Friday, May 13, 2011

Davanagere Benne Dosa(DBD) from Karnataka!!!...Family Food Friday#3

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In my last week's post I had asked you all to guess about my next post with the clues that I have given and many of you guessed that DBD would be a dosa.Though some of you were partially correct but the credit goes to two of our fellow bloggers who guessed it correctly; Vani being the first one to guess followed by Suma Gandlur.I intentionally did not publish their comments until today as I wanted to give others a chance to guess.Lubna pinged me in the morning and said that it flashed her mind last night suddenly what DBD stands for and yups she was also correct.I thank you all for responding to the guessing game I am overwhelmed with your response .

This post is very precious to me because it was sent to me by my sweet brother ''PRASHI''.I have already mentioned about his culinary skills in my earlier post here and if you have not checked it lemme tell you more about him again. He is a very good friend, advisor and a mentor to me from childhood.Though there are days we used to quarrel and not speak to each other for a few hours and with some fights lasting even a couple of days,ah! those days remain as sweet memories for me now.
Coming to his culinary skills, he started cooking only after he shifted to US on work and learnt everything on his own.At our house he boasts that he is a super chef . In-fact some of his dishes got appreciation even from his in-laws and the upma he prepares has a huge fan following in our family.One thing I hate about his cooking is the mess he creates while cooking and it takes more time for us to clean the kitchen than the time he takes for cooking.He behaves like a boss in kitchen and orders us to chop the vegetables and do all other things for him while he finishes off the main cooking part and takes the final credit of making that dish.Even while preparing this dish his job was to measure the ingredients and make the dosas, rest all things like cleaning,washing and grinding process was taken care by my S-I-L. You all know that I am a big fan of dosa and so is the case with my brother and niece.We three can 'Eat Dosa,Drink Dosa,Sleep Dosa' and can survive on dosa.My brother keeps experimenting in kitchen and that is how even this DBD was created. Once when my S-I-L was soaking the ingredients for Set dosa batter he interfered and wanted to give a try to recreate DBD and they were really happy and satisfied with the first attempt itself and from then they followed the same recipe for DBD.

During one of my usual chat with a friend,I was surprised to know that she had never tasted this famous dosa in Bangalore though she is from the same place.I always have a list of joints which I dont miss visiting when I go to Bangalore and this DBD is one of them.I absolutely love the breakfast delicacies in Bangalore and probably I can say that Bangalore breakfast Rocks!!!,it is just best in my opinion.If you are in Bengaluru or you visit Bangalore do try these famous breakfast joints in the city-have a look at this article which clearly mentions about the famous joints in the city and give a try -I am sure you will fall in love with the food.

Davanagere Benne Dosa in short form DBD is quite famous variety of dosa in Davanagere district located in the northern part of Karnataka. I have never tried the original dosa from Davanagere but I have tried it N number of times in Bangalore in a Davanagere Benne Dosa outlet which is famous in that area for its traditional taste of Davanagere food. Though there are many outlets of DBD in Bangalore, we love the taste of this famous DBD only in this particular outlet and we always stick to it. Along with DBD,there are many other famous items like kali dose,open masala dose, paddu, girmitt, mandakki masala,nargees which tastes superb.

DBD is quite different in taste when compared to any other dosa,though it is served with potato masala the combination is no where compared to the regular masala dosa.These dosas are not spread into large ones,they are of medium size,thick and crispy ones.The proportions used for the batter is quite different for this dosa which makes the dosa quite thick,soft and extremely crispy.The potato masala served with DBD is of pale yellow color unlike the deep yellow potato palya of masala dosa and is quite plain but very flavorful.The chutney is made extremely spicy to go well with the no spice potato masala and crispy buttery Davanagere Benne Dosa.

What makes DBD quite different from other dosas is the liberal usage of fresh and good quality white butter which makes the dosa extremely tasty and crispy.It is fun to see the way they place the blobs of butter here and there on dosa while they are frying it.In those DBD outlets they roast these dosas on thick iron tawas on the wood fire using a special variety of wood sticks which makes this DBD authentic in its taste.But at home as we do not make fresh butter it is easy to replace it with store bought one and anyways we cant think of making this on wood fired stove and so we should be happy with our regular stove.This is an attempt to recreate the famous Davanagere Benne Dosa and we claim that it might not be the most authentic one but we are happy with the taste which we were looking in DBD.

