Recipe for Neer Dosa (Rice Batter Dosa From Mangalore)

Updated on January 21, 2020
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This is one of my favorite breakfast recipes from Mangalore. Very simple yet delicious, it requires only three ingredients.

A soft and yummy neer dosa.
A soft and yummy neer dosa.

What Is Neer Dosa?

Neer dosa, a type of dosa made from rice batter, is a famous recipe from Mangalore, Karnataka, India. The word neer means water, which refers to the watery consistency of the batter. This type of dosa requires very few ingredients, but it tastes very good. It is usually served with coconut chutney or sukka, and it is often eaten for breakfast.

Cook Time

Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 15 min
Ready in: 30 min
Yields: Serves 2 people


  • 1 cup dosa rice
  • 1/2 cup grated coconut
  • Salt, to taste
  • 1 cup water


  1. Soak the rice in water for 6 to 7 hours or overnight.
  2. Grate the coconut (or you can use store-bought grated coconut).
  3. In a blender, add the rice, grated coconut, water, and salt. Blend into a smooth batter.
  4. Add more water, as needed. The batter should be watery.
  5. Heat a tawa (skillet) on high heat. After 2 minutes, reduce the heat, add oil, and pour half the dosa batter onto the tawa.
  6. After 1 minute, the dosa is ready. Do not flip the dosa to cook the other side.
  7. Pour the other half of the dosa batter onto the tawa. Cook as described above.
  8. Serve and enjoy!

Photo Guide

The simple ingredients for the neer dosa.
The simple ingredients for the neer dosa.
The batter should have a runny consistency.
The batter should have a runny consistency.


  1. If you forget to rinse the rice overnight or cannot wait for 6 hours, you can soak the rice in hot water for 2 hours.
  2. You can use any type of oil to make the dosa, but coconut oil is the best.
  3. Try to use fresh coconut, as it tastes better.
  4. Make sure you cook the dosa on high heat.


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