Sunday, December 4, 2011

Sanna Polo (Spicy Dosa)

Sanna Polo is a spicy dosa which is served as a side dish to rice. I love this dosa. I learnt this dish from my amma. Some people also add toordal while grinding. In this recipe I have included cabbage and onion. You can always skip cabbage or onion. Some people also add malabar spinach or drum stick leaves, instead of cabbage. Try this version and enjoy!

  • Rice- 1/2 cup
  • Cabbage- 1/4th of a small one
  • Onion, medium sized- 1
  • Roasted dry red chillies - 4-5
  • Tamarind- A small ball (goose berry sized)
  • Grated Coconut, fresh/frozen- 1/4 cup
  • Salt- To taste
  • Oil - As required (for shallow frying)

Soak rice for two hours. Now make a smooth paste of grated coconut, red chillies and tamarind (add water as required). Now to this paste, add the soaked rice and grind it. Make a smooth paste. Transfer this into a bowl. To this paste, add finely chopped cabbage and onion, salt. Mix well. Add water if required (Consistency should be medium thick).

Now add a ladel full of mixture on a hot pan and start spreading it as thin as possible.

Add little oil over the dosa and close the lid for a minute (let the heat be on medium). When the base of the dosa turns brown, flip it to brown the other side of the dosa.

Once it turns brown on the other side, remove it from the pan. Sanna Polo is ready!!

Serve it hot as a side dish to rice and dalitoy. Above measurement serves 2-3 people.

Note: If you don't like cabbage, then you can skip it and increase the amount of onion. Even this dosa tastes equally good.


  1. Read both types of sanna polos. Both look easy and yummy. Thanks for sharing recipes.

    1. Thanks Narayan. Let me know how it turned out for you :-)