Thekkarae dosa

Cucumber Pancakes/ Thekkare Dosa

Cucumber Pancakes/Thekkare Dosa is a soft, sweet, fluffy pancake/dosa authentic to the coastal city of Mangalore, in South India. It is made with just 3 basic ingredients rice, cucumber and jaggery.Traditionally, in the breakfast menu, served withdollops of homemade butter or ghee. Pairs well with spicy chutneys and pickles too.

Thekkarae dosa
Cucumber Pancake

What are the health benefits of Cucumber Pancake/Thekkare Dosa?

Cucumber pancake/Thekkare Dosa is packed with nutritional value.

  • Rice – provides the carbs, hence the energy
  • Cucumber-low calorie and high in nutrient value
  • Coconut– apart from adding sweetness to the dish provides fiber content
  • Urad Dhal/Black lentils– is high in proteins and vitamin B
  • Jaggery – is rich potassium and magnesium
  • Fenugreek seeds/ Methi is loaded with health benefits. Read all about it here.

What is a Dosa?

A dosa is a rice pancake, originating from South India, made with fermented batter. It is similar to a crepe in appearance.

Its main ingredients are rice and black lentils/urad dal, ground together in a fine, smooth batter with a dash of salt.

 This batter is processed in a blender/wet grinder along with water, and allowed to ferment overnight.This batter is then spread out on a hot pan and cooked similar to a crepe until crisp and delicious.

What does Cucumber pancake/Thekkare Dosa taste like?

Cucumber pancake/Thekkare Dosa with the addition of coconut, jaggery and cucumber is soft and a sweet pancake.

A regular Indian Dosa is a thin, crisp crepe or pancake. It has a slight tangy taste due to the fermentation, and is savory rather than sweet.

Without any filling, on its own it’s called ‘plain dosa‘ that can be eaten with a variety of vegetable curries. It can also be made with filling like potatoes, cauliflower or any number of variations, then it is called Masala Dosa.

Dosa’s also have their name indicating where they originated from in South India, like Mysore Masala Dosa, Chettinadu Masala Dosa etc.

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What pairs well with Cucumber Dosa/Thekkare Dosa

Cucumber Pancake/Thekkare Dosa Recipe

Cucumber Pancakes/ Thekkare Dosa

Cucumber Pancakes/ Thekkare Dosa

Recipe by Maya Shetty
Course: BREAKFAST, CUCUMBERS, DOSACuisine: Indian, Mangalorean
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  • 1 cup Rice I use Idli Rice

  • 1/4 cup Urad Dhal

  • 3/4 cup Jaggery Powdered

  • 3/4 cup Coconut Preferably freshly grated

  • 1/4 cup Poha/Flattened Rice can use leftover cooked rice too

  • 1 tsp Fenugreek seeds/Methi

  • 2 Pods Cardamom powdered

  • 1 large Cucumber grated

  • 2 Bread slices soaked

  • 1/2 tsp Baking soda

  • To taste Salt


  • Wash the rice and urad dhal separately under running water and soak them separately for 5-6 hours. Add the fenugreek seeds/methi to the rice while soaking since it helps make the dosa’s/pancakes softer.
  • Drain the rice and urad dhal separately & grind /blend them separately. Mix both the batter together in a dosa/pancake like consistency.
  • While grinding the rice, add the grated coconut, jaggery, poha/flattened rice, squeezed bread slices, along with salt & grind it to a fine paste.
  • Next add the baking soda to the mixed batter and allow it to sit overnight to help in fermentation.
  • When you are ready to make the dosa, add the grated cucumber (peeled or un-peeled as per your preference) into the batter, mixing it well. Then gently pour a ladle of batter into the warm dosa pan and spread it in a circular motion.
  • Drizzling ghee to the sides of the dosa and on top adds richness to the taste apart from making it a golden brown.
  • Cook on low or medium flame not to burn the pancake/dosa. Flip it over on the other side when gently browned.
  • Serve hot with any chutney of your choice.


  • Bread can be soaked in water or diluted milk
  • Unpeeled cucumber adds that green tinge to the dosa/pancake, but it is totally up to one’s preference.

Nutrition Facts

4 servings per container

  • Amount Per ServingCalories1561
  • % Daily Value *
  • Total Fat 22g 34%
    • Saturated Fat 18g 90%
  • Sodium 574mg 24%
  • Potassium 807mg 24%
  • Total Carbohydrate 317g 106%
    • Dietary Fiber 10g 40%
    • Sugars 160g
  • Protein 17g 34%

  • Vitamin A 4%
  • Vitamin C 13%
  • Calcium 14%
  • Iron 28%

* The % Daily Value tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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The Bottom Line

Now that the cucumber season is on and the fresh markets are flooded with crispy, green cucumbers, I hope you will try this healthy Cucumber pancake/Thekkare Dosa recipe this summer.

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