Vella Dosai / Instant Wheat Flour Jaggery Sweet Pancakes

Vella Dosai is a quick after school snack recipe for kids or breakfast treat during weekends to satisfy sweet cravings. An Instant Wheat Flour and Jaggery Pancake Recipe with Step by Step pics can be made under 30 minutes.

Vella Dosai / Instant Wheat Flour Jaggery Sweet Pancakes

The recipe I bring to you today is an ode to childhood memories. A time when there was no junk food available and no restrictions on home made sweets either. One such childhood favourite dosa recipe is the Vella Dosai or the Instant Wheat Flour Jaggery Sweet Pancakes.

I made this after ages and let me tell you, enjoyed every bite of this delicious thick pancake with our evening cup of tea. In fact, my husband even remarked that this should be made often at home.

About Vella Dosai

  • Vellam in Tamil refers to Jaggery and Dosas are South Indian Pancakes.
  • These sweet pancakes can be made with few ingredients easily available at home.
  • They are best to satisfy the immediate sweet cravings, especially for kids.
  • When served during winters, jaggery is quite warming to the body and provides instant energy to the otherwise tired and busy young minds.
  • Made with ghee or clarified butter but can also be made with oil. Ghee is another ingredient, apart from Jaggery, whose consumption increases during winters.

Did I tell you that these dosas taste very similar to Neyyappam or Kerala Sweet Appams? Well, they do!

Vella Dosai - Wheat Jaggery Dosa, Jaggery pancake

Ingredients for the Jaggery Sweet Pancakes

  • Whole Wheat Flour (Since it is an instant recipe, no soaking or grinding is involved)
  • Rice Flour (to add slight crispiness around edges)
  • Jaggery (to be grated, melted and added with the flours)
  • Cardamom Powder or Eliachi powder for the flavour and aroma.
  • Coconut slices – I cannot imagine Vella Dosai without coconut slices. You can, however, add grated coconut too to the batter.
  • Ghee – Cook the dosa with ghee instead of oil, especially in winters for best results.

Vella Dosai is ideal after school snack when kids demand “something sweet”. Instead of handing them sweets loaded with refined flour and sugar, you can adopt traditional recipes to ensure good nutrition and taste.

Vella Dosai tastes best when served piping hot. As such, they don’t need any fancy accompaniments. For kids, a glass of milk is sufficient or you can serve it with a dollop of white butter.

Vella Dosai Recipe with Step by Step Pics

  • Grate Jaggery, measure and keep aside. Sift Whole Wheat Flour and Rice Flour in a bowl.
  • Melt Jaggery in a steel vessel with 2 tblsp water on low flame, until the jaggery is liquid consistency. No one string consistency to be achieved here so ensure the flame is low.
  • Strain the jaggery.
  • Mix the flour and jaggery until it has formed a thick paste. Add water and achieve pouring consistency.
  • Now add fine slices of coconut along with cardamom powder. Mix well and rest for 5 minutes.
  • Heat a griddle or tawa, add few drops of ghee.
  • Carefully pour a ladle of this dosa batter and try to spread. The batter tends to stick a bit so be careful.
  • Drizzle ghee to the sides of the pancake, cover and cook for few minutes over low heat.
  • Remove cover, flip and cook until done.
  • Serve the dosas piping hot.

Important Tips

  • Since the Dosa or pancake is sweet, choose good quality Jaggery. I have used an organic variety.
  • Every Jaggery variety is different, so ensure you taste and adjust quantity.
  • The colour of the pancakes would also depend on the variety of jaggery used.
  • For this recipe, we have to just melt the jaggery. No one-string consistency needs to be achieved here. Do not overcook the jaggery or thicken it. It should just dissolve so that batter can be mixed easily.
  • I have used water to adjust the consistency of the batter, you can add milk too. I find the latter too heavy, so I avoid.
  • Instead of chopped pieces of coconut, you can add grated coconut too.

As I have mentioned earlier, these are instant pancakes so it can be made under 30 minutes.

The Recipe is not Gluten Free but can be easily substituted with Almond Flour. For a Vegan Recipe version, add oil instead of ghee.

The batter consistency can be adjusted according to preferences. I love the thick pancakes as opposed to flat dosa and hence prefer the batter thick.

The recipe yields around 7 mini pancakes.

Vella Dosai

Vella Dosai / Instant Wheat Flour Jaggery Sweet Pancakes

Vella Dosai is a quick after school snack recipe for kids or breakfast treat during weekends to satisfy sweet cravings. An Instant Wheat Flour and Jaggery Pancake Recipe with Step by Step pics can be made under 30 minutes.
5 from 3 votes
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Course: Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine: Indian, South Indian
Keyword: after school snacks for kids, easy dessert recipes, Jaggery Dosa, quick desserts, Sweet Dosa Recipe, Vella Dosai, Whole Wheat Jaggery Pancakes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Resting Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 7 pancakes

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup Whole Wheat Flour !/2 cup is 125 ml measurement
  • 1/2 cup Rice Flour
  • 1 cup Jaggery (Grated or roughly chopped) 1 cup is 200 ml measurement
  • 1/4 tsp Cardamom Powder or Eliachi powder
  • 1 tbsp Sliced Coconut Pieces
  • Water as required to achieve batter consistency See Notes below
  • Ghee or Clarified butter to cook the dosa

Instructions

  • Grate Jaggery, measure and keep aside. Sift Whole Wheat Flour and Rice Flour in a bowl.    
  • Melt Jaggery in a steel vessel with 2 tblsp water on low flame, until the jaggery is liquid consistency. No one string consistency to be achieved here so ensure the flame is low.
  • Strain the jaggery.
  • Mix the flour and jaggery until it has formed a thick paste. Add water and achieve pouring consistency.
  • Now add fine slices of coconut along with cardamom powder. Mix well and rest for 5 minutes.
  • Heat a griddle or tawa, add few drops of ghee.
  • Carefully pour a ladle of this dosa batter and try to spread. The batter tends to stick a bit so be careful.
  • Drizzle ghee to the sides of the pancake, cover and cook for few minutes over low heat.
  • Remove cover, flip and cook until done.
  • Serve the dosas piping hot.

