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This is going to be very long post with 3 recipes and stepwise pictures.  It’s been long time I did not post any Dosa or Idli.  Even though I make it often I feel lazy sometime to take pictures of those.  Like normal dosa using  Rice+Urad dhal, I used to make Barley dosa, Horse gram (which i have posted long back) very regularly.  Not only it tastes awesome but it also adds nutritional value in our regular diet. Try this Barley dosa it tastes great and comes out so crispy and tasty like normal dosas and you never feel guilty of taking so much rice in your Daily menu.  The masala which I am posting today is not regular masala which we used to make for masala dosa, this is a slight variation and absolutely delicious which my mom and grand mom used to make.  The Left over masala can also be used as a stuffing for bread toasts which is so so yummy.  Every time when I make this masala, I make more so that it can be used 2 times.  The garlic chutney is optional.  I have posted the recipe for garlic chutney earlier but today I am posting with step pictures.  Hope you all love this healthy Menu and enjoy the visual treat.  Before going for the recipe let’s know about Barley....

Barley is a type of whole grain. It originated in Ethiopia and Southeast Asia, where it has been cultivated for more than 10,000 years. Barley was used by ancient civilizations as food for humans and animals for the longest time.  In addition barley water has been used for various medicinal purposes since ancient times. This not only adds a unique delightful flavor to dishes, it also adds nutritional value to the food we eat. It is also used to make alcoholic beverages. 

Health Benefits of Barley:

Intake of barley is very likely to help you maintain your overall health in the long term. These whole grains are rich in protein, vitamins, minerals and amino acids essential for our health. It is a source of B vitamins, vitamin E and Folic acid.   More importantly, barley is one of the richest sources of both soluble and insoluble fiber.  Barley’s soluble fiber content, along with its naturally low-fat content and zero cholesterol make this grain a wise choice for heart-smart dining. Barley is also seen to be rich in tocotrienols, which is an antioxidant which helps lessen risk for contracting heart disease and cholesterol problems. Barley is available in several forms (pearled, flour and flakes), so it may be used in many different recipes and for all eating occasions – breakfast, lunch and dinner.  


Since I use blender for grinding, the ratio I am using is 3:1 of Barley and Urad dhal... But if you are using grinder, use 4:1 of Barley and Urad dhal .


Barley - 3 cups (If using grinder use 4:1 ratio)
Urad dhal - 1 cup
Methi seeds - 1/4 tbsp
Salt as needed
Water for grinding the batter


1. Wash and soak the barley for 5 to 6 hrs.
2. Wash and soak the Urad dhal + methi seeds for an hour.
3. Grind the urad dhal finely and foamy.
4. Grind the Barley to fine batter.
5. Mix both the batter (consistency should be normal dosa batter) by adding salt and ferment it overnight.
6. Pour ladle full of batter in the middle of hot skillet the go towards the edges of the skillet.
7. Put tsp of oil when it gets slightly brown at the bottom flip over the other side.
8. Add tsp of oil and make crisp.

You can serve this Barley Dosa with your favorite chutney or sambar.  



Red chillies -20
Garlic pods - 10 normal size
Tamarind extract - 3 tbsp (adjust the sourness according to your preference)
Salt as needed- 1 tsp approximately
Curry leaves
Mustard - 1 tsp
Gingelly oil (Nallennai) - 3 to 4tbsp this is a must , gives wonderful flavor to chutney.
Water as needed.


1. First dry powder the red chillies. Add garlic, tamarind and salt grind to fine paste.

2. Check for sourness and add little more if u need it.
3. Season it with mustard and curry leaves with more oil.
4. This can be kept in fridge for more days.

Here is an idea for Barley Masala Dosa.

The masala tastes great for Dosa, poori, chappathi and for bread toasts too....



