Davanagere Benne Dosa | Karnataka Style Masala Dosa | 101 Dosa Varieties

>>  Saturday, March 17, 2012

Next in the Dosa series is an interesting Dosa from the place Davangere, Karnataka. The dosa is called after the place it is made. Benne being butter and you can understand that this dosa is made with butter and served with butter. If you are diet conscious, then this is not for you. However I recommend one should forgo their diet just for a taste of this delicious Davangere Benne Dosa.

Davangere Benne Dosa comes in different forms and varieties. I referred a filed up recipe that I had with me, and I also looked up net to check out the various ways this Dosa is prepared. It was so interesting to read on the variations each person had adapted. Basically this Dosa is very much like our typical Masala Dosa of Tamil Nadu, the difference being the masala is served on the side and not on the top or folded inside the dosa, as you do when you make Masala Dosa. And of course there is the difference in the batter proportion and using butter instead of oil/ghee for cooking.

Another difference is the way the potato curry is made. It's not the regular spicy curry with green chilies, but rather a simple mix of boiled potatoes with onions over flame for couple of minutes. Whereas the coconut chutney on the other hand, is prepared spicy. The batter proportions also varied among the sources. Amma and I settled to a number after reading up my filed recipe. The batter once ground should be left to ferment and refrigerated if you want to use for couple of days. But best is to use the batter within two days when stored in fridge.

One change I did to the original schema of things, was with the potato curry. I knew hubby dear will not eat the curry if it was bland. So made a small portion just for taste and rest in the regular method Potato Masala. I also didn't add water so that the curry was very crumbly, which actually .

However the coconut chutney is supposed to be very spicy, with some adding spices in it. The only common ingredient in all the recipes was the ginger, so went ahead with making the coconut chutney with ginger. Amma used to make this version occasionally as I normally don't prefer ginger. However I saw that the ginger had really given it a great flavour for this dosa.

Step by Step Picture Recipe for Benne Dose

 Drop the butter on the top
 Swirl the dosa tawa in a circular movement for the butter to spread around the dosa as shown.
Now the entire area is greased with butter

To make the Potato Curry

Davanagere Benne Dosa

Ingredients Needed:

To make dosa batter:

Boiled Rice  -  2 1/2 cups
Raw rice - 1/2 cup
Black gram dal - 1 cup
Red gram dal / Toor Dal - 2 tbsp
Fenugreek Seeds - 1/4 tsp
Salt to taste

How to make the batter:

Wash and soak both rice and the dals separately with adequate water for at least 2 hours.
In a grinder, grind the dals first to get a smooth paste and then add the rice (without water).
Grind with minimum water possible to get a smooth batter. Add salt and transfer the batter to a bigger vessel.
Allow it to ferment for at least 8 to 10 hours.

Note: The batter must be refrigerated after fermentation and is best used within 3 to 4 days.

For Potato filling:

Potato, boiled - 4
Onions - 2 medium
Salt to taste
100 gms Unsalted butter to make dosa.

Typical Davangera Benna Dosa Curry includes just the above, from habit, I added

Green Chilies - 4
Curry leaves
Coriander leaves
Mustard Seeds, Urad dal - 1/2 tsp
Cashew nuts few

How to make the curry for the dosa

Wash and mw potatoes, mash well. Traditionally the curry is supposed to be mixed with chopped onions along with salt in medium flame for five minutes. The onions will be almost raw still I suppose

I made as the regular potato curry by sauteing onions, green chilies, curry leaves, mustard, urad dal and cashew. Once they brown a little, add boiled mashed potatoes and mix well. I left it very fry.

Coconut Chutney with Ginger:

This is the regular coconut chutney with Ginger added. It really suited the butterly dosa taste.

How to Make the Dosa

Heat a tawa and grease it well. Pour a ladleful of batter and spread in a circle. Add the butter and swirl around to make sure the butter coats all over. Cook on both sides and remove

The Davangera Benna Dosa is served with the chutney, potato curry and butter on the sides and not on the dosa itself. 

Wiki says there is a Benne Khali dose, Benne Open Dose, and Benne Masala Dose
Other versions of Benne Davangere Benne Dosa can be Shilpa's and Prathibha 

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Priya Yallapantula March 17, 2012 at 3:53 AM  

I love how great it looks, superb pics. !!!

