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soft lacy neer dosa in a green ceramic plate
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Neer Dosa Recipe

Neer dosa is a traditional Mangalorean Karnataka breakfast dish made of just water, rice and salt as main ingredients. Tastes best with spicy curries and chutneys. Vegan and gluten free. Neer means water in Kannada, Tulu and many south Indian languages. Dosa is the traditional south Indian crepe made for breakfast and there are so many varieties of it. So the name typically translates to water dosa.
Prep Time12 hrs
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time12 hrs 20 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: neer dosa
Servings: 12 dosas
Calories: 106kcal
Author: Harini


  • 1 1/2 cups rice
  • 2 tablespoons coconut grated
  • Salt
  • 6 teaspoons oil 1/2 teaspoon for each dosa
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar optional


  • Pick and rinse 1.5 cup rice well. Soak it in plenty of water for 6-8 hours.
    raw rice soaked in water
  • After soaking, drain excess water in a colander and take the soaked rice in a mixer jar. Add 2 tablespoons grated coconut if using.
    grinding dosa batter
  • Grind the rice to a very very smooth paste adding water as required. Do not add lot of water while grinding.
    neer dosa batter
  • Transfer the dosa batter to a large bowl. Now add 2.25 cups to 2.5 cups water and mix well. The batter should be runny and thin. Make sure by checking the consistency.
    dosa batter
  • Heat a non stick pan or cast iron tawa first. If tawa is unavailable you can use a pan. Once the tawa is hot add few drops of oil and spread with a tissue or a small onion or potato slice. Take a ladle full of batter, about 1/4 cup. Pour the batter as an uneven circle. Begin from the edges and finish towards the center just like rava dosa. As you pour the dosa will form lacy intricate holes and patterns.
    making neer dosa
  • Cover the pan with a lid and cook for a minute. Do not flip neer dosa.
    cooking neer dosa
  • After about a minute the edges will come off by itself which means dosa is cooked. Now using a spatula fold the dosa intoa triangle or just fold into half.
  • Remove the dosa to a plate. Make dosas from the remaining batter similarly. As you cook place the dosas side by side on a large plate, do not stack. These dosas are super soft so if you stack they will stick to each other. Serve neer dosa warm with any curry or chutney.
    cooked neer dosas ready to serve


1. Make sure to mix the batter very well before pouring each dosa.
2. If the batter is very thin, you can add few spoons of rice flour


Serving: 12dosas | Calories: 106kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 30mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 7mg | Iron: 1mg