Neer Dose I (Traditional)

I had already tried the instant version of Neer Dose, however was also raring to make the traditional Mangalorean version ever since I got the recipe from my friend Anu Bijur. Both versions are equally easy if you asked me, but having tried both now, I’d raise my hand for the authentic version when it comes to taste! It’s just a wee bit better. You could try the instant version during rush-hour mornings, when you don’t have a couple of hours to spare to wait for the rice to soak. I urge you to try both and see for yourself.

Anu, thanks so much for sharing the authentic version with me. They did turn out like delicate lace hankies! This one is a definite keeper!


  • Rice – 1 cup (soaked for atleast 2 hours)
  • Freshly grated Coconut – 1/2 cup
  • Salt – to taste
  • Water – 2-3 cups


  • Grind together the soaked rice and coconut to a fine paste.
  • Transfer to a bowl and add 2-3 cups of water to make a runny batter.
  • Add salt to taste and you’re good to go immediately, as this batter doesn’t need any fermenting. (Anu also says some Mangaloreans add toddy to the batter for extra fluff. You could try it too).
  • Using a deep ladle, pour the readied batter onto a hot tawa/griddle, in concentric circles. The batter will spread by itself. Do NOT attempt to spread the batter with the ladle, like you normally would your dosas.
  • Cook both sides on a low flame; it takes longer to get done than your normal dosas. Be gentle while turning the dosa over. (You know the first side is done when the dosa changes colour from white to an opaque off-white).
  • Serve the neer doses with choice of chutney/spicy gravy. I served mine with Potato Saagu.

Oh and btw, I’ve so far received 55 entries for my first ever event ‘Serve me Some – Juices, Shakes, Smoothies‘. Go on and rush in yours if you haven’t already. You have until 11pm IST on 1st April. For those of you who have already, thanks a ton for sharing all your wonderful creations!


17 responses to “Neer Dose I (Traditional)

  1. Looks so yummy. nice click!

  2. That looks really delicious – I’ll try it sometime for lunch and will let you know how it turns out. They do look like lace napkins!

    I’m now thinking of an aunt who loved making lace napkins..I’ve never seen her hands without her knitting needles!

  3. Never tried this Mangalore spl !!
    Looks Gr8.shuld give a try soon

  4. Wow! I make this version often too… I love Neer Dosas and every thought of it takes me back to Mangalore when amma used to make it with some awesome mouth-watering spicy chutney for our morning breakfast.

  5. Wow! Has been a awhile since I made this dosa. Must make it one of these days…

  6. Soft and delicious dosa…

  7. Beautiful dosa, yet to make..lovley..

  8. whats toddy??

  9. Sudha Narayanan

    They look so fluffy and soft.. Yummy.. 🙂

  10. I make it the traditional way too.Love it for its simplicity as well as the yummy taste!!Yours look as pretty as lace..:)

  11. I had nvr heard of this dosa before , but the no fuss recipe motivates me to try it asap !!

    @ Little Food junction

  12. Neer dosai looks wonderful…

  13. this is nice…great for my sons tiffin!thanks…

  14. I love this..Used to have this breakfast while in Mangalore…the good old days…lol..
    Beautiful click Madhu…

  15. Nicey Nice! Me wants some now!!!!

  16. Thank you all for your wonderful comments! It only inspires me more n more… 😀

    @Arathi: Toddy is a drink produced by fermenting the sap from coconut/palm trees. Pretty famous in Mangalore. You could Google it to know more.

  17. Hey Mads, I tried the Neer Dosa with Peanut chutney and potato sagu today for breakfast. They turned out really fine and all the dosas were ready to leave the tawa when I turned them over :), unlike the several futile attempts earlier. It was a wholesome breakfast and everyone at home enjoyed it. Thank youuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu.

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