Kanchipuram Dosai/Kancheepuram Dosa

We are entering September month and its going to be food and fun filled month for our Blogging Marathoners.
Some of my readers know that I participate in a monthly event blogging marathon,3 days for 4 weeks.Since April 2013 we are doing a mega marathon for the month of April and September with interesting themes.
Though I participated in all the April mega marathons,some how not able to participate in September marathon due to several reasons.But this year I am participating in September marathon too.
Every mega marathon there will be a nice and innovative theme to showcase our delicacies.
This year September theme,is named as Cooking Carnival and theme is  very interesting and we have options to 

                      1.Cook one ingredient for 26 days or one category for 26 days
                      2.Cook with one ingredient for each week or category for each week

I choose to share dosa varieties as one category for 26 days with sub themes for each week.I combined both the themes and sharing the recipes.

Coming to day 1 recipe,themed under colorful dosa is Kanchipuram dosa.I had this dosa in a restaurant during my India trip.After seeing the Kanchipuram dosa in their menu card I wanted to give a try,as it sounds new to me.
A soft and spongy yellow colored dosa was served in a big platter with 3 different types of chutney and sambar along with idly podi.
When I had the first bite it was melting in my mouth along with the cumin and pepper flavor.Though it was served with so many sides,I personally preferred to have it mint chutney.

When I decided to share dosa recipes for the theme,I wanted to share this dosa and started my hunting for the recipe.The batter recipe sounds more  like Kanchipuram idly with some variations.
So I decided to follow the same recipe with some changes.The output was a spongy dosa with pores and we loved it a lot.I served mine with mint chutney and kaara chutney along with idly milagai podi.Lets move on the recipe for Kanchipuram dosa......

                                    Kanchipuram/Kancheepuram Dosa

   Basic Information

   Preparation time ~ 30 minutes
   Soaking time ~ 3-4 hours
   Fermetation time ~ 8-10 hours
   Cooking time ~ 15-20 minutes
   Makes ~ 10-12 dosa


Idly rice or pulungal arisi
1 cup
Raw rice/pacharisi
1 cup
Urad dhal/uluthamparuppu
3/4 -1 cup
Fenugreek seeds/vendhayam
1 tsp 
2 tsp or as needed
1/4 cup
Oilas needed to cook
the dosa

 For Tempering

Cumin seeds/jeeragam
1 tsp
Black pepper/milagu
1 tsp
Ginger/inji(finely chopped)
1 tsp
a pinch
Curry leaves/karivepillai
few leaves
Turmeric powder/manjal podi
1/2-3/4 tsp
2 tsp

  • Soak the dhal along with fenugreek seeds and rice separately for 3-4 hours.After its soaked drain the water completely for both rice and dhal.Grind the urad dhal in a mixer or wet grinder till fluffy.Then grind both the rice to a fine paste with water as needed.Mix both rice and dhal together and add salt.Mix it thoroughly and keep the batter it in a warm place for 8-10 hours to ferment.
  • After fermentation,mix the batter well and add the yogurt the batter.The batter should be in a pouring consistency.If needed add some water.Mix it well and set it aside.Now roughly grind the pepper and cumin and keep it aside.Heat a pan with ghee and once the ghee becomes hot add the ground pepper and cumin.Then add the curry leaves,chopped ginger,asafoetida and turmeric powder.Mix it well and put off the flame.

  • Add it to the batter and give it a mix so that everything blends well.Heat a dosa griddle and add a drop of oil and wipe it with a paper.Pour a ladle full of batter and gently shape it o a circle with the backside of the ladle.Do not spread it to a thin or big circle
  • Drizzle a tsp of oil and cook it covered in a medium flame.After a minute or two,flip the dosa to the other side and cook .Drizzle one more tsp of oil if needed.Remove it from the pan.
  •  Serve it  with chutney  and podi.

  • The batter needs to ferment very well to get a nice  and soft dosa with pores. .
  • Do not spread the dosa too thin.
  • Grind the urad dhal till it becomes fluffy.
  • Finley chopped cashews and green chillies can also be added in the tempering for extra rich taste.


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dunno if the earlier comment went thru Nalini, so here's one again....

Loved the colour and the theme of ur dosas marathon- they look so good (colourful dosas ! wow)... and especially loved ur cute Logo on the pics too :) did u make them with PS / LR software ?

Ahh nalini, superb theme. I m more excited than you. Kanchipuram dosa looks delicious, I love that tempering!! With all spongy Kannu u can name this 1000 kannu dosa😛

What a lovely colour!! Dosa looks so spongy Nalini.

Omg the dosa looks so beautiful and love the bright yellow color ofcourse.Very nice choice and looking forward to see your dosa recipes.

Wow what a fantastic theme Nalini. I love dosas and I was aiming at 101 varieties..with your collection I could easily make it..:)..the pictures are amazing yaar..very colourful..the sub theme sounds so awesome too..

What a lovely theme and I simply love the categories of your dosai! I can't wait to see the rest of your recipes :) When I made the Kanchipuram idli, we loved the flavors. This would be a great hit in my house as well.

I was really waiting to know what theme you are going to participate in this BM, Nalini.. I love dosas.. I will be looking forward for your each post.. :) This kancheepuram dosa looks wonderful. As usual beautiful clicks dear..

Gorgeous looking doass there!! Looking forward tot he dosa galore!

awesome theme Nalini and valli said, i am going to reach the 101 dosai variety soon with your theme. And as usual amazing pictures!!!

26 dosa is exciting. All I need to do is bookmark your sept 2016 link for future reference. Kanchipuram dosa looks wonderful and love that yellow color

Am in love with your sub theme Nalini, and already your kanchipuram dosa looks absolutely stunning, completely loving your theme.

Dosa all month, I can't wait! The first one is super and I loved it with all the chutneys and all! Lovely theme, I am super excited to see what follows :)

Awesome theme Nalini. Never heard of Kancheepuram dosa before. As you mentioned, it looks so colourful. Looking forward to all your dosas this month..

its so well captured Nalini...love the texture of the dosa

wow.. dinam oru dosaiya? super Nalini.. Love all your subthemes too. this dosa looks super soft and spongy

Nalini I'm really happy that you chose this theme as I feel that this is the field where I lack. So all your dosas will give me ample reason to practice...looking forward to all your recipes

Loved your theme and looking forward to your dosa recipes. I love this Kanchipuram dosa for it's flavor and color.

What an amazing theme for the marathon Nalini. Looking forward to all your dosa recipes this month.
Kanchipuram dosa looks delicious.

super theme nalini... I guess after this mega marathon I will run a separate marathon at home for new breakfast recipes ;-) Dosa looks very soft

Awesome theme Nalini!! I am so looking forward to all the dosas you are going to feature this month. And this one is new to me. I am sure to bookmark your entire series :)

Delicious sounding recipe. Will try soon. Your theme is great. So many Dosas to try. Thank you.

Delicious sounding recipe. Will try soon. Your theme is great. So many Dosas to try. Thank you.

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