Monday, November 7, 2011

Magge Surnali (Yellow Cucumber Pancakes)

Magge Surnali is a spongy dosa and has a texture similar to the pancakes. Magge in konkani means yellow cucumber. This dosa is similar to the dosa- Surnali , which I had posted two months back. Addition of the yellow cucumber gives it a slight different taste. I got this recipe from my amma. Make these soft dosas for your breakfast and enjoy!!

  • Rice- 1 cup
  • Chopped Yellow Cucumber- 1 cup
  • Puffed rice or flattened rice- 1 cup
  • Grated coconut, fresh/frozen- 1/4 cup
  • Fenugreek seeds/ Methi seeds- 1 1/2 tsp
  • Salt- To taste
You can also add jaggery to the batter and make sweet magge surnali.


Remove the peel and seeds of the yellow cucumber and chop it (I added half of a small yellow cucumber). Soak the rice for 1-2 hours along with fenugreek seeds. Then grind all the above ingredients except salt to get a fine paste (if adding flattened rice, then just add little water to it before grinding. This makes it soft). Add required amount of water while grinding. The consistency of the batter should be thick. Keep this batter 8-9 hours in a warm place, for fermentation. After fermentation, add salt to taste. If the batter is very thick (not falling consistency), then add little water (Consistency of the batter should be thick, when compared to other dosa batter)

Pour a ladel full of batter on the heated pan or tawa. Don't spread the batter, unlike other dosa.

Close the lid. Let it cook on a medium flame. Once it fully cooks, tiny holes can be seen throughout the dosa (If the holes doesn't form then, the dosa will be very flat and the texture of Surnali is not got. Hence in such a case add 1/2 tsp of baking soda to the batter).

Magge Surnali is ready!!

Serve it hot with coconut chutney or any other curry of your choice. Above measurement serves 2-3 people.


  1. Here, I got my answer to the other question. We used to add a little haldi and also chopped green chilies to this. I tried making it but the cucumber somehow did not give a nice flavour. Where am I going wrong?

  2. Radha: Yellow cucumber induces very mild flavor to these dosas. Maybe you can increase the amount of cucumber by 1/2 cup and reduce the amount of poha by 1/4 cup. This might increase the flavor. Hope this helps you. Try and let me know.