not familiar with it.
  • Mix batter well.Pour a big ladle of batter onto a medium hot pan and spread it in the circular motion to form a uniform shaped dosa.
  • Pour 1 tbsp oil approx over it and cover it with a lid.(No need to add more oil if using Non stick pan,you can completely replace oil with ghee for better taste if you are not calorie conscious).
  • Let it initially cook on low flame for 1-2 mins and remove the lid and increase the flame later and cook for a couple of mins until you see brown/red patches.(No need to turn the dosa).But do not try to remove the dosa in between while it is roasting.We should remove it only when you are sure that the dosa is perfectly roasted.
  • Remove the lid and pour some ghee in the center and you can even close it from two sides or three sides like we get in hotels.
  • Brush the dosa with ghee and place it in the center of the pan to make it more crispier.How ever it is optional.
  • Serve it directly and do not drop them in hot boxes.It should be served on to the plate immediately to enjoy the flavor and crispiness of the dosa.
  • Reduce the flame for one minute and then start preparing the next dosa.Do not pour the batter on high flame.
Serve dosa with chutney of your choice like coconut chutney/groundnut chutney/mint chutney/tomato chutney/tomato onion chutney.I served dosa with tomato onion chutney.

  1. Use regular white rice instead of brown rice to make regular plain dosa.
  2. Use your regular proportions for dosa like how you usually do and just replace white rice with equal quantities of brown rice.
  3. I add toor dal and chana dal sometimes to my dosa batter,but never added moong dal to the dosa batter,one of my friend recommended to use it so I thought of making an attempt and it turned pretty tasty though not much of difference.

Tomato Onion Chutney:

2 large juicy tomatoes,chopped
1 large onion,chopped
2 tsp urad dal
1 tsp chana dal
4-5 red chillies
1/2 tsp tamarind pulp(if using hybrid tomatoes which are not much of sour)
salt to taste
2 tsp oil

for tadka:
1 tsp ghee
1/2 tsp mustard seeds
1 tsp urad dal
a sprig of curry leaves
a pinch of hing

  • Heat a tsp of oil and roast red chillies,chana dal and urad dal separately until brown and keep them aside.
  • Heat another tsp of oil in the same pan and fry onions until translucent and then add chopped tomatoes and fry until they are pulpy.Add a pinch of turmeric to it and tamarind(if using) and let it cook for few mins.Cool the mixture completely.
  • Grind the roasted dals,red chillies with salt to a fine powder and then add cooled onion-tomato mixture and grind to a slightly chunky paste.
  • Heat ghee in the same pan and crackle mustard seeds and add urad dal and curry leaves and fry until brown.Add a pinch of hing and pour this tadka over the chutney and give a nice stir.
Serve it with Idli/Dosa/Rice/Uttapam/Rotti etc.

  1. You can use either chana dal or urad dal or combination of both in the above chutney.Everything tastes equally good with slight difference.
  2. You can even add a handful of coriander leaves while the tomatoes are being cooked to make it flavorful.
  3. If you like mint,you can even add a handful of mint leaves while the tomatoes are being cooked.
  4. You can make the chutney bit rich if you add a couple of tea spoons of grated fresh coconut while grinding the chutney.


  • For a Vegan version use only oil while frying as well as in chutney for seasoning.

I am sending this to Siri's 'WWC-Brown rice for Dinner',the event started by Sanjeeta.


Lakshmi said...

I too love this brown rice dosa, I keep making it. Your pictures made me drool. You should try red rice also which you get in India.

Unknown said...

nice idea of using brown rice for dosa woooooooooooow crispy dosas and that red color chutney looks ummmmm just mouthwatering. beautiful pictures. dear..

Unknown said...

nice idea of using brown rice for dosa woooooooooooow crispy dosas and that red color chutney looks ummmmm just mouthwatering. beautiful pictures. dear..

Kurinji said...

Healthy dosa with awsome clicks....


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Lav said...

Wonderful idea of using brown rice prathy....dosas look so crunchy, tempting me...beautiful clicks..

Sharmila said...

That awesome dosa makes me want to try my hand at making some immediately. They look so perfect Pratibha ... crisp on the outside nad soft inside! :-)

Indian Khana said...

Your dosa looks so perfect and crispy ....yummy platter

Priya Suresh said...

