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Atukulu dosa or Aapam is Sponge dosa is the way we call from the childhood. Yah its really very spongy simply melts in your mouth. You can call either way, Dosa or Appam. You can make it thin or thick as you wish. This is wonderful breakfast or dinner menu. And any spicy chutney, coconut chutney everything goes very well with this. I often do Vada Curry with this Dosa . Vada Curry is very popular dish in Tamil Nadu. You will find this in almost all the hotel which is served with Idiyappam, Set dosas.. It extremely tastes wonderful and its best accompaniment for Idli, Dosa, Aappam, Idiyappam(string hoppers)and Set dosa. The history of this vada curry is they say that they started making this from the leftover vadas. Now it has become popular menu all over Tamil Nadu. If you never tried making this vada curry before, I suggest to try atleast once. I bet you will make it again and again.

Atukulu Dosa(Poha Dosa or Aappam)

Ingredients :

Raw rice - 1 1/2 cup
Idli rice - 1 1/2 cup
Atukul(Poha) - 1 cup
Urad dhal - 1/2 cup
Curd - 1/4 cup ( optional)

Method :

1. Soak rice and poha together and urad dhal seperately for few hours.
2. Grind the urad dhal first as you do for idli. And then grind the rice and atukul to fine batter.
3. While grinding itself add the curd.
4. Now add the salt and mix dhal and rice batter very well.
5. Ferment it over night.
6.In the morning or when ever you want, Just heat the skillet, pour laddle full of batter as thick or thin as you prefer add 1/4 tsp of oil and close with the lid.
7. Once it is cooked in the bottom and you will notice the color change in the top as it is cooked.
8. Do not flip it, as it is not need for this. Just serve with your favorite accompaniment.

Some variations with same batter :

1. You can make even idli , comes out so soft and fluffy.
2. You can make paniyaram by adding chopped onion, season with mustard, coriander leaves, green chilli paste, curry leaves.
3. Even you can make dosas after adding all the onion, seasoning and leaves. But this has to be flipped and roasted tastes awesome.


Ingredients :

Making vada :

Urad dhal - 1/4 cup
Channa dhal - 1/4 cup
Moong dhal - 1/4 cup
Salt and Oil

Method :

1. Soak three dhals for few hours and grind it like vada batter , that is slightly coarse.
2. Now heat oil in the wok or kadai. Drop the batter to small balls. And deep fry till slightly golden brown.
3. While we do this... we have to make kurma in which we are going to add these vadas.


Ingredients :

Coconut - 1/4 cup
Poppy seeds - 1/2 tbsp
Red chilli - 5
Saunf - 1/4 tsp
Clove - 1
Cardamom - 1
Garlic - 3 pod
Roasted gram dhal - 1/2 tbsp
Coriander seeds - 1/4 tbsp
Onion - 1 sliced
Tomato - 1 cubed
Salt and oil
Curry leaves and coriander leaves.

Method :

1. Grind the first nine ingredients to coarse paste as we do for kurma.
2.Heat oil in the kadai, saute the onion to slight brown color.
3. Now add the curry leaves and tomato. Saute till the tomato is mushy.
4. Now add the ground paste and add water 3 times. Cook till raw aroma disappears.
5.Now the gravy starts to thicken. Add the vadas that you made and garnish with coriander leaves.

Yummy VADA KURMA  is now ready to serve !!!!!!!!!!


1. If you make big vada just make to small pieces and add to the curry.
2. I love to have small balls in the curry.
3. This tastes wonderful even the next day.
4. If you feel you have more vada batter you can add the chopped onions, saunf, asafoetida, coriander leaves, red chilli powder and make vadas and enjoy as a snack as well. Now it is two in one dish. Enjoy making :)


Here are some of my casual shots for Vada curry which I made ...


For the vada curry the gravy part is little different from the vada kurma.  You can grind the batter for the vada same as the above and instead of deep frying , make them into small balls and steam them for 15 minutes or use the fried version itself and make curry as follows....

Making vada :

Urad dhal - 1/4 cup
Channa dhal - 1/4 cup
Moong dhal - 1/4 cup
Salt and Oil

Method :

1. Soak three dhals for few hours and grind it like vada batter , that is slightly coarse.
2. Now heat oil in the wok or kadai. Drop the batter to small balls. And deep fry till slightly golden brown.
3. While we do this... we have to make kurma in which we are going to add these vadas.

Here is another version using TOOR DHAL...



Toor dhal- 1/2 cup
Urad dhal- 1/8 cup
Cummin seeds - 1/2 tsp
Pepper - few
Green chilli - 1/2
Red chilli -1
Coconut - 1/2 tbsp
Asafoetida - 1/4 tsp

1. Soak the dhal in water for 1 hr then coarsely grind with other ingredients and ferment overnight(Fermenting is absolutely optional).
2.Make small balls and steam it for 15 minutes.
4. Once steamed make to proper balls and add it to the curry.


