Alasandala Attu ~ Black Eyed Peas Dosa

I spent the last weekend with my cousin's family who live about 3 hours drive from our place. The kids had a fantastic time there and didn't want to go back home! I got some mom-made goodies passed on through my aunt and the kids are thrilled about their share of gifts from Grandma too!! 

My cousin's wife showed me her go-to cookbook, 'Ghumaghumalu' by D Vijaya Rao  for my perusal. When I was casually looking through for some breakfast ideas, this recipe caught my attention as it sounded like a no-nonsense protein filled breakfast. 

So I noted down the recipe and tried it out for breakfast the other day and it was pretty good. It was more or less like Pesarattu. Another observation was that we didn't feel hungry for more than 5 hrs which I thought was very significant! So for Day week 4 of BM #25, this recipe qualifies under the 'cook from a book'.

Ingredients - 

Black Eyed Peas 1 cup
Rice 1/2 cup (I used Brown Basmati Rice)
Salt as needed
Ginger, grated 1 tsp
Green Chillies 1-2 , finely chopped (or as needed)
Cumin Seeds 1 tsp
Curry leaves, shredded few
Coriander leaves chopped handful (I didn't use)
Asafoetida 1/8 tsp
Onions, finely chopped 
Oil as needed while making the dosa

Alasandala Attu ~ Black Eyed Peas Dosa

Method Of Preparation -

Soak black eyed peas and rice for at least 2 hours. (I soaked overnight)

Drain the water, rinse and grind into a fine batter, along with ginger and green chillies, adding as much water as needed.

Mix in salt, cumin seeds, curry leaves, coriander leaves and asafoetida. The batter consistency should be more like Dosa or pancake consistency so it is easily spreadable.

On a hot griddle/tawa, pour a ladle full of batter and spread it into a thin circle. Sprinkle chopped onions on top, spray oil as needed and let it cook on both sides. 

Remove from fire and continue for the rest of the batter.

Serve with chutney of your choice for a healthy breakfast.

Check the Blogging Marathon page for the other Blogging Marathoners doing BM#25.

Preparation Time 25 min  (excluding the soaking time)
Makes 7-8 dosas
Posted by Harini R on Sunday, February 24, 2013


  1. Akila Says:
  2. So innovative n interesting recipe....
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  3. Have never heard of adding black eyed pass before. Sounds like a protein packed dish. Got to give it a try. Thanks for sharing!

  4. I am sure with the peas - it was very filling!

  5. Very nutritious dosas. I have never tried making dosas with black eyed peas. This sounds like a good alternetive to the normal dosas...

  6. Pinksocks Says:
  7. Wow now black eyed peas should be proud of itself as it has become a versatile lentil :) GOod one.

  8. Healthy Adai Harini..must try recipe..Very nutritious to head start the day..

  9. Unknown Says:
  10. Your dosai looks inviting.Healthy too.

  11. divya Says:
  12. look absolutely tempting !! Gorgeous

  13. Suma Gandlur Says:
  14. Definitely nutritious ones. I have tried with the other variety alasandalu, the red chori one but it has a pronounced earthy flavor.

  15. Manju Says:
  16. Oh innovative one. Yep black eye bean is protein rich lentil. An other way of pesarattu

  17. This recipe screams healthy dosa! never tried adding black eye pea to make dosa! This is a recipe packed with protein :)

  18. sushma Says:
  19. Wow nice and healthy dosa Harini.

  20. Pavani Says:
  21. I've made vadas with alasandalu but never thought of dosas with them. Definitely very nutritious & filling meal for any time of the day.

  22. Healthy and nutritious breakfast,sounds inviting and new to me...

  23. Rajani S Says:
  24. Pesarattu seems to be a good way to start the day, as we experienced at the BM meet :)

  25. Rajani S Says:
  26. Harini, I assumed that dosa with any pulse added is called pesarattu - is this assumption correct?

  27. Harini R Says:
  28. @Rajani - Pesara means whole moong dal and attu loosely translates to dosa. So Pesarattu means moong dal dosa :)

  29. dailyupdate Says:
  30. This blog is really great.Thank you.
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