Potato - 2 large
Coconut - 1/3 cup
Roasted gram dhal - 1/4 cup
Ginger - 1 inch
Jeera - 1 tsp
Red chillies - 7 or 8
Asafoetida - 1/4 tsp
Onion - 1 chopped finely
Tomato - 1 chopped finely
Urad dhal - 2 tsp
Mustard - 1 tsp
Water - 2 cups
Lemon juice - 1/2 tbsp
Turmeric - 1/2 tsp
Curry leaves - few
Coriander leaves for garnishing
Salt and oil


1. Boil the potato, cool, and mash it.

2. Grind coconut, roasted gram dhal, redchilli, turmeric, red chillies, Asafoetida,Jeera,ginger to paste by adding little water( the consistency and texture should be like coconut chutney like not too fine or too coarse)
3. Heat oil in the pan, add mustard once it splutters add urad dhal, onion and curry leaves.

4. When it is slightly brown in color add the tomato, when it is mushy add the ground paste.
5. Boiled and mashed potato, add 2 cups of water and now add salt.

6. When it comes to nice boil and thickens, add the lemon juice.
7. Mix well and garnish with lot of coriander leaves.
8. Let the masala cools down, it thickens when it cools down.
9. Now Pour ladle full of batter in the middle of hot skillet the go towards the edges of the skillet.
10. Put tsp of oil when it gets slightly brown at the bottom flip over the other side.
11. Apply the garlic chutney on one side and Masala on other half. Fold the dosa press it softly apply 1/4 tsp of ghee serve hot.

Note :
Same Dosa batter can also be used for making Idlies.

GEETHA ACHAL  – (February 17, 2011 at 9:00 AM)  

My favorite...Love the healthy barley dosa...We used to make it often...Thanks for sharing...Lovely clicks...

Umm Mymoonah  – (February 17, 2011 at 9:10 AM)  

Looks very crispy and yummy, amazing photographs.

Renata  – (February 17, 2011 at 9:13 AM)  

Detailed indeed. You've blown me away with the level of details and information on this cuisine which is catching my eye and stomach :o)
Everyday I get more excited about your spices and ingredients. Fantastic!

Suji  – (February 17, 2011 at 9:16 AM)  

PAvi, great pictorials and loved all the pictures and the recipe is just awesome ...

Suja Manoj  – (February 17, 2011 at 9:18 AM)  

Crispy and yummy dosa, delicious breakfast.

Archana  – (February 17, 2011 at 9:20 AM)  

This barley is something I have heard of but not used. I believe it is called Javas in Marathi, Jau in hindi. I need to hunt it out. Must try these recipes ! Thanks for sharing!

Ila  – (February 17, 2011 at 9:22 AM)  

Nice recipe... perfect and yummy dosa :)

Menaga Sathia  – (February 17, 2011 at 9:25 AM)  

woww amazing this crispy n healthy dosa!!

Smitha  – (February 17, 2011 at 9:25 AM)  

Wow nice detailed presentation & clicks !!! Nutritious and delicious !!

Unknown  – (February 17, 2011 at 9:26 AM)  

What a brilliant post with such enticing visual treat!!

archana  – (February 17, 2011 at 9:33 AM)  

That is defanitely a unique idea, love the little dosa hats ! As ususal,fantastic photos.

divya  – (February 17, 2011 at 9:36 AM)  

You're really making me drool so badly. It looks very tempting and amazing clicks..

Harika baratam  – (February 17, 2011 at 9:36 AM)  

Clicks r wonderful asusual and dosa is crispy and yummy. My all time favorite.

chef and her kitchen  – (February 17, 2011 at 9:45 AM)  

I make my regular potato masala with tomatoes and make into the consistency u hv shown and apply on dosa,but never added coconut mixture to the potato time I will try adding that way...
we make a different stuffing for masala dosa which I try posting it will definitely like it....
and haaa forgot 2 mention abt the barley dosa..My mom used to make few things wid barley during my childhood and I was a fussy kid then so made my mom stopped using all those stuff at home and might b this is the time I need to think of using barley again atleast I will try adding small proportion to the regular dosa in order 2 make it healthy...
and one more thing even I have posted a healthy dosa SAME PINCH!!!! he he he..
sorry for the lengthy comment..;)

Saritha  – (February 17, 2011 at 9:49 AM)  

Wonderful presentation,just loved....