1. Make small balls and steam it for 15 minutes.  Make proper balls before they cool.

Note :

1. My version is using all the above dhals, you can also use Channa dhal alone with some salt and red chillies and steam or deep fry them for the curry. Either way it tastes delicious.


Onion - 1 finely chopped
Tomato - 1 big and 1 small chopped finely
Ginger paste - 1/2 tsp 
Garlic paste - 1/2 tsp
Coriander powder - 1 tsp
Chilli powder - 1 tsp or as needed
Green chilli - 1 sliced
Cinnamon - 1 small stick (1/2 inch)
Cloves - 2 to 3 
Kaal paasi - few (optional)
Saunf - 1/2 tsp
Bay leaf - 1
Curry leaves - few
Mint leaves few chopped
Coriander for garnishing 
Oil - 1 tbsp
 Salt as needed.


Method :

1. Prepare the vadas either by deep frying or steaming and keep it ready.
2. Heat oil in the pan, add the whole spices followed by the ginger and garlic paste, saute till raw aroma disappers.
3. Add onion and curry leaves, saute till they are light brown in color followed by the tomato.
4. Now add the green chilli, coriander powder ,chilli powder and mint leaves.
5. Saute until oil seperates.  Now add 1 1/2 cups of water let it come to nice boil.
6. Now add the fried or steamed vadas and let it cook until half of the water is evaporated, you can also break the vadas roughly to make the gravy little thick.
7.  Check for the salt and switch of the flame.  Garnish with freshly chopped coriander.

Serve hot with Idli, Dosa, Aapam ... its very yummy and I am sure you will eat extra dosa or appam with this delicious sidedish.

Note :

1. Both for vada curry and vada kurma you can use any leftover masala vada.
2. You can use any vadas and make kurma or curry.

Panchpakwan  – (March 2, 2010 at 2:15 PM)  

Hey some error occured..oops!
Wanted to say nice presentation dear...

Sarah Naveen  – (March 2, 2010 at 2:16 PM)  

Both appam and vada curry looks absolutely delicious...Wanna have some now :)

Unknown  – (March 2, 2010 at 2:24 PM)  

Appam and vada curry looks so so delicious and yummy....

Angie's Recipes  – (March 2, 2010 at 2:28 PM)  

Both curry and dosa sound and look very yummy...esp. the dosa!

Simplyfood  – (March 2, 2010 at 2:31 PM)  

Lovely recipe cute presentation .

Rachana  – (March 2, 2010 at 2:34 PM)  

Both the curry and dosa looks yumm!!! a very cute presentation!

Gita Jaishankar  – (March 2, 2010 at 2:38 PM)  

Wow...the combo is so awesome Pavithra...lovely clicks, I love the cute mini dosas :)

Namitha  – (March 2, 2010 at 2:49 PM)  

Awesome combo..liked the new look of your blog :-)

Hayley  – (March 2, 2010 at 3:01 PM)  

Dosa and curry looks delicious!!

Cool Lassi(e)  – (March 2, 2010 at 3:20 PM)  

Dosa looks great. Certainly looks like a sponge to sop up the side dish. Lovely the tick-tock presentation dear!

Sailaja Damodaran  – (March 2, 2010 at 3:38 PM)  

Looks soft & crisp at the bottom.Love the presentation.Vada curry is my fav.

Padma  – (March 2, 2010 at 3:52 PM)  

Looks so soft and spongy... love atukula dosa... perfect dip with vada curry.... lovely combo Pavithra and beautfiul presentation.

Ramya Vijaykumar  – (March 2, 2010 at 5:11 PM)  

The atukkulu Dosa looks very soft and reminds me of how we used to wait next to Mom while she makes and never give her enough time to make an extra while we demand for more ;) Its a perfect combo, slurrp slurrp!!!

PS  – (March 2, 2010 at 5:25 PM)  

Dosa looks very soft.. sure is a great combo with vadacurry

Vrinda  – (March 2, 2010 at 8:09 PM)  

Vada curry is new to me ..sounds so delish with appam...

Raks  – (March 2, 2010 at 9:21 PM)  

Looks superb with vada curry,will try this combo next time :)
Your own site looking great :)

Vikis Kitchen  – (March 2, 2010 at 9:35 PM)  

Happy to see you too love vada curry. Like that dosa also very much.Superb combo. Very nice presentation dear.

Nithya  – (March 2, 2010 at 9:55 PM)  

Looks yummy :) are the hands of the clock done with capsicum????

Priya Narasimhan  – (March 2, 2010 at 10:24 PM)  

both the dishes look delicious..i have heard of vada curry..never tasted it..bookmarking the recipes..

