Jihva for Potatoes – Masala Dosa

potatoes inside...
masala dosa

“Jihvā the Sanskrit word means taste, desire and deep longing. . .”
– excerpt from Indira’s original post introducing JFI

For this month’s Jihva for Potato, hosted by talented Vaishali of Happy Burp,
I made masala dosa.

For some time, I have had a deep longing and desire to taste traditional dosas from my own kitchen. I know it’s not particularly original. The potato filling is simple and everyday, but wrapped up in my very own homemade dosas, it somehow morphed into something special. Rather than a complex recipe, this entry is basically just a little culinary achievement for me; something that I wish to share with all of you lovely people who have taught and encouraged me so generously. Many Thanks!!

dosa batter, dosa cooking, potato filling
look mom, it’s *really* fermented!
dosa batter before thinning, dosa cooking, potato filling

I used the fairly standard dosa recipe you can find anywhere — whole washed urad dal, rice, and methi seeds soaked, ground, and fermented overnight.

For the filling, potato, boiled and mashed
mixed with chopped red onion fried in oil and seasoned with cumin seeds,
urad dal, curry leaves, minced green chilies and salt.

The chutney is Lera’s Green Chutney, and the sambhar is IndoSunGod’s Dal Sambhar with Beans and Radish, both out-of-this-world delicious and highly recommended! Thanks, Lera and ISG, and thanks Vaishali for all your hard work! πŸ™‚

masala dosaΒ dinner
masala dosa dinner!



  1. Sushma said

    Linda….Do I have to say something …” YOU ARE JUST GREAT ” …….

    Wonderful pictures of a authentic South Indian Cuisine straight from your kitchen and cooked by your own hands…AMAZING !!!

    Sushma, thank you so much for your very kind words… really warmed my heart this cold day πŸ™‚

  2. sia said

    ditto what sushma said:)
    masala dosa is my all time fav and we make them at least twice in a month:)

    Thank you, Supriya — perhaps we’ll see some of your great photos of that dish sometime?!? πŸ™‚

  3. bee said


    Hi bee, thanks very much and thanks for visiting πŸ™‚

  4. sandeepa said

    speechless..great entry πŸ™‚

    And I always thought “Jihva” means tongue or the taste experienced on the tongue (http://www.vedabase.net/j/jihva). Thanks for this different meaning.

    Thank you, Sandeepa πŸ™‚ The meaning of “Jihva” was quoted from Indira’s blog — the link is up there in the post. In her blog, she also gives the meaning you mention πŸ™‚

  5. asha said

    I was pleasantly surprised to see Masala dosa!! To get thinner dosa,I use a electrical pancake griddle which works best.
    I will tell you a secret for Mysore masala dosa!!Add 1 tbsp each of Semolina/Rava and Besan 15 mins to the batter before making dosas.Makes it crisp and gives a great color(1/2 tsp sugar to the batter is good too)

    WELL.. It’s not a secret anymore!!;P Thanks for the links,I will check it out.

    Thank you for sharing those great secrets, Asha! I’ll remember them πŸ™‚

  6. Hema said

    I am speechless! This looks fabulous Linda. Wonderful entry. There is an Indian resaurant near my place and they are serving long, crisp masala dosas with sambhar for 1.99 every Tuesday for the month of March. Guess where I am heading to next Tue…with family and all.

    Thanks, Hema — glad you enjoyed πŸ™‚ $1.99 dosa and sambhar special sounds great… maybe they deliver too…? πŸ˜‰

  7. Arjuna said

    Masala dosa looks delicious!
    I have a question for you Linda(if you don’t mind me asking):
    How did you develop the interest to cook Indian food? What inspired you?

    Thank you , Arjuna! And of course I don’t mind you asking — I got interested in cooking Indian food because I had dal from a takeout place near work one day. I wanted to make it at home, and long story short, got on the ‘net and here I am. I wish I could explain how and why it has become second nature to me — maybe I was born for it. All I know is I am loving every minute! πŸ™‚

  8. indosungod said

    Linda the “Holy Grail” of South Indian Cooking the Masala Dosa and you have made it. I am impressed. Way to go in your culinary adventure.

    Thanks ISG! Your sambhar made the perfect accompaniment! πŸ™‚

  9. Mishmash! said

    Who can resist a hot masala dosa served with sambar and chutney?? any day , any time πŸ™‚ U have new post almost every day πŸ™‚


    Hi Shn — I’ve been in the kitchen alot lately, yes πŸ™‚ I loved this combo, first time I have had it and won’t be the last πŸ™‚

  10. Manjula said

    Potato baji is the one that makes Masala dosa very special. Without it , its just a plain dosa! Good one for Jihva.
    Loved your photos. Very appetizing.

