Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Sabutandla Polo (Tapioca Dosa)

Sabutandla Polo is a simple dosa. In Konkani, sabutandulu means tapioca/sabudana. I was very much interested to try this dosa, when I saw it in a Facebook group. She has also posted it here. I just made very slight variations.
This dosa has a very different texture. Give it a try!

  • Rice- 1 cup
  • Tapioca/Sabudana/Sago- 1/4 cup
  • Puffed rice or flattened rice*- 1/4 cup
  • Curd/Yogurt- 1/4 cup
  • Fenugreek seeds/ Methi seeds- 1 tsp
  • Salt- To taste
*I added puffed rice.


Soak rice and fenugreek seeds in one bowl. In another bowl take tapioca, flattened rice and curd. Add half a cup of water (to dilute the curd). Soak them separately for 4-5 hours. 
Then grind all the soaked ingredients to get a fine paste. 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 desired texture is not got. Hence in such a case, add 1/2 tsp of baking soda to the batter).

After 1-1.5 minute (it might vary for you), the dosa gets cooked completely and its base turns light brown. Remove the dosa from the tawaSabutandla Polo is ready!!

Serve it hot with Coconut chutney or any curry of your choice. Above measurement serves two people.


  1. I have bookmarked your site thank you soo much for wonderful recipes
    Have u tried to make wild rice dosa
    can dosas be made frm wild rice while replacing the normal rice

  2. Thanks Disha. Glad you liked my blog. I have never tried using wild rice. So not sure how the dosa might turn out. But you can always try to experiment with small quantities. Try and let me know.

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