ಬಾಳೆಹಣ್ಣು ದೊಡ್ಡನ/Banana Dosa(Pancake)

jfilogo.jpgThis is one of the dosas made at my home. This dosa/pancake has a very soft and spongy texture. One of my favorite dosa with a dollop of ghee tastes delicious. I have used the dark brown liquid jaggery from my native prepared freshly from cane sugar just after Makara Sankranti/Pongal. My Mother in law makes sure to place order just before sankranti. When its fresh it tastes so good like honey. My MIL place even iddilis, dosas, chapaties are had with jaggery and ghee,though we avoid using ghee. Every year I carry back atleast 5 kilos of jaggery from home. This does not contain sodium carbonate which is added in the process to solidify the jaggery. Look at the preparation of jaggery here.

 This goes to my contribution to JFI-Banana hosted by Mandira from Ahaar which is initiated by Indira of Mahanandi and also for RCI hosted by Asha from Foodieshope initiated by Laskshmi from Veggiecuisine.


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All you need
parboiled rice/iddli rice – 1 (1 cup – 150ml) cups
raw rice – 1 cup
Ripe bananas – 2
methi seeds – 2 tsp
Jaggery – 1/2 cup(according to taste)
salt as required

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  • Soak rice  with methi seeds for 2-3 hrs in water along with methi seeds
  • Drain water and grind to a slightly coarse batter like we make for dosas. Batter should feel like very fine rava in it not ground like a paste
  • Make a fine paste of bananas
  • Mix the banana paste to the ground rice. let it ferment overnight in a warm place
  • Next morning add jaggery and salt mix well.
  • Make sure the batter is of pouring consistency like pancake/dosa batter.
  • Heat a dosa/pancake pan, smear some oil/ghee
  • When the pan is hot, spread the pancake in circular direction cook on low flame covered with a enclosed plate so that it covers the dosa and has place for steam to develop.
  • Wait for few a minute check whether the dosa has steamed, flip the dosa and slighlty roast the other side
  • Serve with a dollop of ghee.

Note: Take care while over turning it will be slightly sticky. Add correct amount of jaggery adding too much will be difficult to lift the dosa. Subsitute jackfruit for bananas to make variation.Add 1/2 cup of Poha while grinding to make crisper dosas suggested by Sia and Sushma. Make dosas on a non stick pan to avoid sticking suggested by Asha


45 Comments Add yours

  1. bhags says:

    the dosas look simple aweome….nice pics…never have tasted anything like this, but then i hate bananas

    Thanks Bhags!, well you can replace banans with jackfruit if you like 🙂

  2. Suganya says:

    Such lacy dosas. Looks gorgeous. I make them with wheat flour. The batter also makes good appam.

    Thanks Suganya,Yes you are right! Haven’t tried with wheat but i do make appams with wheat

  3. Wonderful entry Roopa. I love the dollop of ghee slowly melting on the hot dosas! nice pics.

    Thanks Nirmala!, yeah the dollop and camera co-operated to take the picture 🙂

  4. lakshmi says:

    :clap: :clap: – what a wonderful entry

    my husband and i are dosa freaks, our daily breakfast and dinner is dedicated to gobbling up dosas in all shapes and forms!!! my mom in law makes this frequently- i call it the sweet neer dosa.

    nice to know you too make but why is it called sweet neer dosa ??? it is not neer right 🙂

  5. Nags says:

    lovely idea to add banana to dosa 🙂

    Thanks Nags 🙂

  6. musy says:

    You are really an artist, Roopa! Such gorgeous dosas and so inviting!

    Musy you are flattering me dear 🙂 thanks for the compliments !

  7. sia says:

    wonderful entry roopa, its been ages since i had balehannu dosa. i add about 1/2 cup of sour buttermilk while making batter which gives it sweet and sour taste to the dosa and ferments well in this cold weather:) and also add handful of avalakki which gives wonderful golden brown colour to dosa.
    by the way, that pic of butter melting on dosa is excellent 🙂

    Thanks Sia, enage actually just happen to make on the weekend with bananas left after Ganesh chaturti 🙂 Adding avallaki yeah i used to ega somehow i don’t add sometimes it gets too dark for me may be because of bella and avallaki together and kids like it this way 🙂

  8. lakshmi says:

    because it has a similar lacy texture though not as fragile 😀

    hmm ok lacy got it 🙂

  9. sra says:

    I’ve had this – it’s really nice, you have me drooling now!