Davanagere Benne Dosa(DBD):


To soak and grind:
4 cups Long grain rice/regular rice
2 cups Idli rice
1/2 cup poha/pressed rice
1/4 cup urad dal
1 cup murmur/puffed rice
1 tsp fenugreek Seeds
6 green chillies
Salt to taste

To add before making dosa:
1 tbsp maida
1 tsp sugar
A pinch of soda

loads of fresh white butter for roasting the dosas

Method :
  • Soak Long grain rice, idli rice, poha, urad dal, murmur, fenugreek seeds for 6 hours and grind it into uniform smooth mixture.
  • Now add chopped green chillies and salt and grind again.
  • Ferment it overnight or at least for 9-10 hrs.
  • Just before making the dosa add maida, sugar and soda and mix well.
  • Pour the batter on a hot tawa and quickly make a dosa of 6" diameter.
  • Pour ghee or melted butter over the edges and do not pour butter on the top of dosa initially.Close it with a lid and roast on medium flame,after a minute open the lid and add the blobs of butter and let it roast until you get to see the edges turning deep red in color.
  • If you add the butter initially it will make dosa soft and with white patches on it instead of beautiful brown crisp crust.This step is very important and crucial to get a thick brown crust.Increase the flame in the end and roast the dosa for few seconds.Reduce the flame,sprinkle some water and proceed making the remaining dosas.
  • Fold it into half and place a dollop of fresh white butter
Serve it hot right off from the pan onto a plate with aloo palya and white coconut chutney on the side which made specially for DBD.

Important Notes to make DBD:
  • Use a cast Iron tawa or heavy aluminium tawa instead of non-stick for better results.If you do not have them then go for the non-stick one.
  • Pour melted butter(ghee or oil can also be used here) over the edges and do not pour butter on the top of dosa initially.Close it with a lid and roast on medium flame,after a minute open the lid and add the blobs of butter and let it roast until you get to see the edges turning deep red in color.If you add the butter initially it will make dosa soft and with white patches on it instead of beautiful brown crisp crust.This step is very important and crucial to get a thick brown crust.Increase the flame in the end and roast the dosa for few seconds.
  • Reduce the flame,sprinkle some water and proceed making the remaining dosas.
  • Be generous in adding the butter to the dosas forgetting the calorie intake for a day and these are real benne dosas.Even we need a treat once in a while right??
Aloo Palya:

Ingredients :
2 medium potatoes (skin peeled)
4 green chillies
1 medium onion (chopped lengthwise)
Salt to taste
1 Tsp oil

Method :
  • Pressure cook potatoes with green chillies for 2 whistles.
  • Once the cooker is cooled, mash green chillies with aloo and mix well. And keep the mixture aside.
  • In a kadai heat oil and fry onions till translucent.
  • Add salt to taste and mix well.
  • Now add the mashed aloo mixture and mix it well.
The addition of green chillies to the palya is optional,if you want it spicy then pressure cook the green chillies along with potatoes which helps the green chillies loose its color and not affecting the color of the potato palya.Do not add green chillies while frying onions otherwise the authentic look and color of the palya would be lost.

White Coconut chutney:

Ingredients :
1 cup freshly grated coconut
1/4 cup fried gram
1/4 tsp tamarind pulp (I used ready pulp)
6-8 green chillies
1/4 tsp sugar
Salt to taste

for tadka:
1 tsp ghee
1/2 tsp mustard

Method :
  • Grind fried gram into a course powder.
  • Add the rest of the ingredients and grind into a course mixture again.
  • Heat ghee in a small tadka pan and crackle mustard seeds in it and add this to the coconut chutney and mix well.
I have been in search of good DBD for a very long time and tried many recipes and kept happy myself with them though I was not very satisfied.So when the recipe is from a trusted source how can I stop myself from trying it.As soon as I got the recipe for the post I headed to my kitchen to soak the ingredients and here is the outcome from my kitchen.Just loved the taste of it and it was a perfect treat for my taste buds which salivating for a good Benne Dosa.

Photos embedded in the recipe part are from my brother,rest of them from yours truly,ME.I could not stop myself from posting those pics,the recipe deserved more pictures.

This breakfast is going to participate in srivalli's 'Breakfast Mela' event


Deepthi Shankar said...

Yummy ... I love the DBD stall in netkallappa circle

Sayantani Mahapatra Mudi said...

love this dosa and had it n number of times too. thats a lovely post Prathibha.

Santosh Bangar said...


Reshmi Mahesh said...

These dosas look so tempting and delicious...

JishasKitchen said...

wow..dosa looks so made nicely..looks yum..:)

KrithisKitchen said...

First of all, enjoyed reading ur post about bangalore (had been there for 6 months annd still have relatives there)... and the DBD simply makes me drool and urging me to try... OMG...

Sensible Vegetarian said...

Fantastic clicks and simply love this.

Pushpa said...

Dosa looks divine as its name.Delicious!!Great post.

Unknown said...

Absolutely love the color of the dosa, beautifully presented :)

Sushma Mallya said...

