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Pesarattu with brown rice


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Prep Time 7 hrs 30 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Soaking Time 3 hrs
Total Time 11 hrs 40 mins
Course Bread
Cuisine South Indian
Servings 30 Dosas


  • 3 cups green gram
  • 1 cup brown rice
  • 3 thai green chillies
  • ½ cup cilantro
  • ½ tsp cumin seeds
  • ¼ cup spinach optional
  • ¼ cup coconut optional
  • 1 cup water
  • salt to taste
  • ¼-½ cup olive oil
  • 1 onion finely chopped


  • Soak the green gram and brown rice in water for 5 hours. Drain the water. Start with grinding  green chillies, curry leaves, coriander leaves, cumin seeds, spinach and coconut in a food processor. Grind them to a smooth paste. Remove and store in a fresh bowl where you plan to store the batter.
  • Now add the green gram, brown rice and little salt,g grind them to a coarse paste.
  • You could do it in two batched. For the first batch grind them to a smooth paste and set aside. Then for the second batch grind them to a coarse paste. The coarseness will make your dosa crisp up well.
  • Mix them all together with salt and store for 2 hours.  If it is too thick, you could add little water to bring it to a pancake batter like consistency.

How To Make The Dosas

  • Heat the iron tava/saucepan or the non-stick tava at medium flame.
  • Place your hand just over the tava to check for the heat.The tava shouldn’t be too hot. Drizzle few drops of oil over the tava and spread them around with a kitchen tissue paper.
  • Ladle some batter at the center of the tava and immediately spread them into a larger circle in a clockwise direction. Add few drops of oil along the outer sides of the dosa. If using a non-stick, you don’t need to add any oil.
  • Cook for 5-8 minutes on low flame. Slowly release the edges with a spatula, remove and flip it over to other side. Cook for 5 minutes. Remove from heat.5. Sprinkle freshly chopped raw onions over the dosa and serve hot with any chutney/ sambhar.


  1. Since it has whole grains they take a longer time to break down to sugar. This will keep your sugar levels at normal. A perfect dish for those who are diabetic and pre-diabetic.
  2. Use less amount of oil. Don’t make oily, greasy dosas. It’s OK to satisfy your craving for crispy dosa once a while. If you are worried about those extra calories that went through your mouth, an immediate remedy will be to do sit-ups or squats for 60 seconds. Also heard that a glass of grapefruit juice (no added sugar) will also help to balance out the extra calories.
  3. Ideal breakfast dish for those on a weight loss mission and for those who are looking for a healthy lifestyle.
  4. A good vegetarian breakfast dish for South beach phase 2 and 3 dieters. For those in phase 1, I would suggest skipping the brown rice and adding eggs to the batter before making the dosas. Eggs act as a binder and will help you make clean dosas without tearing.
Keyword Pesarattu
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