Ragi dosa is a healthy breakfast from South Indian cuisine made with finger millet. Nachni, Ragulu, kezhvaragu, marwa are the other reginal names to finger millet or red millet. This whole grain is a staple in many parts of Karnataka and Andhra pradesh. I make ragi dosa often at home for breakfast, brunch or even for dinner. In this post I am sharing 3 different ways of making them.
3 ways to make Ragi dosa
1. First one is the Instant ragi dosa that can be made in minutes just by mixing up ragi flour with curd and water or buttermilk. This method is good if you are a small family of 2 to 3. It is similar to the Oats dosa.
2. Second one is to soak the whole grain ragi, blend it and then ferment it. This method has several health benefits as the ragi is soaked, ground and fermented. It is good if you are focusing into healthy whole grain diet or have elderly folks at home who are diabetic.
3. The third method is to just mix some ragi flour to the dosa batter. This one is good to make when you have people with different choices at home. Plain dosa VS Ragi dosas.
Whichever method you make the dosas will taste good if you like the earthy flavor of this grain. Serve ragi dosa with any chutney or sambar.
Ragi dosa recipe
Ingredients (1 cup = 240ml )
Ingredients for Instant ragi dosa – Method 1
- 1 cup ragi flour (fine ground)
- ½ cup rice flour or wheat flour (¼ cup works if using fresh rice flour)
- ½ cup rava or semolina (optional)
- ¼ to ½ cup curd
- 1¼ to 1½ cup water (use as needed)
- ¼ teaspoon salt (or as needed)
- 1 green chili (finely chopped)
- 1 teaspoon oil
- 1 pinch mustard
- ½ teaspoon jeera
- ½ teaspoon ginger (grated or chopped)
- 1 tablespoon curry leaves (fine chopped or coriander leaves)
Method 2 – Ragi dosa
- ½ cup rice (any rice)
- ½ cup ragi (whole grain or ragi flour)
- ½ cup urad dal (or skinned black gram)
- ¼ teaspoon methi seeds (or fenugreek seeds or 2 tbsp poha)
- salt as needed
- 2 tablespoon oil (for drizzling)
How to make the recipe
How to make Instant ragi dosa (method 1)
- Add ragi flour, rice flour, rava (optional) salt and curd to a bowl.
- Pour water as needed and make a thin batter of pouring consistency. Rest this aside for about 15 mins.
- Chop coriander leaves, chilies & ginger very finely. Next add them along with coriander leaves to the batter.
- Tempering – optional – Heat a small pan with oil. Pop mustard and cumin. Then add curry leaves and ginger. saute for 30 seconds. Pour this to the batter and stir.
- Check the salt and water. Add more salt if needed. The batter must be runny and of pouring consistency. If needed add more water to bring it to consistency.
- Grease a nonstick pan well. Wipe off the excess oil with a tissue. Mix the batter well before making each dosa.
- When the tawa is hot enough then Pour the batter across the pan. Fill up the gaps if any. Do not spread the batter like normal dosa, the batter should be just poured.
- Pour a tsp of oil. Allow to cook on a medium heat until the sides begin to get separated from the pan. Flip and cook on the other side as well. Trying to flip an undercooked dosa will break it.
- Remove to a plate, grease well and repeat making the ragi dosa. Mix the batter once more before pouring.
Method 2 – Making fermented ragi dosa
- Rinse ragi and rice together and soak them for 8 hours. Later wash urad dal & methi seeds thoroughly and soak for at least 4 to 5 hours.
- Drain them and rinse well. Blend the urad dal with water as needed until frothy and thick. Transfer this to a bowl.
- To the same jar, add ragi and rice and blend well. Mix this well with little salt. You can avoid salt now and add after fermenting.
- Ferment this batter for 6 to 8 hours depending on the climate. The batter must rise at least slightly.
- Pour water and bring to a desired consistency. To make crisp dosas keep the batter slightly thick. For thin dosas make the batter slightly thin.
- Grease the pan and heat up. The pan must turn hot enough.
- Pour 1 ladle of ragi dosa batter and spread it as you like thick or thin. Drizzle some oil or ghee. When the sides leave the pan, flip it and cook on the other side.
NUTRITION (estimation only)
Alternative quantities provided in the recipe card are for 1x only, original recipe.
If you are new to cooking, follow my detailed step by step photo instructions for best results.
I have shared the first 2 methods in the recipe card.
Method 3 – Preparation
1. We will need fermented dosa batter. I used 1 cup batter. My dosa batter was made in the ratio of 1:3 (dal:rice). For more details you can check this post on Dosa batter.
2. Add 4 tbsp of ragi flour and little salt. You can also mix ragi flour and salt together with some water and then stir in with the dosa batter. My dosa batter was already runny so I added directly to the batter.
3. Mix them up together.
4. Pour water to bring to the consistency.
5. The batter must be of pouring consistency. To make crisp dosas make the batter slightly thick. For soft dosas make the batter slightly runny like mine. We feel the soft dosas taste better than the crisp ones.
How to make ragi dosa
6. Grease and heat a pan well as you do for normal dosa. Pour the batter.
7. Spread batter to a thin ragi dosa.
8. Drizzle some oil.
9. The edges of the ragi dosa will begin to leave the pan.
10. Flip it and cook.
Serve ragi dosa with chutney.
This is the picture of the instant ragi dosa.