Buttermilk dosa

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Buttermilk dosa – Delicious and soft, this dosa is perfect for breakfast, snack, and even lunch. Learn how to make it in a few easy steps.

Buttermilk dosa served with chicken curry
Buttermilk dosa

A trip back to India is always refreshing and rejuvenating – especially if you get to make one without kids ;).

It gives one time to think, eat peacefully, and also to pick your family’s brains for recipes without getting interrupted.

I was able to make one such trip recently and came back with loads of recipes!  The first one I posted during my visit was for these amazingly soft Kappa Ruttis, which my mom shared with me. The other dish that I enjoyed having and making the most was Buttermilk dosa, and it comes from one of my favorite aunts! Thanks, Prema Aunty, for the recipe, for making these soft dosas for me, and also, for guiding me through this process and providing feedback till I got it right.


  1. Use of Baking soda – I had to add baking soda for the dosas to turn soft and spongy; you don’t have to if you live in India. Make a dosa without the baking soda; if it doesn’t turn soft and spongy like a pancake, then add 1/2 a teaspoon of baking soda to the batter.
  2. Batter consistency – Remember, the consistency of the batter should be thicker than the one you make for dosas, more like pancake batter.
  3. Use a heavy-bottomed pan – Use a thin pan, and your dosas will burn very quickly.
  4. Do not overheat the pan – I have noticed the dosas brown nicely when the heat is set to medium to low heat. The key is to cook on low heat.
  5. Flipping the dosas – Turn or flip the dosas on the other side is when the edges start looking dry AND when the bubbles that have formed on the dosa start popping. You don’t have to flip them – cooking on one side is fine as well.

Hope you liked this buttermilk dosa recipe, and if you are looking for easy and delicious breakfast recipes, here are my top picks 

  1. Idli – You’ll love this post if you have been struggling to get soft and spongy idlis. Learn all my tips and tricks to get perfect fermented batter even in the winter!
  2. Upma rava – a semolina-based breakfast dish that takes less than 30 minutes.
  3. Semiya upma (Lemon vermicelli) – This delicious and tangy Semiya Upma (Lemon Vermicelli) is just what you need to start your day. It is filling and comes together in 15 minutes from start to finish.
  4. Kapparutti – Kappa rutti or Kappa rotti – This soft in the center and crispy on the sides 4-ingredient dosa or pancake from Mangalore is a culinary delight. Try it out today – no fermentation required!
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Buttermilk dosa recipe

Delicious and soft, this buttermilk dosa is perfect for breakfast, snack, and even lunch. Learn how to make it in a few easy steps.
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Resting time: 7 hours
Total Time: 7 hours 45 minutes
Servings: 12 dosas


  • 1 cup yogurt or curd
  • 2 cups rice
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon methi seeds
  • 1 cup cooked rice
  • salt to taste
  • ¼ cup grated coconut
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda optional


  • Whisk the yogurt with water to make buttermilk.
  • Wash and rinse the rice and soak the rice and methi seeds in buttermilk until the rice is completely immersed. Add more water if needed to completely soak the rice. Let it soak for 3-4 hours.
  • Drain the rice and reserve the liquid. Using this reserved liquid, grind the rice and methi seeds along with the coconut and cooked rice to a thick and fine paste. Let this mixture ferment for 5-6 hours.(Note: if you accidentally added too much liquid, add tablespoons of rice flour at a time to thicken the batter)
  • Heat a heavy bottomed pan for 2-3 minutes on medium to low heat. Grease it with clarified butter.
  • Using a ladle to scoop the batter and pour it into the pan. Cover the pan and let the dosas cook for 3-4 minutes. Uncover the pan. At this point, bubbles would have started to form and pop.
  • Flip the dosas on the other side and cook for a minute or two. (Note: if you notice that the dosa is not soft and spongy, add 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda to the batter and mix well).
  • Serve immediately with chutney or kori rassa.
Read the post…For helpful information on ingredient swaps, storage tips, meal prep ideas, and variations!

Disclaimer: Approximate nutritional information is provided as a courtesy and can vary depending on the exact ingredients/brands used. If you have health issues, please work with a registered dietician or nutritionist.


Calories: 155kcalCarbohydrates: 30gProtein: 3gFat: 2gSaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 3mgSodium: 59mgPotassium: 81mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 20IUVitamin C: 0.1mgCalcium: 35mgIron: 0.5mg
Diet: Nut-free, Vegetarian
Course: Breakfast
Method: Blender, Stovetop
Keywords: Mangalorean, soft, spongy
Cuisine: Mangalorean

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  1. Hi Anu,

    I love your website and all the details you add to recipes. Question: do you use a proper grinder/mixer to grind your rice? I’ve seen different opinions about how smooth this batter should be. I have a good US style blender. Will this work for this recipe?

    Thanks so much!

    1. Hi Alonna – I mostly use my Blendtec for all my grinding needs these days. Go use your US blender – should be fine 🙂