Khaugiri  – (March 2, 2010 at 10:29 PM)  

Thanks for sharing vada curry just love thta. You can send this to Pari's combo event:)

Khaugiri  – (March 2, 2010 at 10:29 PM)  

Thanks for sharing vada curry just love thta. You can send this to Pari's combo event:)

Sushma Mallya  – (March 2, 2010 at 10:33 PM)  

such a cute food clock,just love your creativity and both the dishes looks so delicious and lovely combo too..

Chitra  – (March 2, 2010 at 11:16 PM)  

Looks so soft.i too make this..Never tried with vada curry combo..will try out soon..

Rekha shoban  – (March 2, 2010 at 11:31 PM)  

perfect dosa with perfect vada curry...looks yummy!

Aruna Manikandan  – (March 2, 2010 at 11:54 PM)  

Perfect combo dear!!!

Dosa looks very soft and vada curry looks very tempting.....

Love ur presentation :-)

Love2cook Malaysia  – (March 3, 2010 at 12:01 AM)  

Hi Pavithra, liked the way U presented the appams! Yummm...

Congratz on ur blog's new look and achieving those milestones!...nice ;)

Anu  – (March 3, 2010 at 12:53 AM)  

Dosa and vada curry great combo dear.. Looks delicious..

Jeyashris Kitchen  – (March 3, 2010 at 1:03 AM)  

nice combo with cute pictures.the new background is so nice.

Ash  – (March 3, 2010 at 1:20 AM)  

Poha dosa, no doubts, tastes out of this world.... Its softness & the gullible texture, makes it even more tempting.... I just love it.... & those tiny bit versions of those are simply mind blowing .... The combo is totally awesome too...vada curry... very impressive on the whole...


Priya Suresh  – (March 3, 2010 at 2:48 AM)  

Spongy dosa with vadacurry...yummyy i want both dosa and curry rite now..

Unknown  – (March 3, 2010 at 3:11 AM)  

The dosas and the vada curry are so yummy the presentation and the click...

Unknown  – (March 3, 2010 at 3:11 AM)  
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Sowmya  – (March 3, 2010 at 4:52 AM)  

wow...wonderful presentation and lovely clicks,inviting dishes..makes me drool da...btw ,An award is waiting in my blog dear.congrats Buddy.

Deepa G Joshi  – (March 3, 2010 at 5:20 AM)  

the appam and the vada curry looks so delicious..yummy clicks.

Jaya M  – (March 3, 2010 at 6:11 AM)  

very tempting dish, I can grab some of it now and have vada curry with my cooked rice(wish that can happen!!)
hugs and smiles

Finla  – (March 3, 2010 at 7:47 AM)  

Wowo apom looks so so soft and yummy.

phanitha  – (March 3, 2010 at 8:03 AM)  

both of them look delicious!!

Latha  – (March 3, 2010 at 8:18 AM)  

Appam & vada curry looks delicious...lovely presentation as always :).

Smita Srivastava  – (March 3, 2010 at 8:39 AM)  

The dosa looks so crisp n yummy .....

Deepti  – (March 3, 2010 at 9:28 AM)  

this dosa is new to me...gr8 combo.

Pam  – (March 3, 2010 at 9:52 AM)  

It looks delcious - great presentation.

malarvizhi  – (March 3, 2010 at 10:02 AM)  

nice presentation.same appam today night's menu in my house .thanks for sharing.

Vineetha Sush  – (March 3, 2010 at 10:12 AM)  

Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving ur sweet comments..I have visited ur blog before and I m ur follower too but with a toddler at home i dont get enough time to visit the blogs Im following..Will definitely try to catch up regularly from now on..

Fathima  – (March 3, 2010 at 10:20 AM)  

the picture is so the dosa 'n vada curry!

Hamaree Rasoi  – (March 3, 2010 at 10:31 AM)  

Your appam looks so delicious and presentation is awesome.
No wonder you got so many beautiful comments.


PJ  – (March 3, 2010 at 10:52 AM)  

Pavithra, this looks so delicious! I love the recipes.. but more than that I just love the creativity in your presentation! very well done.

Uma  – (March 3, 2010 at 11:17 AM)  

first time here.. loved the dosa Pavithra.. really sponge..

Anu Nandu  – (March 4, 2010 at 12:29 AM)  

I was looking for a good vada curry recipe - I've actually never had this much growing up - just had it a couple of times but can't remember the flavor. I will be trying this soon - thanks Pavithra!!

Chef Jeena  – (March 4, 2010 at 5:24 AM)  

Gorgeous dosa and the vada curry looks amazing. I love the clock. Your new look is awesome too!

Shri  – (March 4, 2010 at 7:42 AM)  

Those looks so cute and my god, wonderful!

Pedhakka  – (March 10, 2010 at 12:10 AM)  

Hi Pavithra,
I linked your post in my blog.
Have a look and let me know.

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