rice flour udad dal flour dosa

no grind instant idli

instant idli dosa

Initially I used this recipe only for making quick dosas without soaking and grinding as it is very convenient and also when travelling out of homes this recipe is useful as we can carry the flours with us and make dosas in our temporary residences like motels or extended stays in hotels.

This recipe is a great life saver for the people who are constantly travelling and for students out of homes. All you need t carry is idli stand plates and a rice cooker which will help to steam cook idlis and a tava to make dosas out of the same batter. Yes you heard me right!!

This is an awesome recipe to make both dosas and idlis at the same time.So when you travel carry sufficient flours and measure out required quantity, make a batter, leave to ferment overnight.

My greatest bane is I tend to forget soaking dals and rice for making dosa for breakfast or for the day, on several such occasion remember my mom who had many such easy methods of mixing rice and udad dal flour and leaving it overnight to ferment.

The next day we wouldn’t see any difference , as the dosa structure was the same .The Idlis as you can see from the pics were so good and I never missed soaking grinding method.


1.5 cups rice flour ( any measurement of cup is ok, but use the same cup to measure udad dal flour too. )
3/4 cup udada dal flour
1/2  tsp fenugreek seed powder ( optional ) use it if you get the ready powder or roast and powder add it after sieving powder . It is worth adding as it gives extremely soft idlis and colour to dosas

1/4 cup sago flour / javarsi flour

2 tbsp besan flour only  ( if planning to make paper crisp dosa, or masala dosa, skip besan flour if using the batter for idlis too .)
salt as required to be added after batter ferments.
1 tbsp curd ( optional ), helps in fermentation. 
Water as required to make dosa batter./idli batter


Take a large vessel, add the flours,fenugreek seed powder,  mix well.

Add little water in small cups and keep whisking the batter to remove lumps if any. Start mixing with hand as I believe this gives good fermentation too. 
Add water till you get good thick smooth batter . Add in small tbsp at a time .
Add water to make a thick batter as we do while grinding  normal Idli / dosa batter batter. Add the curd too.
Curd is optional as I have also done this earlier  without curd. In the video , no curd was used .
Cover and leave to ferment in a spot where you normally leave dosa batter for overnight fermentation.

This may require 8-10 hrs of fermentation depending on the climate, temperature . People in colder regions allow to ferment the way you normally do In a warm place or oven with lights on etc .But this batter will not exactly double in volume like ground dosa batter, but will definitely rise see the pics below ., so if you notice after 8 -10 hrs the batter has bubbles, and when mixed with a spatula, it will appear foamy and light  that is enough to make dosas and idlis  immediately after adding salt .

 If you plan to make idlis too with this batter then don’t dilute, save some batter for idlis and dilute rest for making dosas .Add little water to batter now  to get a dosa pouring consistency. The batter  shouldn’t be runny too. You can add 1 tbsp rice flour for making extra crisp paper dosa .

Prepare dosas the normal way by heating a griddle well, smearing with an oiled  onion  all over to get a nice aroma and grease the griddle well.
Splash drops of water all over and make dosa by pouring batter in centre and making quick circles.

Flame to be in medium hot initially and dont lower it..Put drops of oil along the edges to get a crispy end.
Flip over and remove.

The dosa will get a nice brownish colour.
Serve it with chutneys, molga podis, or sambar.


1. adding fenugreek seed powder is optional , adding it will give good idlis too .
2. adding curd to batter helps in fermentation but optional
3. If you have any leftover dosa idli batter of a previous batch  add that to mixed flour batter , for quick fermentation 

Pic below shows how well the batter fermented and this one without adding curd ! I knew by looking at batter that I would get good soft idlis too!
The batter must fall like a thick foamy ball which is proof that you will get good dosas and idlis and batter is fermented just right . Avoid keeping out anymore as too much fermentation will not give tasty results . Don’t allow batter to over flow . It should rise like a mound just like cake , anything above that spilling out of vessel means short life of batter and quick sourness . 

previously saved dosa batter ( ground batter shouldnt be too sour ) around 3 tbsp for aiding fermentation of this flour dosa batter.

Batter after fermentation will look like this..

The collage pics shows clearly the consistency of the fermented batter to make super soft idlis.Note when the batter is placed on a plate, it stays like a foamy ball and not run away….

Check out my Youtube video of the same 

 flour dosa, no soak no grind method
no soak no grind rice flour udad dal flour dosa

flour dosa

rice flour udad dal flour dosa, no soak and no grind method

Make dosas and idlis with same batter ..( note batter has no besan flour ) . Double bonanza !

The batter if fermented well will also give excellent softest idlis …. Take a look at the pics

Top of idlis … Done well like normal ground batter idlis

See the underside with all those soft crumb like holes .. Idlis don’t get dry too even after some hours .

Take a closer look ! So don’t think you need a blender or mixie or grinder to make yummy dosas and idlis !  Get cracking and start experimenting !
Rasam idli …my favourite way

rasam idli


  1. says

    Gorgeous golden hue on the Dosas! Lovely indeed. And your blog is like a treasure-cove for vegetarians; full of jewels 🙂

    Never made Dosa at home. Thanks for the inspiration, dear Radha 🙂

  2. says

    Ah I know what you mean, I always forget to soak my daal too. ^.^ Your dosa looks quite appetizing, I wouldn't mind it for breakfast tomorrow. Keeping daal and rice to soak over night so that they ferment? Sounds interesting.

  3. says

    Hi Radha, Thank you for great recipe, I tried your previous recipe for dosa and really liked it. but my batter never ferent, I have tried, everything, adding cooked rice, poha, salt/no salt but my batter will always stay flat. could you share tips for good fermentation

    • says

      thanks for trying, all I can say is if you live in colder regions with not much humidity , then keep batter in a oven with lights on or on a kitchen counter top, also the batter should not be thin, make it thick so you can dilute later, mix batter with hand from bottom to top 3-4 times , i believe keeping batter vessel on top a refrigerator ( not inside ! ) also helps quick fermentation as told by a friend, ground batter should be mixed well first to incorporate air and then allowed to time try keeping batches of batter in casseroles which has the built in warmer , may work….this recipe is no different from the usual ground batter method, it may take more hours to ferment but it will so dont lose heart and keep trying

  4. meera says

    Hi, i have balance home made RAW rice flour (soaked snd dried indoors and then ground) and urad dhal flour – which i had prepared for thenkuzhal. can i use these flours for making idlis??? meera

  5. Srividhya says

    Hi Radha, very nice recipe and clicks! Would like to try…but is the rice flour -raw rice flour as available in the store, coz when we gring it is parboiled idli rice. So using raw rice flour wld give the same soft idlis?? Thanks

    • radha says

      yes rice flour as available from stores, my deep apologies for late reply , i am having some migration issues with my blog hence the delay

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