DOSe / DOSA -Mysore Masale Dose, Set Dose

At home we love Dose to it? naa..we love Idli too's difficult to take sides when I have to choose my favorite breakfast :D Idli or Dose ? ummm..both are equally delicious and we love both. What is soo special about MMD (Mysore Masala Dose)? It's bewitching aroma which wafts the air! The difference between regular masala dosa and MMD  is the garlic chutney which is spread thinly over the dosa before the potato curry is laid over it ;)

Enamma en kodisthiya ? (hey! what would you treat us with?) Sari nadi MMD tinnona plus Mysore Pak ;) (let's enjoi MMD and Mysore Pak) would be our standard answer to celebrate all small and big occassions in college/office :D

Here is the batter recipe :

Dappa Akki (Thick Rice) - 2 cups (1 cup holds 500ml water)
Note : You can use Idli/Dosa rice or normal rice which you use
Uddinabele/Uraddal/Deskinned black gram- 3/4 cup (measure in the rice n dal in same cup)
Sago - 1/2 cup (1 cup=100ml water)
Kadalebele/Chanadal - 2tbsp
Fenugreek Seeds : 1tsp

1.Soak Rice in one container. Soak all other ingredients in another container. Soak them for 5 hrs
2.Grind them separately using little water to a smooth paste, transfer it to a airtight container, add little salt and mix them.Add enough water to aid fermentation. Less water means inadequate fermentation.
3.Let it ferment for 12-14 hrs. Fermentation is the key part here. When you open the lid you must smell sourness which indicates a well fermented batter.
4. Next day,check the salt in batter, add more if required and make dose.

Method :
Heat a tava, add little oil and spread it using a wodden spatula if you are making dose on non stick pan.
If you wanna make set DOSe do not spread the batter let the batter spread itself, just pour the batter on hot tava that's it!
If you are using a well fermented batter, you can see many holes which forms on top of the dose as soon as you drop the batter over the tava.


Once the underneath of dose becomes red turn over and roast it. This step is optional however I like my dose perfectly red both the sides


Serve hot with little butter on top and chutney. Sagu also makes a perfect companion to Set Dose with Benne (Butter)


Mysore Masale Dose (MMD)

Garlic Chutney/Kempu Chutney
Garlic Pods - 6 (6 big ones, 10-15 if you are using small indian variety)
Red Chillies - 4 (soaked in hot water for 15 mins)
Tamarind : 1 small piece (optional)
Grind everything to smooth paste, keep it aside

Potato Palya
Potato - 4 (cooked, peeled and mashed)
Onion - 2 (deskinned, cleaned and chopped lengthwise)
Green Chillies - 8 (slit lengthwise)
Mustard - 1/4 tsp
Curry leaves - 5-6 leaves
Turmeric - 1/4 tsp
Oil - 1tbsp
Heat oil, pop mustard, add curryleaves, turmeric and green chillies. Mix.
Add chopped onions and stirr well, sautee till onions become transcluscent. Sprinkle little water, cover and cook till onions are cooked.
Add salt, mix and add mashed potatoes mix well again. Switch of the stove. You can garnish it with little chopped coriander leaves.


MMD assembling :
On a hot tava spread the batter using the back of the spoon. When the surface and underneath of the dose is well baked, spread a 2 tsp full of garlic chutney over it. Lower the flame.
Take 2 tbsp full of Potato Palya and spread it over the chutney. Spread a tbsp of ghee over the surface.
Fold Dose into half. Serve with chutney.

New Picture

 Old Picture


A Variation, if you don't have garlic chutney :
If you have garlic and curry leaves chutney powder just sprinkle over the palya.


this is all for today..more variations in future posts..till then ENJOII MMD ! I am sending this garlic chutney and all other chutney's like Carrot, Beet, and Brinjal Chutneys, to Ramya's Mane Adige who is having Chutney Mania Event.


notyet100 said...

lovely tutorial for me to try :-)

Dibs said...

Its dinner time, and this post is making me absolutely ravenous Lakshmi! Nice name.. MMD! Reminds me of my college days - when we would all troop to Chalukya Hotel on Race Course Road (Bangalore), to have their MMD and bisi bisi jamoon! The slightest reason is all we needed to feast on an MMD! I have never tried the red garlic chutney at home. Thanks for that recipe!

Finla said...

Wowo you are a maestro in making dosa.

Raks said...

Set dosa and masala dosas looks mouthwatering Lakshmi!

Mangala Bhat said...

Dosa is my fav ...tumba chennagide Lakshmi ..nanu post madidini ....but ingrient' r different .if u have time plz have a look :) Thanks

Kannada Cuisine said...

Super agide kanri Dose... Nanatu clearly Dose party.. my hubby is Idli-vade party... So i am ogling at your Dosa lecherously!

FH said...

Slurp! Last time I went to Indian store, I bought a Andhra style garlic-cocnut dry chutney and I use that with MMD, so yummy but tougue burning hot, kids don't like doses or idlis at all, so Arvind and I eat them all! :D

Set dose and MMD nodi, egale madabeku annisutte, adare tumbane cold illi, ovenalli itru ferment agalla sariyagi!:(

Unknown said...

