Lady’s Finger (Okra) Dosa

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I have already put up a few variety of dosas on this blog. Lady’s Finger (also Bendekai (Kannada) and Okra in the United States) is not one of them, until of course today. This dosa can be really so crisy and tasty that it will take nothing less than eating one to believe it. I borrowed this recipe from one of my copassengers (!) on our train journey to Goa. As I usually do, that was the first thing I tried when I returned home. Please make sure that you use fresh and tender Lady’s Finger for this dosa.

What you need to have:

1. Chopped fresh tender Lady’s Finger – 1 cup

2. Sona masoori rice (raw) – 2 cups

3. Blackgram Dal – 4 teaspoons

4. Green chillis – 1-2 (optional)

5. Ginger – 1″ piece(optional)

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Ingredients of Okra Dosa

What you do with what you have:

1. Wash, chop tender lady’s finger into small pieces and soak the same with raw rice and Blackgram dal in water for about 3-4 hours as usual .

2. Grind it in the mixer to a fine consistency adding water in steps to a fine consistency. The ground batter is as shown in the image below.(Use the same water for grinding the batter and also one may need additional water as well.)

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Ground Okra Dosa batter

3. Add required quantity of salt and allow it to ferment overnight and the batter is as below.

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Fermented Okra dosa batter

4. Place a dosa griddle on medium flame and apply a little oil to it. When heated rub it throughout the griddle and sprinkle a little water on the griddle. When dried pour a laddle of the batter on the tawa.

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Dosa batter being poured on the griddle

5. Spread it to the required thickness with the help of the laddle and sprinkle cooking oil on the sides as well as in the middle.

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Okra dosa being cooked

6. When crispy, serve hot with the chutney of your choice (See list of possible chutneys here). Yummmm !

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Ready to serve Okra dosa with chutney

How long it takes: 45 minutes (other than soaking and fermenting)

Number of Dosas: 15


51 thoughts on “Lady’s Finger (Okra) Dosa

    Chakali said:
    October 6, 2009 at 6:36 am

    Dosa looks delicious…

      prathibalrao responded:
      October 6, 2009 at 2:22 pm

      Hi Chakli,

      You do have a onderful blog with fantastic recipes. I went thru your blog for the first time today.

    Madhuram said:
    October 6, 2009 at 7:19 am

    Wow! It looks so good. I too have heard about okra dosai but have not tried it at all. I’m definitely trying this one very soon.

      prathibalrao responded:
      October 6, 2009 at 2:27 pm

      HI Madhuram,

      Me first time on your blog today and found it very interesting read. Keep up the good work!!!!

    Mona said:
    October 6, 2009 at 8:30 am

    Aunty, I love your Dosa griddle. I have not yet been able to discover a well-seasoned Dosa Tava at reasonable rates.
    Adding Okra to the dosa batter is completely new to me. What more vegetables do you add to Dosa batter?
    The dosa in the forst picture looks crisp and yummy that I feel it eating it right off the picture.
    I applaud your efforts to teach us new recipes and techniques with such detailed pictures. Thanks and Keep it up!

      prathibalrao responded:
      October 6, 2009 at 2:29 pm

      Hi Mona,

      If you stay abroad whenever you come down to india do try to get such tawa in southern india in places like Hubli or even Bangalore.

    sushma Mallya said:
    October 6, 2009 at 9:32 am

    Adding okra to the batter is such a innovative idea…Must have been very nice…lovely click as well…dosa looks very crispy too….

      prathibalrao responded:
      October 6, 2009 at 2:32 pm

      Hi Sushma,

      Adding Okra is though new to me as well, but the dosa i tell you is really great and much better and crispy than any dosa ever eaten!!!!!!!!!!!

    prathibha said:
    October 6, 2009 at 11:25 am

    I wanted to try this from such a long time….ur dosa look fabulous just the way I like…

      prathibalrao responded:
      October 6, 2009 at 2:34 pm

      Hi Prathiba,

      Even though i had heard of the same, i didn’t have the guts to prepare the same , without knowing the proper proportion of the ingredients.

