If you love the classic Indian dosa, you’ve got to try this healthy and nutritious version too! This Foxtail millet dosa is super easy to make and has the perfect crispness and crunchiness you want your dosa to have.
This dosa is an absolute favorite in my household and making it is pretty easy too. You can enjoy this as an evening snack or as a healthy breakfast, teamed up with sambar and your favorite chutneys.
Ready to try out this recipe? Here’s all you need to know about it.
Ingredients For the Recipe
To make the foxtail millet dosa, here is everything you will need
- Foxtail Millet: ½ cup
- Salt: ½ tsp
- Water: As required
- Onions (finely chopped): ¼ cup
- Green chilies (finely chopped): 2 tbsp
- Curry leaves (chopped): 2 tbsp
- Coriander leaves (chopped): 4 tbsp
- Cumin seeds: 1 tsp
- Black pepper powder: ½ tsp
- Rice flour: ¼ cup
How to Make the Foxtail Millet Dosa
Once you have all the ingredients ready, here is the process you will need to follow to make the nutritious and healthy dosa.
Soak the foxtail millet in water for 2-3 hours.
Drain the water from the foxtail millet and transfer it to a blender. Blend into a smooth paste.
Take a mixing bowl. Add the foxtail millet paste and add water. Make a mixture with flowy consistency.
Next, add the rest of the ingredients and mix.
Add the rice flour next and mix well.
Let the mixture rest for at least 15 minutes.
Heat a flat pan or tawa and grease it with oil. Next, pour batter on the tawa and let it cook. Make smaller sized dosas.
Cook both sides of the dosa. Be careful while handling the dosa as it will be quite fragile.
Serve hot with sambar and chutney of your choice.
Frequently Asked Questions
Based on your personal taste preference, you can add your choice of seasoning and add-ons into the dosa mixture
I like adding chopped onions, bell peppers and carrots into the dosa mixture to make it healthy and nutritious
To season the dosa, you can also add chili powder or any other seasoning of your choice.
You can store your leftover dosa batter in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. You don’t need to use an airtight container for this-a regular container should be fine as well. Just remember to allow the dosa mixture to get to room temperature before using it to make the dosas.
Tips & Tricks to Make the Foxtail Millet Dosa
Making just dosa is super easy, but you might want to keep these tips and tricks handy.
- I would highly recommend using a good quality nonstick pan or tawa for this dosa. This will help keep the dosa from sticking to the pan
- You can also choose to use a cast iron skillet if you want a dosa to be extra crispy.
- Rice flour is what helps the dosa get crispy. If you don’t have rice flour, you can use whole wheat or all-purpose flour instead.
- I would also recommend adding a bit of semolina into the dosa mixture- particularly fine semolina. Let it sit in the dosa mixture for up to 20 minutes and then give it a good mix. You can also add a bit of water to the dosa mixture and get it to the proper consistency.
- If you don’t have semolina, you can also choose to add ½ cup of poha (flattened rice) into the mixture before you blend it into a batter. This will also help the dosas crisp up nicely.
- While 2-3 hours of soaking is enough, I would recommend overnight soaking when it comes to making this dosa, and almost any other dosa for that matter. Soaking is what helps the grains become soft, and also makes them easy to digest.
- To make this dosa protein rich, you can also add some crumbled cottage cheese with some seasonings and spices as the filling.
Serving Ideas & Suggestions
Just like any other dosa, the foxtail millet dosa tastes best when served with sambar and chutney. You can team it up with a nice potato filling too especially if you want to make it a complete meal.
The dosa can be enjoyed as an evening snack or as a light dinner.
If you enjoyed this dosa and are interested to experiment and try some more unique dosa recipes, here are a few you might want to check out.
Foxtail Millet Dosa
- ½ cup Foxtail Millet
- ½ teaspoon Salt
- 1 glass Water
- ¼ cup Onions , (finely chopped)
- 2 tablespoon Green chilies , (finely chopped)
- 2 tablespoon Curry leaves , (chopped)
- 4 tablespoon Coriander leaves, (chopped)
- 1 teaspoon Cumin seeds
- ½ teaspoon Black pepper powder
- ¼ cup Rice flour
- Soak the foxtail millet in water for 2-3 hours.
- Drain the water from the foxtail millet and transfer it to a blender. Blend into a smooth paste.
- Take a mixing bowl. Add the foxtail millet paste and add water. Make a mixture with flowy consistency.
- Next, add the rest of the ingredients and mix.
- Add the rice flour next and mix well.
- Let the mixture rest for at least 15 minutes.
- Heat a flat pan or tawa and grease it with oil. Next, pour batter on the tawa and let it cook. Make smaller sized dosas.
- Cook both sides of the dosa. Be careful while handling the dosa as it will be quite fragile.
- Serve hot with sambar and chutney of your choice.