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Quinoa Dosa

by Sophie

Delicious and crispy Quinoa Dosa, fermented to perfection in an instant pot and made fresh from the scratch. This is a healthy, better-for-you customized version of traditional Indian dosa. Presenting my healthy quinoa dosa recipe.

Easy instant pot dosa with quinoa

Quinoa dosa was an invention by a friend who generously served me this with sambar and a tasty, almond chutney. Perfectly crispy, brown and so so good. That’s was my first experience with quinoa dosa. Since then, I have made this dosa a number of times. While she made with unfermented batter, I prefer to ferment it. And, thanks to my instant pot, this dosa batter is nicely fermented every time.

Tips to Make The Perfect Quinoa Dosa Batter:

Fermented quinoa batter
  • Adding brown rice does help to crisp up the dosa.
  • If you are rice-free for some reason, then feel free to double the quinoa or replace the rice with lentils.
  • Adding fenugreek seeds is a must. It helps to ferment the batter as well.
  • It is important to wash quinoa multiple times so that it doesn’t have that typical bitter aftertaste. 
Quinoa dosa

Is Quinoa Healthy?

Quinoa is a superfood and an ancient grain with high amount of protein. It is a healthy grain to include in your diet. Learn more about the health benefits of quinoa here.

What Are The Benefits of Quinoa?

Quinoa dosa with sambar and chutney

Quinoa is a highly nutritious grain, which is also gluten-free, rich in fibers and high in protein. Only a few plant based grains provide all nine essential amino acids, and quinoa is one of those few plant foods that contain a good amount of all nine essential amino acids. A serving of quinoa also provides fiber, magnesium, B and B+ vitamins, vitamin E, minerals and beneficial antioxidants.

What are the ingredients in Quinoa Dosa?

Easy Quinoa brown rice dosa

For making quinoa dosa, you will need 1½ Cup Quinoa, ½ Cup brown Rice, 1/2 cup yellow or green moong dal, ½ Cup Skinless black gram /urad dal, 1 tbsp Chana dal, 1 tbsp Fenugreek seeds, 4 tbsp Cooking Oil or as required, 1/2 tsp Salt or as required, 1 tsp cumin seeds. It is important to soak all the ingredients overnight and then grind them to a batter of flowing consistency.

Should I or not ferment quinoa dosa batter?

easy quinoa dosa

Fermenting quinoa dosa batter is a personal choice. I always ferment the batter as the fermentation improves the texture of the dosa a lot. However, this batter is ready to use and you can use it to make dosa instantly without fermenting.

How To Make Quinoa Dosa?

ingredients of quinoa dosa

Ingredients:

1½ Cup Quinoa, ½ Cup brown Rice, 1/2 cup yellow or green moong dal, ½ Cup Skinless black gram /urad dal, 1 tbsp Chana dal, 1 tbsp Fenugreek seeds, 4 tbsp Cooking Oil or as required, 1/2 tsp Salt or as required, 1 tsp cumin seeds

Instructions for Making Quinoa Dosa:

How to make Quinoa dosa

Quinoa dosa batter:

Fermented quinoa batter

Wash and soak Quinoa, rice, dal and methi seeds together for at least 4-6 hours. If possible, soak it overnight. After soaking, discard the water and blend the soaked grains in a high-speed blender with 1/2 to 1 cup of water. Add salt and blend well. The batter should be of flowing consistency. 

Ferment:

Fermenting quinoa batter in instant pot

Transfer the content to a large bowl or to the inner pot of your instant pot. I always use a small pot that fits well to the inner pot of the instant pot. I prefer to mix the batter with a wooden spatula vigorously before fermenting. Let the batter rest inside the instant pot with the yogurt button switched on. Don’t close the lid. Instead, use a glass lid to cover the instant pot. You can also use clear wrap to cover the inner pot. Set the yogurt mode in low for 12-hours or in regular for 8-hours.

