Instant Rice Pancakes: Neer Dosa!

My first foray into South Indian cooking!

Okay so this is one thing you must know about me. I am not a woman of patience. I can't wait. I do not have the patience to wait for dough to rise, or stuff to dry or batter to ferment. I know that completely separates from the bread-making genre, but that's okay. I don't like carbs anyway. (Don't tell bread I said that).

Which is why when I just happened to stumble upon this recipe of a water and rice powder dosa, that did not need to wait to ferment, I found my weekend project. It's called Neer Dosaneer meaning water, because this is a water based batter. This dosa is as soft as your grandmother's saree, and is best presented folded in quarters, making it look like a well-worn (and delicious) handkerchief. It's best served with thick coconut-based stews and gravies, you can mop it right up!

Now it's not complicated to make per se, but you have to be ready for the first 2 to reduce to scrambled rice batter. It's super quick, and you have to be super quick to handle it well. For your guidance I'll provide step by step photos.

Presenting the amazing Neer Dosa!

Neer Dosa

You need:
  • 1 cup short grain rice, soaked in water for an hour
  • shredded coconut, if you want. I omitted this.
  • Coconut milk- 1/2 cup, if you want. I omitted this as well.
  • Salt, a bit
  • Oil
  • Water about 1 1/2 cups. If you're not using the coconut milk, use 2 cups water.

The How:
  • Drain the rice. Put into a grinder and add about 1 cup water, 1/2 cup at a time to make into a fine liquid. Take the batter out into a bowl and add the rest of the water and salt little by little, mixing well to make one very watery batter, like this:

  • Heat a non-stick pan. Add a few drops of oil, and smear it all over with a paper napkin. This helps spread it well, and removes excess at the same time.
  • Pour in one big ladle full of batter. It will automatically spread to form the circle. Cover with a lid and cook on medium heat for about 40-60 seconds. The top will sort of dry out, like this:

  • In one swift move, flip the dosa to the other side and cook it on open for abut 15-20 seconds.

  • It should be done, so fold the dosa in half lengthwise first, then fold it again to form a quarter fold, like this:

  • Take out on the plate. Make the rest of it, and serve hot with your stew.

And that's it! This is literally the easiest bread you can make, with minimal effort! Enjoy!

Till the next time!


  1. What is it best served with? @Aishwarya?

    1. Nima it's best with coconut based gravies. Like a prawn coconut curry or a chicken kuzhambu. I'm putting up recipe of that tonight. Why don't you like my page and you'll get notified when I upload it :)

  2. Can we have some instant stew recipes as well to eat it with the Neer Dosa?

    1. Hi Nima,

      I've put up the stew recipe I was telling you about:


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