Paneer dosa is a delicious variation of dosa recipe with paneer filling. If you love dosa for breakfast you will like this masala dosa with paneer filling a lot.
Serve this delicious dosa with spicy chutney and sambar for a delicious and hearty breakfast! Here is how to make it at home an easy recipe and step by step pictures.
Masala dosa is one such popular dosa variety and there are so many variations in that as well. The most popular filling for masala dosa is a spicy potato curry but in recent times there are literally hundreds of filling variations.
Apart from classic potato filling, I love spicy gobi dosa and this paneer dosa at lot. I have tasted this paneer masala dosa many times in restaurants like Saravana Bhavan and these days I make it at home frequently. This is something my daughter loves too.
It is a delicious take on traditional masala dosa with a flavorful and spicy stuffing of paneer bhurji or scrambled paneer.
This is a super simple recipe yet very tasty, flavorful and you can make it with many flavor variations. It is packed with protein and a wonderful filling breakfast option.
Paneer or Indian cottage cheese is very widely used ingredient in Indian recipes. Here you quickly saute the crumbled paneer with spices to make the filling for this dosa. This is a very adaptable and versatile recipe and you can play with flavors.
About Paneer Dosa
Paneer dosa or paneer masala dosa is a tasty variation of classic south Indian masala dosa. In this dosa a spicy paneer filling is used instead of potato masala.
I often make this at home as we all love dosa and paneer. The filling for this masala dosa is absolutely delightful paneer bhurji masala
The filling for this dosa, that is the paneer bhurji masala itself is a very healthy and protein packed dish.
Along with crumbled paneer I have also added methi leaves and finely chopped capsicums. The addition of methi leaves add a wonderful flavor to the paneer bhurji.
You will love this delightful and wholesome recipe for breakfast that is
Easy to make
Big on taste and flavor
Vegetarian and gluten free
wholesome and satiating
Healthy and filling!
Just like any dosa, this also tastes best with sambar and chutneys. Toddlers and kids will actually like this dosa with just paneer stuffing. They will love this dosa in breakfast along with some ragi malt or badam milk or pistachio milk
The ingredients you need to make Saravana Bhavan paneer dosa are very few simple ones and most of them are pantry staples. Here is the breakdown of ingredients.
Dosa batter– Here is the recipe for making perfect dosa batter at home. You can also use idli batter or pesarattu batter or batter of rava dosa for this recipe. Store bought batter also works well here.
Paneer– Use fresh homemade paneer if possible as it is best for scrambling. If you are using store bought paneer cubes, just keep it soaked in warm water for 20 minutes and then use it in recipe. This step will make the paneer softer.
Capsicum– I like to throw in vegetables in any and all the recipes as much as possible so here also I have added some chopped bell peppers or capsicum. You can also add carrots, minced broccoli or cauliflower.
Methi leaves– Along with paneer and bell peppers I have also thrown in some fresh in season methi or fenugreek leaves. It adds so much flavor to this masala . You can also use baby spinach leaves or scallion greens.
Green chilli– I have added 2 chilies here, you can add just one or even leave it out if you prefer less spicy filling.
Onions and tomatoes– for flavor and taste
Spice powders– The regular spice powders we use in Indian masala recipes like red chilli powder, turmeric powder, garam masala powder, coriander powder and cumin powder.
Ginger garlic– Freshly minced ginger and garlic adds so much flavor and taste to this paneer stuffing. You can also use ginger garlic paste.
Chutney– You can some green chutney or garlic chutney or tomato chutney as spread. This is optional, you can leave it out too. You can also use tomato ketchup or schezwan sauce too.
Other ingredients– Salt to taste, coriander leaves and oil to make dosa.
How To Make Paneer Dosa Recipe
Paneer Filling For Dosa
Heat oil in a pan. Temper with cumin seeds. Add few torn curry leaves, minced ginger garlic and slit green chilies, saute for a minute. Add finely chopped onions and chopped tomatoes.