Make dosa: 

Making quinoa dosa
  • Heat griddle or a dosa tawa.
  • Now use a ladle to pour half a cup of batter and spread evenly by moving the ladle in a circular motion.
  • Next, drizzle some cooking oil on the dosa. Let the dosa cook till golden brown. 
  • Serve this dosa hot and with chutney and sambar. 
Crispy quinoa dosa

Notes:

  • If the dosas are not crisp enough, add a tbsp of rice flour mixed with roasted tapioca flour. This helps to make the dosas crispier.
  • Always use a 6- or 8-quart instant pot for fermenting the batter. A mini instant pot is not a good choice for batter fermentation.
  • Use sea salt for fermenting batter. Regular salt has iodine and it hinders the fermentation process.
Easy instant pot dosa with quinoa

Quinoa Dosa {Instant Pot}

Delicious and crispy Quinoa Dosa, fermented to perfection in an instant pot and made fresh from the scratch. This is a healthy customization of traditional Indian dosa with quinoa and lentils. Presenting my healthy quinoa dosa recipe.
3.93 from 13 votes
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Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: Dosa batter, Dosa batter in IP, Easy instant pot dosa batter’, Instant pot dosa, IP quinoa dosa, Quinoa dosa
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 4 minutes
10 hours
Total Time: 10 hours 14 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 129kcal
Author: Sophie
Cost: $5

Equipment

  • Instant pot

Ingredients

  • Cup Quinoa
  • ½ Cup brown Rice
  • 1/2 cup yellow or green moong dal
  • ½ Cup Skinless black gram /urad dal
  • 1/2 tsp Salt or as required
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tbsp Chana dal
  • 1 tbsp Fenugreek seeds
  • 4 tbsp Cooking Oil as required

Instructions

Make Quinoa Batter

  • Wash and soak Quinoa, rice, dal and methi seeds together for at least 4-6 hours.
  • If possible, soak it overnight. After soaking, discard the water and blend the soaked grains in a high-speed blender with 1/2 to 1 cup of water.
  • Add salt and blend well. The batter should be of flowing consistency.

Ferment Quinoa Dosa Batter

  • Transfer the content to a large bowl or to the inner pot of your instant pot. I always use a small pot that fits well to the inner pot of the instant pot. I prefer to mix the batter with a wooden spatula vigorously before fermenting.
  • Let the batter rest inside the instant pot with the yogurt button switched on.
  • Don’t close the lid. Instead, use a glass lid to cover the instant pot.
  • Set the yogurt mode in low for 12-hours or in regular for 8-hours.

Make Quinoa Dosa

  • Heat griddle or a dosa tawa. Now use a ladle to pour half a cup of batter and spread evenly by moving the ladle in a circular motion.
  • Now drizzle some cooking oil on the dosa. Let the dosa cook till golden brown.
  • Serve this quinoa dosa immediately with chutney and sambar.

Notes

  • If the dosas are not crisp enough, add a tbsp of rice flour mixed with roasted tapioca flour. This helps to make the dosas crispier.
  • Always use a 6- or 8-quart instant pot for fermenting the batter. A mini instant pot is not a good choice for batter fermentation.
  • Use sea salt for fermenting batter. Regular salt has iodine and it hinders the fermentation process.

Nutrition

Serving: 33.3g | Calories: 129kcal | Carbohydrates: 21.8g | Protein: 4.9g | Fat: 0.8g
Easy instant pot quinoa dosa

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5 comments

Lakshmi March 8, 2020 - 2:24 pm

4 stars
Amazing dosas. So glad to br eating something so healthy that is delicious too. Thanks for the recipe.

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Niyati March 22, 2020 - 8:38 pm

Can white rice be used instead of brown rice

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Sophie March 23, 2020 - 5:56 pm

Yes, very much. You can use short grain or long grain white rice.

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Shefali March 25, 2020 - 6:37 am

5 stars
Can same batter used for making quinoa idli?

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Sophie March 25, 2020 - 7:55 am

I haven’t tried using the same batter in making quinoa idli. But I guess, you will need to make some changes to the consistency of the batter for good idlis.

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