April 18, 2014

E for Erra Karam Dosa Recipe | Andhra (Rayalaseema) Style Dosas with Red Chilli Chutney

Learn how to make a dosa recipe topped with one of the simplest yet delicious red chilli chutney and lentil powder. Coming from a Telugu speaking family, I was saddened and surprised for the fact that I never tasted this type of dosa until I made especially for this A to Z Blogging series. If you are bored of the usual everyday sada dosas, you will be thrilled by these and make them at least once a week, like us.

E for Erra Karam Dosa | Andhra (Rayalaseema) Style Dosas with Red Chilli Chutney 

Adapted from Veggie Platter

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Dosa batter
few tablespoons of oil

For Erra Karam (Red Chilli Chutney)

2 onions, roughly chopped
1/2 tsp red chilli powder (adjust the amount based on your spice level)
1/4 tsp salt 
1 clove garlic

For Daliya/Pappula podi (powder)

1/2 cup putnala pappu (daliya/split roasted chickpeas)

a pinch of salt


Red Chilli Chutney (Erra Karam) - Grind all the ingredients (chopped onions, red chilli powder, salt and garlic) into a smooth paste. Add few tbsp of water if desired.

Pappula Podi (Daliya Powder) - Grind the roasted chickpeas with salt into a fine powder.

To make the Dosas -

Heat a tawa (preferably non stick). Pour a ladle full of dosa batter and spread into a thin circle. Top with few drops of oil on the sides. Spread red chilli chutney and then sprinkle some daliya powder. Once the base is crispy brown, fold into half and cook on each side for few seconds. 

Repeat the same process with the remaining batter as well. Serve as-is or with any chutney.

Tip: To save time during those busy mornings, the red chilli chutney can be made ahead and stored in the refrigerator. The daliya powder can be ground and stored in an airtight container.


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  1. I love this erra karam.. looks tempting! :)

  2. I ate this last week in Sarvana in London, well a first time for me, i didn't know it was from Andhra i thought they were from tamil nadu, when i read in their menu card Karam dosa :-)

  3. wow..looks so tempting..can you also post a recipe of the chutney on the side. Thanks.

    1. Thanks Deepa. The chutney on the side is a simple one: Roast a handful of peanuts and grind them with few tbsp of dalia (putnala pappu), 1 green chilli and salt. Temper with tadka. That is it. :-)


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