Oats Dosa (Steel Cut Oats Dosa Recipe)

  • August 4, 2020
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Healthy, Filling, Fibre Rich Breakfast Recipe using Steel Cut Oats. This Oats Dosa will be a staple at your home, once you try it!

Oats Dosa (Steel Cut Oats Dosa Recipe)

If you love South Indian Breakfast and are looking for a fibre rich and filling Dosa recipe, then you will love this super easy and delicious Oats Dosa using Steel Cut Oats. This Dosa is made using a fermented batter comprising of Oats, Rice and Lentils. It is not an instant dosa recipe.

Including oats in delicious ways as part of our meals is always on my agenda. For regular readers of the blog, you are aware that Narayan and me don’t enjoy overnight oats or are fond of eating porridge either. What we do love is traditional stuff!

Dosa is always a favourite breakfast at home. This Steel Cut Oats Dosa Recipe is generally our weekend breakfast with a side of podi and vellam (jaggery). If you have not tried this combo, I urge you to try it once!

Couple portions of dosas keep you full, thanks to the fibre rich Steel Cut Oats. As much as I love using instant oats (for the convenience), steel cut oats are quite filling.

About Steel Cut Oats

Oats derive the name “Steel Cut” because the whole oats are chopped into small sized groats using a steel blade. (refer the pic below)

Steel Cut Oats can be easily cooked and are further processed to make rolled oats and instant oats.

Steel cut oats are naturally gluten free. However, you have to check the labels carefully before buying. Check for “Gluten Free Oats” specifically if you are gluten sensitive.

Steel Cut Oats

Ingredients for Steel Cut Oats Dosa

  • Steel Cut Oats
  • Rice – Highly recommended to add. Do not skip it. Firstly, it provides crispiness and secondly it prevents the dosa from sticking to the pan.
  • Urad Dal and Methi Seeds

After the ingredients are washed and soaked for atleast 6 hours, grind using a mixer grinder or wet grinder. Then set it aside for fermentation overnight or 8 to 10 hours.

I prefer soaking in the afternoon, grinding late evening and setting it aside the whole night for fermentation. The next morning, batter is ready for breakfast.

Oats Dosa served with podi and vellam (jaggery)

This batter stays fresh in the refrigerator for atleast a week. You can freeze it as well for longer shelf life.

Chutney Recipes for Oats Dosa

You can also serve this delicious dosa with Drumstick Sambar or Murungakai Sambar and / or Idli Podi and sesame Oil (as seen in the pic).

As a filling lunch, oats dosa can be served with delicious gravies or curries. A change from the usual rotis with the added fibre from the steel cut oats.

Let us look at the step wise process of making this dosa at home.

Oats Dosa Step by Step Recipe

(1) Wash and soak the ingredients for atleast 6 hours.

Ingredients for Steel Cut Oats Dosa - Steel cut oats, urad dal, rice and methi seeds
Soaking the ingredients for oats dosa

(2) Drain the water used for soaking, rinse well.

(3) Add this to a mixer grinder jar along with some water and grind it into a smooth paste.

Grinding the ingredients for the dosa batter
Texture of the dosa batter

(4) Keep aside to ferment overnight.

(5) After fermentation, add salt, mix well. If you find the batter thick, add a little water and adjust consistency.

(6) Heat a dosa tava, add few drops of oil and season the pan using an onion piece or a kitchen paper towel.

(7) Now add a ladle of dosa batter and spread it well. Pour oil on all sides and let it cook.

Dosa cooking on a hot griddle

(8) Flip or turn the dosa, add few drops of oil, cook until its nice and crispy.

(9) Serve dosa with sambar and a chutney of your choice.

Recipe Notes –

  • The batter thickens with time (say couple of days) so ensure you adjust consistency by adding some water and salt accordingly.
  • The first dosa might stick to the pan as we are using gluten free oats and rice in very small proportion. The second dosa will be a breeze.
  • I have used Ponni Idli Rice or Boiled Rice for this recipe. You can replace it with Brown Rice, short grain rice, basmati rice etc as per availability. All these options have been tried and tested by me.
  • For more crisp dosa, increase the quantity of rice by 1 cup. I have kept the oats quantity high as per our personal preference.

Some Oats Recipes on the blog –

  • Oats Chilla – A quick breakfast savory oats pancake using instant and rolled oats.
  • Oats Mixed Millets Dosa – Using mixed millet flours and instant oats, this is an instant dosa recipe that is hearty and filling.
Oats Dosa served with podi and vellam

Oats Dosa (Steel Cut Oats Dosa Recipe)

Vidya Narayan
Oats Dosa is a South Indian Breakfast Recipe using fermented batter of steel cut oats, rice and lentils. Easy, Healthy Fibre Rich, Savory Indian Veg Pancakes using Steel Cut Oats.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Fermentation 8 hrs
Total Time 8 hrs 35 mins
Course Breakfast, brunch
Cuisine Indian, South Indian
Servings 12 Dosas

Ingredients
  

  • 1 1/2 cup Steel Cut Oats 1 cup is 250 ml measurement
  • 1/2 cup Idli Ponni Rice Refer Notes Below
  • 1/2 cup Urad Dal
  • 1/4 tsp Methi Seeds or Fenugreek seeds
  • Salt to taste
  • Water as required to wash, soak, grind and adjust batter consistency
  • Sesame Oil for cooking dosas

Instructions
 

  • Wash and soak all the ingredients (rice, steel cut oats, urad dal and methi seeds) for atleast 6 hours.
  • Drain the water used for soaking, rinse well.
  • Add this to a mixer grinder jar along with some water and grind it into a smooth paste.
  • Keep aside to ferment overnight.
  • After fermentation, add salt, mix well. If you find the batter thick, add a little water and adjust consistency.
  • Heat a dosa tava, add few drops of oil and season the pan.
  • Now add a ladle of dosa batter and spread it well. Pour oil on all sides and let it cook.
  • Flip the dosa, add few drops of oil until it is nice and brown.
  • Serve dosa with sambar and a chutney of your choice.

