Dosa or Dosai is a savory crispy crepe style pancake of Southern Indian origin. Dosa is made with fermented batter of white rice and urad dal, so it is gluten free as well. Learn how to make the perfect crispy dosas with all tips and tricks and answers to frequently asked questions.
Take about 3 cups of thick dosa batter in a large bowl and add about ½ cup water to make it to a thin pancake or a crepe batter consistency.
Heat the griddle on medium high heat.
Once you can feel the heat on the griddle when you hold your hand near it, sprinkle a little water on it. If it sizzles and evaporates right away, the griddle is ready.
Drizzle a little oil on it and rub it all through the surface of the griddle with a bunched up paper towel. Make sure you take a large piece of paper towel and have it bunched up well, so that you don't accidentally touch the hot griddle with your bare hands.
Now using a stainless steel ladle, pour about ½ to ¾ cup worth of batter (estimate this amount, you will have a better idea once you make one or two dosas) in the center of the griddle.
Slowly work the batter in a concentric circle towards the edge of the griddle using the back of the ladle to spread it.
Drizzle oil over the top and along the edges of the dosa.
Wait for 1 minute or so, till you see the edges or any translucent bits of the dosa start to brown and crisp up.
Using a flat spatula (a stainless steel one works better than a wooden one), gently lift up the dosa from the outer edges all around it.
Work the spatula under the dosa and make sure the dosa is not sticking to the pan anywhere.
Gently flip the dosa over. You can drizzle some more oil if needed, but mostly you won't need it.
The other side will take considerably less time to cook through than the first side. In about 30-40 seconds, you can flip the dosa again and fold it in half and transfer to a serving plate.
The entire post is a very comprehensive guide with lots of tips, tricks, notes and answers to FAQs about how to make a crispy dosa. I highly recommend you read it to help you in your dosa making process.