Saute well for 2 minutes and add rinsed methi leaves.
Add the spice powders – 1 tsp garam masala powder, 1 teaspoon red chilli powder 1/2 teaspoon cumin powder, 1/2 teaspoon coriander powder, 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder and mix well.
Saute very well till the raw flavor of methi leaves and spice powders leave.
Now add the crumbled paneer and mix very well. Season with salt. Cook in medium flame for 2-3 minutes.
Add cilantro leaves and mix well. Remove from flame, add lemon juice and mix well. Set aside.
Making Paneer Masala Dosa Recipe
Keep the batter ready at room temperature. Heat a dosa tawa with few drops of oil. Tawa should be hot but not smoking. Pour a ladle full of batter and spread into a thin circle. Cook for a minute.
Spread some chutney and place 2-3 tablespoons of prepared paneer bhurji.
Close into half and press gently. Flip the dosa and cook until crispy and golden from both sides. Serve paneer dosa immediately.
- You can use any dosa batter like millet dosa or no rice dosa batter to make this paneer dosa recipe
- While making the filling you can add any greens like mustard greens, chopped spinach greens instead of methi leaves.
- You can make chili paneer dosa by making an indo chinese filling like chili paneer.
- Along with paneer you can add grated veggies like carrot, cabbage to make it more nutritious.
- you can aloo paneer dosa too
- If you have any leftover paneer curry like paneer butter masala or kadai paneer you can use in this paneer dosa recipe.
Pro Tips To Male Paneer Masala Dosa
Dosa batter– Make sure the batter is fresh and not very sour for best taste. For restaurant style paneer dosa use regular idli dosa batter . Pesarattu, millet dosa batter will also taste good in this recipe. Add a pinch of sugar to the batter for crispy golden colored dosas. You can cook this dosa with butter to make butter paneer dosa.
Spreading dosa– Do not try to spread the dosa very thin like we do for ghee roast as it will tear after placing the paneer stuffing.
Paneer filling– Instead of grating the paneer you can chop them into fine cubes too. Adjust the spice powders while making for toddlers and kids
Serving– Serve this paneer dosa hot as soon as you make. If you want to pack it in lunch box pack the dosa and filling separately as side dish.
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PANEER MASALA DOSA RECIPE
For making paneer bhurji
- 2 tablespoons oil
- 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
- 2 green chilies slit
- 1/2 inch ginger peeled and minced
- 3 garlic cloves peeled and minced
- 1 onion chopped
- 2 small tomatoes chopped fine
- 3/4 cup methi leaves rinsed
- 1 tespoon coriander powder
- 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
- 1/2 teaspoon garam masala powder
- 1/2 teaspoon cumin powder
- 200 grams paneer
- salt to taste
- 2 tablespoons chopped coriander leaves
- 2 teaspoons lemon juice
To Make Paneer Masala Dosa
- 1.5 cups dosa batter
- 1/2 cup red chutney
- oil to make dosa
For making paneer bhurji
- Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a pan. Temper with cumin seeds, minced ginger garlic and slit green chilies. Add chopped onions and add chopped tomatoes.
- Saute well and add rinsed methi leaves
- Add the spice powders.
- Saute very well till the raw flavor of methi leaves go off.
- Now add the crumbled paneer and mix very well.
- Season with salt. Cook in medium flame for 2-3 minutes,
- Add cilantro leaves and mix well. Remove from flame, add lemon juice and mix well.
Making Paneer masala dosa recipe
- Heat a cast iron tava and once it is hot spread few drops of oil all over. Pour a ladle full of dosa batter and spread into a thin circle. Cook for a minute.
- Spread some chutney.
- Place 2-3 tablespoons of prepared paneer bhurji. Close into half and cook till dosa turns crispy, flipping as necessary.
- Serve hot with chutney and sambar along with coffee or tea.