Onion Dosa | Indian Crepe with Onions ~ 101 Dosa Varieties!

Onion Dosa

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As a self-professed hardcore lover of Dosas of all types, I can’t but get excited when I am trying a new Dosa variety. It was my aim to cover 101 types of Dosas, though I have only about 35 of them till date. This Onion dosa had always been on top of my mind, ever since I read about it in a paper cutting that has been with me for years now. But reading the recipe, I realised that the instructions weren’t clear, which got me relook at my own instructions wanting to make sure my readers don’t get into such soup! In the end, I had to tweak the recipe as per our taste.

I had posted this in Beyond curries When we choose the theme as Indian Bread. I looked up to know what gets covered as part of Indian Bread, I was pleasantly surprised to see that even crepes or Dosas are part of Indian Bread. So I was keen on expanding my knowledge by trying yet another type. This dosa is very similar to the regular Adai that is prepared, though its taste is elevated by adding onions and other ingredients.

I was particularly looking for one that doesn’t require fermentation or long hours of soaking. Having a full-time job, imagine the hassle you will have if you have to worry about soaking the dals for hours and then again fermenting it. It surely ends up as a regular lengthy process.

Whenever I make Dosas that are instant, of course not as instant as Goduma Dosa or Rava Dosa which only needs 15 mins of soaking time, these are instant in the sense you don’t have to worry whether they ferment well or not. Of course, the downside of this is that you don’t always have a crispy crepe in the process. But then for a Dosa lover, any dosa is fine by standards.

You can still get these dosas crisp by adding Rice flour and making the batter really thin. But that again takes practice in spreading the batter properly. So forgot the hassle and enjoy as such. This dosa is one good variety to try if you are bored of the usual ones.

With the Breakfast Mela, I thought I should work on my list again to make it close to 101 Dosa varieties if not the entire number.
  Onion Dosa

Onion Dosa ~ Onion Crepes

Soak the dals for 4 to 5 hours Ferment the ground batter for 60 mins
Course Breakfast, Dinner
Cuisine Tamil Nadu
By Cook Method Stovetop
By Diet Vegetarian
Dish Type Dosa Varieties
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 10 medium dosas
Author Srivalli


  • 50 gms Chana Dal
  • 50 gms Toor Dal
  • 50 gms Raw Rice
  • 50 gms Coconut grated
  • 2 medium Onions
  • 4 nos Dry Red Chilli increase if as per taste
  • Salt to taste
  • Tamarind small marble size
  • 1/2 cup Coriander Leaves
  • Cooking Oil for cooking the dosas


  • Wash and soak the dals and rice for 4- 5 hours. Grind to a fine paste and let to rest for 1 hour.
  • Soak Tamarind separately in a bowl till soft and extract pulp.
  • Grind Onions, Red chilis, coconut, coriander leaves to a fine paste.
  • Then mix this onion paste, tamarind pulp, salt to the ground batter.
  • Heat a Tawa or pan with oil, pour one ladleful of batter and spread as a dosa. Sprinkle oil on top. Cook on one side and flip on the other side.


The batter should be thin and cooked on medium flame so that the dosa comes out crispy.
The batter can be soaked for longer hours too but after grinding you can store it in the fridge.
Red chilies can be increased as per taste. I have used only about 50 gms of all, yet after soaking and grinding I had more batter than I thought.
So adjust accordingly to your requirement keeping in mind the proportions.
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  1. I am totally with u on this one!..I am a dosa lover too and love to try different types!…this one look too good and yummy…love the coconut chutney too!

  2. Lovely and light dosas…
    Srivalli, plz collect an award from my blog as a small token of appreciation that I have made for all my friends.

  3. I've been meaning to try making dosas as they are a great gluten-free alternative for crepes. I have all the ingredients and can't wait to try your recipe! Thanks for sharing it!

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