Quirky Masala Dosa Fillings You Must Try

Bored of the regular masala dosa? Try these yummy masala dosa recipes

Priya Prakasan

A typical breakfast in India

varies depending on where you are but one of the most popular breakfast dishes comes from south India - the dosa. CNN included the dosa in its list of 50 Best Dishes Around the World in 2011. Seafood paella from Spanish cuisine,


from Mexican cuisine and


from Italian cuisine were some of the dishes that accompanied India's dosa on the list. Dosas are thin and crispy crêpes made with the batter of a mix of lentils.

A classic 

masala dosa

is a variation in which the dosa comes wrapped around a filling made of potatoes, onions and a mix of spices. The masala dosa recipe is a versatile one, allowing room for experimenting with the filling. You too can get creative with the masala dosa recipe too, here are some ideas to get you started:

1. Cheese Dosa

A no brainer dosa filling alternative is cheese. You can never go wrong with cheese! You can use anything from processed cheese to gooey, melting cheeses such as mozzarella or Brie. 
Quirky Masala Dosa Fillings You Must Try
  • Spread your dosa batter, sprinkle butter for added richness and then add your grated cheese.
  • Wait for the cheese to start melting slightly or till the dosa has crisped up, and then fold it. Cheese dosa is the perfect breakfast or even a quick snack.

2. Chicken Chilli Cheese Masala Dosa 

If you are bored of the plain old potato mashed masala, you can always experiment to create a delicious non-vegetarian masala dosa. You can prepare this chicken masala dosa recipe using precooked chicken or just boiled chicken and turn it into a perfectly crisp crêpe stuffed with

spicy chicken


cheese mix.

  • Top it with a handful of boiled or precooked chicken pieces, some chopped onion and tomatoes, followed by chopped green chillies and fresh leaves of coriander.
  • Grate cheese over this and sprinkle some red chilli powder. Add a dollop of butter, cook the dosa till it is crisp and fold over.
  • Serve hot with sambar and coconut chutney.

3. Schezwan Veg and Noodle Masala Dosa 

Schezwan noodles is a popular desi Chinese dish commonly found at fast food restaurants. The spicy schezwan sauce along with sautéed noodles and a mix of veggies or meat served in a bowl is perfect comfort food for many. How about turning this into a filling for your masala dosa recipe?

  • You can make a fresh batch of 

    schezwan noodles, here's LF's tested recipe

    or use leftover from your takeout order. 
  • Spread the dosa batter on a hot griddle plate and add the noodles and vegetable mix.
  • Once the dosa is cooked, fold over and serve alongside a condiment of your choice.


Egg Bhurji

and Spinach Masala Dosa  

Desi scrambled eggs with onions and tomatoes make a delicious breakfast.


in any form, be it scrambled, fried, boiled or poached can be a perfect addition to your breakfast menu. You can make a quick, protein-rich breakfast dish by making an egg
bhurji and spinach masala dosa.

  • To make this masala dosa recipe, heat some oil in a pan and cook some chopped onions till they are translucent. Add chopped tomatoes followed by some chilli and turmeric powder. Add chopped chillies and coriander leaves and pour in two beaten eggs. Scramble the eggs and keep it aside.
  • Meanwhile on a hot griddle plate, spread the dosa batter and top it with the egg bhurji. Cook and fold over, serve hot with chutney.

5.Chocolate, Apple and Beetroot Dosa  

Looking for a sweet start for your weekend breakfast menu? Make your dosa with chocolate, apple and
beetroot and serve it with caramel sauce. Here's how you can make the

perfect sweet crepes with your dosa batter

Quirky Masala Dosa Fillings You Must Try

  • To further tweak this chocolate dosa recipe, you will have to make the filling as well as the sauce. For the filling, heat some butter in a pan and add about half a cup of apples cut into small cubes with a pinch of cinnamon powder. Cook it till it is soft and then add some salt and sugar as per requirement.
  • To make the sauce, in a heavy-bottomed pan, add about half a cup of sugar and some water. Cook this until it turns golden in colour. Add a dollop of cold butter and some heavy cream, mix slowly and remove from the heat. Serve cold with dosa.
  • To make the dosa, add about 1/4th cup of beetroot juice into your dosa batter and mix well. Spread the dosa batter on a hot pan and top it with the apple mixture, drizzle some chocolate sauce. Once the dosa is cooked, fold and serve it with caramel sauce.

With inputs from chef Rajesh Shetty, Executive Chef, Travel Food Services


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