I made this today for dinner and now I see it here..looks yumm..willpost my later..

Ashwini said...

wow mouth watering.. My all time favourite is masala dosa. When I visited India I ate only masala dosas when we went out..Looking this, I am getting tempted to eat that...mouth is already watering...

Unknown said...

oooohhhooo looks like dosa mela mmmm mouthwatering lakshmi

Pallavi said...

yum...dosas, dosas and more dosas. they all look great!

Deepthi Shankar said...

wow this is pure torture, I want MMD right now .. yummm yummmm

Cham said...

My husb always asked me how to make the red chutney they spread in masala dosa, have u came across of any Kannadiga blog? I am gonna try this one! We all freak for dosa not for idlis.... Is it like Davangare benne dosa? I haven't tasted one in my life next trip to India, my husb promised all karna roadside food :)Until that i can drool all over ur dosas

Nithya Praveen said...

Wow..what a variety Lakshmi.Reminds me of Bangalore, where i have seen this wide spread.Wonderful!

Unknown said...

Idly, dosa can't get enough of it..
MMD is a nice name, drooling over here...

KonkaniBlogger said...

What a nice write-up..Dosas are my favorite too, yaaradru maad kotre innu chennagi iratte ;)..Nice pics..

Lakshmi said...

@ Dibs,
MMD holds sweet college memories for almost anyone from that part of India I think. Garlic Chutney ..try it out :)

ahahhaaa....Nope! I am still learning HC

thanks dear. Dosa makes us drool over it anytime isn't it?

Saw dosas at your place they look gorgeous Mangala.

ahahhaaa...same here,my hubby is clearly Idli Vade party :P

Enjoy your winters dear. Bisi bisi mirchi bajji maadi asha ;)

@Sowmya, must have done a good job too

@Ashwini, son eats dosa all the time esp when we go out!

Lakshmi said...

@ Rekha, Pallavi, Deesha
Thanks a lot for appreciating.

Try it cham, I took a year to post this on TOM. Not sure why I kept postponing this post :P probably I thought Dose is soo common so can post at leisure. Try out Mirchi Masala at Chickpet, several other street food at V V Bakery and its adjascent areas. Benne Gulkan with dry fruits and ice cream should be on your list..err..if not add it I am sure you will enjoy that carb boost!

Veg Puffs at your place made me think of Bangalore again! Food connects us with our home town we all miss it so much na..

:) Dose esth thindru thinbeku ansuthe nodi...

Sariyagi helidri nodi..yaradru maadikotre nanantu ready 4-5 hodiyoke ;)


love the step by step description ... will make this one the next time I make dosas...

Anonymous said...

Wow! Dose very nice Lakshmi....slurp!!!!!!!!

Indian Khana said...

Wow so many dosa...looking yummy and making me feel super hungry now...

Ramya's Mane Adige said...

awesome!!! been a while since I made "masaal dose" at home. Will go soak some rice right away!!! Garlic chutney sounds delicious!!! thanx for the wonderful entries :) Will wait for your mail with the pictures and other details...

Dibs said...

lakshmi - I have linked my post to this MMD post! Seems like you and my mom think alike!! She sent me potato palya recipe just yesterday as well!

YOSEE said...

Nothing to beat the flavour of Mysore Masale dose. ಒಂದಾನೊಂದು ಕಾಲದಲ್ಲಿ ,Ballal Hotel and Dasaprakash were famed for their butter melting masaledoses. (Can still smell the aroma as i type this !) And Mylari Hotel for Set Doses. I have never tried adding channa dal for the batter.Must try.

Lakshmi said...

@ Yosee,
ohhh! Mylari hotel ..we had set dosa and sagu this time. He neatly topped dosa with benne and it was good. Times have changed and so are the quality of food they offer, nevertheless MMD fans remain the same :)

Adlak's tiny world said...

I luv masala dosa very much. yrs lovely and tempting dear.

Savi-Ruchi said...

naanu masale & set dose madi tumba dina aithu, will do it tomorrow itself :)
Have u tasted masala dosa in GTR, Mysore. I love GTR dosas.
GTR (Gayatri Tiffin Room), it is in Chamundipuram.
photo tumba tempting agide Lakshmi!!

Unknown said...

Gimme masala dose any time and I won't refuse, looks delicious. - Rekha

Swapna said...

lovely dosa! g8 pictures. first time to ur blog. wonderful

Sanctified Spaces said...

Thumba chennagi ide(read in kannada).nanige evagale beku.
Lakshmi,I always order Mysore masala dosa at Sukh sagar in chennai. They initially used to give garlic chutney,now they spread coriander instead of garlic.Thanx for your recipe.

Chitra said... words to explain.I am crazy abt dosas;)Will sure try all these and post it my blog.I've printed this page..THANKS A TON LAKSHMI...Do visit my blog at ur free time:)

Shreya said...

hi set dosa, MMD, everything is so nice! I never knew the diff b/n MMD and normal masala the garlic chutney will try it..

Unknown said...

Olá! Muito gostoso esse crepe.

Um grande abraço :)

Lakshmi said...

