Davangere Benne Dose


This is a classic dosai and one of the first ones I decided on when I was compiling my list of dishes for this month. I am absolutely in love with the various doses of Karnataka but like everyone I love the benne dose the best. Benne means butter and like its name this dose is soft and melt in the mouth delicious. This batter has puffed rice in addition to idli rice and lentils which gives it its soft texture.


Recipe from here

Makes 8-10 doses


1 cup Idli Rice

1/4 cup Urad dal / Skinless black lentils

1 1/4 cup Puffed rice / Murmura

1 tsp All purpose flour

1 tsp Sugar

1/4 tsp Baking soda

4-5 tbsp Unsalted butter





  • Soak the rice and lentil for 5-6 hours or overnight
  • Soak the puffed rice for 30 minutes
  • Drain and transfer the rice, lentils and puffed rice into a blender jar
  • Grind all the ingredients together with water and salt to make a smooth batter
  • Transfer the batter to a large vessel and set it aside
  • Let the batter ferment for 7-8 hours or overnight
  • It can be refrigerated once it ferments
  • To make the dose, add the all purpose flour, sugar and baking soda to the batter and mix well
  • The batter should be in the consistency of a regular idli batter
  • Heat a tava and pour a ladle full of batter on it
  • Spread the batter in a circular shape but ensure it is not too thin like the regular dosa
  • Add few blobs on butter on the dose
  • After 1-2 minutes, use a steel spatula to disengage the dose from the tava and turn it over on the other side
  • Take it off the gas and repeat the same procedure for the rest of the batter
  • Serve warm with potato palya or coconut chutney
  • Enjoy!


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