Exploring the Top 5 Dosai Varieties in Singapore

December 14, 2023

Singapore, a melting pot of cultures and cuisines, offers an array of mouth-watering dishes, with South Indian cuisine holding a special place in the hearts of food lovers. Among these, Dosai (or Dosa), a thin, crispy pancake made from fermented rice and lentil batter, stands out for its versatility and delightful flavors. Let's dive into the top 5 Dosai varieties you can relish in Singapore.

1. Plain Dosai

Photo: Pooja A • Rajat Lalla • Hiren Tailor
  • Description: The classic Plain Dosai is a staple, known for its simple yet satisfying taste. It's thin, crispy, and served with a trio of chutneys and sambar.
  • Best Places to Try: Komala Vilas, Little India.

Komala Vilas Restaurant, Singapore

76-78 Serangoon Rd, Singapore 217981

2. Masala Dosai

Photo: Beragama Piyarathana • choco cookies • Xegaya Yoon
  • Description: A twist to the plain dosai, it's stuffed with a spicy potato filling. The blend of mustard seeds, curry leaves, and turmeric in the potato mix adds an irresistible aroma.
  • Where to Eat: MTR Restaurant, Little India; Saravanaa Bhavan.

MTR Singapore

440 Serangoon Rd, Singapore 218134

3. Rava Dosai

Photo: Toms Arackal • Poonam Singh • Hardeep Singh
  • Profile: Made from semolina (rava), this variation is distinctively crispy and lacy. It often contains finely chopped onions and green chilies.
  • Recommended Spots: Madras New Woodlands Restaurant.

Madras New Woodlands Restaurant

14 Upper Dickson Rd, Singapore 207474

4. Cheese Dosai

Photo: FRANK FU • Sakunthala's Restaurant - Race Course Outlet • Rajesh Pillai
  • About: A fusion treat, where melted cheese meets traditional dosai. Perfect for those who love a cheesy twist.
  • Top Picks: Sakunthala’s Food Palace.

Sakunthala's Restaurant - Race Course Outlet

66 Race Course Rd, Singapore 218570

Sakunthala's Restaurant - Dunlop Outlet

151 Dunlop St, Singapore 209466

Sakunthala's Restaurant - Syed Alwi Outlet

88 Syed Alwi Rd, Singapore 207667

Sakunthala's Restaurant - SAFRA Mount Faber

2 Telok Blangah Way #01-07 SAFRA, Mount Faber, 098803

Sakunthala's Restaurant - Changi Outlet

8 Changi Business Park Ave 1, #01-53 ESR Biz Park, Singapore 486018

Sakunthala's Restaurant - Yishun Town Square

3 North Point Dr, #01-01 Yishun Town Square, Singapore 768020

5. Ghee Dosai

Photo: Gayatri Restaurant • Yuchen L • Pillay
  • Details: Paneer Dosai is a delightful combination of grated paneer (cottage cheese) and spices. It's a hit among paneer lovers.
  • Must-Visit: Gayatri Restaurant

Gayatri Restaurant

122 Race Course Rd, #01-01, Singapore 218583


Each of these Dosai varieties offers a unique taste and experience, reflecting the diversity and richness of South Indian cuisine in Singapore. Whether you are a vegetarian, a cheese lover, or someone who enjoys a bit of crunch, there’s a Dosai for every palate. So, the next time you're in Singapore, make sure to indulge in these delightful Dosai varieties!

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