Notes

  • Since the Dosa or pancake is sweet, choose good quality Jaggery. I have used an organic variety.
  • Every Jaggery variety is different, so ensure you taste and adjust quantity.
  • The colour of the pancakes would also depend on the variety of jaggery used.
  • For this recipe, we have to just melt the jaggery. No one-string consistency needs to be achieved here. Do not overcook the jaggery or thicken it. It should just dissolve so that batter can be mixed easily.
  • I have used water to adjust the consistency of the batter, you can add milk too. I find the latter too heavy, so I avoid.
  • Water quantity was close to 1 cup (250 ml) that was used for adjusting batter consistency. It largely depends on the flour too. Organic Wheat Flour absorbs more water. Adjust and add accordingly. 
  • Instead of chopped pieces of coconut, you can add grated coconut too.
  • The Recipe is not Gluten Free but can be easily substituted with Almond Flour. For a Vegan Recipe version, add oil instead of ghee.

Some Kid Friendly Snack Recipes

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 ‘J’ and I chose my key ingredient ‘Jaggery’ to make a childhood favourite Dosa Recipe called Vella Dosai

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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 22 Comments

  1. This is one of my favourite pancakes since my childhood times, we usually prepared in a simple or instant way as you prepared but never added coconut in it. But next time, I’ll try your version. This looks so delicious, perfect breakfast with a cups of tea.

    1. Coconut is a very South Indian touch and I am sure you will love it as well. Thank you Jolly. And yes, I agree, delicious breakfast with cups of tea.

  2. 5 stars
    My childhood memories are of my mum making savory and sweet pudla for dinner for our huge family. The savory ones would be made with wheat flour, jaggery and fennel seeds. Vella Dosai look tempting and is urging me make the sweet pudla as we call it in Gujarati. Would like to try your recipe because you’ve added rice flour and I’m that makes them crispy.

    1. The Rice Flour adds a bit of crispiness on the edges which I love. The meetha pudla sounds yummy and I guess, we all enjoyed eating this as kids. Thanks Mayuri

  3. Amma makes lovely Vella Dosai, and I absolutely adore it. I have, somehow, never gotten around to trying this out myself.

    Your Vella Dosai looks so delicious I’m tempted to make some soon. Would be a treat on a cold winter evening!

    1. Although there is no sign of winters here in Mumbai, yet, we still enjoyed it thoroughly. Hope you enjoy making them soon. Thanks Priya.

  4. This one is my all time fav and I learnt this from my paati. And we often make this at hone with Godhumai mavu karacha dosai. Lovely share for the theme, Vidya.

    1. Niranjana I love the Ghodhumai dosai as well (savory version), tastes so good with a spicy kara chutney.

  5. We too make a similar kind but without coconut and little thin and call it atte ke pue(not the pakoras type).. this one is my hubby’s favorite. truly a childhood delight, when simple homemade stuff was relished and enjoyed and is still takes us back to time!! Loved the addition of coconut that will try next whenever I make,

    1. I love aate ke pue both the pakora ones and the flat ones. In fact during winters, North India has this roti also which is wheat and jaggery based, same is in Maharashtra as Gul Poli. Coconut is a very South touch and I am sure you will enjoy it the next time you try. Thank you Swaty, appreciate it.

  6. The traditional recipes are the best kind of recipes. Easy to make, delicious, and nutritious! This dosa would be the perfect breakfast for chilly winter mornings.

    1. Absolutely Aruna, agree with you.

  7. 5 stars
    Whole wheat Jaggery pancakes are common in my house for my kids breakfast or lunch. I make it a bit different from your way. I have never added coconut and rice flour to the batter. I would love to give it a try, specially when you say that rice flour adds to the crunch.

    1. Rice Flour is one of the most used flours in South India. We use it to thicken our gravies too. Hope you like this version, when you try it next. Thank you.

  8. 5 stars
    We make similar whole wheat flour pancakes using jaggery. We call it ghavache goad Dhirde. I liked the addition of coconut flakes in these thick pancakes. I would love to have it with sajuk tup.

    1. Thanks Poonam and I love goad dhirde as well as the savory ones too. Coconut is signature south indian so had to add it, although some like adding grated ones also. This is served with tup or white butter too esp for kids as it makes it filling for them. Thank you so much, traditional recipes are the best and glad to know each region has their own version.

  9. I love these jaggery pancakes .. we make the same in Sindhi homes too specially on Ganesh Chaturthi.

    1. Thank you.

  10. Vidya, I had totally forgotten the pure bliss of vella dosai. amma used to make it o the days she had holidays and we come home to just hog on them. this week I will make them for my kids.

    1. Wasn’t the recipe nostalgic, Seema? I had the same feeling when I was making it after a long time. Also truly satisfied after eating it. Now its your turn as a mum to feed your kids, haha. Cheers!

  11. Looks so lovely . We also prepare this recipe at home. Little bit different from yours.

    1. Thank you

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