    Look i am having someone drooling ha ha time to try sometime !

  10. Asha says:

    Roopa, SLURRPPP!:)))

    Love the photo,I posted Halasinnahannu dosa at FH for Jackfruit JFI. Banana , I have yet to try, looks delicious. I use non-stick pan for all the sticky things. Thank you for a great entry, hugs!:))

    Actually i thought many times whether shd post this or not as it was quite common but i couln’t resist. using non-stick is great to avoid sticking but for dosas i love to use the iron pan and have left using non stick since few years 🙂 though i do use it for the others

  11. Laavanya says:

    What a lovely golden colour. Am sure my husband will love this. Will adding the commercially available jaggery make it difficult to remove from the stove or will it still work?

    Thanks lavanya! Yeah you could as well use the commercial jaggery it does not make difference to remove from stove whichever jaggery you use :). Asha gave a good suggestion try using non- stick tava for the sticky surface 🙂

  12. sandeepa says:

    Your dosa looks so perfect !!!

    Thanks Sandu, 🙂

  13. Anu says:

    Roopa! these dosas are sooooooooo nice…My neighbour aunty from Kumta used to make these..Will make them for my little one 🙂

    Thanks Anu! Yeah its mostly common in north and south kanara! sure do try i am sure your little one will love it !

  14. Nice recipe! I cook such a variety these days visiting all your blogs! My son is very happy!

    Thanks lata, i am really glad you are trying some of the recipes 🙂 its really great for us with blogging to learn a variety of dishes its really now i am not finding time to try so many of my to try list 🙂

  15. RedChillies says:

    Alright I admit it, even though I am from Bangalore I have not tasted this Balehannu dose. Next time I know what to do when I have some bananas on hand 🙂

    RedChillies well i have not seen in blore side people to make this dosa but for sure this is one common that you could see near north and south kanara regions :)! Do try it 🙂

  16. TBC says:

    I have never made these. The dosas look perfect.

    Thanks TBC 🙂

  17. bee says:

    beautiful dish, roopa. i’ve eaten that unsolidified jaggery and it tastes quite special.

    Thanks Bee 🙂 Its really wonderfull that you have tried the jaggery !

  18. Siri says:

    Hey Roopa,

    The Dosas look very crisp and authentic and to be honest, I never heard of such dosas..Got to know from ur post. thanks for sharing…:)

    Thanks Siri, but to say this is not very crisp but more of the pancake texture you could add avallaki as Sia suggested to get a crisper version. The browning is dues to jaggery added to the batter 🙂

  19. Richa says:

    dosa looks amazing! the lace pattern is just perfect!
    love all things with jaggery, a must try for me 🙂

    Thanks Richa :)! Do try them and let me know !

  20. Bharathy says:

    Wow!!I never knew dosas come out of bananas as well.:)..
    What a perfect entry for JFI and RCI…Really nice recipe selection,Roopa!!:)
    I am still hunting for Banananas…!:(

    Thanks Bharathy! Are you sure you can’t find bananas you what there is hardly a day at home without bananas a must for us 🙂 lucky we find here everyday!
    Good luck but you could try plaintans which are very well found right !

  21. sushma says:

    Hey Roopa i was just thinking wheather i should post this or aomething else.. even i m entring this for karnataka recipe… i add lil bit of avalakki for that smoothnes..

    So post your version sushma 🙂 looking forward as yours will be with avallaki i have stopped used since a while for sweet dosas!

  22. TheCooker says:

    Such good looking dosas…golden brown and lace-like.

    Thanks TC,Do give it a try sometime 🙂

  23. Happy cook says:

    It rerally looks delicious.
    Never have i had this. I woudn’t mind to have one.

    SO why not give it a try :).

  24. Padma says:

    Never heard of banana dosa..must be sweet in taste! thats looks awesome!

