Friday, April 24, 2009

The Foodie – Masala Dosa

Dosa is a Famous South Indian Dish, It has lot of varieties like Set Dosa, kal Dosa but we are going to deal with Masala Dosa.

Dosa is basically from Udipi, Karnataka and it spreaded to all over south India, every where there is a different style. Dosa is basically a crepe made from rice and black lentils

History of Masala Dosa

It is basically dosa stuffed with baked potatoes and spices served with onion and coconut chutney.

Initially only potato curry was served , most of them who cooked were Brahmins for some onion was forbidden food., but when potato shortage raised the mixed onion and created subji and to hide it they kept inside dosa, thus the day of Masala Dosa is born


There were lot of varieties of Masala Dosa, one interesting and most famous one is Mysore Masala Dosa, it has a layer of red chutney and then masala over it, it has a unique history

Mysore Masala Dosa


One Day the Mysore Maharaja hosted a big festivals and at the end of it there were lot of foods left wasted. So he order all the Chefs to think creatively and make sure no food is left waste, and the brilliant chefs came up with this unique recipe and it was a no doubt instant hits, they stuffed the plain Dosa with potato and spices and lot of Ghee too

Is Masala Dosa Healthy?

One should ask this before eating this, if you are taking in home then fine but when you eat in hotels make sure you avoid this due to its high Ghee content and potato content and the coconut chutney is also not so healthy, but rich in carbs and gives lot of energy. Ideal for breakfast after a nice workout

Calorie Content

Masala Dosa (1). 200

Mysore Masala Dosa (1). 310

Masala Dosa with Coconut Chutney 498

Calorie break-down:

17% fat, 71% carbs, 12% protein.

Estimated Net Carbs (non-fiber carbs): 74g.

In Chennai

All Most all the hotels have this as menu, it starts from Rs27 to …. goes on

In Hotel Sarvana Bhavan : Masala dosa is Rs. 35 (no ghee with ghee crosss Rs.50)it has different variety paneer dosa its Rs.70 and my favorite dish too. I remember eating paneer dosa for Rs.37 ,3yrs back now its Rs.70 food cost is raising in Chennai too.

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