    Rashmi said:
    October 6, 2009 at 3:31 pm

    Hi Prathibha,

    This is completely a new dish for me now 🙂 and okra being 1 of my favvvvorite vegetable i will definitely tryout sometime!
    But when u soak okra in water wil it not become soggy?


      prathibalrao responded:
      October 6, 2009 at 3:46 pm

      Hi Rashmi,

      You have to soak Okra as well with the other ingredients of dosa which you soak for about 3 hours and it serves as a base to the dosa batter like Blackgram dal in case of other dosas. Here we just add very little Blackgram dal. All the ingredients have to be soaked in water together.

    chitra said:
    October 6, 2009 at 4:48 pm

    tats very new to me..innovative..will surely try !!looks crispy ..

      prathibalrao responded:
      October 6, 2009 at 8:40 pm

      Hi Chitra,

      It is also new to me but really turned out very crispy and liked by one and all at home. So i thought i can as well share with you all.

    Sra said:
    October 6, 2009 at 10:53 pm

    How unusual! I liked the pic of the batter.

      prathibalrao responded:
      October 7, 2009 at 8:27 am

      Hi Sra,

      You too have a wonderful blog. Keep up the good work.

    gowri said:
    October 7, 2009 at 12:07 am

    hI Pratibha,
    Wow .. never heard.. such an unique recipe. Your dosa looks so crisp and perfect. Very innovative. Thanks for sharing.

      prathibalrao responded:
      October 7, 2009 at 8:27 am

      Hi Gowri,

      I am also a G.S.B only. I could make out from your last name. Just try karee ani sang kashi jalle monu.

    Suma Gandlur said:
    October 7, 2009 at 11:47 pm

    Such a unique recipe. Seems your journey was not boring and it paid off. 🙂

      prathibalrao responded:
      October 8, 2009 at 9:28 pm

      Hi Suma,

      I did visit your blog and you have a wonderful blog with wow recipes.

    My Experiments & Food said:
    October 8, 2009 at 12:53 am

    Wow! This looks so different and amazing!

    Supriya said:
    October 8, 2009 at 2:27 am

    This dosa is so unique and looks great 🙂

      prathibalrao responded:
      October 8, 2009 at 3:51 pm

      Hi Supriya,

      Though unique but yet yummy!!!!!! Do try it out.

    Purnima said:
    October 9, 2009 at 3:12 am

    Amazing going to try this n feedback u soon. 😀 Tks for sharing!

    Vani said:
    October 9, 2009 at 4:28 am

    Such an unusual dosa! Love that!

    nitha prabhu said:
    October 15, 2009 at 12:04 am


    i amalso konkani from Mangalore.When r u posting 7 cup burfi Looking forward U have a wonderful blog keep up the good work.Long back u posted a recipie of yam from yr u will know its ready to be removed. im from texas usa

      prathibalrao responded:
      October 15, 2009 at 7:16 am

      Hi Nitha,

      When it is around 4-5 months or so depending upon the weather all the leaves turn yellow and the stem will will fall to the ground. This indicates that yam is ready to be removed.

    prathibalrao responded:
    October 15, 2009 at 2:12 am
    Madhuram said:
    November 3, 2009 at 3:08 am

    Hello Prathiba ji, I tried this recipe yesterday and the dosas came out very well. I too was skeptical at first but went ahead anyway and I’m very happy that I proceeded with the recipe. The dosa was very crisp. Thank you very much for the recipe. Actually I tried this with the ends of the okra after using the okra for curry.

      prathibalrao responded:
      November 3, 2009 at 7:05 am

      Hi Madhuram,

      My co-passenger who shared this recipe with me told me to prepare it with the tip and bottom of the vegetable after using it for curry. But i thought it would not be so and i might have overheard it . So i just used whole okra and prepared dosa. One thing you have to remember is, when you use only the tip and bottom of the veggie , you have to add 1 Tsp more of Blackgram Dal for each cup of Rice. The reason being that okra which is the base instead of Dal would be less and can turn the dosa little rubbery. Any way thanks for sharing the recipe.

    Sanjana said:
    November 8, 2009 at 1:30 am

    This is amazing! Your pictures are beautiful and the recipe is something I have never tried. It looks really yummy! Loving your blog, really lovely recipes! Keep up the fantastic work!

    Sanjana from KO Rasoi

      prathibalrao responded:
      November 8, 2009 at 7:35 am

      Hi Sanjana,

      Thanx for ur complements. I would visi ur blog at my leisure.

    Chaitra said:
    November 30, 2009 at 6:52 pm

    Hi Prathiba,
    I have tried some of the receipes from your blog like Raddish Parata, Onion Parata it did came out very well. This weekend i tried the Okra Dosa somehow it didnt come out so well, it was not as crispy as it is seen in your pic. I am not sure where i went wrong. The proportions i used was 6 cups rice, 3cups chooped ladies finger, less then 1 cup more then 3/4th uraddal , 2 green chillies, piece of giger. It had fermented nicely, but still dosa was rough but not crispy.

      prathibalrao responded:
      November 30, 2009 at 8:31 pm

      Hi Chaitra,

      I feel you can try with 1/2 cup Urad dal. The more the dal dosa will not turn up crispy. One more thing , make da dough thick on grinding. While fermenting da next day it will be fine. Just try out..

