Sothekayi sihi dosa-sweet cucumber crepes

cucumber dosa
Udupi style recipes have always been a pleasure to make. Without a doubt, a majority of these were hand trained by my mother in law. Today is one such dosa recipe which doesn’t require any fermentation of the batter.


Southekayi is a term which applies to both yellow field marrow and the green large cucumbers. Now as per my learning, the southekayi in this one is the cucumber vs the southekayi in the huli (sambhar), which is the field marrow. Correct me if I am wrong. Anyway, I hardly see any field marrow in Sydney so this one is currently tested with the English cucumbers.
The recipe is very similar to the “neer dosa” another typical one of this region. It also brings a flavourful change from the regular salad or raitha, use of cucumbers. Moreover, a slight limp ( not so fresh) cucumber is most beneficially salvaged before it is classified rubbish (unless spoilt)
cucumber dosa

To serve

Served with an opposingly spicy coconut chutney, the cucumber dosa is a real tongue tickler. A bit of sweet, a nutty aroma, the spiciness from the chutney, the melt in the mouth softness of the cucumber dosa and a pale green shade, doesn’t that tick all the boxes for a morning well started?
Try out this cucumber dosa with
cucumber dosa
This recipe is a part of #timefordosa from Healthy Wellthy   group.  This is my first entry and it looks pretty vibrant group. See more of their contributions 
cucumber dosa

Sothekayi dosa

Sweet cucumber crepes
Prep Time 2 hours
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Course Breakfast, Snacks, Sweets and savories, Traditional
Cuisine Baby toddler food, Fusion, gluten free, Indian, Karnataka, Kids choice, Summer, Vegan, Vegetarian, Winter
Servings 4 people


for soaking

  • 1 cup Raw rice (short grain)
  • 1/2 tsp fenugreek seeds

for grinding

  • 1 cup cucumber chopped roughly
  • 1/4 cup coconut slice the flesh or grated
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup jaggery crushed.

for making

  • 2-3 tbsp cooking oil or ghee, use to grease the dosa and the pan


  • Gather the ingredients needed.
    dosa prep
  • Wash and soak the rice.
  • Chop the cucumbers roughly and grate or slice the coconuts. Set aside
  • Crush the jaggery and set aside
  • After 2 hours of soaking the rice, drain the water.
  • Grind the rice with coconut and cucumber adding one cup of water initially.
  • When coarsley ground add the jaggery and grind to a fine paste ( the jaggery and the cucumber will add in extracting a bit more water, so dont add a lot initially)
  • If the rice paste appears very thick add a few tbsp water at a time and grind teh mixtire to a fine batter.
  • Extract the pale green batter and add water to form a free flowing batter.
  • Heat a dosa pan ( I use staub, crepe pan) and grease it for ease. Use a pan with slightly raised sides.
  • Sprinkle water on the pan, if it evaporates immediately then, the pan is ready.
  • Pour the watery batter in the middle of the pan and swirl the pan around. Alternately you can spread it around in concentric circles to form a thin layer.
  • Allow this to cook for a few minutes. (Keep the heat to medium)
  • Release the sides of the dosa and flip over for a minute.
  • Remove and serve.
    cucumber dosa


In Karnataka, they have a neeru dosa pan which has raised edges so the batter can be swirled over. Use any pan suitable for you over medium heat.
The batter burns easily due to the jaggery so cook on medium heat.
Use coconut oil or ghee on the dosa if you prefer, I have not added any.
If you find the rice to form a hard batter add in powdered rice flakes and more water and let it rest for 20 minutes.
Adjust the jaggery to suit your taste, I have kept it mild. If you don't have jaggery brown sugar works too( not the exact flavour)
Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!
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The girl next door
5 years ago

I’ve never tried a cucumber dosa! So intriguing! This dosa looks delicious too. 🙂

5 years ago

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5 years ago

I love these Udupi recipes, they are tasty. Southekayi dosa looks yumm and is easy to make as there is no need of fermentation. Nice share Seema

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