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The Quinoa Dosa recipe makes thin and crispy dosas just like the normal dosa but much easier, quicker, and healthier than that. Also, it is made without rice and without any fermentation.


Quinoa Dosa
Paper Thin Dosa Mase With Quinoa & Lentils


Quinoa Dosa


The recipe of this quinoa dosa is very simple and straightforward. This quinoa dosa is in fact like a lentils crepe to which Quinoa has been added. Quinoa increases the nutritional value of the lentils crepe manifold. 

This Quinoa Dosa, of course, has quinoa. In addition to Quinoa, it has lentils, and fenugreek seeds (methi dana). I have used urad dal, moong dal, and arhar dal here. All these are rich in fiber as well as protein. With the same batter doing slight variations you can also make Adai or Cheela. 

Just soak, grind and make.


Quinoa Dosa Or Protein Dosa?

Yes, this quinoa dosa is actually a Protein dosa. This is a storehouse of protein as it has all the protein-rich ingredients. It is made without using rice thus no carbs are there. When it comes to protein, vegetarians though have many options especially in terms of lentils but still, have a feeling that eggs have more protein and kind of miss it. Thus we are always on the lookout as to how to add more protein to our diet. And this Quinoa Dosa is a perfect answer to that. Now give this crispy-tasty-healthy Dosa to your children.


What is Quinoa?

Quinoa is neither a grain nor millet. It is a seed and is a relative of spinach, beets, and chard. Quinoa is available in more than 100 varieties but red, black and white are the most common ones. Of these also, white quinoa is the most popular one.

If looking for ways as to how to incorporate Quinoa in our day-to-day meals then a few months back, I shared Quinoa salad also. You can check that too.


Brownie Points of This Recipe

Other than the health benefits mentioned above there is much more to this Quinoa Dosa.

Quick To Make: It is comparatively quick to make.  Just soak everything for few hours and then grind into a fine batter.

No Fermentation Required

Instant Dosa: Prepare the batter and keep in the refrigerator. Then, whenever required, heat skillet and make thin crispy dosas.

Sambhar, Not necessary: You can make Sambhar with it but they taste good with Tomato Onion Dip also.

Protein Rich: Storehouse of protein as it has both quinoa and lentils.

Diabetic Friendly: Dosa without rice, thus no carbs and therefore good for diabetic people.

Vegetarian’s Delight: This dosa takes care of Vegetarian’s protein requirements.

Breakfast:  This dosa makes a perfect breakfast.


Tip: Though you can use any ratio of Quinoa and lentils. Pigeon peas (Arhar dal or Tur dal) render special crispiness to crepes that’s why I prefer adding them.


 Step By Step Recipe

Quinoa Dosa
Quinoa Dosa




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Quinoa Dosa/Cheela/Adai

Made with Quinoa and lentils, this is as thin and crisp as the normal dosa but much easier, quicker and healthier than that.
Course Breakfast
Cuisine Indian


  • 1/4 Cup Quinoa
  • 1/4 Cup Split Green Gram Moong Dal
  • 1/4 Cup Split Black Gram Urad Dal
  • 2 Tbsp Pigeon Peas Arhar Dal
  • 1 tsp Fenugreek Seeds Methi Dana
  • 1 tsp Or to taste Salt
  • Pinch of Asafoetida


  • Rinse Quinoa, fenugreek seeds and all the three lentils. Soak these overnight or for 3 to 4 hours.
  • Drain the water in which they are soaked and grind into a fine batter. Add asafoetida while grinding only. While grinding, add 1 tablespoon water at a time. This helps in making the batter fluffy.
  • Add salt as per your taste.
  • Adjust the consistency of the batter, if need be, by adding water. The batter should be of flowing consistency.
  • Heat a flat skillet (used for making dosa/crepes) on high flame. Put a few drops of oil and wipe with a kitchen napkin.
  • Lower the flame, put a ladle full of batter and spread it as thin as possible. Smear oil on the sides. After spreading, increase the flame again.
  • Cook till golden brown. Fold it in whatever way you want.
  • Serve with love, tomato onion chutney optional.


  • Add fenugreek/spinach leaves to the batter and make Adai or Cheela.
  • Make Masala Dosa or Stuffed Cheela by using a filling of paneer.


  1. Grind the lentils finely for making Dosa.
  2. For Adai, keep it slightly coarse.
  3. Keep the consistency of the batter slightly thin to enjoy crisp and thin Dosas.
  4. Thick batter will be difficult to spread thinly.
  5. Ensure the skillet is preheated well before spreading dosas or adai. You may check this by sprinkling few drops of water on it. If hear a sizzling sound, then its ready.
  6. Before spreading the dosa, lower the flame. After spreading, increase the flame again. Keep adjusting the flame. Neither too hot or too low flame is good. 
Keyword Quinoa Chilla, Quinoa Dosa

18 Responses

      1. Hi there, this looks really good! Thank you for posting. Question: if I don’t have the lentils you mention (I have urad dal), would I just be able to add that instead of the other ones you mentioned and still get the same results? Thank you!

        1. Hi Neetu, Thank you so much for liking it. Arhar dal can be skipped easily but not sure how it would turn out just with quinoa and urad dal. You can try a small batch but then take urad dal just half or one-third of quinoa, the way we take in Dosa. Instead of dal, you can add any millet too if you have handy. Do share the results with whatever combination you try it out.

  1. I am definitely trying this recipe this weekend, seem really delicious. Thanks, publisher for sharing such a wonderful recipe with us have bookmarked this blog for more recipes

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