    Aparna said:
    January 13, 2010 at 3:20 am

    Hi Prathiba Maayi,

    I tried this recipe and the dosas came out well. I also added some jeera and corriander leaves.

    Thanks for the recipe. My one year old son ate 2 whole dosas!

      prathibalrao responded:
      January 19, 2010 at 10:45 pm

      Hi Aparna,

      Thanx 4 ur feedback and also glad 2 know that ur 1 year old son relishing da same.

    […] I have already put up Okra Dosa which has been very well received. Today I would like to put up Bhenda Sukke which is a Konkani delicacy and is the favorite dish of my younger son.  It was long over due to […]

    Jayasree said:
    June 6, 2010 at 1:53 pm

    Aunty, I find this recipe in another blog –

    I was checking that blog after reading about plagiarism by another blogger, While browsing thro the recipes, I felt familiar seeing the pics. Please check and you might find many more of yours there.

    simson arya said:
    August 9, 2010 at 6:09 pm

    maam should say again as many say daily your blog is the best of what i have seen in recent times.
    about this Okra dosa well 1st as everyone was surprised but yea when finaly tried its amazing n very very tasty too..!!,
    usually had the practice of adding white pumpkin pieces or rice flakes with some methi seeds adding to dosa batter this was truely superb
    thanks once again.

      prathibalrao responded:
      August 9, 2010 at 10:26 pm

      Hi Simson Arya,

      Thanx a lot for expert comments.

    Vani said:
    September 9, 2010 at 4:11 am

    It was really worth visiting your website. Its awesome. Recently I tried your Okra Sukke, it came out wonderful. We all loved it.
    In this recipe, I have a small question. When you grind the soaked okra, dal and rice, are we supposed to add green chillies and ginger as well??
    Thanks in advance.

      prathibalrao responded:
      September 9, 2010 at 7:39 am

      Hi Vani,

      U r right. It is 2 b ground along with it.

        Vani said:
        September 9, 2010 at 10:13 pm


    Hmmm said:
    December 14, 2011 at 5:02 pm

    Hello there,
    I tried Okra Dosey 2 days ago..mine looked like set dosa…may be uddu was more? but when i re read the recipe you have asked us to add salt before letting it to ferment..but i did the other way..i.e i let it ferment and then added salt the next day..does this make dosa little spongy??? please reply.

      prathibalrao responded:
      December 14, 2011 at 5:32 pm


      I personally feel you might have added more of Blackgram dal. Regarding okra dosa here, Okra pieces itself helps for fermenting. So only very little quantity of dal will help out to turn the dosas crispy. For your kind information this dosa never has turned soggy when ever i prepared. It remains crispy even after cooling.

    Hmmm said:
    December 15, 2011 at 10:32 pm

    Dear Mrs.PrathibaRao,
    Thank you for the prompt reply….I just wanted to know was there any reason other than more quantity of black gram to make dosa stiff/rubbery/spongy????…

    vijji said:
    December 15, 2011 at 10:50 pm

    The recipe and the comments gave the inspiration to try the recipe.I will post my comments later when i make it.Aunty very innnovatie dosa with okra left outs.thankyou.

    latha said:
    November 4, 2012 at 4:24 pm


    The dosa looks so crisp and I am sure it would be yummy too.

    Lovely space!!


    Divya Shankar said:
    April 22, 2013 at 10:39 pm

    Hello Aunty,
    I tried this dosa out along with the tindura dosa during this weekend. This okra dosa is totally tasty and has a nice flavor of fresh bindi in it. Folks at home loved it completely, I am going to make this and tindura dosa a permanent fixture in my home menu.

    Divya Shankar said:
    April 22, 2013 at 10:40 pm

    Thanks a lot, Aunty for sharing the recipe and yes, I added little ginger and 3 green chillies as well while grinding. It tasted superb.

    Tindura dosa | The Indian Food Court said:
    June 1, 2013 at 6:47 pm

    […] tinduras from my garden (!) couple of weeks ago. The Dosas came out great just like the crispy okra dosas which I put up a while ago. The ginger, green chilli and fenugreek and the coriander leaves leave […]

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