Sunday, January 24, 2010

Onion Rava Dosa

It is a delicious, crispy, easy to prepare, thin pancake called Vengaya ravai thosai in Tamil.
Ravai, rava, rawa, ravva, sooji, ravey or ravam is made from wheat. It is called semolina in English. Husk removed wheat is grinned to form rava. Wheat is ground in a flour mill. Then it is passed through a fine mesh. Finally the flour and rava are separated.


  • Roasted semolina: 1/2 cup
  • Rice flour: 1/2 cup
  • Maida: ¼ cup (optional)
  • Salt to taste

    For seasoning:
  • Finely chopped onion: 2 tbsp
  • Chopped green chili: 3 or 4 as desired
  • Mustard(kaduku /rai)
  • Cumin (jeera / jeeragam)
  • Curry leaves (karipatha / karuveppilai)
  • Coriander leaves (dhania patha / kothamalli ilai)
  • Edible oil: I tbsp

Method of preparation:

  • Mix rava, rice flour, maida, salt and water to make a thin batter.
  • Heat oil in a pan.
  • Add cumin seed, curry leaves, green chili, and onion one after the other.
  • Sauté thoroughly.
  • Add to the batter.
  • Heat griddle / tawa / dosaikkal.
  • Spray about ½ tsp of oil.
  • Stir the batter and pour a ladleful (ladle is karandi) of it on the hot griddle.
  • Tilt the griddle to make the batter flow around.
  • Cook on medium flame till crisp on one side.
  • Turn the thin pancake upside down with the help of a flat turning device called dosa spatula or dosai karandi.
  • Both the sides will become crisp and brown.
  • Remove from griddle.
  • Repeat for making similar onion dosas from the remaining batter.

Serve hot with chutney, sambar, kuruma / kurma, thuvaiyal and / or potato masala.


Julia Dutta said...


Curtis Copeland said...

Sounds delicious!
Thanks for sharing!


Tamil Home Recipes said...

Thank you very much.

momsnetwork said...

Rava dosas are my fav south indian food.....yours looks so neat and inviting...simply love it