mixed dal dosa

Mixed Dal Dosa | Lentil Dosa without Rice

By Swasthi on November 10, 2022, Comments, Jump to Recipe

Mixed Dal Dosa – High protein Breakfast Recipe made with 4 kinds of lentils. Mixed Dal Dosa are Indian Lentil crepes made with different kinds of lentils and spices. Whether you are looking to eat healthy or want to boost your protein intake, these are one of the best that you should try. Served with a Chutney of choice, these lentil dosa are simply delicious, nourishing, filling and healthy. Moreover they are gluten-free and vegan if you cook them in oil.

mixed dal dosa

About Mixed Dal Dosa

These Dal Dosa are similar to the South Indian breakfast crepes like Adai and Pesarattu. There is no rice used in this recipe and is great for those looking for high protein & gluten-free diet.

Mixed dal dosa are very good for growing toddlers and kids as these provide a good dose of protein and minerals essential for growth. Different kinds of lentils have varying kind & levels of nutrition so you can make these with any lentils of your choice.

To make these lentil dosa, I have used urad dal, green gram, chana dal and toor dal. You can replace any of these dal with any other of choice but the taste and crispness will change.

With the quantities and type of lentils I use, the dosas taste delicious and turn out crisp. However they can also be made to soft dosas, more in the instructions below.

The batter can be made ahead and stored for 2 to 3 days in the refrigerator. Keep it outside on the counter for about 30 mins before you use.

Serve these Lentil dosa with Coconut chutney, Tomato chutney or Ginger chutney.

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How to Make Mixed Dal Dosa (Stepwise Photos)


I have doubled the recipe so you may find the ingredients to be more in the pictures & video.

1. Add all the lentils to a large bowl. You may replace any of these lentils with moong dal or masoor dal (red lentils)

  • ¼ cup urad dal (skinned black gram)
  • ¼ cup green gram (mung beans)
  • ¼ cup chana dal (bengal gram)
  • ¼ cup toor dal (split pigeon peas)
Adding dal

2. Rinse them well with plenty of water. Drain and pour fresh water and soak for at least 4 hours. For toddlers and people with digestive problems it is good to soak these up to 8 hours.

soaking dal

3. Discard the water and add the lentils, 1 green chilli, ½ to ¾ teaspoon cumin seeds, ½ teaspoon salt and ½ inch peeled ginger to a blender jar. Ginger aids digestion and adds flavor. Pour half cup water.

adding spices and water

4. Blend to a smooth or slightly coarse batter.

blended mixed dal dosa batter

5. To make crisp dosas, the batter must be thick but of pouring consistency as shown in the pic. To make soft dosas, pour more water and make the batter slightly runny. Taste test and add more salt if you want.

thick batter to make mixed dal dosa

Make Mixed Dal Dosa

6. Grease a dosa tawa and heat it on a medium flame. When the pan turns medium hot, pour ¼ cup batter in the center.

pouring mixed dal dosa batter

7. Quickly spread it to a thin dosa. If you are unable to spread the batter well, add some water to the batter and mix it.

spreading batter

8. Drizzle oil around the edges.

toasting with oil

9. When the dosa is half done, with the help of the spatula gently scrape the top of the dosa. This helps to spread the batter evenly, so the dosa cooks evenly. It also comes out thin. (check video)

10. When the mix dal dosa is done, you will see the edges begin to leave the pan. Turn it to the other side.

flipping dosa

11. Cook until the other side is also cooked. You will know it is cooked when the batter dries up. Do not over cook as they begin to dry out.

flipping the mixed dal dosa

12. Turn again and cook for a minute to crisp the dosa.

crisp fried mixed dal dosa

Serve mix dal dosa with chutney or pickle.

