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

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, tacos from Mexican cuisine and lasagna 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.

Meet Masala Dosa 
The masala dosa is a variation in which the dosa comes wrapped around a filling. The most popular masala dosa filling is made of potatoes, onions and a mix of spices. You will always find this masala dosa in the Udupi cuisine section of the menu. However, the masala dosa experience doesn't end here. The masala dosa recipe allows room for experimenting with the filling and has inspired many variations. You are bound to come across several newer versions and fusion approaches to the masala dosa recipe in restaurants and dosa stalls. You can get creative with the masala dosa recipe too. Let these ideas get you started.

Preparing the Dosa Batter 
Soak about 500 grams of parboiled rice in water for a couple of hours. Do the same for 100 grams of split urad dal and 3 grams of methi seeds in a separate bowl. Grind the parboiled rice in a mixer. Separately, grind the soaked methi seeds and split urad dal into a fine paste. Add water as required however the batter should be thick in consistency. Mix the batters, add salt as per taste and about 5 grams of sugar. Keep the batter in a warm place for about 6 to 8 hours. The batter mix will ferment and increase in volume. Now you can use this batter to make plain dosas and masala dosa. Now, moving on to the experiments with masala dosa fillings.

Chicken Chilli Cheese Masala Dosa 
If you are bored of the plain old potato mashed masala, you can always experiment with the ingredients to make a perfectly delicious non-vegetarian dish out of the masala dosa recipe. 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 chilli cheese mix.

Start by spreading the dosa batter on a hot griddle. 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.

Schezwan Veg and Noodle Masala Dosa 
Schezwan noodle is a popular Indo-Chinese dish or desi Chinese dish that you will find in most fast food restaurants. The spicy schezwan sauce along with sautéed noodles and a mix of veggies or meat served in a bowl is a perfect comfort food for many. How about turning this into a filling for your masala dosa recipe?

In a pan, sauté finely chopped ginger and garlic then toss some chopped carrot, pepper, cabbage and green onion and cook for a minute. Add a dash of schezwan sauce, soy sauce and a mix of salt and sugar as per your taste. Adjust the seasoning as per your liking and then add some boiled noodles to the sauce and vegetable mix. 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  
Scrambled eggs with onions and tomatoes make a delicious breakfast. Eggs 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.

Chocolate, Apple and Beetroot Dosa  
Looking for something special and sweet for your weekend breakfast menu? Make your dosa with chocolate, apple and beetroot and serve it with caramel sauce. This breakfast dish can bring a warm smile to anyone who has a huge sweet tooth. Here's how you can make the perfect sweet crepes with your dosa batter.

To make this masala 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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