Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Masala Dosa....The Indian Coffee House Style.

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Indian coffee house brings back fond memories of my Law college days....we used to wind up in the coffee house to have masala dosa.....the coffee house masala dosa is a bit different from other masala dosa....it is because they add beetroot to the masala.....frequent visits to the coffee house resulted in getting this recipe......after boiling potatoes, carrots and beetroot.....grate one beetroot to the masala while sauting as this gives the rich red colour......a bit more of Indian Coffee House.....it is a restaurant chain in India...there are nearly 400 coffee houses in India and Kerala has around 51 coffee houses. This recipe has been lying in my old recipe book and a recent visit to an Indian Coffee House here in Calicut brought back all the memories....

Make dosa batter and keep aside.

Potatoes: 5.
Carrots: 2.
Beetroot: 2. (1 for boiling and 1 for grating).

For seasoning:
Oil: 1 tsp.
Mustard seeds: 1/2 tsp.
Urad dal: 1/2 tsp.
Onion: 1
Green chilly: 1 (optional).
Ginger: A small piece chopped.
Turmeric: 1/2 tsp.
Chilly powder: 1/2 to 1 tsp(Kashmiri red chilly).
Curry leaves.


1. Pressure cook the potatoes, carrots, and 1 beetroot and keep aside.

2. Heat 1 tsp of oil (very little oil is need here) in a kadai and put in mustard seeds, urad dal and let it splutter, then add sliced onion, ginger, green chilly, and curry leaves....saute for a min or two.

3. Add red chilly powder and turmeric and mix well.

4. Now add the cooked and mashed potatoes, carrots, and beetroot. Add salt and mix well. Grate one beetroot on top of it and cover a cook for 2 or 3 min. Mix well. The masala is ready....the grated beetroot gives the extra rich color.

5. 5. Pour dosa batter on a greased tawa.......put 2 tbsp of the masala on the center and spread it. Drizzle a bit of ghee on top and let it stand there for a min.

6. Cover the masala.

7. The Indian Coffee House masala is ready.

Serve hot with chutney.

Bring home the Indian Coffee House masala dosa.

Watch my video, I have made the masala dosa minus the beetroot and the carrot.....check it out.

Check out more Dosa Varieties.


  1. Using beetroot for masala dosai sounds interesting

  2. Never tried beet in masala. Looks very colorful and tasty too.

  3. Wow!!! I love d masala...The beetroot gives it a nice rich color..I have never visited indian coffee house though heard so much about this amazing place..But now thx to u i can try out their speciality at home!!

  4. adipoli ayittundu ketto. beetroot ittu try cheythittilla ithuvare. nannayittundu

  5. Wow, very very delicious looking !!!
    Thanks a lot for linking this to bookmark event :)

    US Masala

  6. Looks so delicious and colorful..

  7. Hey! r u from Pondicherry? - We had an ottasight ICH on the beach and the main grag - Loved their veggie cutlets and rose milk :))Had no idea they had branches eslewhere! Thanks for bringing back fond memories, even if yours aren't based in Pondy!

  8. Masala looks yummy. nice color..will try sometime :)

  9. Looking for a coffee house is now on my -To Do list:) I love the color the beetroot adds to the masala apart from the nutrient value ofcourse !!!This is now a must try at home too:)

  10. Loooks delicious, I like coffeehouse masala dosa.

  11. Omg, am just drooling here..Thought Indian coffe house is only in Pondicherry..

  12. thanks for the detailed pics!nice blog.

  13. Ithu Naveede Fav annu...this is the first thing i learnt to cook after wedding..he was pestering me for chomala masala dosa...looks so perfect and yummyyyyy

  14. what a neat trick! adds color and makes it healthy too :)) a must try!

  15. Looks wonderful..colorful and tasty
    There is an award waiting for you dear..please collect:)

  16. thank you :)
    my favourite dosa delicious

  17. Wow, that is such a great one. Thanks for linking it to our bookmarked recipes event.

  18. Hi Nisa! You are tagged. Please visit my space for the questionnaire. Pass it to others and keep the ball rolling..

  19. yum...indian coffee house masala dosa...brings good memories back...i've seen beetroot in only their masala dosas and veg cutlets...

  20. Love the color on that masala! The dosa sounds like it would be very delicious!

  21. I could have dosai every day! JF would really love this because he likes beetroot so much.

  22. thank you for linking this delicious looking dosa

  23. I love coffe house masala dosa very much.i try this today itself!!!!!!!!!!

  24. I have been looking for the recipe of this beetroot masala. Thank you for sharing..

  25. thanks a lot.i was cravg for this recipie for ages overseas

  26. When I first came to Mumbai (Bombay then) in the 90s, someone told me there is an ICH at Chembur. Went there and ordered Masala Dosa thinking it'll be the sme as at Statue, TVM. What a horrible mistake!. It was typical mumbai masala dosa! The RED masala (beetroot) I think is a Kerala only phenomenon. Thank you very much for the recipe. Will make it at home now.

  27. And ICH Statue was our "hang out" place. For the YOUTH of those times :)

  28. Nice post. Adding beetroot to the masala seems to make a good twist. Thanks for sharing.


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