Neer Dosa | Mangalorean Rice Crepes


Neer dosa is a thin, fluffy and lacy crepe made with ground rice batter. These light and tasty dosas yields a beautiful breakfast choice, a satisfying brunch. These super soft and dosas are quite popular in the state of Karnataka served with spicy non-veg gravies. Neer Dosa is actually a wonder dish in my words since it requires just two main ingredients rice and coconut, and no wasting time for fermentation. The recipe is naturally gluten-free and vegan. This is yet another variety of dosa from the Karnataka cuisine. The word ‘neer’ translates to ‘water’ in tulu language, which means ‘water dosa’. These dosas are so called as the batter is watery and not thick like the usual dosa batter. Neer dosa is quite easy to prepare as fermentation is not required. You just need to soak the rice for about 4 to 5 hours and then grind it. Once the batter is ready, you can start making the dosas. You can also soak the rice overnight. Apart from coconut chutney, Neer Dosa can also be served with vegetable kurma or potato kurma.

One of my aunt, residing in Mangalore, introduced Neer Dosa to me. She served the dish with Coorg Style Pandi/Pork Curry and it was an instant hit. Back home, I tried out the dish and served with coconut chutney. My kid who didn’t like dosa right from childhood loved Neer Dosa and that was a great relief for me. Since I am working, I am always short of time. Neer Dosa can be prepared straight away and so my time is not wasted. Neer Dosa is an excellent breakfast option for kids, for the diet conscious and for those who want to enjoy a low carb diet. It serves an excellent tiffin box option. It is easy to chew, soft, digestible and at the same time rich in nutrients and fiber. You can explore a well detailed Neer Dosa recipe here that can be easily prepared at home.


neer dosa

Neer Dosa

Prep Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian, south indian
Servings 4 people



  • Wash and soak rice for at least one hour.
  • Grind the rice along with grated coconut and salt to a fine paste.
  • Add plenty of water to the rice paste so that the batter reaches almost the consistency of water.
  • Heat a nonstick tava and pour one spoonful batter into it.
  • Rotate the tava as soon as you pour the batter. The thickness of neer dosa should be that of thin paper.
  • No need to cook the dosa by putting it upside down. Just cover it with a lid and it will get cooked within 2 minutes.
  • Fold the dosa like a triangle.
  • :- Serve hot with chutney / sambar / chicken curry / egg curry / potato curry


You can explore this dish Neer Dosa – Karnataka Special
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Response (3)
  1. s
    suja February 10, 2009

    how long we have to keep for fermenting

  2. A
    Amala July 8, 2010

    Thank you. I have been searching for this recipe since a long time. Thank you once again..

  3. R
    Renjini Selvan February 16, 2009

    Hi suja, this is an instant dosa. No need of fermentation. You can make dosa immediately after preparing the batter.

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