Mudakkathaan Dosai/Pachai Dosai

I learnt this  recipe from my MIL. She says that it is a  ‘chetti veetu recipe'(planning to post  some more recipes in this category later).

Mudakkathaan keerai has medicinal value in siddha treatment. The word mudakkathaan is a slang version of the name ‘mudakkaruthaan’ = mudakku  ( stiffness/paralysis ) + aruthaan ( remover/ cure), which means it helps to remove the stiffness from the joins and makes them more flexible. This is a boon for elderly people who suffer from arthritic conditions.After tasting it once, I have become a fan of this pachai dosai. My MIL makes a special ‘milagai-poondu chutney’ for this dosa.

Reposting this recipe for ‘show me your dosa’ event hosted by Divya of Dilse.

Mudakkathaan Dosai/Pachai Dosai


1 bunch of  mudakkathaan keerai

3 cups of boiled rice ( idly rice )

salt as required


Batter preparation:

  1. Clean the mudakkathaan keerai. We want only  the leaves and not the stalk. Wash the leaves and keep them aside.
  2. Soak the rice for 2-3 hours ( as you will do for regular dosa ).
  3. Grind the mudakkathaan leaves in the mixie into a smooth paste.
  4. Grind the rice in a grinder. After the rice is half ground add the ground keerai paste and grind the batter to a smooth consistency.Mix required salt to the batter and allow it to ferment overnight.

Dosa preparation:

The dosa batter looks a beautiful green colour.

Heat the dosa griddle ( iron griddle works better than the nonstick tawa for this dosa ).Pour into thin dosa. Pour a little oil and flip dosa after it becomes crisp. Serve hot with ‘milagai-poondu chutney’ or idly milagai podi.


August 1, 2010. Tags: , , , . chetti veetu samaiyal, Dosa Variety.


  1. Priyums replied:

    Hi- All good recipes..Please keep adding. BTW I dont think I can find this keerai in the US (What do you ask for in tamil when you buy..). I guess I can use just spinach. I am looking for recipes with grains/soaked lentils : Jowar, Bajra, Ragi, Millet, corn, ..and those take less time to make – keep posting:)

    • hema replied:

      Hi Priya, thank you for visiting my blog. I am not sure whether you get this keerai in the US.The Tamil name is mudakkathan keerai only. I guess you can make this dosa with other types of greens too. I will soon add some recipes with lentils.

  2. poornima krishnan replied:

    Looks like a healhty dosa. Must try with spinach.

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