Neer Dosa with Spicy Fire Roasted Tomato Chutney

Neer Dosa is a special kind of dosa from Karnataka (Dakshina Kannada) prepared from rice. Neer in Kannada means ‘Water’. Neer dosa is prepared by grinding soaked rice into a thin watery batter and then made into pancakes (thin) on hot griddle. Neer dosa is very easy to prepare as you can make it without much planning and is easy to make and tasty too. The best part is this dosa does not require any fermentation. This dosa comes out lacy thin and white.


2 cups Raw rice (Sona Masoori)
Salt to taste
Water (to grind)
Oil to make dosa


To prepare Batter
Wash 2 cups of rice and soak it in water for around 3-4 hours, I usually soak it overnight.
Grind soaked rice to a fine paste with 1 cup water. Shift the batter into bowl and then add, salt, enough water to make a thin batter (a little thicker than water approx 2- 2 ½ cups). Keep aside for sometime, usually they say it should sit for couple of hours but it’s optional. I generally leave it for an hour or so in a warm place.

To prepare Dosas
Heat a dosa griddle (hot) pour 1 ladleful of mixture in centre. Spread to make a round flat pancake shape, tilt griddle in all directions to allow batter to spread thinly. Or else you can splash the batter from little above on the hot griddle (like ravva dosa), drizzle little oil around the edges. After a minute or so you will see the dosa’s edges will start to separate from the pan. When done flip over, drizzle a little oil, cook for a minute. Fold in half and then quarter like a kerchief.

Serve hot with your favorite chutney.

Notes and Tips

You can have these plain dosa’s with spicy pickles, samabar or even with gravy curries. Don’t make this into a thick mixture. If the dosa come out thick, add more water to the batter and try. Make sure the griddle is hot.

Spicy Fire Roasted Tomato Chutney

This is very easy and delicious chutney I learned from my MIL.

To grind
2 medium tomatoes
4-5 green chilles (according to taste)
1 tbsp grated coconut (fresh or frozen)
1 tbsp Dalia
Coriander leaves (fistful)
Salt to taste

For seasoning
Heat 1 tsp oil in a small frying pan, add ½ tsp mustard seeds, hing and allow mustard seeds to crackle. Add curry leaves and turn off the heat.

Fire roast tomatoes (like brinjals). It takes 3-5 mins to cook. Let the tomatoes rest for couple of minutes. Peel the skin and grind them along with all other ingredients into a paste (slightly coarse). Adjust the taste, add fried seasoning and serve with dosa.

This goes well with all different kinds of tiffins and snacks.

This is my entry for RCI karnakata hosted by Asha.


47 Responses to “Neer Dosa with Spicy Fire Roasted Tomato Chutney”

  1. September 21, 2007 at 4:52 pm

    WOW!! Neer dose looks like a cloud and Tomato fire roasted sounds like a yummy recipe. Thank you ShivaPriya. I will take the photos and URL,so I can save you time!:)
    Have a great weekend, thanks again.

  2. September 21, 2007 at 4:56 pm

    You are really fast Asha, I just sent you email. Thanks alot.

  3. September 21, 2007 at 7:03 pm

    Hi Priya, lovely entry i too made this for RCI but a little different we add coconut too 🙂

  4. September 21, 2007 at 7:06 pm

    Same pinch roopa, but when coconut it added its call Paan Pole right??

  5. September 22, 2007 at 8:22 pm

    Wonderful neeru dose there. Paan poLe is the name for the same in Konkani

  6. September 23, 2007 at 8:34 am

    Oh I see, Thanks for the info Manju.

  7. September 24, 2007 at 1:25 pm

    Hello Shivapriya,
    Nice Neer dosas.I remember having them in Blore.
    I never tried at home.
    Thanks for sharing a wonderful recipe.

  8. September 24, 2007 at 2:40 pm

    hi padmaja
    nice color of those dosas!!looks pretty.i never tried though…

  9. September 25, 2007 at 11:36 am

    Madhuri & Swapna,
    Neer dosa is really easy to make, give it a try.

  10. September 25, 2007 at 12:42 pm

    Yum yum! Lovely pictures your dosa looks so light and fluffy. Great recipes. 🙂

  11. September 25, 2007 at 5:08 pm

    you neer dosas look so soft . I would eat them right away. very beautiful. will book mark.

  12. September 26, 2007 at 8:23 am

    I loved your neer dosas, looks so light and fluffy..I did tasted them at my friend’s place once. Loved ur tomato chutney too..

    Hey thanks for dropping by my blog, you have such good recipes! Added to my feed

  13. September 26, 2007 at 1:47 pm

    Thanks Sharmi, its for u:).

    Its one of our fav dosa Padma, I’m glad you dropped by.

  14. 16 Sharmila
    September 29, 2007 at 4:24 am

    Hi shivapriya,
    UR dosas really looking yummy and soft, i tried bt mine never turns so soft. help me with some tips.

  15. September 29, 2007 at 11:54 am

    Hi Sharmila,
    Batter should be very soft, smooth and thin (like ravva dosa batter).
    Griddle should be hot when u pour the batter.
    I soak rice overnight.
    Hope this helps you.

  16. October 1, 2007 at 4:25 pm

    Hi Padmaja,

    I think I’d be scared to try making the dosas, I’m not good at making anything that thin! They are beautiful though! I might try the tomato chutney though…sounds delicious!