Brown rice dosas looks super crispy, tempting combo with beautiful clicks..

Jeyashris Kitchen said...

dosa using brown rice sounds very healthy and the chutney is a great combo for this. Very crispy dosa and perfect dosa nice click too.

Sanjeeta kk said...

Crisp and healthy treat!

Lifewithspices said...

awesome clicks n any number of dosas i can eat..

Gayathri Anand said...

looks so crispy , yummy...tempting ..will try making it soon and let u know..

Sushma Mallya said...

Beautiful clicks Prathibha, looks so lovely :)

Raks said...

Dosa and chutney together looks so so tempting and loved your clicks! Love the fact that dosa is made with brown rice!

? said...

Looks delicious and perfect!

Unknown said...

Wow looks so crispy n perfect...looks super yumm with the chutney

aipi said...

am drooling all over your pictures..super crispy n tempting dosas :)

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divya said...

Brown rice dosas looks super crispy, tempting combo with beautiful clicks..

Hamaree Rasoi said...

Hi Prathy

Brown Rice Dosa looks so yummy. You have ensured that it stays healthy as well. Excellent dosa.

Hamaree Rasoi

Sensible Vegetarian said...

Perfect, crispy. Looks so tempting, I feel like grabbing that one of the screen.

Nandinis food said...

The meal is very classic and very healthy. Love it.

Sravs said...

Loved ur dosas..very crispy and yummy !!!
Lovely presentation

Pavithra Elangovan said...

Lovely dosas..nice one. That was really long comment prathy.. we tooo do lot of stuffings for dosa... hope to post one by one its really tough to concentrate so many things here.

Rachu said...

Such a classic breakfast.. this dosa recipe is new to me.. love the addition of dals and the low cal chutney

Unknown said...

i think brown rice for dosas is soo good!..I have been making these for sometime now!
my lil one saw ur pics and he want them now!!...pass me a couple will u!?

KavyaNaimish said...

Healthy Dosa....Luk very much like a crispy masala dosa....

swapna said...

Love the healthy and yummy dosa...

Savi-Ruchi said...

I make brown rice dosa too. However never added channa dal + toor dal + moong. I normally add either toor or channa dal (2 tbsp). Would love to try your version once. Pictures are fab!

Cham said...

I never made a seperate batter for dosa, this one sounds a killer recipe, perfectly roast! I bookmarked this one!

Reva said...

The dosas look awesome and it is a lovely combination...

vidhas said...

Using brown rice is very healthy,surely try this, nice combo and awesoem clicks.

Padmajha said...

Awesome clicks Prathiba..Brown rice in dosa is really healthy.

Chitra said...

Just now i saw recipe for brown idly ..Ur clicks are awesome. u made me drooll. love to have the tomato chutney. nice color . ur dosas gotta nice color. must learn from u :)

Unknown said...

I don't think anyone can tell from the color and texture of dosa that it is prepared by any other ingredient than regular ones. Love your platter. That tomato chutney is just drool-worthy.

Preety said...

best combo ever..delicious

Siri said...

I am in love with the color of those dosas. Love the recipe.

will try it soon.


Torviewtoronto said...

crispy healthy dosa
lovely combination with tomato chutney

M D said...

ur dosa has left me drooling. love the picture of the dosa and chutney. yummy!

Pari Vasisht said...

Very healthy version of dosa dear, looks so crisp. I love the tomato-onion chutney any day, I also add a little fenugreek seeds to my version, adds a great flavour.


Kannan said...

What a beautiful blog is yours!

Harika baratam said...

Dosa is really really crispy want them really yummy and mouthwatering.

Hema Mahen said...

First visit here....brown rice dosa looks crisp and mouth watering....i always love this combo...and nice blog :)

Anonymous said...

can i use long grain rice instead of sona masuri raw rice.

Anonymous said...

whats brown rice? whether it is puttarisi?

Swarna said...

I tried this dosa recipe. It was awesome. Thanks for sharing it.

Unknown said...

This dosa looks so tempting and love the combo too

ravimysworld said...

Awesome dishes madam......


Anonymous said...

I tried this recipe and the dosas came out excellent. Thanks for the wonderful recipe. BTW you have a very nice blog with a good collection of recipes. Awesome work!


sujana said...

How to make dosa soft and in red colour just like in your pics..suggestions pls

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