Updated – Dosa with 16 Beans

Update – Yesterday, I made a slight change in the recipe for the 16 bean dosa. The dosa tasted as always, and was quite filling. The change I made was to replace white rice with Brown rice. Try it, this will be the most healthiest dosa you have ever eaten, and quite filling as well.

I am sure you all have used 16 beans which is available in any supermarket store here in the US. I brought the same from Giant stores. It has beans of all colors and shapes. Most recipes on the web are for Soups. I wanted to make Saagu, but ended up making Huli(Sambar), and Dosa with these 16 beans.

Ingredients of the 16 beans: It has 18, but the packet says “16 Bean Soup Mix”. No idea why? I will post a picture of these beans as well.

  1. Pinto Bean
  2. Blackeye Pea
  3. Navy Bean
  4. Large Lima Bean
  5. Small White Bean
  6. Red Kidney Bean
  7. Baby Lima Bean
  8. Great Northern Bean
  9. Speckled Lima Bean
  10. Green Baby Lima Bean
  11. Whole Green Pea
  12. Yellow Split Pea
  13. Pink Bean
  14. Cranberry Bean
  15. Black Turtle Bean
  16. Small Red Bean
  17. Green Split Pea
  18. Lentil

The dose tastes just like Adde. Very healthy and very delicious. Take a look at the following link to learn about the many health benefits of beans.


  1. 1 cup of 16 beans soaked(for 8 hours) and drained
  2. 2 cups White  Rice or Brown Rice
  3. 1 cup urad dal
  4. 1 cup channa dal
  5. 1 cup moong dal
  6. 1/2 tsp methi seeds
  7. 7-8 red chillies
  8. salt to taste


    1. Soak the 16 beans separately in a bowl for 8 hours. Overnight is also good.
    2. In another vessel, soak rice, urad dal, channa dal, moong dal and methi seeds. Also, for 8 hours.
    3. Next, grind all the ingredients  along with red chilies.

Adde Hittu

    1. Mix, salt as well.
    2. This Dosa doesn’t have to ferment. You can make dosas the same day.
    3. Heat a Tava or griddle. Drizzale oil, and pour the batter. This souldn’t be as thin as other dosas.

Adde dosa1

    1. After one side is done, flip and let it cook on the other side as well.

Adde Dosa 2

  1. Serve with chutney or any other side item you prefer; like chatni pudi, or pickle.
  2. Refrigerate the leftover batter, and use.

16 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Anju on August 11, 2012 at 10:27 pm

    Can you please post Gojju recipe..Please. Miss my mom’s bendekai gojju


  2. Posted by Narendra KV on October 25, 2010 at 10:09 am

    I am not sure what is a Lima Bean. I have not seen Cranberry Bean in India. Others are available in Food World, Reliance and Grandige Shops


  3. Posted by Vidhu on June 23, 2010 at 7:55 pm

    Hey Meera,

    Thanks yaar!



  4. Posted by Vidhu on June 22, 2010 at 4:51 pm

    Hey Meera,

    Loved this dosa:-))))))))

    …I live in US…can U pls tell me in which shop do I get this variety of beans “16 or 18 Beans”…Will I find it in Walmart or Kroger…any idea? Will the same be available in India?

    Pls let me know!



    • Posted by meeraghu on June 22, 2010 at 7:21 pm

      It should be available in Giant. I have also seen this in Walmart, and Target stores.

      About India, I have no clue at all.


  5. Posted by Enitha on January 31, 2010 at 7:44 pm

    Thanks for the recipe. was absolute delish !


  6. Posted by Bindhu on September 22, 2009 at 9:40 am

    Hey Meera,
    I like your posts and recipes. I am married to a madhwa and hence this site gives me loads of information on the madhwa culture and recipes. I was looking for receipe for bisi bela bath which my husband loves. Can you please post that in future.



  7. Posted by Sunitha Kubsad on September 16, 2009 at 8:28 pm

    looks yummy…def going to try this one 🙂

    Just FYI…Trader’s Joe carry this 18 beans packets


  8. can you post the recipe for making sandige huli?

    Sure, as soon as I prepare it.


  9. hi, still awaiting for list of beans!


  10. Posted by poornima on July 29, 2009 at 10:41 am

    hi meera as usha n sahana said i m also interested in the names of 16 beans please do send their names


  11. Posted by meeraghu on July 29, 2009 at 8:12 am

    Hi Sahana, Usha,
    I am currently in San Francisco on work. I will be going back on Friday morning just in time for VaraMaha Lakshmi Pooje, I will look at the 16 beans packet and post the names.



    • Looks delicious, Meera!! I will definetly try both dosa and sambar as well. with 16beans. Thanks for posting this wonderful recipe…. and next time you’re in SF remember to ping me 🙂


  12. Posted by Usha on July 29, 2009 at 5:11 am

    can u please tell me what is this 16 beans, i do not live in U S, i live in India. i like your recipes. Do not want to miss this one.


  13. Posted by Sahana on July 29, 2009 at 1:51 am

    Hi Meera,

    The dosa looks mouth watering………..
    Could you please name all the 16 Beans please………..


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