Pav Bhaji Dosa


If I am given a choice to choose one food on my death bed – without a blink, I would say dosa. I kid not. Although I love soft fluffy idlis, it is dosa that is my absolute favorite. I am always willing to eat dosa any time of the day and in fact for every meal too πŸ˜€ This blog is no stranger to the many dosa recipes I have posted, including some very healthy variations. Do check out the Dosa Varieties here, if you love dosa as much as me πŸ™‚


Dosa is a staple breakfast recipe in South India and has been so popular all over North India too. The recipe for a regular dosa (saada dosa) is very simple and much like the idli recipe, however there are some measurement differences. Just like the idli recipe, every household has their own variation and I follow the recipe that has been in our family for ages! I will post a detailed recipe on dosa soon but for quick check, my notes below has my basic recipe that I use.


Today’s recipe is a very simple β€œuse left-overs” recipe that is popular in any dosa joint. Pav Bhaji dosa is a dosa spread with yummilious pav bhaji inside and wrapped together. When I make Pav Bhaji, I always make a little extra – I love it so much that I cant resist. The next day, all I have to do is heat it up, spread it on hot fresh dosas for a great meal. Just amazing as it is, tastes out of the world with coconut chutney. For a finger licking version, a layer of cheese on top would be great too! πŸ™‚



To make Pav Bhaji Dosa

  • Servings: makes 4 dosas
  • Difficulty: Easy
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What I used –
  • Dosa Batter, 2 cups
  • Pav Bhaji, 1 cup
  • Finely Chopped Onion, 1/3 cup
  • Oil, 1-2 tsp (to spread on dosa)
  • Cheese, as needed (optional, I didn’t use any)
  • Lemon Wedge, optional


How I made –

1. Heat a flat pan/dosa tawa and set it on medium flame. Take a big ladle full of dosa batter and pour it on the hot pan. Quickly spread the dosa batter into a thin circle. Sprinkle few drops of oil all around. Take 2-3 tbsp of Pav Bhaji and place it at the center.


2. Spread Pav Bhaji all over the dosa and let it cook until the bottom is golden brown. Sprinkle some finely chopped onions all over the Pav Bhaji spread on the dosa. If adding, sprinkle grated cheese on top. Once the dosa is golden brown on the bottom, gently remove it from the pan by loosening the sides. Fold each end towards the center. Remove from heat. Repeat the same with rest of the batter.


3. Serve hot with coconut chutney!


Note –
  • My dosa batter recipe is 2 cups of dosa rice, 2 cups of idli rice for 3/4 cup of urad dal along with 1 tsp of fenugreek seeds. Soak everything together for 6 hrs or more. Grind smooth in a wet grinder or mixer grinder. Add in salt, mix it with your hands (important for fermentation) and leave it to ferment for 6-8 hrs or overnight. Mix water as required and use it. Keeps well for over two weeks in an air tight container in fridge.
  • Lemon juice can be sprinkled on the pav bhaji – optional.
  • Cheese and onion is also optional.
  • Can be served as it is, hot. Dosas remain crisp when hot.

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22 thoughts on “Pav Bhaji Dosa

  1. Namaskaram, and yes – yes – yes! Like you, I like idlis occasionally but dosas…….oh! Very difficult to resist ?. With cheese? Absolutely not, love love cheese, but not on dosas. Pav bhaji, potato curry, chives……. delicious.thanks

    1. Hahaha πŸ˜€ I love cheese so much that I dont mind it on dosa too! Believe it, cheese tastes good with pav bhaji dosa πŸ™‚

  2. I love dosas, and I am forever looking for new varieties of dosas. I have been wanting to make paavbhaji dosa for quite some time now. Never got around to it. Now, you inspire me to try it out, soon. πŸ™‚

    I love paavbhaji too, so this should be a winning combination for me.

    What a coincidence that I posted about a different kind of dosa yesterday too – a pizza dosa that had been on my mind for oh so long. Check this out:

    1. Hi Nadia.. Idli rice is the parboiled rice and Dosa rice is the raw rice – different by the way the rice is processed. I will put up a picture of both the recipes in my detailed post about dosa. But these should be available in Indian stores.

  3. My husband just arrived in India today to teach sustainable rice growing practices as an ambassador for Mars Inc who makes Uncle Bens rice. I hope he can enjoy pav bhaji dosa as good as yours look!

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