    Thank you so much, Manjula πŸ™‚

  11. Latha said

    Hey Linda,

    Had to come look before the roundup whta u dished out! You go girl!
    Now its my turn to drool. Feel like reaching out to take a bite!
    Love Latha

    Latha, you are such a sweetheart, thank you for making my day!! You know how I feel about your dosas, so I am doubly pleased and honored!! Now I can finally say “you’re welcome over to supper anytime” πŸ™‚

  12. swapna said

    Hi LInda
    nice presentation..i can’t resist my stomach!!!want them right now!!!:-(

    Aw, thank you Swapna! I’m happy to share with you πŸ™‚

  13. Mythreyee said

    My Fav. Dish. Feel like reaching out to have a bite of this heavenly delight.

    I’m so happy it’s looking good to you Mythreyee — thank you! πŸ™‚

  14. Trupti said

    Your dosas look so good! is this the 1st time you made them? If so….
    *jaws dropping*

    just kidding girl, you did a wonderful job…can I come over for dinner?
    We’re not THAT far away,you know.


    Come along anytime Trupti, and bring those little chefs of yours too πŸ˜‰ Thanks for your kind words — it’s the first time I made dosa the tradtional way, yep! “jaws dropping”, tee hee πŸ™‚

  15. Menu Today said

    Hi Linda,
    For the first time!!!???:-) dosas came out very well. U made real authentic South Indian Masala Dosa. Great Combination (Sambar and Chutney) for Dosa. Thanks for sharing this recipe.

    Thank you so much for your generous encouragement, MT! πŸ™‚

  16. shilpa said

    You have made such perfect masala dosas :). They look so good. they remind me of dosas in Bangalore.

    Thank you for your kind words, Shilpa! You make so many beautiful dosas — I feel I have done something right if these remind you of Bangalore :):)

  17. bee said

    dear linda,
    thanks for dropping by. have added you to our blogroll.

    Hi Bee, thanks and I shall do the same πŸ™‚

  18. Gauri Kumar said

    These came out absoultely beautiful!! You definitely have the touch! Could you please email the recipe for the dosa batter and directions of preparation to me please?
    Thanks alot! πŸ™‚ Would love to try them too!

    Thank you for your kind words, Gauri. I’ll try to type something up and post it – -but for real authentic recipes and steps you can see Latha’s and Shilpa’s pages, along with many others more experienced than I πŸ™‚

  19. Nupur said

    My all-time favorite breakfast! It looks just fabulous, Linda!

    Thank you so much, Nupur! Awaiting your fabulous “F” dish later this weekend! πŸ™‚

  20. seema said

    Linda, Wow My all time fav masala dosa looks absolutely delicious and very very authentic. Nice presentation too.


    Thank you so much, Seema — I’m so pleased you enjoyed πŸ™‚

  21. thats look fabulous Linda. Very nice.

    Thanks alot, J! πŸ™‚

  22. sailaja said

    You’d put a S.Indian dosa expert to shame! Honestly, for a first time, its absolutely A+.

    Shows your love and passion for Indian food. Feel so proud of you, Linda..:)

    Ah, Sailaja, your encouragement and kindness are so much appreciated — like getting a gold star! πŸ˜‰ Thank you πŸ™‚

  23. Masala Dosa!! One of my favourite snacks.I like to have this at any time.But next time serve with a hote tea..I am also with Sailaja…A++

    Hi KitchenFairy, and thank you! I shall remember the tea next time πŸ™‚

  24. Lera said

    Linda, This is absolutely mouth watering! you are indeed a passionate cook ,it’s a beautiful presentation:)

    Thank you so much, Lera! Have a great weekend πŸ™‚

  25. MeltingWok said

    sigh..the dosa, still haven’t got time to get my butt up to the punjab store, running out of spices already. My friend the other day still lectured me on trying out the dosas haha..think after this post, I really have to go get some soon, thx, cheers !:)

    Give it a try Shirley, it’s time consuming but worth it! πŸ™‚

  26. krithika said

    Linda… I have no words to express how gorgeous your dosa has turned out. Its not plain dosa but masala dosa ? Wow !! Hats off to you.

    Hi Krithika — thanks so much, that means alot πŸ™‚ I’m glad to see you and hope this means you’re all feeling better now!

  27. Roopa said

    Wow for the first time this is great and it is are ever favorite. i think no one can resist the potato palya with crisp dosa.

    Thank you very much, Roopa πŸ™‚

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