April 5, 2008

Rava dosa (Semolina crepes)

Rava dosa is one among the many tasty crepes popular as breakfast dishes in South India. The other common crepes like dosa involve fermenting the batter and hence a bit of pre-planning. But these crispy crepes can be prepared on a whim, as they involve no grinding or soaking. They are very tasty and is an ideal South Indian breakfast. They taste the best when served with dosa podi/chutney powder. Enjoy!!

Recipe (Makes about 6 crepes):

Rava/ Semolina/ Sooji - 1/2 cup
All-purpose flour - 1/2 cup
Rice flour - 1/2 cup
Warm water - 1 2/3 cup
Fresh cilantro - 2 tbsp, finely chopped
Fresh thai, serrano or cayenne chillies - 2 or 3, chopped
Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
Cumin seed - 1 tsp
Vegetable oil - 1 tsp
Vegetable oil for brushing


Mix all-purpose flour, rice flour, semolina and salt in medium bowl.

Beat in warm water, using wire whisk, until smooth and batter is thin.
Stir in cilantro and chillies, set aside.

Heat a teaspoon of oil in a 6-in non-stick skillet over medium-high heat and splutter the mustard seeds.

Add cumin seed and sizzle for about 10 seconds.

Pour hot oil mixture into the batter and mix well.

Brush 1/4 tsp oil in 6-in or larger crepe pan or skillet, heat over medium heat.

For each crepe, pour 1/4 cup batter into skillet.

Immediately rotate skillet until a thin layer of batter covers bottom. (If batter doesnt spread evenly, stir in a small amount of water into the remaining batter to thin it down).

Cook 1-2 minutes or until the top surface is opaque and the side of the crepe starts to pull away from the pan.

Run a wide spatula around the edge to loosen, turn and cook the other side for a minute.

Repeat with the remaining batter.

Stack crepes, placing waxed paper between each and wrap in aluminium foil to keep warm while cooking the remaining batter.

Source: Betty Crocker's Indian home cooking, Recipes by Raghavan Iyer.
  1. The skillet should be at the right temperature. If its too cold, the crepes will break on turning. If its too hot, the batter will sizzle and will not spread properly.


Chuck said...

I love the flavor of semolina in my baked goods. I bet that crepe is delicious! It sure looks good.

JZ @ Tasty treats said...

Thank you Chuck! Do try it out..

Anonymous said...

The crepe looks delicious. I will have to try your recipe!

JZ @ Tasty treats said...

Thank you cupcakelady! Your blog is yummy!! :-)

Cooking My Life said...

I will definitely try these but I'd love a fermented dosa recipe if you have one. The closest dosa place is about 25 miles away. :-(

JZ @ Tasty treats said...

Thank you cooking my life! I will definitely be posting an easy no-grind dosa batter recipe soon. Please do check back! :-)

Chitra Nair said...

hei,i usually find time and there is an enthusiasm to cook with your recipies...at dawns and another thing is that i managed to collect 2-3 recipies at a time and thus..it cameout to be a nice feeling with cooking at home.
Thanx.4 making me cook in these styles. 'm happy 4 u that you started blogging now atleast...

Chennaimoms said...

I have never made rava dosa before, i am going to try it soon. Thank you for the recipe.