Just had this dosa when I went to India ...absolutely loved it..bookmarked to try :)

KALVA said...

wow... lovely dosa we call it atukula dosa.. heres my version

Vardhini said...

Drooling .. looks so yummy and delicious.


Suparna said...

hi prathibha,
I successfully baked a bread yesterday!! followed your khara bread recipe to bake a plain bread!! thanks a lot it's a great feeling to get it right :P

The DBD looks yummy.. I've had it here in B'lore many a times...would love to make it at home :P
Thanks again!!

Priyanka Agrawal said...


Aarthi said...

This looks really good....And I have some awards waiting for you,in my blog..Please check that and collect that dear...

Prabha Mani said...

All time Fav Breakfast..!! Luks very Nice..Want the full Plate..:)

Hamaree Rasoi said...

hmm so I was partially right abt ur guessing game. Never had this ...but now have to taste this soon . Very tempting looking dosa. n nice presentation dear.

Hamaree Rasoi

lubnakarim06 said...

Morning i type larger than life comment and it all went missing when i pressed here i am with lil careful this time....

Coming to today's recipe....this is one dosa which i carved a lot during my pregnancy and k use to get up early on weekends and rush to near by Davanagree hotel to get this....:-) Now u r making it carve again....

I must admit, somehow i never tried it at home, love to give this a try....i really love that butter melting on's an treat...

Coming to the pics...when i was scrolling reading the post, i was wondering both u people having the same crockery....hmmm read it in the's prathy's touch....You r right this most deserves more pics....

Reading about u r bro's making mess in kitchen, reminds me of childhood days where me, my sis and dad use to prepare bf once a while thinking of pampering my mom, the mess we use to create there always gave my mom double work....hehehe....

When u pinged me in the morning i was away...saw the msg later...u r much awaited post is up in my check it...waited for u for full day today...busy ho kya?

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? said...

I think we had this long time back during one of our travels in K; thanks for sharing the recipe.
Pictures droolworthy!

AJ said...

Dosa looks good!!

Vardhini said...

I have some awards waiting for you at my blog .. do stop by and collect them.


Indian Khana said...

I just had lunch and these pics are making me hungry again ...looks so gud

Priya Suresh said...

Droolworthy dosa with wonderful side dish, makes me hungry..

Hari Chandana P said...

Wowwwwwww.. looks so tempting and perfect.. thanks for the recipe dear !!
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Raks said...

Love the clarity in you pics,makes me feel hungry nice recipe! with butter,sinful indulgence :)

Unknown said...

interesting to read about your brother - imagine that times 5 (hee hee! ) But they allow me to potter in the kitchen and just enjoy the food put on the plate -
These dosais even i can eat every day dear :) LOVE the last pic of the crispy buttery corner of the dosa.! Super yummy post!

Hamaree Rasoi said...

you can start thinking of opening your new dosa joint now

Hamaree Rasoi

aipi said...

So crisp n delicious ~ loved that platter!
US Masala

Srivalli said...

Dosas are simply awesome..your brother rocks with his version..:)..

Food Glorious Food! said...

YOur space is wonderful! Great photography too! I am following you for more lovely ideas and wouldlike to invite you to follow my blog too if you like :)

Nandinis food said...

This is very tempting! Love the platter! Butter melting on the dosa = goodness!

Padmajha said...

I wonder how I missed commenting on this delicious meal. I have never tasted this but it looks so delish that I could grab it off the screen. Loved to read about your family and this series is really a novel idea Prathiba :)

Jeyashris Kitchen said...

neat presentation with an interesting version of dosa.

Suganya said...

Nice reading this post... Lovely set of pictures... Perfect looking dosas... YUM!

Uma said...

love this for brunch.. beautiful clicks -:)

Faith said...

Your dosa look fantastic! I love your presentation too -- beautiful pictures!

Jayanthy Kumaran said...

mmmm....delicious...great flavors..:P

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Torviewtoronto said...

delicious combination looks wonderful

Plateful said...

Totally mouthwatering- trust me!!! I'm literally drooling at your beautiful pictures, ah!

Prathima Shivraj said...

Benne dosa is tempting, nice desription with wonderful clicks..
First time here, happy to follow you.

Plz check my blog when you find time..

Unknown said...

Hi Prathiba, I'm not sure whether this post showed in my reader...but dont remember seeing it...:( This dosa sounds interesting and nice clicks too

Sobha Shyam said...

Dosas look very delicious and amazing..excellent clicks..glad to follow u..drop at my space too :)

M D said...

Benne dose looks tempting!

Suma Gandlur said...

Just love the color of those delicious dose.
And what is that 1 OZ = 1 cup measure?

Rinku Naveen said...

