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Kempakki Dosa~Rajamudi Dosa~Red Rice Dosa + Video Recipe

Kempakki Dosa. Kempakki in Kannada (South Indian Language) means Red Rice. Dosa refers to all South Indian Crepes.

Kempakki dosa a.k.a Red Rice Dosa brings back a lot of memories of Grandmom’s kitchen. Growing up in grandma’s kitchen, it was a childhood filled with aromas and textures. On any given day, Grandmom would assign us chores – from simple stirring the various gravies to grating to coconut to chopping veggies – we had to do it to learn it.  Grandmom’s way of teaching us was like, love dipped discipline. The warmth of those aromas and the various magical dishes that came out of that ill-lit kitchen for family and friends 24 x7 never ceased to amaze us . 

When we came back from school, Dosa (lentil / GF crepes) used to await us most evenings for a quick snack. This Kempakki Dosa (Red Rice Dosa) was one of the finest ever that I have got to savour from her kitchen. Paired with a simple chutney or even a pickle, it was one of finest snacks one could savour.  Let’s get cracking.

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Benefits of Red Rice / Rajamudi Rice over white rice

  •  High Fibre 
  • Wholegrain
  • Unpolished 
  •  Low GI
  • Suitable for Diabetics too (under medical / dietary supervision)
Rajamudi Rice
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FAQs to make the perfect Kempakki Dosa

  • Can I sub the Red Rice with any other rice ? Yes, any wholegrain, short grained rice will give the texture. White Rice / Polished rice / Basamati Rice is not recommended.
  • Why is the Dosa not crispy? Follow the recipe (proportions) of Urad dal + Rice to get perfect results. Also keep the skillet medium – moderately hot to get crispy dosa.
  • My batter has not fermented – Can I still make the dosa? Fermentation of batter is highly recommended to absorb the nutrients better. Fermentation time might vary from region to region based on outside temperature. If the batter is still not fermented after 8-10 hours, see if it helps keeping it in an oven with the light on (and the heating turned off) 
  • Can I use whole Urad dal / Black Urad dal in place of white Polished dal? Most certainly yes, the higher the unpolished grains, the batter. 

For More Gluten Free & Vegan Dosa varieties, head here.


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Prep time – 15 mins, Soak + Grind Time – 8 hours 

Fermentation time – 8 hours (or overnight)

Makes – 25 Crepes

What you need:

  • 2 cups Red Rice (Aka Rajamudi Rice)
  • 1/2 cup Flattened Rice (aka Poha/ Avalakki)
  • 1 TBSP Fenugreek seeds (Methi Seeds)
  • 1/2 cup Split Black Gram (Urad Dal)
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How to:

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5 from 9 votes

Kempakki Dosa~Rajamudi Dosa~Red Rice Dosa

A crispy lentil crepe made with a special variety of Red rice, native to Karnataka (India)
Course Breakfast, Dinner Ideas
Cuisine Indian, South Indian
Keyword Breakfast, Crepe, Dosa, Gluten Free, Karnataka cuisine, Red Rice, Vegan, Wholegrain
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Soaking+Grinding+Fermentation time 16 hours
Total Time 16 hours 30 minutes
Author Kalyani


  • 2 cups Red Rice Aka Rajamudi Rice
  • 1/2 cup Flattened Rice aka Poha/ Avalakki
  • 1 TBSP Fenugreek seeds Methi Seeds
  • 1/2 cup Split Black Gram Urad Dal


Refer the video embedded below to know the detailed steps. If you are visiting the channel for the first time, take a moment to like, share and subscribe to the channel.  ❤️ Do leave any comments below or on the channel on how you liked it or what changes you would like to make for you / your family




    1. What wonderful childhood memories your grandmother created for you in her kitchen full of warmth and love and good things to eat, Kalyani! Your dosa looks delicious!

    2. 5 stars
      This is one of the healthiest rice, I use this rice to make our hand breads. Love these delicious crispy dosas.

    3. Wendy Klik

      5 stars
      Thanks for sharing your childhood memories and culture with us. I love learning about other cultures through food and food memories are the best!!

    4. Karen @Karen's Kitchen Stories

      Love your memories! Dosas are on my “must try” list. I don’t know what I’ve been waiting for.

    5. Rebekah R Hills

      I love the memories you have from your grandmother’s kitchen. It’s extra special to make a recipe tinged with so many loving memories!

    6. Mayuri Patel

      5 stars
      Fond and beautiful memories of your grandma Kalyani. I think growing up we all had to do our bit in landing a helping hand. It definitely was love with discipline. I definitely would love to try out the kempakki dosa recipe. They have turned out so crispy and will also give me the opportunity to use red rice.

    7. Camilla M Mann

      I love this post…and memories of cooking with grandmothers. I miss mine. Thanks for this recipe. I can’t wait to try it.

    8. Preethi Prasad

      5 stars
      I have lot of memories associated with kempakki dosa. My grandma used make it very often from the rice grown in their own fields. I miss the taste here. Your dosa looks incredible. Your post has made me nostalgic Kalyani.

    9. 5 stars
      Wow, Kalyani I love the childhood memories here. What a lovely time it was!
      As for the dosa after the coin dropped I am like I can make these dosa for us. Looks lovely and sounds yum.

    10. 5 stars
      Loved your memories with your grandmother and food. This dosa looks so crispy. You have made it so easy, will try. Lovely recipe.

    11. Shobha Keshwani

      5 stars
      OMG, this dosa looks so nice just like the restaurantone. What a lovely colour. Making me hungry. I have to try out this version with red rice.

    12. Chef Mireille

      5 stars
      I always have the red rice for when I make Sri Lankan recipes but never thought of using it for dosa. As it is summer here now and very hot and humid, I will try fermenting the batter and hope it works! 🙂

    13. 5 stars
      Hey Kalyani,

      I stumbled here looking for a Raja Mudi dose recipe.. but saw a familiar face and had to confirm with Shrimati Chitti, if it was actually you !!
      Great to see the blog and recipes, and the shout out to Kamala paati ! I still remember her admonishment for touching food with the left hand. Food at her place was a treat always.
      Great going.. just bookmarked your site.

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