Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Set dosa and Sagu

Set dosa(Pancakes) as the name itself, in restaurants is served with set of 3 or 4 dosas. There was a canteen near our college and that was the first time I remember having this type of dosa. This kind of dosa is usually served with sagu, kurma along with coconut chuteny.

Set dosas are much more softer than regular dosa we make at home. Ingredients used here along with rice and urad dal is avalakki/aval/poha. This give the soft texture to dosa.

Quantity I used for making dosa
  • Rice - 2 cups (regular or brown rice can be used)
  • Urad dal - 1cup
  • Poha - 1 cup
  • Channa dal - 2 tsp
  • Methi/fenugreek seeds - 1/2 tsp.

Soak all together for alteast 8 hours and grind it to smooth batter adding water. After grinding add little salt and close lid and keep for fermenting for 8 more hours or untill it double its volume. When the batter is ready heat the skillet to medium high heat. Add little oil and wipe with a paper towel or peice of cloth.

Put a ladle full of batter on to the skillet. Do not spread too much. Add little oil around the edges to get crispier dosas. Leave it for minute or so and then, filp over and leave it for few seconds. Then transfer to a plate.

Make like 3-4 dosas and serve with your favorite side dish. I have made Vegetable sagu for dosas.

Recipe for Vegetable Sagu
Vegetables I used : Onions, tomatoes, carrot, bellpepper, potaotes and chayote squash. Chop/cut them to bit size pieces.

Roast and grind:

For masala roast 2 tsp of corriender seeds, 2tsp of poppy seeds, 2 each cinnamom and cloves, 2-3 red chillies. Roast and keep aside. When cool enough add dalia/roasted channa dal and coconut about 2 tbsp of each and grind to smooth paste using little water.

Variation: Use green chillies, cilantro leaves and ginger along with the other ingredients. Sagu will be green in colour.

Making Sagu :
  1. Take a heave bottomed pan add oil when it hot enough add mustard seed.
  2. Then add all the veggies and saute it for few minutes, close the lid cover and cook for 10 mins on medium heat.
  3. When the veggies are half done add the masala paste (grinded) add enough water and salt to taste. Cover, when it comes to boil, lower the heat and cook for another 10 -15 minutes.

Set dosa and sagu are ready ! Happy eating.


  1. Thanks for the nice reipe

  2. Shyam.ps

    Thanks for the Recepie

  3. Thanks for the receipe. Was an instant hit with my family..

  4. Hey Ruchii, Thanks for the excellent recipe! I tasted it at a friends place who said that she always follows your recipes and i was very keen to try it out. Also, I have mentioned it in my blog (http://allthingsvegi.blogspot.com/) and have repeated it there. Please let me know if you are OK with that. Keep up the excellent work and thanks for all the amazing recipes, cheers, Mallika

  5. Seems like a great recipe. I'll try it at home. My Husband is very fond of set dosas as he studied for a number of years in Karnataka. It is not available in South Indian restaurants in Lucknow.

  6. I will try this recipe this weekend. this recipe reminds me of my mother as she makes a similar one.

    thank you

  7. I have usually eaten in this Sukh sagar.I thought it was very difficult to make.I shud give this a try.I have the same query,are you using boiled rice or the normal one.

  8. It comes out really very tasty more than what we get outside.Thanx for the recipe.

  9. Thanks for nice Recipe,,i want recipe of tamoto dosa

  10. hi this is archana

    r you not using the puffed rice for this,
    pls let me know

  11. Hi thank u so much for this recipe it tastes yummy
    it was a great recipe for me last year when I was carrying coz I dont get good dosas in HK ;). Plz let me know which rice u used for it boiled or !

  12. Hi, Loved this recipe. thanks.

  13. hi madhu, its wonderful to knw the recipe, will try it two days later. i reside in new delhi and basically belong to bangalore and belgaum. we dont get proper set dosa and sagu here in delhi, so thought of making them myself. will get back to u once i prepare. thk u

  14. thnks for set dosa , will try them this week end.

  15. Hi Chitra,
    I am a big fan of south Indian food and love making them. Have got to know so many new dishes. Ur blog is like a bible for me. thanks a lot dear.