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Authentic dosa recipes - 5 recipes

By lazar

Dosas are one of my absolute favorite Indian snack foods. The recipe for dosas is so simple, and you can fill it with almost anything that you feel like. Think of it as an Indian pancake or crepe, but one that you would eat for lunch. The first time I had dosas in India, I was so impressed by the sheer size of them; they're usually more than a foot in length, and made of paper thin dough that is soft yet crispy at the same time, making dosas a master example of food engineering! My favorite is the masala dosa, which is a classic dosa filled with a spiced potato mixture. Dosas are usually served with a little bowl of lentils and several types of sambar, a type of spicy South-Indian dip made with grated coconut and green chilies. Accompany it with a cup of hot, spiced Indian chai tea for a snack match made in heaven!

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  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup olive oil
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • Water


  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • A pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 cup tomato sauce


  1. Mix flour, sugar, salt, milk, and water in a pan, and mix until you form a dough.
  2. In a saucepan, heat a splash of olive oil and add the onion. Cook on medium-high until onion has softened.  
  3. Add the ground beef, and add the salt, water, and tomato sauce. When the meat has browned, remove from heat. 
  4. Dust a flat surface with flour, and roll out the dough into a flat sheet. 
  5. Use a ramekin or cup to cut out circles. 
  6. Add a dollop of beef-tomato mixture to the center of each circle. 
  7. Pinch the dough into a little pocket.
  8. Bake in the oven at 350° F for 15 minutes.
  9. Enjoy!

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