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three dosas on a plate along with chutney
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Poha Dosa Recipe (Soft and Easy)

If you have tried and failed to get a soft and tender dosa texture, you are in for a treat today with the new Poha Dosa.
Cook Time30 mins
Fermenting Time9 hrs
Total Time9 hrs 30 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Diet: Vegan
Allergen: Dairy free
Difficulty: Easy
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 146kcal



Direction to prepare and ferment batter:

  • Soak the rice, poha, urad dal, and methi seeds in water for 5 hours.
  • Wash them well with at least one more batch of freshwater.
  • Separate the grains from water and blend them to a smooth consistency, pouring water just as needed to get a flowy consistency. Check my video for reference.
  • Transfer this to the inner pot in your Instant Pot, press the “Yogurt” setting, and let it sit for about 9 hours.
  • At the end of the timer, gently stir the fermented batter once and add water to thin it down (if necessary) just a little to bring it to a pouring consistency.
  • Add salt to taste. The Dosa batter is ready.

Directions to prepare Dosa:

  • Grease a dosa pan or tawa with a few drops of oil. If using a non-stick pan, you do not need any oil.
  • Heat the pan on a medium flame for about 2-4 minutes and pour a ladle full of batter on the center of the Tawa and swirl and spread it around, quickly to cover the base of the pan.
  • Drizzle oil and allow to cook on medium-high heat with a cover on top.
  • Cook until the top appears cooked and sides turn golden.
  • Cook on both sides if you desire.
  • Repeat the procedure with the remaining batter.
  • Poha Dosa is now ready to be served hot paired with coconut chutney or Onion Sambar. Good luck!



  • Use white rice like Sona Masoori and Idli rice for this recipe.
  • I used thick poha, but you could also use the thin version of aval.
  • Ferment the dosa batter for at least 8 hours. 
  • Use a cast iron griddle for making the dosa. It gives a nice texture and flavor to the dish
  • If you like thick, soft, and tender dosa, gently swirl the batter as you spread them on the pan and let it cook with a cover on for a longer duration.
Note: The nutrition values I show here are my best estimates. Please be sure to check your preferred nutrition calculator, if you are relying on accurate calculations in your diet.


Calories: 146kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g