Friday, April 27, 2018

Spinach Masala Dosa | Keerai Masala Dosai | Street food

Spinach Masala Dosa, a delicious dosa with red chutney spread all over dosa and stuffed with spinach masala inside. This is one of the dosa recipes that i have learnt from the "99 variety dosa cart" when we were in Bangalore. 

I love almost all varieties of dosa from those dosa carts that you can see all over Bangalore after 6PM. One such dosa cart was just around the corner of the street where we lived in Bangalore and we often had our dinner from those dosa carts and my favorites are this spinach masala dosa, spring dosa, mix veg dosa &  the list goes on. I really miss those dosa now here, so to satisfy my cravings, i often make them at home.
Here in the recipe, i have prepared the spinach masala ahead and later use that as stuffing for dosa. But in those carts, they even prepare the spinach masala on top of the dosa on the fly. In those carts, they have all the vegetables cut and placed in a separate bowl, red chutney in another bowl, potato filling & dosa batter in a big separate vessel and some spices & butter.

First they spread the dosa and keep the flame in the lowest possible, then depends on the stuffing we chose, they add all the veggies, butter, red chutney and some spices  on top of the dosa and mix it all well together with the metal masher and let it cook for a min or two, Tada, your dosa would be ready. 

Since I don't have that master skill of making the stuffing on the fly, I prepared the masala ahead like the potato masala and use it. Whatever the way, it still tastes awesome and almost similar to the taste of roadside dosa!!!  

If you want to know what i have prepared for past 4 days under "Street food" theme, here they are
Day 1 - Dahi Papdi Chaat
Day 2 - Bhel Puri
Day 3 - Jalebi
Day 4 - Nannari Paal Sharbath

Spinach Masala Dosai

Preparation Time : 10 mins | Cooking Time : 15 minsMakes :
Recipe Category: Dosa | Recipe Cuisine: Indian
Spinach Masala Dosai, Keerai Dosai,99 cart Dosa Spinach Masala Dosa, a delicious dosa with red chutney spread all over dosa and stuffed with spinach masala inside.
Spinach - 2 cup
Onion - 1(small)
Tomato - 1(small)
Garlic - 2
Turmeric powder - a pinch
Red chili powder - 1/4 tsp
Coriander powder - 1/2 tsp 
Garam Masala powder - 1/2 tsp
Salt - to taste
Dosa batter -  1 cup
Red Chutney - as needed
Butter - 2 tbsp
Oil - 1 tsp

First chop the onion & tomato into small pieces. Crush the garlic and chop the spinach roughly.Heat the pan with oil and add the onions, saute till it becomes translucent, then add the tomatoes.
Saute till the tomatoes are mushy, add the spinach and the spices(turmeric, red chili, coriander & garam masala powder ) & salt and mix it all together well.
Let it cover cook for few mins until the raw smell of the spices goes off. Tada, your stuffing is ready.

Now let's make dosa, take the batter, red chutney and spinach masala. Heat the dosa pan. Once the dosa pan is well heated, add 1/4 cup of dosa batter and spread it evenly and  then add 1 tbsp of red chutney and spread it on the dosa evenly.
Add 1/2 tbsp of butter & the spinach masala  & spread it evenly on all over the dosa. Fold the dosa and remove it from the pan.
Tada, 99 dosa cart style spinach masala dosa is ready.

Related: How to make Masala Dosa 

  • To check the correct temperature of dosa pan, sprinkle some water on the pan, it should sizzle immediately.
  • You can add more or less of the red chutney depends on the spice level you want.
  • I know that the butter quantity for a dosa is bit more, but that's give the great flavor and taste to the dosa. But if don't want use that much butter, you can reduce it always.


  1. Yes these Dosa walas prepare the masala on the dosa itself , I have tried doing it with Pav bhaji , it does come out well , the next time do try on the tawa , the flavours do change .
    But for sure the spinach Dosa sounds very delicious ! Looks nice and crispy .

  2. The filling sounds much healthier than the usual potato masala we usually stuff in a masala dosas. Ultimate healthy masala dosas Sandhiya, loving it.

    1. Yes, it's healthier than potato masala , Priya

  3. Adding spinach sounds healthy and yummy.. Will try next time.. and its a nice way to make kids eat spinach..

    1. Yep, best way to sneak greens into kids, Thanks Sharmila

  4. Yeah esp the street food in Vv Puram are famous for these dosas. Loved the keerai filling

  5. Very interesting filling for the dosa. I have heard about the dosa walas on the street dishing out various flavors of dosas but haven't had a chance to try them.

    1. Thanks Harini, if you get a chance, don't miss it!!

  6. Very nice Sandhiya. Love how you incorporated your favorite street foods into this theme. 99 dosa variety cart supera erukum polave. Next time will definitely visit.

    1. Thanks Vidhya. Yep, sema super a irukum, Even on our last indian trip, while visiting Bangalore, we went to the place to try this dosa. I miss them so here !!!

  7. Spinach masala for dosa - now why haven’t I thought of it before. It looks sounds absolutely delicious. My kids will love this version. Will try for them soon.

  8. Healthy masala dosa... good for brunch idea.

  9. I have seen so many insta videos on this type of stuffed dosas, but never seen them for real in my place. I would love to try it at home. The spinach filling in dosa looks wonderful and that garlic chutney must add a nice spice to the dosa.

  10. what a healthy option to serve dosa with.. sometimes I don't want the potato filling. This is a way better filling. Wish more restaurants would give healthier options of dosa filling.

  11. I thought you would have used spinach inside the dosa batter but this filling sounds even more delicious. Lovely presentation and sinful doasa meal.,

  12. What a wonderful twist! I am sure the Dosa wala has many such interesting ones..very nicely done Sandhiya..

  13. My little one loves spinach and anything green I cook. He loves masala dosai as well. What a great idea to make spinach masala dosai. I am going to make this soon for him. Lovely recipe and great idea!

  14. I am not familiar with these new twist dosas as there were not the kind of dosa carts you mentioned when I was in India. However loving this spinach masala dosa.

  15. Spinach masala dosa sounds so delicious sandhiya , The look of it is making me so hungry !! Wonderful recipe there !!

  16. This is such a delicious stuffed dosa. Somehow the street / hotel versions of making the stuffing in the dosa looks easier but am wondering if I can make it at home the same way!

  17. i alwways feel the dosa will tear if i try to make the masala on the dosa like how the streetside stalls do!!! But i bet thy do bring lot of flavors! Keerai masala sounds too yumm!!