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Mar 23, 2015

Set Dosa & Saagu

I bet its a winner recipe for set dosa. Perfect recipe to make fluffy, soft and tasty set dosas. Being holiday season, if you are looking for tiffin recipes for your kids, here it is. Prepare a tasty mixed vegetable saagu to go with these dosas. tadaa.....happy tummies :-)

NOTE: The original recipe is adding 5 measures of raw rice. My recipe is a little different but tastes delicious. In the recipe below, the 'measure' that I have mentioned can be a cup that's small or medium size. Even a ladle. The bigger the measure, the larger the quantity of the batter ;-) 

Here is the recipe for Set dosa followed by Saagu recipe.


Raw rice - 3 Measures

Iddli rice - 2 Measures

Flattened rice ( Avalakki / Poha ) - 1 Measure

Turmeric powder - 1 teaspoon

Salt - as required

Cooking soda - half teaspoon

Oil to make dosa


Preparing the batter for set dosa:

Combine both raw rice and idli rice in a large bowl.

Wash well and Soak in water adding the turmeric.

In another container, wash the flattened rice (avalakki / poha) once and soak in water separately.

Soak both for over night or minimum 7 hours.

Drain water and grind the rice preferably in a wet grinder.

Add the soaked flattened rice / poha / avalakki, to the rice when its grinding.

Use water as required to make a batter with medium consistency - smooth - not too thick not too thin.

Transfer the ground batter to a large container.

Mix in required amount of salt and a pinch of cooking soda.

Mix really well and keep it closed.

Allow the batter to frement for at least 5 to 6 hours.

Preparing the Set dosa:

Heat a Tawa, preferably the old fashioned iron tawa.

If you are using iron tawa, rub the center with oil.

Mix the batter and make sure its in pouring consistency.

When the tawa is hot, pour a ladle full of batter in the middle and let it spread evenly forming a medium circle.

Oil the sides and cook for about a minute or two.

Cooking closed minimizes the cooking time.

Slowly, flip the dosa to the other side and cook for a minute.

Then, transfer it to the serving plate.

Serve it with hot and spicy saagu.

You will see that the soft and fluffy set dosa with numerous holes, will have a yellow hue because of turmeric that was added while soaking.

Saagu recipe:


Mixed vegetables - 2 to 3 cup ( diced - potatoes, carrots and chopped beans)

Onion - 2 medium chopped (optional)

Oil for seasoning

Salt to taste

Cloves - 5 to 6

Cumin seeds (jeera) - 1 teaspoon

Green chilli  - 2 ( or as per taste)

Coconut - half cup ground or 1 tetra pack coconut milk.


Usually roasted gram is added to the recipe but my recipe is a little different. Its a tasty saagu cum mild kurma.

Cook the mixed vegetables in a pressure pan (exactly one whistle) or kadai, with water that just immerses the vegetables. Add salt while cooking.

Heat oil in a kadai and temper jeera, green chillis and cloves.

Add chopped onions and fry until colour changes.

Now add the mixed vegetables and allow it to cook for one boil.

Add required amount of salt. Add only little as the vegetables are already cooked with salt.

Now add ground coconut or coconut milk.

Allow the content to cook for a boil and turn off heat. Garnish with cilantro (coriander leaves).

Serve this for Set dosa or Chapathis.


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