Rasi March 17, 2012 at 5:23 AM  

There was this small place near my home & it would be soo crowded.. I could never understand the craze for it.. Like you said, you are supposed to eat it with bland mashed potatoes..i guess that's the reason i didn't develop a taste for it! Making the spicy masala makes its more tasty :D

vaishali sabnani March 17, 2012 at 7:44 AM  

looks cool..but even I would add some spice to the bland food...smells wonderful any dosas..anytime:)

Harini-Jaya Rupanagudi March 17, 2012 at 7:46 AM  

Lovely Dosas. I had once read about 200 varieties of Dosas in a magazine. I seem to have misplaced that booklet during relocation! I remember having seen this dosa in there. How I miss that booklet.

Poonam Borkar March 17, 2012 at 9:21 AM  

looks so delicious!!

Aarthi March 17, 2012 at 9:29 AM  

masala dosa is my fav..i can eat it all day...this dosa looks so nice..

Degchi March 17, 2012 at 10:12 AM  

Rajasthani and Punjabi loves lots of ghee or butter on the parantha I guess same goes with the dosas also. The will love this dosa ;)

Jayasri Ravi March 17, 2012 at 11:23 AM  

That's one of my favourite dosa, i have one in my draft, should postcit some time, looks very yummy

Preeti Garg March 17, 2012 at 12:22 PM  

i love dosa,healthy and yumm

Paaka Shaale March 17, 2012 at 12:26 PM  

Ah my favourite!! Looks yummy :)

rajani March 17, 2012 at 3:00 PM  

We can have this for breakfast, lunch and dinner! We all love it so much :)

Jayanthi March 17, 2012 at 9:18 PM  

This is the first time I'm hearing Dosa batter with red gram dal. The name sounds very ethnic and its very drooling to watch the dosa with the potato curry.

Krithi's Kitchen March 17, 2012 at 10:15 PM  

Wow.. simply awesome Valli... So good want some now!!

rekhas kitchen March 17, 2012 at 11:14 PM  

Ohh you took me back to my bengaluru days Valli this one is my favorite looks great.... and wow very inviting pic.

Suma Gandlur March 18, 2012 at 12:17 AM  

That looks very yummy.

Uma March 18, 2012 at 2:28 AM  

Looks so tempting and delicious.
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sangee vijay March 18, 2012 at 3:51 AM  

this is different from my regular potato masal dosai...nice H too doesn't like spiceless masal :) so i always make with more chillies :)...will make your version soon n let u know!!
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ekta March 18, 2012 at 1:35 PM  

Can you please tell me what do you mean by boiled rice and raw rice ? Are you referring to idli rice or sona masoori rice ?

PJ March 18, 2012 at 2:33 PM  

Have this in my to-do list but that's for later..Your clicks are absolutely inviting...

Vandana Rajesh March 18, 2012 at 3:51 PM  

Nice dosas is really interesting to see that just a small change in the proportions can create yet another delicious dosa.

veena krishnakumar March 18, 2012 at 6:31 PM  

New to me valli but with that spread....I wouldn't mind having it for b'fast, lunch and dinner:-)

Srivalli March 18, 2012 at 6:57 PM  

Ekta, I am referring to the parboiled rice which is also referred as Idli Rice. In tamil nadu, even for regular consumption, par boiled rice is used. So if you ask a store keeper one has to specify if the Parboiled rice is for making Idlis or for eating. Sona Masoori is also available as both parboiled and raw rice.

The Pumpkin Farm March 18, 2012 at 10:36 PM  

this is so informative...good to learn new terms and names along with recipes...know now again y i love ur space

Hemavathi Murari March 19, 2012 at 9:53 AM  

its great dosa and one of my favourite due to benne or butter.

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Kalyani March 19, 2012 at 9:56 AM  

super yum !! Reminds me of a Bangalore eatery which had us licking our fingers with this scrumptious Dosa... not fair, Valli ! only your family had the opportunity to eat this :) :)

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Ekta March 19, 2012 at 10:28 PM  

Thanks Srivalli !!!
I will definitely try this .

rekhas kitchen March 20, 2012 at 5:19 PM  

My favorite dosa looks so delicious..

Archana March 22, 2012 at 1:54 PM  

I was looking out for this recipe. Thanks.

Chef Mireille April 14, 2012 at 1:23 AM  

you're making me hungry...these look so good!!!

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