Thakkali Dosai/Tomato Dosa -Version 2

We are entering the 3rd week in our Cooking Carnival and for this week its instant dosa varieties.
Under this theme,I will be sharing the dosa recipes which doesn't need fermentation as well as the recipes with instant flours.
Coming to today's recipe its a simple dosa  made with rice and toor dhal combo along with some tomatoes. This dosa needs some soaking time and once the batter is ready then it can be made into dosas.I have already shared a version of tomato dosa here .But this version is different and I noted down from a cookery show in regional T.V.Off to the recipe.....

                                    Thakkali Dosai/Tomato Dosa

   Basic Information

   Preparation time ~ 20 minutes
   Soaking time ~ 2 hours
   Cooking time ~ 2 -3 minutes/dosa
   Makes ~ 8-9 dosas



Idly Rice
1 cup
Toor dhal/thuvaram paruppu
1/4 cup
3 medium size
Red chilly/varamilagai
Onion(finely chopped)
1 medium size
Curry leaves/karivepillai
few leaves(roughly chopped)
1.25 tsp
Coriander leaves
2 tbs(finely chopped)
as needed to cook dosa

  For the tempering

Mustard seeds/kadugu
1 tsp
a pinch
Green chilly/pachamilagi
1(finely chopped)


  • Soak the rice and dhal for couple of hours.After soaking completely drain the water and grind till it becomes smooth along with salt,red chilly and tomatoes.
  • Transfer the ground batter to a bowl.Now heat a pan with a tsp of oil.Crackle the mustard seeds and add the asafoetida powder.Add in the chopped onion and green chilly for a minute.Then add the chopped curry leaves and coriander leaves.Put off the flame.Add it to the batter and mix it well.
  • Add it to the batter and mix it well.Adjust the consistency with water.The batter should be like the regular dosa consistency. 
  • Heat a griddle and one it becomes hot ,add a drop of oil and wipe it off with a paper and keep the flame in high.Pour a ladleful of batter and spread it to a slightly thicker circle.Reduce the flame and cook it for a minute.Drizzle a tsp of oil.
  • Flip it to the other side and cook it for a while.Remove it from the griddle.
  •  Serve it  with  coconut chutney.

  • This dosa tends to brown very fast,so cook it in a medium flame.
  • After flipping the dosa if needed drizzle some more oil.
  • The addition of finely chopped green chilly is purely optional.


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Instant dosas without fermentation are a boon to us. This dosa with tomato and spices looks awesome..

I am totally in love with your dosa series. I am amazed at the variety of dosa you are sharing. And I love this week's theme as it doesn't require fermentation. The main reason I avoid making at dosa at home is fermentation. Tomato dosa looks wonderful!!

Nalini..I refuse to eat the daal and bhindi ..this dosa is tempting me I could just get in that screen and kidnap it..swear this is one of the best !..totally loving the dosas..amazing.

Incredible tomato dosa, feel like grabbing that plate and having this fantastic dosa rite now for my dinner.

This is an interesting way.. so no urad dal required kya? will try this way. thanks for this share

That is a beautiful and colorful looking dosa!

Love the color of those dosas and they sound flavorful.

Bookmarked to try ! My kids would love this tangy dosa !!

This version of the tomato dosai looks wonderful. Love the addition of onions.

Bookmarked. Thi swill make an excellent dosa for my kids tiffin.

Such an interesting dosa. Bookmarked!!

What a lovely color that dosa has Nalini. Looks delicious.

I have just made this dosa. The taste of dosa is really nice, but it is soft and not crisp at all. Is it supposed to be like this only?? Please tell.

Ritu,this comes out soft not so crispy like a regular dosa.

Ritu,this comes out soft not so crispy like a regular dosa.

oh looks delicious nalini, i love these instant dosa's, makes a quick meal anytime!

I love the color of this dosa. Makes it more appetizing.

I love instant dosas more, and tomato dosas are my favorite..such lovely pictures..Nalini, I am reading all together and its simply too much of an overload girl!..heheh

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