Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Chettinad Visiri Dosai | Lacy Crepes from Chettinad | How to make Visiri Dosai at home | Stepwise pictures and Video | Instant Dosa Recipe | Quick and Easy

Lacy Crepes

Hi Supermoms,

Aren't we always in need of  Dosa/Crepe recipes that can be prepared quickly without too much effort or time ?

Today, I'm going to share a traditional dosa recipe that can be quickly made and tastes great. Many of you must be wondering what "Visiri" means. In tamil 'Visiri' means a 'hand -fan' and the dosa gets it's name from it's striking resemblance to the hand fan . Various flours like the rice, wheat and all purpose flours are soaked in water for a coupe of hours and then poured on hot griddle to make lace thin crepes or dosai. 

A handy recipe especially on days when you want to cook a recipe that needs very less preparation time. 'Visiri' has another meaning in tamil and that means a 'fan' ( following), and I am sure that once you try out this recipe you are going to become one big 'Visiri' of this recipe.

Recipe Courtesy : The Chettinad Cookbook

Chetinad Dosai

Chettinad Visiri Dosai | Lace thin crepes from Chettinad :

Preparation time : 2 hours
Cooking time : 15 minutes
Serves : 4
Special Vessel/Equipment : griddle, dosa tawa/flat tawa 
1 cup = 250 ml cup

Ingredients :

1 cup rice flour
1/2 cup maida/all purpose flour
1/2 cup atta/whole wheat flour
1/2 cup rava/semolina
water ( adjust)
salt to taste
sesame oil ( or oil of your choice)

For the tempering:

2 teaspoon sesame oil
20-25  sambar onions /shallots ( finely chopped) 
2 green chillies ( finely chopped)
1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds

Optional garnish:

Finely chopped Cilantro
Finely chopped curry leaves

Note: You can avoid the refined flour completely or reduce the quantity of the same .


1. In a large vessel or bowl mix all the flours with salt and add water to make a smooth paste.
Tip: Use a whisk to help mix the flours without any lumps.

2. Let them soak for 2 hours.
3. Heat oil in a small pan for tempering and add the mustard seeds.
4. When they splutter, add the onions and green chillies and fry over low flame till the onions turn soft and pink.

5. Pour this into the batter.
6. Adjust the water quantity in the batter. You are looking for a batter with pouring consistency.
Tip: The batter consistency has to be the same as Rava dosa., ie., it has to be thinner than the usual dosa but not too watery. 

7. Add the chopped cilantro, curry leaves, mix well.
8. Heat a tawa over low flame and grease it uniformly with oil using a brush or cut onion.(Refer picture)

9. When the tawa is smoking hot, pour the batter using a ladle, along the sides of the griddle.

10. Pour oil around the half cooked dosa and then flip to cook the other side.

11. Repeat the process for all the dosas.

Chettinad Visiri Dosai

You can also try Thavalai Dosai, Neer Dosai , Moringa Leaves Dosai if you are looking for more Instant dosa recipes.

Happy Cooking!

With love,


Visiri Dosai


  1. Nice uma. Wonder if there is a way we can avoid maida in this recipe.

    1. Thanks a lot Aruna. Yes, you can avoid maida completely or reduce the quantity. Shall add a note in the recipe right away.

  2. I have already become a fan of this recipe ...

  3. Super Uma! I have never heard of this dosa. It looks delicious and crispy! Glad to learn something new today :-)


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