Friday, April 24, 2015

Quinoa Brown Rice Dosa

Quinoa Brown Rice Dosa

Beside idli, dosa is also the most popular breakfast of South India. We can make different dosa by using the basic dosa batter. We can make the basic dosa batter healthy by using brown rice and quinoa. 

We all know that brown rice is healthier than white, but as we all used to white rice, we feel brown rice doesn't taste good. It's not possible to move completely to healthier food in one day. But if we really want to change our food habits, we can change some of the ingredients with healthy ingredients like brown rice, Quinoa, oats, Millet's and can make tasty recipes.

Quinoa Brown Rice Dosa

Why we must choose brown rice over white

White rice is fully polished and most of the vitamins, fiber, iron, phosphors, manganese are destroyed. For  brown rice only the outer layer, Hull is removed. Brown rice is a good source of proteins, calcium, iron, fiber, vitamins. Good for weight loss and releases sugars slowly.

Quinoa is a grain and is also very healthy. It is a good source of copper, fiber, manganese, phosphors, zinc,  iron and vitamins.

Today's recipe is not only healthy but also tasty. Every time to make dosa I use 2 cups white rice, this time I used 1 cup quinoa and 1 cup brown rice. My hubby like quinoa but not brown rice. I eagerly waited to know his reaction and to my surprise he loved the dosa. Every time I used to think how I can introduce brown rice to my kid and know she too love this dosa. Now this dosa is my families favorite.

One of my blogger friend Piyali Sekhar posted some healthy dosa recipes and beautifully described dosa as The Indian crepe which is painting the world platter in it's colour. To know the history of dosa and the recipes Click here.

1 cup Uncooked Brown rice : 682 Calories; 1 cup Uncooked Quinoa - 626 Calories;
1 cup Uncooked Black gram - 732 Calories
Yield :  23 Dosa (May Vary depending on size)
Calories per dosa : 62 (Approx)


  • Quinoa - 1 cup
  • Brown Rice - 1 cup
  • Whole Black gram / Minapappu - 1 cup
  • Fenugreek seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Salt to taste
  • Onion - 1, finely chopped
  • Grated Carrot - 1 cup (We can also use french beans)


  • Wash black gram and soak over night by adding sufficient water.
  • Wash brown rice and quinoa together in a bowl and soak them over night by adding sufficient water.
  • Next day morning, wash black gram, quinoa and brown rice twice with fresh water.
  • Grind black gram into paste and keep in a bowl.
  • Now grind brown rice and quinoa and add this mixture to the black gram paste. Brown rice and quinoa mixture will be coarse.
  • Keep the batter in warm place and ferment over night or 8 hours.
Let's make Dosa

  • Mix salt and sufficient amount of water (batter must be thin).
  • Heat griddle, pour 2 ladles of batter and spread it moving the ladle and make round shape.
  • Sprinkle some oil, onion and carrot and cook the dosa till golden brown.
  • Serve hot with chutney, curry or sambar.