Sagu Masala Dosa Recipe

An innovative Dosa dish with a delicious sagu masala made with carrots, turnips, pumpkin and beans used as a stuffing inside the dosa along with a generous smear of red chutney - Sounds delicious, doesn't it?!

Gauravi Vinay
Sagu Masala Dosa Recipe
3135 ratings.

Masala Dosa is one of those South Indian dishes that doesn't need any introduction. Bangalore is famous for one such kind where the spicy potato masala is replaced with a vegetable sagu and they call it Sagu Masala Dosa.

This delicious dosa filled with the Sagu Masala is available at restaurants and hotels mostly in the morning hours or served on sundays exclusively.

It is perfect for your Veg Breakfast recipes when you want to make something special on weekends. This recipe replicates the dosa from the legendary Vidyarthi Bhavan in Bangalore.

Serve Sagu Masala Dosa along with Tomato Onion Sambar and South Indian Coconut Chutney for your weekend breakfast or for a weekday night dinner recipe.

If you like this recipe, you can also try other Dosa recipes such as

  1. Mumbai Special Schezwan Dosa Recipe
  2. Paneer Chilli Dosa Recipe
  3. Mysore Masala Dosa Recipe

Prep in

25 M

Cooks in

30 M

Total in

55 M


4 Servings


    For the dosa batter
  • 3/4 cup White Urad Dal (Split)
  • 1 cup Red matta rice
  • 1 cup Dosa rice
  • 1/4 cup Poha (Flattened rice)
  • 1/4 cup Chana dal (Bengal Gram Dal)
  • 1/4 cup Arhar dal (Split Toor Dal)
  • 2 teaspoon Methi Seeds (Fenugreek Seeds)
  • 2 cups Rice flour
  • Salt , to taste
  • Sugar , a pinch
  • For the sagu
  • 1/2 cup Carrots (Gajjar) , diced into 1/2 inch cubes
  • 1/2 cup Green beans (French Beans) , diced into 1/2 inch cubes
  • 1/2 cup Turnips , diced into 1/2 inch cubes
  • 1/2 cup Kaddu (Parangikai/ Pumpkin) , red one (with skin), diced into 1/2 inch cubes
  • 3 Chana dal (Bengal Gram Dal) , + 1 teaspoon extra
  • 2 teaspoons Tamarind Paste
  • Jaggery , as required (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons Coriander (Dhania) Leaves , finely chopped
  • Oil , as required
  • For grinding
  • 1/2 teaspoon Cumin seeds (Jeera)
  • 1 tablespoon Coriander (Dhania) Seeds
  • 3 Byadagi Dried Chillies
  • 3 Guntur Dried Chillies
  • 1 inch Cinnamon Stick (Dalchini)
  • Turmeric powder (Haldi) , a pinch
  • 2 tablespoons Fresh coconut , grated
  • For tempering
  • 1 Onion , finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon Mustard seeds (Rai/ Kadugu)
  • 1 Dry Red Chilli
  • 1/4 teaspoon Asafoetida (hing)
  • 8-10 Curry leaves
  • Salt , to taste
  • For red chutney
  • 1/3 cup Roasted Gram Dal (Pottukadalai)
  • 3 Byadagi Dried Chillies
  • 1 tablespoon Fresh coconut , grated
  • 1/2 teaspoon Tamarind Paste
  • 3 cloves Garlic
  • Salt , to taste

How to make Sagu Masala Dosa Recipe

  1. *To Prepare the Dosa batter

  2. To begin making the Sagu Masala Dosa recipe, firstly wash and soak urad dal with fenugreek seeds in enough water for about 4 hours

  3. Wash and soak rice, toor dal, chana dal, poha in enough water for 6 hours or overnight. 

  4. Once everything is soaked, grind the urad dal mixture with little water until silky smooth in a mixer or using a stone grinder. Add this to a large mixing bowl.

  5. Now grind the rice and dal mixture slightly coarsely with little water in the mixer grinder and add it into the urad mixture.

  6. To the same bowl add the 2 cups rice flour and mix all the ingredients to resemble a batter between thick and flowy.

  7. Sit this on a warm place and ferment for 8-12 hours depending on where you live. Once fermented add the salt and sugar mix well and now the batter is ready to make dosas.

  8. *To make the Saagu.  

  9. In a tiny bowl soak 3 teaspoons chana dal and in another cup soak another 1 teaspoon chana dal in water for about an hour. 

  10. Meanwhile, chop all the vegetables and set aside.

  11. In a mixer jar, add all the ingredients under grinding - Jeera seeds, Coriander seeds, Byadgi Chillies, Guntur Chillies, cinnamon stick, turmeric powder and fresh coconut with the 3 teaspoons of soaked chana dal and grind to slightly coarse paste with very little water.

  12. In a wide vessel add the vegetables - carrots, beans, turnips except pumpkin with little water and cook until just done but not very soft. This will take about 5 to 6 minutes. 

  13. Once it is done, add pumpkin and cook until its soft.

  14. Now add the ground paste, tamarind extract, salt and cook for 5-7 minutes or until the Sagu thickens.

  15. This sagu must not be very watery or this will make the dosa very soggy. Add jaggery if your pumpkin isn't very sweet or simply skip it.

  16. In another pan heat some oil, crackle the mustard seeds, follow it with asafoetida, 1 red chilli broken, curry leaves and 1 teaspoon of soaked chana dal that has been drained.

  17. Next, add in the finely chopped onions and cook until transparent. Pour this tadka into the sagu and mix until combined. Cook for a couple of minutes more and top with coriander. Your Sagu is ready.

  18. *To make the red chutney

  19. We will add all the ingredients mentioned under chutney which includes Roasted Chana Dal, Byadgi Red Dry Chillies, Fresh Coconut, Tamarind Paste, Garlic and Salt.

  20. Grind to a slightly coarse consistency with enough water to bring it all together.

  21. *To assemble the dosa. 

  22. Scoop out some batter into a bowl and add water to make the batter to a flowy consistency.

  23. Heat a dosa tawa, add some oil and then wipe it out with a clean kitchen towel. Pour a ladle of batter in the centre and spread it thinly in circles to make a dosa.

  24. Add oil or ghee to cook, once the top is cooked smear the red chutney, top it with 2-3 tablespoons of vegetable sagu. Once it is done, let it cook until golden, fold and remove the dosa onto a plate and serve hot.

  25. Serve Sagu Masala Dosa along with Tomato Onion Sambar and South Indian Coconut Chutney for your weekend breakfast or for a weekday night dinner recipe.