Notes

  • The batter thickens with time (say couple of days) so ensure you adjust consistency by adding some water and salt accordingly.
  • The first dosa might stick to the pan as we are using gluten free oats and rice in very small proportion. The second dosa will be a breeze.
  • I have used Ponni Idli Rice or Boiled Rice for this recipe. You can replace it with Brown Rice, short grain rice, basmati rice etc as per availability. All these options have been tried and tested by me.
  • For more crisp dosa, increase the quantity of rice by 1 cup. I have kept the oats quantity high as per our personal preference.
Keyword oats dosa, oats dosa fermented, steel cut oats dosa recipe
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Taking this recipe to the A to Z challenge this month wherein we choose to cook with key ingredients Alphabetically. This month it was time for Alphabet ‘O’. I chose my key ingredient ‘Oats’ to make this South Indian Breakfast – Oats Dosa using Steel Cut Oats.

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Vidya Narayan

Hi Everyone, I am Vidya Narayan & Welcome to my blog MasalaChilli. Born in a Traditional Palakkad Iyer (South Indian) Family with strong value systems to an exceptionally strong and independent Single Mom, spent most of my childhood studying well (as most Iyer girls do).

This Post Has 27 Comments

  1. Shobha Keshwani

    5 stars
    One more dosa variety. Great. I have steel cut oats at home. Will make these healthy dosas soon and share the feed back with you. Me and hubby dear both prefer and like South Indian Cuisine any day.

    1. Vidya Narayan

      So glad you liked it. Thank you so much.

  2. Niranjana Sankaranarayanan

    Have not made oats dosa with steel cut oats. Healthy option than the normal dosa. Another tiffin option to be added in the menu.

    1. Vidya Narayan

      I hope you enjoy making and eating the dosas Niranjana.

  3. Mayuri Patel

    5 stars
    Well explained post and now you’ve tempted me to try and get some steel cut oats to make these crispy delicious looking dosa. Hubby and I are big fans of idli and dosa and enjoy them anytime of the day.

    1. Vidya Narayan

      I hope you both enjoy the dosas for breakfast. Will look forward to your feedback. Thank you.

  4. The Girl Next Door

    5 stars
    The dosas look soft and lovely! I make dosa with steel-cut oats too, but without the rice. The next time around, I would love to try out your version.

    A healthy option for breakfast or a light dinner. Great going!

    1. Vidya Narayan

      I hope you enjoy trying these.

  5. Preethicuisine

    5 stars
    Fermented dosa batter with oats is something I have not tried. Would love to try this delicious and nutritious did for breakfast. I love dosa with idli podi and jaggery combo. I have the same combo with ghee with akki rotti. Only people who have tried this combo can relate.

    1. Vidya Narayan

      Now that you mentioned Preethi, the akki rotti and ghee jaggery combo is one of my favourites too.. Guess we wait to enjoy it together some day. Thank you so much dear.

  6. Sujata Roy

    5 stars
    I always love your healthy recipes. This oats dosa sounds super healthy, delicious and perfect breakfast option. I would love to try it soon. I don’t have steel cut oats so I have to make it with rolled oats.

    1. Vidya Narayan

      Glad you liked it.

  7. Kalyani

    5 stars
    I usually make it with Oats Flour.. this fermented version with steel cut Oats certainly looks and sounds delicious.. bookmarked to try soon !

    1. Vidya Narayan

      Thank you

  8. Rafeeda - The Big Sweet Tooth

    5 stars
    Oats has become such an important ingredient in our daily eating habit, isn’t it? I have always used rolled oats, but have never seen steel cut oats. I love that you replaced a part of the rice with oats and made such a filling dosa of it..

    1. Vidya Narayan

      I am glad you liked it.

  9. Aruna

    It is recipes like this one that make it easy to incorporate healthy oats into every day meals that appeal to the whole household. One can also “sneak” oats in for those who shudder at the idea of eating this healthy ingredient.

  10. Paarul Mehta

    This steel cut oats dosa recipe in another delicious way to add oats to the menu and great option for senior citizens too. With podi and jaggery on the side the tiffin option looks really inviting.

  11. Jolly

    Very well explained posts about steel cut oats, I never knew that we can dosa from it. Your recipe tempted me to try it and dosa looks so crispy yummy. Everyone at my home love dosa, I’m sure they love oats one too especially Aarush.

  12. Anshu Agrawal

    Nothing better than Dosa for breakfast, lunch and dinner for my family. All are such a huge fan of Dosa and i think i got a delicious way to make them eat oats. Lovely recipe, so simple and nutritious. Loved it??

    1. Vidya Narayan

      I hope you and family enjoy them Anshu. Thankyou.

  13. NARMADHA

    5 stars
    Oats Dosa with podi looks so delicious and tempting. I always make the instant dosa with rolled oats. Fermented version looks so good. Hope we can make Idli also using the same batter?

    1. Vidya Narayan

      Thank you

  14. Poonam Bachhav

    5 stars
    I have tried making dosa with instant oats. This fermented dosa with stell cut oats sounds absolutely nutritious. Would love giving it a try soon.

    1. Vidya Narayan

      Thanks, hope you enjoy.

  15. Seema Sriram

    Flat rolled and steel cut are the varieties I love to keep of the oats. I love the texture of oats dosa always over the rice dosa. We make this often as it helps my borderline diabetic husband as well. Glad to see such lovely images here, Vidya.

    1. Vidya Narayan

      Thank you

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