    Padma its a sweet dosa, the sweetness depends on ones liking 🙂

  25. Grihini says:

    BaaLeHannu dose?? Hmmmm.. try maadbeku. Hope u had a good gowri ganesha habba.

    So you are back from India! Great to see you dear . yeah we had a celebration at its best 🙂 do post your recipes too…

  26. Tee says:

    wow! sweet dosa with banana is something new for me. Looks great and i can just imagine how heavenly it must be tasting! Will try this out sometime. 🙂

    Thanks Tee 🙂 . I would say its worth trying it if you like the sweet dosas !

  27. Cynthia says:

    This is like a banana pancake.

    Cynthia its rightly a banana pancake 🙂

  28. viji says:

    Nice Dosas Roopa. We call it vella dosa and some used to add banana too. Viji

    Thanks Viji, adding banana brings a very nice flavour.

  29. Priya says:

    such good looking dosas…how i want to eat them… 🙂

    Thanks Priya 🙂 just grab on girl he he …

  30. Good one roopa!!one shot two birds!!he heee heee

    Yeah dear coul’nt think of any other one 🙂

  31. Suma Gandlur says:

    They look yum. I think kids would love them because of their sweetness.

    Thanks Suma! you are absolutely right i don’t have probs with feeding kids if this is for breakfast 🙂

  32. sharmi says:

    what a delicious looking dosa! the texture looks nice and crisp. great entry.

    Thanks Sharmi 🙂

  33. Chhaya says:

    Hi Roopa!
    Such a nice recipe! the photo is wonderful…i can almost smell the bananas and the butter melting on it..
    namma maneyallu idu madta…raashi ruchi aagtu 🙂

    Long time chhaya ….magu heggidu? ena manneli commonagi madtha en attege heledre negeyadthru adu visheshavada thindina heli ha ha 🙂

  34. Madhavi says:

    Banana dosa, never heard of it. Looks good! I think kids will love this dosa.

    thanks madhavi 🙂

  35. mandira says:

    roopa, this looks fabulous. I don’t think I’ve received it in my mailbox. Don’t forget to send in the entry 🙂

    Thanks mandira, sorry I am busy from a few days i will send my entry soon 🙂

  36. priyanka says:

    Thats such a lovely and unique twist to the traditional dosa… i have yet to learn how to make one:P.

    thanks Priyanka infact it is a tranditional dosa good luck 🙂

  37. hima says:

    This is something new to me. Will have to try it some time.

    Thanks hima do try it 🙂 sorry dear i always wanted to make something for your event i couldn’t make it :0

  38. jeena says:

    Hi there you have a great blog,lovely recipes. Feel free to visit my blog too 🙂

    Jeena xx

    click here for food recipes

    Thanks Jeena and welcome to my blogosphere. hope to see you again!

  39. Mishmash! says:

    I am sure the aroma must be awesome while dosa is being made! I want it served with some spicy condiments 😛


    Hi Shn you are right at times when i do not like it sweet i do make a spicy chutney 🙂

  40. The banana dosas look so brown and inviting, with that rich yellow ghee, I would love a taste! Thanks for sharing this, and the article about jaggery which I have saved to read 🙂


    Thanks Linda 🙂

  41. Roopa:
    Beautiful dosas! We love dosas and I do remember eatiing these back home; but M has not made them here. Will forward this link to her so she can make them.

    I love the liquid jaggery too! we get it from Honavar (karnataka) and I use it with simple “pawLo” and also with waffles! yumm!

    btw, where are you from in india? and my cousin sis lives in singapore (smita M).

    and, your link to ‘making jaggery’ was broken; I have added my link below on making jaggery! see if that suits you!

    Thanks Arun! will check out the link . well i am from sirsi and blore h aha my dad stays in blore and in laws at sirsi!

  42. wow…the banana dosas are way too tempting :-)) Loved them 🙂

    I would say give it a try if love the touch of banana and jaggery it will not fail you he he 🙂

  43. akshata says:

    can i use the regular jaggery for these dosas , everyone loves bananas in my house and i am sure these dosas will be a sure hit.

    You can definately use regular jaggery, only the amount may require a little more than mentioned.

  44. It is definitely my great delight to hear from you and observe your great must-see. All of these people look nice! Many thanks very much!

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