Indian Khana  – (February 17, 2011 at 9:52 AM)  

Looks so delicious and love the pics ...barley using is great idea...I never made masala in this consistency ..will try it ..

Soma  – (February 17, 2011 at 10:07 AM)  

This sounds amazingly good and healthy! I never knew you could make dosa with barley. Did u use the pearl barley? I need to give this one a try some time.

Love the food arrangement.

Malar Gandhi  – (February 17, 2011 at 10:49 AM)  

Wow...breathtaking clicks...pleasing to my eyes. Beautiful job done the idea of barley dosa, sounds very healthy to me

Nithya  – (February 17, 2011 at 11:03 AM)  

Wowwww this is interesting. Mom is sure going to love this idea of dosa as well as masala :) Lovely presentation as usual :)

Hamaree Rasoi  – (February 17, 2011 at 11:10 AM)  

This not only looks awesome but sounds so healthy too. Lovely captures...

Hamaree Rasoi

KavyaNaimish  – (February 17, 2011 at 1:17 PM)  

I just knew that Barley is a gud drink during summer,but never knew that it can be used in making dosa....gonna try this healthy dosa...

Unknown  – (February 17, 2011 at 1:21 PM)  

wow wonderful post!...bookmarking it! all ur clicks!...the masala is just to tempting!...such a healthy dosa too!

dsdsds  – (February 17, 2011 at 2:30 PM)  

I always love ur dosa and idly varities.. i will try this one also soon... the pics are amazing

Sushma Mallya  – (February 17, 2011 at 2:33 PM)  

Looks v crispy and nice would love to have it now and bhaji looks lovely as well:)

Anonymous –   – (February 17, 2011 at 3:07 PM)  

Thank you for posting the recipes and process photos! I'm trying to learn some new Indian dishes!

Panchpakwan  – (February 17, 2011 at 3:15 PM)  

Looks healthy and delicious..lovely spread.

Anu Nandu  – (February 17, 2011 at 3:53 PM)  

Pavi - love the barley dosa. New to me - I don't use barley this way. Will do now. And this consistency of masala is how I make it too - love this type of masala with puris!

Priya Suresh  – (February 17, 2011 at 4:03 PM)  

Seriously u r killing me with ur clicks Pavi, am an addict to barley dishes, dosa looks absolutely prefect for me,thanks for sharing..

Vasavi Suresh  – (February 17, 2011 at 4:08 PM)  

Dosas are really tempting.. Lovely pics..

Prema  – (February 17, 2011 at 4:32 PM)  

Pavithra this is really awesome,too gud recipes.

Unknown  – (February 17, 2011 at 4:47 PM)  

wonderful post and lovely dosai.

Mahi  – (February 17, 2011 at 4:48 PM)  

Nice clicks and thanks for the stepwise pic's and 3 recipes in one post! :)

Poongodi –   – (February 17, 2011 at 6:28 PM)  

Healthylecious!! Fantastic combo!!

aipi  – (February 17, 2011 at 6:44 PM)  

The more I scroll through your pics the hungrier I get :)
Awesome recipes n pics !!

US Masala

Raks  – (February 17, 2011 at 6:51 PM)  

Pavithra,delicious + healthy dosas too,awesome,love the masala click a lot,very detailed pic! :) I too have a cone dosa pic in my coming up next post ;)

Perspectivemedley  – (February 17, 2011 at 8:12 PM)  

Oh looks so inviting and tempting Pavithra :) definitely in my to-make list.. I've never cooked barley. But dosa is my most fav.. looks yummy! with the nice delicious masala..