Hi Prathibha
Just loved that dosa recipe. Was so bored of ordinary dosas.
You have an amazing collection of recipes.
First time here.
Happy to follow u..

Prathima Rao said...

Thx a ton for posting this famous dosa...!! My dad is a hard core fan of this & its more than 20 yrs since he has tasted this authentic dosa..And as for me I have never tasted but heard so much of it fro him..And now thx to u i can make it (or rather my mom, im not so good at making dosas, LOL!)at home!!
Prathima Rao
Prats Corner

chef and her kitchen said...

Thanks all for your lovely words..:)

@Suma Gandlur ..My SIL has used a small cup measurement so that she can finish off the dosa batter in a day..but follow all
the measurements with the same cup wat ever u use..:)

Anonymous said...

Your dosa looks fantastic and marvelous !Lovely presentations and beautiful pictures :)

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Swathi said...

crispy dosa is my favorite, i think i won't get bored with them. adding phoa to dosa i haven't tried i will try them. nice clicks as always.

Pari Vasisht said...

Firstly, congrats on writing such a lovely post DBD, was away from blogging else would have guessed it correct as it's my favorite too. I was introduced to them by S and eversince then on my visit to BLr I do hog on them, I only find the chutney and palya a little 'khara'.
I have a feeling I had read an article long back on DBD at Aayis recipes.
Congrats to ur bro for such a lovely visual treat.
I guess after this long comment, u would not say that, u missed my presence here. I must rush for work now, seeya..

Shri said...

Looks super fabulous....The pics look spectacular...

Lakshmi said...

Thanks a ton for a visual treat of DBD. It's been ages since I ate it :( ! Your post did not do any justice to my growling stomach :P
Thanks for that tip (to add bf4 making dosa), will try it out.

I just blogged today publishing many comments. I am so lost with my busy schedule that I have started hating it! I am yet to catch many other blogs to satisfy my hunger pangs.

Divya Kudua said...

The dosa with the butter on is something 'to die for'.Have heard so much about DBD but never once had it,you are tempting me enough!!

Sum said...

Wow!!! I too was in search for a perfect Benne Dose recipe from a along time.... I too am a great fan of these benne dose joints in south B'lore.... Will definitely try your (ur bro's) recipe soon! Thanks to both of you for a wonderful recipe... :)

Ashwini Vanmali said...

Just Made this for dinner today and they were lovely.
Thanks for the awesome recipe:)
Will explore your blog soon.


sangeeta said...

Interesting dosa. Never has this. Would try sometime n this aloo palya too.

dassana said...

while reading the oats bisi bele bath post my eyes saw the davanagere dosa pic on the rhs bar.

without any thought i clicked on the pic.

you know what... i have had the original benne dosa from davanagere.

loved it so much. the crisp and soft dosa with the almost bland potato and a spicy coconut chutney. i have been searching for the recipe for some time. i have bookmarked yours. will try it soon.

Supriya said...

Hi...I am just wondering how I didn't taste this in bangalore even though I stay in bangalore. But I have tasted this in Davangere. Yummy Dosa's. Thanks for sharing...bookmarked your recipe. Will try soon.

Amurtha said...

Hi, Thanks for the lovely receipe, yummy and looks so good and mouthwatering.
can u please update the recipe for Kali dosa. thanks in advance

kate said...

Wow dosa looks soooooo delicious and tempting. Easy to make. Thanks a lot.

Nisha said...

Very nice preparation

Ashwini said...

Made these for breakfast today...they were absolutely delicious.Thank you.

chef and her kitchen said...

@Ashwini... Thanks for your feedback Ashwini..

Unknown said...

Really authentic recipe with genuine original taste of Davangere Benne Dosa. Thanks for providing the recipe which all my family members enjoy.
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Swarna said...

Nice recipe. I am from Davangere. They add little Elaichi to normal Coconut chutney when it's for DBD :)

The First Ladies club said...

heyyy, thanks again for this recipe. I tried it out yday and it came out lovely. Everybody at home gave me a pat on my back, but I would give the credit to you. Thanks so much - Love u and your recipessss :) :)

Anonymous said...

i made this dosas for breakfast and my family enjoyed was a fabulous recipe i appreciate the pain you take in explaining the recipe the dos and donts and the care you take to click the pictures this is gauri from hyderabad

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the recipe. I tried it and it came out well.

Ramaa keerthi said...

Thanks for the recipe, my family enjoyed crispy dose (DBD) came out very well

Rama keerthi said...

Thank you so much for the recipe. I tried and it came really well........

Shrikant said...

Nowadays in Pune Devanagari special dosa mix is available and I wanted to know more about Devanagari dosa and I got it from you in detail big thank you.Potato Bhaji and White Coconut chutney also unique.

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