Hi Ana,
Thanks for your lovely coment. I had to take a friend's help to understand portugeese :)I am glad to have you on my blog esp appreciating dosa :)

Anonymous said...

Set dose recipe alli sago anta heliddira..but enadu?

Lakshmi said...


Set dose anthalla, yava dosenadru maadi onde hittalli. Anyways Sago andre sabbakki antha.

sahiti said...

Hi Lakshmi,
Dosas look very inviting.I've been searching for spongy dosa recipe since long and I want to try this one.
I need a little clarification.Is sago to be measured with a smaller cup which holds 100 ml water?Or the same cup used to measure rice and dal?
Thank you in advance.

Lakshmi said...

ya tat's right..sago to be measured in small cup which holds 100ml water.Give it a try :)

sahiti said...

Hi Lakshmi,
Before I could check your answer,my s-i-l had soaked 1/2 cup of sabudana using the same cup used for measuring rice and dal.And the result was very good,just like your pics.
The set dosas were so spongy and tasty,no batter was left to make mysore masala dosa.
Next week,I'll follow your recipe.Bye.Thank you once again.

Lakshmi said...

@ Sahiti,

many thanks for the feedback dear. Such feedback always encourages to blog more!

Grandma Lilly - said...

I got the recipe which i have been searching for long! That of Set Dosa.Ummm.. that should be our breakfast for tomorrow.

kittymatti said...

I never knew that mysore masala dose and set dose were made from the same batter. Very interesting ingredients. I have been looking for the typical karnataka hotel style dose, hope this works! thanks, will try it n let u know :)

Lakshmi said...

@ Kittymatti
try it and let me know your feedback :)

kittymatti said...

hi lakshni,
I gave the recipe to my sister. She tried it and it was a super hit! She could smell 'Bangalore' in it! haha ... We have given the recipe to our mom too.. Now that it is weekend, I just soaked the rice n dal... It will be ready by tomorrow night.. Looking forward to it..

kittymatti said...

Hey i made the dosas, it came out perfecctly! Thanks a lot, finally had the 'taste of mysore' haha... :) thanks!

Grandma Lilly - said...

Your dosa (set dose) was our breakfast today and everybody loved it! Thanks for sharing!
I will spread the recipe around and our neighbourhood "Benne Dosa" shop is sure going to lose his business.

Lakshmi said...

Thanks Mammamma and Kitty Matti. You both have made my day :)

Smi said...

Hi Laxmi ..I am here after a long time ...just to say hi and swalpa hotte urrislikke...I happened to have Dose at maylari and it was heaven...So now its your job to gimme the recipe..:))

Kalyani said...

hey Lakshmi:
Tried this out many times, and it came out very well.. I have slightly modified this recipe, and now made this yesterday and posted in my blog too :)

The link with due credits to ur original recipe is as follows. Do visit my blog sometime too !

Mom Chef (

my Set Dosa post:

Lakshmi said...

Dear MOM Chef,

Many thanks for the feedback.

shivaprakashraj said...

Uraddal/Deskinned black gram

hi lakshmi.. u've mentioned this... uraddall and deskinned black gram... is it the same item. could u pls tel me in kannada lakshmi... wanna a eager to do it.


shivaprakashraj said...

Dear lakshmi..

urad dal/ deskined dal... is it the same item..

could u pls tel i kannada.. if u dont mind...

wanna a eager to do it.. pls reply

Lakshmi said...


Urad dal - Uddinabele in Kannada
deskinned is without balck colored skin on uddinabele.

shivaprakashraj said...

wow.. tnx for instant reply..

so we can add either deskined or urad dal.. is that rite...

u know... i am in banglore.. i was told my mom to do that but i am bit confused with these 2 items.. pls imforme lakshmi ji..

shivaprakashraj said...

I mean...

both r same.

so we need to add only deskined udinbeley...

is that rite lakshmi ji..

i'll do it and eager to serve. seriouly i am mad about dosa.. i harldy get a time but i will make it to do that...

Lakshmi said...

yes both are same and you need to add only one of them. good luck to you.


SME said...

Good I will try today and post my experience
Mukund Iyengar

Samskriti said...

its really refreshing to see the good old healthy recipes which are basically from that soil.Nice relishing feel.Thanks for your effort.

Samskriti said...

Its really pleasant to relinquish the good old recipes of Mysore.I am really thank full to you for your effort.

Lakshmi said...

Thank you Samskriti

Srujani said...

Hi I tried set dosa recipe and it came out very well ... I loved it .. thank you for the recipe and keep going all the best :)

Lakshmi said...

It is nice to hear such feedback. Keep visiting TasteofMysore.

Shailaja said...


super dosa recipe. Can you please tell me what is Dappa Akki? Will we get this in shops if Iask for Dappa Akki. I live in Bangalore. Is Dappa akki equal to boiled rice?

Lakshmi said...

Dappa Akki is not equal to boiled rice. This is a type of rice which is more starchy than the rest. If you are in Bangalore just ask 'Dappa Akki' and they will show you. Go to retail shops n not supermarkets. I see a lot of malls n markets in Bangalore these days.

Ashok said...

Can I get the recipe of the DOSA sambar we get in Bangalore hotels ?