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The History of South Indian Crepe – Dosa

India is a land of remarkable diversity, from diverse traditions, landscapes to culinary cuisines varying significantly by region. In India, food plays a large part in the country’s culture. Traditionally, South Indian crepe- Dosa is widely recognized across the country. It is relished for its flavors, seasoning, taste, visual appeal and fragrance. Usually spelled as Dosai or Dosay, Dosa is eaten for dinner, breakfast or simply as a snack.



Dosa is known to exist since the 5th century AD in the country. It is believed that the crepe was found initially in the Temple streets of Udipi, Karnataka. Chalukya King Somesvara III first referenced Dosa in Tamil literature in 1054 AD and later in 6 th century K.T. Achaya mentioned it.


The recipe is eaten largely by the vegetarians and those having wheat allergies. Since the South Indian dish is prepared using rice it is high in carbohydrates and low in calories. Since they are very delicious yet light, they are popular among diet conscious people and those with digestion problems. An 86 gram Dosa provides 162 calories, which is just around 8% of the daily recommended intake. It is also a good source of protein.


Ingredients used for preparing the Crepe-

The crepe is prepared by mixing rice with other lentils.
• Idli Rice
• Chana Dal
• Urad Dal
• Methi Seeds
• Flattened Rice
• Salt


There are many Dosa varieties in the country, Masala Dosa, Ghee Dosa, Onion Dosa, KalDosa, Papper roast to name few.


This popular South Indian dish are served with extremely flavorful chutneys prepared using cilantro, fenugreek seeds, peanuts, coconut, dal and tamarind. Some of the popular chutneys are coconut chutneys, coriander chutney, mint chutney, tomato chutney, peanut chutney and tamarind chutneys.

Today this dish is relished not just in India but in several other countries including Malaysia, Singapore and United Kingdom. If you are staying in London, there are many restaurants that serve Dosa but the Best Srilankan Restaurant London, I would prefer is Palm Beach. They provide Dosa Catering services for all occasions and parties.

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