Onion Chutney Dosa

Recently, a friend sent me a picture of Ulli Karam Dosa and asked if I’ve ever had this dosa. I had never heard about Ulli Karam Dosa.  She too just had the picture with her and no recipe. That’s when I googled Ulli Karam Dosa and learnt that Ulli Karam means Onion chutney in Telugu and Ulli Karam dosa is a dosa smeared with onion chutney.   I got the recipe of Ulli Karam Dosa from www.foodvedam.com . Dosa, being one of my favourite food, I had to try out this recipe at the first opportunity. I did make Ulli Karam Dosa…… and it was an instant hit with my family.  Here goes the recipe:


For Dosa

1 cup udad dal
2 cups rice
1 tsp methi seeds
2 tbsp chana dal
3 to 4 tbsp poha (soaked in water for 20 minutes)
Salt as per taste

Onion Chutney

2 large onions
2 to 3 dry red chillies
2 cloves garlic
1 tsp oil
1 tsp cumin seeds
A small piece of tamarind
Salt as per taste

Other ingredients

Ghee/Oil for cooking dosas
Chopped coriander

Ulli Karam Dosa


For Onion Chutney

  • Heat 1 tsp oil in a pan.
  • Add cumin seeds, dry red chillies and saute for few seconds.
  • Add chopped garlic, chopped onions, tamarind and salt.
  • Saute till the onions turn translucent.
  • Allow this to cool down.
  • Blend all the ingredients to a fine paste. Keep this aside.

For Dosa

  • Wash and soak rice, methi seeds and chana dal  in water for 3 to 4 hours.
  • Wash and soak udad dal in water for 3 to 4 hours. 
  • Drain the rice, methi seeds, chana dal  add the soaked poha and grind using little water, to a smooth paste.  
  • Drain the udad dal and grind using  little water, to a smooth paste.
  • Mix them in a deep vessel.
  • Cover and keep the batter to ferment for six to eight hours in a warm place. 
  • Add salt to the fermented batter and mix well.
  • Heat a tawa.
  • Pour a ladle of dosa batter and spread it in a circular motion to form a thin dosa.
  • Drizzle a tsp of oil or ghee  around the dosa and cook till the dosa turns brown in colour and crisp. 
  • Take 2 tbsp onion chutney and spread evenly on the dosa.
  • Sprinkle chopped coriander leaves over the chutney.
  • Fold the dosa and serve hot with coconut chutney.


Love Dosas? Have a look at the following dosa recipes:

Rava Dosa, Sprouted Ragi Dosa, Saada Dosa, Quinoa Dosa, Pesarattu, Neer Dosa, Moong Dal Dosa, Mysore Masala Dosa



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