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Recipe Card

mixed dal dosa

Mixed Dal Dosa (Lentil Dosa)

Mix dal dosa are Indian lentil crepes made with soaked lentils and spices. These are made without rice and are delicious. Serve them with any chutney of choice.
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Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time25 minutes
soaking tike4 hours
Total Time25 minutes
Servings10 dosas

Ingredients (US cup = 240ml )

  • ¼ cup urad dal (skinned black gram)
  • ¼ cup green gram (mung beans)
  • ¼ cup chana dal (bengal gram)
  • ¼ cup toor dal (split pigeon peas)
  • ½ inch ginger
  • ½ to ¾ teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 green chili (leave out for kids)
  • ½ to ¾ teaspoon salt (adjust to taste)
  • ½ to ¾ cup water or as needed for batter
  • 1½ to 2 tablespoons oil or ghee – ½ to ¾ tsp for each dosa



  • Wash the lentils in a large bowl at least thrice. Drain the water and add fresh water. Soak for at least 4 hrs. You can also soak it overnight.
  • Drain the water completely. Add them to a blender jar along with ginger, chili, cumin and salt. Pour ½ cup water and blend to a smooth batter.
  • If you prefer crisp dosas then add in less water.  Blend to a thick batter. If you prefer soft dosas add more water while blending and make a slightly runny batter. Taste test and add more salt if required.

Make Mixed Dal Dosa

  • Grease a dosa tawa or a griddle lightly. Heat it well on a medium flame.
  • When the pan is hot enough, pour ¾ cup ladle batter to the center. Quickly spread it to a thin dosa.
  • Cook on a medium heat. Drizzle some oil around the edges.
  • This step is optional. With the help of the spatula, gently scrape off the excess batter and spread it evenly.
  • When the dosa is cooked, the edges will begin to leave the pan. Flip and cook the dosa on the other side until brown spots appear.
  • Flip again and cook until crisp. Remove the dosa to a plate and make the next one the same way.
  • Serve mixed dal dosa with chutney or pickle.

Alternative quantities provided in the recipe card are for 1x only, original recipe.

For best results follow my detailed step-by-step photo instructions and tips above the recipe card.


Video of mixed dal dosa recipe

NUTRITION INFO (estimation only)

Nutrition Facts
Mixed Dal Dosa (Lentil Dosa)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 90 Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Fat 2g3%
Saturated Fat 0.2g1%
Trans Fat 0.01g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Sodium 135mg6%
Potassium 207mg6%
Carbohydrates 12g4%
Fiber 5g21%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 13IU0%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 16mg2%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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5 stars
Amazing recipe, simply loved it. Thank you Swasthi

Hi Swasthi,

Can I use the same batter to make idlis and paniyarams. Would it be helpful if I add oats. Also what is the refrigerated shelf life of the batter.

Thank you

Can you ferment this batter like regular dosa batter?

Just curious—why can’t this batter be fermented?

5 stars
Tried out this mixed dal recipe. Amazing and so easy. Our family loved it.

My dear swasthi, am a big follower of ur receipes..thx for mixed dal dosa..I was searching Tiffin varieties for my 2 year old son. Got this at right time ya?

Hi , can we eat this dosas , say 5 to 6 dosas everyday ?
What about kids having this dosa ,say 2 dosas per day ?

5 stars
The dosas came out really well. Thanks for adding variety to our breakfast.

No need of fermentation?

Which nonstick did u used?
I made it and it got stick to the tawa.

Hi. Can the batter be refrigerated and then used? Should it be at room temperature?

if i add onion to the mixeddal dosa will it taste good

5 stars
Nice one ! Came out well.

Thanks Swathi 🙂

Hello, can you please also share a good coconut chutney to go with it?

5 stars
This came out really well. My 4 year old want to eat it everyday now 🙂

5 stars
Hi Swathi,I tried this recipe today.The whole family loved it. Thankyou ☺

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Hi I really like this recipe and will definitely try this out soon. I do have a question please – Can i make this batter and use for 2-3 days or has to be consumed immediately? Please advise.

Thank you!