The vegetarian recipe for Thosai/Dosa (Fermented Crepes):

servings – 15 to 20 sheets


  • 3 cups rice
  • 1 tbsp cooked rice
  • 3/4 cup urad dal – white lentils (dehusked black gram)
  • 1 tbsp fenugreek seeds
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 5 cups water


  1. Soak rice in water (3 cups water) for 4 hours; soak urad dal with fenugreek seeds in water (2 cups water) for 4 hours.
  2. Place the above soaked ingredients (rice, urad dal and fenugreek seeds), soaking water, cooked rice and salt in a blender, puree until a smooth batter is formed, set aside and let it ferment overnight.
  3. The next day, before cooking, if the batter has become too thick, add some water and stir until it reaches a pouring consistency.
  4. Heat a non-stick pan on medium heat.
  5. Brush the surface with some vegetable oil, ladle 1/2 cup batter into the centre of the pan, spread evenly to obtain a thin round thosai/dosa, cook for 2 to 3 minutes, trickle a little oil around the edges, flip it over to cook the underside for about 1 minute (or cook until the edges start browning), remove and set on a plate; repeat until all the batter is used up.
  6. Serve with Vegetable Dal Curry, enjoy!