Mangalore Cucumber Dosa (Magge Polo)

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Mangalore cucumber is a familiar vegie of the South Kanara region. It is grown here and hence is available in plenty. We prepare many dishes and one among them is the spicy dosa which really tastes yummy but not crispy. People though enjoy it plain and I have just modified the recipe and put it up for a change. Here it is.

What you need to have:

1. Grated Mangalore Cucmber  – 2 cups

2. Sona Masuree Raw rice – 2 cups

3. Fresh grated coconut – 1 cup

4. Green chilly – 3

5. Ginger – A small piece

6. Cumin seeds – 1 Teaspoon

7. Chopped cilantro – A handful

8. Salt – To taste

9. Cooking oil to fry dosa – 1/2 cup

Fresh Mangalore Cucumber

Mangalore Cucumber being halved

Pealed and the seeds being removed to grate

Ingredients of Mangalore Cucumber Dosa

What you do with what you have:

1. Wash rice and drain the water. Peal cucumber, deseed the same and cut it into pieces so that one is able to grate it easily as shown in the image 3. Soak washed rice in grated cucumber itself as it contains lot of juice. But if not sufficient can add a little water. Let it soak for about 2 hours. Meanwhile, grate coconut as well and keep it aside.

2. Grind soaked rice with grated cucumber in the mixer in batches adding green chilly, grated coconut and ginger to it. Bring the dough to the consistency of dosa batter adding water in steps over and above the content of water in it so that one is able top spread the batter  to the required thickness. There is no need to ferment this batter.

3. Ground dosa batter would be as shown in the image below. Add chopped coriander leaves, cumin seeds, and required quantity of salt to it.

Dosa batter

4. Place a dosa griddle on medium flame and splash a little oil on it and rub it with a coconut coir or a tissue paper. Sprinkle a little water on it. Simmer the flame and pour a laddle of  batter on the skillet.

Dosa batter being poured on the skillet

5. Spread the batter to the required thickness and put it on high flame and close it with a lid for a while.

Dosa being cooked

6. Open the lid and the dosa is ready to serve now. You don’t really have to fry both sides.

Dosa being cooked and ready to serve

Serve hot with either dry chutney powder or fresh coconut chutney.

Ready to serve Magge polo with fresh coconut chutney and powder

Number of Dosas: 12 of above size

How long it takes: 30 minutes (Other than soaking of rice)


16 thoughts on “Mangalore Cucumber Dosa (Magge Polo)

    Madhuri said:
    April 5, 2010 at 8:25 pm

    Wow Missing it. Awesome.

      prathibalrao responded:
      April 8, 2010 at 8:31 pm

      Hi Madhuri,

      Is Mangalore cucumber not available at your place?????????

    Madhu said:
    April 6, 2010 at 12:33 am

    Looks yum, no fermenting makes it even more easier. Must try..

      prathibalrao responded:
      April 6, 2010 at 1:31 pm

      Hi Madhu,

      I normally prepare it in hot summer for not only this is the season and also it is a cool dish.

    mallugirl said:
    April 6, 2010 at 6:09 pm

    Looks like the perfect lunch for the heat. can i make it with the regular cucumbers?

      prathibalrao responded:
      April 6, 2010 at 10:15 pm

      Hi Mallugirl,

      Of course for sure.

    foodzone said:
    April 8, 2010 at 10:15 pm

    Looks so yummy! Never heard of cucumber dosa before. should give a try.

      prathibalrao responded:
      April 11, 2010 at 7:32 am


      This is one of the popular breakfast of this region of south india(Mangalore-Manipal)

    raga said:
    May 2, 2010 at 8:21 pm

    looks tasty.tried it,very nice.

      prathibalrao responded:
      May 3, 2010 at 2:37 pm

      Hi Raga,

      Thanx a lot for ur comments. This dish is a summer delight as Mangalore cucumber is soothing for summer.

        raga said:
        May 4, 2010 at 6:01 pm


    Madhuri T said:
    August 18, 2010 at 3:11 am

    Hi Mrs.PrathibalRao,

    Looks Yummy can’t wait to try. How long we need to soak the rice?


      prathibalrao responded:
      August 18, 2010 at 11:30 pm

      Hi Madhuri,

      One needs to soak rice for about an hour only.

    Dipti Bhat said:
    August 11, 2011 at 9:49 am

    My son asked for cucumbers and my MIL sent 3 Mangalore southes!!! Was hunting for recipes to use up the trio. Found ur site. Thanx a million for such a good recipe. Will try it tonite 🙂

    ADITYA said:
    June 9, 2017 at 5:29 pm

    This cucumber is called Dosaikkai in Tamil, We only use it in Sambar. I always wondered how it got its name, Now I see the connection.

    Can we grind the cucumber along with the rice instead of grating it ?

      prathibalrao responded:
      June 10, 2017 at 5:57 pm

      Definitely,but grating makes grinding easier i guess!!!

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