Usha  – (February 17, 2011 at 9:38 PM)  

Lovely post with great pictures ! Looks inviting...

Sanjeeta kk  – (February 17, 2011 at 10:26 PM)  

Lovely presentation, Pavithra! Love the healthy version of dosa.

Cham  – (February 17, 2011 at 10:52 PM)  

I never thought barley dosa, very beautiful pict. I almost make the chutney and masala the same way!

Sarah  – (February 17, 2011 at 11:55 PM)  

love the idea of using Barley in dosa... Will try it out this week :) Masala or no masala, I love a good dosa any time of the day. And I have to say, that I love your photos. They are always crystal clear and colourful.

priya  – (February 18, 2011 at 1:05 AM)  

how did it come out so perfect...just as restaurant style.....superb

Rekha shoban  – (February 18, 2011 at 1:48 AM)  

healthy and interesting dosa....beautiful pic n click!

Jaisy James  – (February 18, 2011 at 2:02 AM)  

wow dosa looks superb clicks all superb as usual

Jeyashris Kitchen  – (February 18, 2011 at 6:41 AM)  

dosas with barley never thought of that. came out so wonderful.very nice presentation. even my mom allso makes the garlic chutney in the same way,except some small variation.And i have scheduled that for my next post.
love the version of ur potato masala

Shanavi  – (February 18, 2011 at 12:15 PM)  

Hey..Fantastic..super cute and super crispy

Unknown  – (February 18, 2011 at 12:26 PM)  

Bookmarked it. What beautiful pics. Your pics are always amazing. I am surely going to try it out. As, I too use grinder, I will use 3:1 ratio. Can you tell me on an average with your measurements, how many dosa I can make? Just some ballpark number.

Padma  – (February 18, 2011 at 5:19 PM)  

Pavithra it is not even dinner time and I am feeling hungry... delicious one perfect with those masalas and chutney.

chow and chatter  – (February 18, 2011 at 6:46 PM)  

cool dosa and love the cone shape its been ages since I made dosa easier in summer here

Unknown  – (February 18, 2011 at 6:47 PM)  

Never tried barley dosa..loved ur version of masala dosa, sounds brilliant, garlic chutney looks i am hungry :)

Prerna@IndianSimmer  – (February 19, 2011 at 10:45 PM)  

As usual a fabulous post by you! Innovative recipe and gorgeous photos!

Anu  – (February 20, 2011 at 3:56 PM)  

wow wonderful post... yummy and visual treat.. Nice step by step pictures..

Abhilash Pillai  – (February 21, 2011 at 5:12 AM)  

aaah!!! you guys are going to make me fat again... I am trying to control my emotions of loving food and it arouses again after watching these delicious recipes...

Loved the presentation Pavithra

Sarah Naveen  – (February 21, 2011 at 3:17 PM)  

Awesome clicks!!!
cant take my eyes off..So lovely..

Angie's Recipes  – (February 22, 2011 at 8:00 AM)  

Those pancakes are so special! Never had barley pancakes...wish I could try a few of them now.

Rama  – (February 23, 2011 at 12:55 PM)  

This is out of the world. What an Amazing way to eat Barley and have a guilt free dish. The Presentation and dish looks outstanding. You rock as always.

bharathi  – (February 28, 2011 at 12:30 PM)  

I tried this recipe last weekend and the dosas came out perfect. Thanks for introducing barley to our diet!!

Pavithra Elangovan  – (February 28, 2011 at 1:41 PM)  

Thanks bharathi.. thanks for trying this and letting me know. Glad you enjoyed.

Sure this is great way to include Barley in our diet.


Rumana Rawat  – (January 28, 2013 at 10:27 PM)  

This is real treat to eyes and stomach.. Superb..

Square Meals  – (February 21, 2013 at 12:02 AM)  

Those dosas looks awesome :-)


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SIRIS  – (September 6, 2015 at 8:44 AM)  

Thank you for sharing healthy come tasty recipe

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