Brown Rice Dosa

It has been a long time since I used white rice for dosa. I brought a big bag of Brown rice from Costco, tried to replace it for lunch and dinner with white rice. I didn’t really like the texture of brown rice and it didn’t go very well with our Huli and Saaru. And we eat white rice just once or twice a week. So, completely threw away the idea of eating brown rice with lunch or dinner.

However, I used to mix brown rice with white rice for dosas. Since the past 2 months, I am just using brown rice, no white rice at all for dosa. It has no difference in taste. So, try this healthy brown rice dosa from now on.


  • 2 cups brown rice
  • 3/4 cup urad dal
  • 1/2 cup channa dal
  • 3 tsp Methi seeds
  • 1/4 cup Poha or Avalakki (optional, I didn’t add)
  • 1/4 cup Sabudhani (optional, I didn’t add)


  • Wash and Soak all the ingredients in water for 5-6 hours.
  • I soak them before I go to work, around 7.00 AM in the morning.
  • In the evening, grind the soaked ingredients in two batches with little water.
  • Make sure the batter is very fine. Add salt to taste.
  • I make dosas in the night without the batter being fermented. Make dosas as you do always. No change here
  • Leave it outside so it ferments for making dosa the next day.
  • Use very little oil, I usually use Olive Oil for making my Dosas.
  • Enjoy with Chatni, or Saagu, or Potato Palya.

Link for other Dosas, Chutney and Saagu can be found here:


14 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by bhavana on November 18, 2012 at 4:27 am

    I too use brown rice for Dosa, Akki rotti, gundupangla etc. Not yet tried for idli.


  2. Posted by meeraghu on November 18, 2012 at 9:08 am

    I have not tried Idli, Bhavana.


  3. Posted by Kavita on November 18, 2012 at 10:18 pm

    Thanks a lot. Was wondering how to include brown rice in our diet. From now on, I am going to do the same…


  4. Posted by Bharathi Muniraj on November 19, 2012 at 9:24 am

    looks like very yami and healthy , will try


  5. Posted by bhavana on November 20, 2012 at 6:23 am

    Meera, I tried the dosa according to your measurement and they were fantastic!
    I was looking for dosa which can be made immediately after grinding, and these were just superb.( I added a cup of buttermilk )


  6. Posted by Rashmi on November 27, 2012 at 11:07 am

    Meera avare,
    Which brown rice brand did you buy from Costco?


  7. A very nice recipe! Use of BROWN RICE has all along been strongly advocated by Dr. manthena Satyanarayana Raju, a revolutionary Naturopathist of Andhra Pradesh as brown rice, unlike white polished rice, slowly increases blood sugar level like wheat. There are treasure of information on health tips for various diseases in his website which anybody can have access without spending a rupee/cent.


  8. Yes please. Is the website. Just send an email to this address. The group acknowledges and asks for name, etc. in a format. Once it is sent, then you can have access to the website containing wonderful naturopy hints for healthy life as well as variety of recipes. The slogan here is “mee arogyam mee chethullo” which means your health is in your hands. All the health tips look like what our rishis followed! I have startrped following and am eating brown rice only purchased in Walmart. For breakfast the Doctor advocates home made sprouts which give abundant protien. This also I am following as I am diabetic and BP patient also. Even in US also at various cities followers of Natural lifestyle are there. Details you’ll find in the website.

    All the best


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