neer dosa
Neer Dosa | How to make neer dosa| South Canara
Written by Jayashree
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Neer dosa is a popular crepe from South Canara region  of Karnataka. It is soft, fluffy, lacy, tasty and makes one of the finest breakfast ever. Serve it with vegetable stew and a variety of chutney for a yummy weekend breakfast.

South India is famous for the variety of dosa galore one can endlessly enjoy. Masala dosa, rava dosa, onion uttapam, neer dosa, adai, benne dosa, set dosa are some of them. South Canara was  the region of the present day Dakshina Kannada and Udupi of Karnataka.

What is Neer Dosa?

Neer Dosa is another variety of dosa from Karnataka. It is popular in South Kanara region. It is made using only rice, no lentil is used here. Fresh coconut is used, but one can avoid it. Neer means “water” in Kannada. The batter is made as thin as water, thus the name.

If the batter is thin, can we make it into a crepe?

Yes, you can make it. Heat a skillet. Take a ladle full of batter, hold the handle of the skillet in one hand and pour the batter with the other. Once you pour the batter, just turn it around and the batter spreads.

Can anyone make it?

It does need a little practice, but you can make it. Use a non-stick skillet for best results.

neer dosa

neer dosa

My other South Canara recipes on the blog: Moongdal payasam, Sweet Potato Kheer, Rice Porridge

Let’s get to the recipe of Neer Dosa:


  • 1 cup rice
  • 1/2 cup fresh coconut
  • salt
  • water
  • oil for roasting


  1. Wash the rice and soak in water for eight hours.
  2. Grate the coconut.
  3. Grind the rice with little water, add coconut to it.
  4. Remove the batter in a wide bowl.
  5. Add salt to it.
  6. Heat a skillet.
  7. Take some batter in another bowl, add water to it.
  8. Take a ladleful of batter, hold the handle of skillet in one hand, pour it over and immediately turn it around. Drizzle some oil around it.
  9. Close a lid and let it cook on medium flame.
  10. Once it is cooked, slowly scrape it from the side and fold it.
  11. Serve hot with chutney or stew.

Neer Dosa

Neer Dosa is a popular crepe from South Canara region of Karnataka. 

Course Breakfast
Cuisine dakshina kannada, karnataka, mangalore
Keyword mangalore, neer dosa, south canara, south indian dishes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 12 crepes
Author Jayashree


  • 1 cup raw rice
  • 1/2 cup fresh coconut
  • water
  • salt
  • oil


  1. Grate the coconut.

  2. Grind the rice with little water, add coconut to it.

  3. Remove the batter in a wide bowl. Add salt to it.

  4. Heat a skillet, take some batter in another bowl, add water to it.

  5. Take a ladleful of batter, hold the handle of skillet in one hand, pour it over and immediately turn it around. Drizzle some oil around it.
  6. Close a lid and let it cook on medium flame. Once it is cooked, slowly scrape it from the side and fold it. Serve hot with chutney or stew.

Recipe Notes

  • Adding of coconut is optional, but it gives a good taste.
neer dosa

neer dosa



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  1. Geetanjali Tung

    Neer dosa looks so delicious ! Perfectly done. Love it☺

  2. Pavani

    I have heard about this does so many time but not yet tried. After your clear explanation I think I will try this recipe soon.Thanks for sharing this the recipe

  3. Sandhya

    I love the texture of Neer dosa with so many curries too. Great share Jayashree. You make it easy with your step by step directions.

  4. Renu Agrawal Dongre

    One of my favorite dosa, can be eaten as is or goes with lot of spicy curries. yum

  5. windycitydinnerfairy

    I’ve never had this before, but now I want to try it asap! Sounds delicious!

  6. Lisa L .Bynum

    I would be interested in trying this. How do you serve it? Like bread on the side for dipping?

    • jayashree

      Welcome to my space. Glad you liked it. We serve it with coconut chutney. Chutneys are accompaniment that we use with such crepes. You can also use any stew with it. Chutney recipes are on the blog.

  7. Jessica Formicola

    I have never tried neer dosa, but I can’t wait to try!

  8. valentina maria kenney wein

    I’ve never had this and I’m excited to try it! We have two people in our family who can’t eat white so this will be perfect for them, and fun to make! 🙂

  9. Ruchisvegkitchen

    Simply love Neer Dosa. So simple and easy . Thanks for your detailed recipe. Never tried but definitely now very soon will do. Lovely share

  10. Nand

    I love Neer dosa and would love to make it once on my own. I am sure this recipe will help me.

  11. spiceaffairs2016

    Love Neer dosas and order some whenever we visit Andhra restaurant, thanks for your lovely recipe will try soon at home.

  12. Priya Suresh

    Would love to kick start my day with this gluten free dosa, serve me this dosa with a spicy side dish, i can sit and eat without any guilt.

  13. Ashima

    Reminds me of the days when I used to live in Bangalore! Thanks for sharing the recipe.. I used to think it will be super complicated to make neer dosa but now I am encouraged to try it. By the way, your instructions are displayed twice.. All the instructions are on point 1 and then repeated again. 😮 Maybe a typing error in when you entered the recipe in the the plugin.

  14. Seema Doraiswamy Sriram

    Your Neer dosa is an absolute delight, we love neer dosai always. I especially love it with jaggery and coconut…yumm.

  15. poonampagar

    Neer dosa with those flavorful chutneys looks so inviting ! Would love to try it. Thanks for the share.

  16. Vanitha Bhat

    This is one of my favorite dosas, especially with jaggery syrup. Of course, we make chutney too but the syrup is my favorite! Looks so delicious and you have explained it so well!

  17. Sasmita Sahoo Samanta

    Simply love this Neer Dosa dear which are so simple and easy to make. Never tried yet but tempting to try my hand soon

  18. Jagruti Dhanecha

    I never knew that Neer dosa are made with only rice and not added any daal, thanks for the easy and simple recipe. I must try this weekend.

  19. Freda @ Aromatic essence

    I’m suddenly craving some neer dosa after seeing this post! It looks perfect 🙂

  20. Lathiya

    The ingredients of this is similar too appam….the beer dosa looks delicious…perfect for breakfast

  21. code2cook

    Good that you have mentioned why the name is called so. I am surely going to try one day. Make mostly rava dosa.

  22. Malini

    This one is a very popular recipe in Karnataka. Your recipe is reminding some good old moments to me. I learned this dosa when I went onsite with one of my friends. She used to make this and other authentic Karnataka recipes. Will try this soon.

  23. geetha priyanka

    Neer dosa is such an easy recipe with few ingredients yet tastes delish. One of my favourite kind of dosa. Lovely share.

  24. Preethi Prasad

    I love neer dosa with kadala curry (mangalore style).We usually have it at my friends place. I am yet to try this dosa at home.Fab share Jayashree.

  25. Ritu Tangri

    For the last few days my taste buds have been yearning for South Indian food, so today I wished rice and lentils. Now I’ll take it some rice from the soakedsoak and can try this neer dosa. Best part is it doesn’t need fermentation. Thanks for the recipe

  26. theyellowdaal

    Haven’t got the chance to make neer dosa. But will comback to this recipe whenever I do.

  27. Jolly

    Neer dosa looks so inviting & this recipes is very easy to make as well healthy. Perfect tiffin snacks for kids. Beautiful share Jayashree

  28. mayurisjikoni

    I love neer dosa as I’ve had them at restaurants but have not tried making them at home. Neer dosa recipe seems to be an easy recipe. I shall try making it at home.

  29. Lisa

    ‘ve had these in restaurants but never thought of trying to make them at home. What is your favourite filling for dosas?



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