Recipe - Tomato Dosa

by - September 03, 2015

Back in Mangalore during our student days, there used to be a tiny little outlet called 'Dosa Camp' near Falnir which was famous for its varieties of dosas. For people like us who were used to the usual array of dosas (plain dosa, masala dosa, set dosa, mysore dosa), this place was heaven. Every day, they would fill out a black board with nearly eight to ten special varieties for the day. So you would have stuff like carrot dosa, mushroom masala, banana dosa, paneer dosa, brinjal masala dosa and... oh, I could go on.

One which was a favourite for all of us back then was the Tomato dosa. A tangy variation of the plain dosa, this incorporated tomatoes into the batter rather than the masala, giving each bite an extra zest.

Tomato dosa recipe

The version we make is very simple and basically involves just tomatoes and chillies but if you want more flavour, you can add a bit of ginger or coriander leaves as well into the mix which has to be ground into a paste.

Tomato dosa recipe

Basic rules to follow for making any dosa:

  • Add a little oil onto the hot tawa/non-stick pan and once the final batter is ready, pour a ladle of the batter onto it, using a circular motion to thin it out. 
  • Keep the flame on low and allow it to cook. When it is almost cooked on one side, don't forget to flip it over and cook the other side too. 

Tomato dosa recipe
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Over the course of the rest of this month, expect to see many more such dishes (ranging from seafood, desserts, starters and tea time snacks) - all prepared by my mother from recipes she has collected as far back as the 1980's - with some unique to Kerala cuisine and some variations of international dishes. 
Since the goal is to share, I will be looking to make all the recipes into easy downloadable single images so that you can save them on to your mobile/device and use them offline. Of course, if you do try them out, it would be awesome if you gave me (and her) feedback here on what you thought of the dish.

For the list of all the recipes so far (including seafood, egg dishes, sweets, twists on traditional dishes et al), click here:

For more food posts,  click here.

September 2015

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  1. Vinodini IyerOctober 07, 2015

    This looks good but I'm not much of a South Indian food fan...with exception of non-vegetarian food there. Looking forward for some good seafood recipes :)

  2. There are already images for one prawn, one fish and one crab dish ready and waiting. Its just a matter of hitting the "publish" button as the days go by.

  3. LuAnn BraleyOctober 07, 2015

    Reminds me of the 'paper-thin pancakes' that my mother made when we were little, and always a favorite.

  4. LuAnn BraleyOctober 07, 2015

    Thank you. I will try that! We had tomatoes in our garden this year, and I'm looking for ways to use them!

  5. The dosa is one of the most ubiquitous dishes of India. If finding a dosa batter is hard in your area, it can be made using rice and dal, a type of lentil.
    You can just YouTube "how to make dosa batter" for the easy preparation method.
    Its definitely worth a try.

  6. Nom Nom Nom Nommmmm

    Now I am probably going out and having a dosa :D

    This reminds me of Tomato rice, I never knew a thing like that existed until I moved to Kerala :/

  7. This sounds delicious. You are exposing me to so many interesting dishes!! ♥ Love it.

  8. Haha.. Ironically I too did not know of tomato rice till I visited trivandrum. Never had it in the Malabar region in nearly a decade

  9. bloggingastridOctober 07, 2015

    This definitely sounds delicious, although I'm not sure I understand now how to make this. I'd never heard of dosa, although I love Indian food.

  10. I'm sharing here a youtube video of a popular Indian cook Tarla Dalal - It is for making a "paper dosa". It will give you a basic idea of what dosas are :)

    If you feel you can get the hang of it, trust me, this tomato dosa will be a breeze for you. A yummy tasty breeze :D

  11. Please do keep returning over the rest of the month... there's a fish, a prawn, a crab and a soya dish all lined up as I type this :)

  12. It is a fun take on the regular dosa and as you can see, there isn't much of an extra effort required

  13. This is sounds a like a dosa with a tangy twist! Gotta try this.

  14. Now, that's something new! I will try the tangy Dosa this weekend! :)

  15. It is actually a lot of fun. Play around with the amount of tomatoes and chillies if you want a deeper red dosa :)

  16. Mmmm...will we be getting the podi recipe too? ;)

  17. I'm pretty sure she has a couple of recipes of those too!


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