Easy Instant Dosai

swingset under snow

a little snow

looking down the makeshift walk ~ usually I have to reach over my head
to get those bird feeders ~ to the far left is the mailbox post ~ the mailbox is buried in the bank

We had a little snow. It was a magical treat to stay home and watch it fall.
Then reality came crashing down the street and plowed the driveway in.
Shovel, plow, reverse, repeat, if you get my drift — no pun intended!

After all that fun with snowblower and shovel, I was hungry for a spicy treat.
I was dreaming of masala dosa, but by the time the last plow rumbled off,
it was 9 pm. Who can start dosai at that hour?
Especially if you’re not an experienced dosa-maker!?

Then I remembered that ISG made yummy dosai out of oats and grits!

I had some 5-grain cereal mix in the cupboard but no time to soak it overnight. Why not grind it up dry? Why not, indeed.

It worked.

cereal whole and ground
mixed cereal, before and after grinding

Easy Instant Dosa
makes one big or two smaller dosai

1/3 c Bob’s Red Mill 5 grain cereal (I suspect plain oatmeal would work too)
3 TB sooji
1 TB rice flour
water to make a thin batter
salt to taste

Powder the cereal (the little kitchen aid worked well for this).
Mix with sooji, rice flour, and salt. Add enough water to make a thin batter.

Heat your pan and add a few drops of oil. Sprinkle the batter around to make
a thin dosa. Cook on med-low heat until dry on top and browned on the bottom. Sprinkle with ghee if desired.

I think the next time, a little more rice flour or a little regular flour would make it better. But all in all, this made a rather nutty-tasting dosa in a jiffy.
Granted it didn’t *look* fantastic, but it was yummy, especially with the pickle!

instant dosa
easy instant dosa with potato palya and mango pickle

dark-eyed juncos ~ aptly nicknamed snowbirds

blizzard birds
tough business, taking off and landing in a blizzard!



  1. indosungod said

    You are officially inducted into the Indian cooking Hall of Fame ๐Ÿ™‚
    That is fantastic Linda. Must have tasted very good after the hard work.

    We got off with an inch. Touch wood.

    Thanks for the kind words, ISG — I had fun making this with inspiration from you as always! I wonder how much snow you have now — up here we have at least 3 ft in the yard ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Happy Cook said

    Wowo what is going on here a another post and we didnt had to wait foe ages ๐Ÿ˜‰
    Love the instant dosa it looks super super delicious.

    That made me laugh, HC ๐Ÿ™‚ Trying to blog a little more regularly in the new year! Glad you liked the dosa ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. mm said

    Hey……the first pict looks like a black and white pict. And much more white than black. Glad to share some of the white stuff and after you had a slow start to winter you have now surpassed me in snowfall. Take a break from the yooper scooper…….New computer seems to be doing ok….just takes a while to figure out how to get around the maze.

    Even more white here now, mm — glad to see you, hang in there with the new computer!

  4. Hale said

    Do you know what happend to Saffron Hut? She ‘s gone since 2007..

    I don’t know, Hale — and I miss her, too!

    • Hale said

      yeah i miss her too.. i hope she comes back.. thanks..

  5. Archana said

    Hugs from an old friend. I declare you an Indian, that’s it ! I was visiting my old blog pals from 2006 and came here. Your blog is just like what it was a few years ago, it is so nice to be here.

    Hugs to you, dear Archana — what a happy surprise to find you here!! I hope you’re well and back to blogging, will peek in and see ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Singh from Dominos india said

    mango pickle one of the best and new combination ever for this instant dosai awesome

    Domino’s of India, hmm! Thanks for stopping, Singh ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. meera said

    this recipe is great. i will try it soon. it reminds me of the recipe for staffordshire oat cakes which is actually a pancake mix with oat and other flours. the batter can be made to ferment overnight or used immediately. i first saw it on the hairy bikers show and it always stuck me how the pancakes looked like dosas

    great blog btw.


  8. Knorr Soups said

    Who would have thought of using multigrain cereal to make delicious dosa? What a great recipe! Today, with more and more lifestyle related diseases like obesity and diabetes plaguing us Indians, such a recipe would do us a world of good, not to mention cater to our taste buds! For some expert tips on healthy eating habits check out our blog at http://knorratseven.blogspot.com/

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