  17. October 2, 2007 at 12:46 pm

    Nicole, these are really easy to make, if you how to make crepes then u can make these. Chutney can be served as a dip it goes well with pita’s n sometimes I use it as a spread on my bread:D

  18. 20 remyasash
    October 2, 2007 at 2:41 pm

    Nice dosa!!! i have seen this recipe in other blogs too.But havent tried it…its looks sooo thin n soft…i love tomato chutney….

  19. 21 Natasha
    December 20, 2007 at 3:05 am

    Thanks a lot for the lovely recipe..forwarded it to mom to make it… 🙂

  20. 22 Priya
    January 23, 2008 at 12:45 am

    Hi Shivpriya! I had heard about neer dosa but nobody could tell me how to prepare it. So searched the net and found the recipe posted by you. Looks yummy and easy to prepare too. Will certainly try today.

  21. 23 Lakshmi
    October 24, 2008 at 11:14 am

    Hi Shivpriya!
    Just found your website. Beautiful pictures and really great recipes. I’m bookmarking this one.
    I don’t understand what fire-roasting means. Do you do it in the oven? And will it be easy to peel the tomatoes after that? Please let me know. I can’t wait to try this dosa and chutney combination. My mom makes a very tasty onion chutney. I should get the recipe; I’m sure it will taste great with the neer dosa.

    • 24 Anu
      July 9, 2011 at 9:16 am

      I tried making this by just cutting the tomatos into quaters and putting it on the pan and sekofying it. I didnot peeal the skin yet it came out awesome!!!!

  22. 25 Arati
    January 5, 2009 at 6:28 am

    Dear very testy dosa receipe. yestarday I tried and everybody liked in my home. Eventhough I am from North Kannada I like to try all types of Vegiterian receipies.
    Thanks for the wonderful, quick, testy, health DOSA receipe.


  23. 26 Rose
    January 22, 2009 at 12:41 am

    Yr dosas looks nice and yummy…never tried making these before, but I hv decided to do this for the weekend! thanks for the breakfast idea….however I hv a Q for the tomato chutney…what is dalia and where do i get it?

    • 27 Anu
      July 9, 2011 at 9:14 am

      Dalia is a round kind of yellow color daal slightly bigger than toor daal. You can get it at any Indian grocery store.

  24. 28 Rakhee
    April 2, 2009 at 9:26 am

    Just one question about your chutney – dalia is hard rt – do u soak it or something first or do u use it as is in the chutney?

  25. 30 riddhik11
    April 6, 2009 at 1:58 am

    Hi this is too good recipe. I have eaten this one at one restaurant and it was really good in taste. I always wanted to make it at my home.Thanks for sharing this recipe with us.

  26. 31 Vinay
    July 17, 2009 at 8:01 am

    Hi Shivapriya,

    Thanks for the recipe. I am from Andhra, but now staying in UK. I used to have Neer dosa when I was working in Bangalore.

    So thought I will give a try and searched for recipe’s and believe me this is the first recipe I saw and I decided that there is no need to check another one.

    I can’t believe that preparing Neer dosa is so easy.

    I am gonna try it tonight and will post the results soon…

    Just a small doubt, is this Neer dosa good with only tomato chutney or can I go for anything else?

    Anewayz, thank u once again for easy recipe.


  27. 32 Prashanth
    July 26, 2009 at 1:29 am

    I had them only in my grand parents house in Mangalore and now thanks to you I will have it again.

  28. 33 krishna rao bn
    September 12, 2009 at 3:00 am

    i will try today & give feed back

    thanks for publication

  29. 34 Siji
    May 7, 2010 at 3:37 am


    Thanx for the recipe…i tried it and the dosa came out fabulous….kids enjoyed it…

  30. 35 shreya
    August 31, 2010 at 9:36 am

    what kind of tawa should be use to prepare neer dosa ( nonstick or other kind of tawa?)

  31. 36 vinitha
    February 19, 2011 at 11:11 am

    hey guys , want to taste the best neer dosa in bangalore dont miss Sea Rock at south end circle yummy neer dosa with veg curry

  32. 37 mrs terence
    April 22, 2011 at 5:23 am

    thank you very much for this recipe.my husband love to eat neer dosa thank you very very much

  33. June 30, 2011 at 1:32 am

    I got what you mean , thanks for posting .Woh I am lucky to find this website through google.

  34. 39 Anu
    July 9, 2011 at 9:10 am

    FANTASTIC !!!!!!! Made this and hubby loved it.Reminded me of good ol days in Kudla 🙂

  35. 40 priyadarshini
    July 28, 2011 at 4:53 am

    thanks can v add coconut into it

  36. 41 Suri
    September 3, 2011 at 3:50 am

    Great recipe Priya,

    But I liked something else better; your language; great use of words; If you had also given a brief of how it tastes, it would have completed the “sale”:)

  37. 42 Anjana
    September 21, 2011 at 5:36 pm

    Hi Shivapriya,

    I love these dosas.. they came out very well.. thanks for your recipe. I am not that good cook but this came out perfect 🙂

  38. 43 vijaya narasimhan
    November 12, 2011 at 6:36 am

    wah excellent it is really very very tasty goes well with tamato chutney really very nice thanks a heaven

  39. 44 Pradip Mukherjee
    July 18, 2012 at 4:16 am

    first time i had this neer dossa at Bangalore, when i went there to see my son, working there. I ate this neer dossa in a hotel. Now I will myself prepare this reciepe at home and wah…………………….

  40. 45 Mayuri
    September 20, 2012 at 5:14 am

    I just love these. I tried making them at home but for some reason they cracked… any idea? i couldnt understand how much water was required for it..

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