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Sweet Rava Dosa: Semolina Crepes with Caramel Sauce

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A savory semolina crepe, better known as a “rava dosa” is one of my standard quick-fix meals. I experimented with this sweet rava dosa and it was fantastic. It’s like the standard crepe but a little chewier but tastes great

Rava dosa are the instant version of the South Indian classic dosa.

The classic dosa is a lot of work and not easy to do for people like me who do don’t plan dinner 3 days in advance. It is made by soaking rice and lentils overnight, then grinding the mixture into a batter, and then letting the batter ferment overnight. Semolina (rava) makes instant dosa batter in under 10 minutes, and frankly tastes even better than the original.

I usually whip up a savory batter with semolina, salt and cumin seeds and eat the crepes plain with a cilantro chutney. Sometimes, if I feel like putting in a little more effort, I make a potato filling to go with it.

Sweet Semolina Crepes with Mascarpone and Pear Compote

Last week, I was craving something sweet for dessert but didn’t feel like turning on the oven to bake. San Diego’s been getting some really hot weather lately. Inspiration struck while I was out walking the dog.  I wondered if sweet rava dosas would taste good.  They do!

The texture is different from the standard egg-based crepes. It’s denser and a little chewier but tastes great.

I initially planned to make a vegan dish (even used smart balance for the pears and coconut milk for the caramel) but ended up adding mascarpone without really thinking about it. Substitute vegan cream cheese or leave the cheese out entirely to make it vegan-friendly.

Sweet Semolina Crepes with Mascarpone and Pear Compote

Sweet Rava Dosa with Pear Compote, Mascarpone, and Coconut Rum Caramel Sauce

Sweet rava dosa for a rich, sweet, decadent dessert
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine Indian
Servings 6
Calories 398 kcal


Pear Compote

  • ½ tbsp Butter or Smart Balance vegan butter
  • 2 tbsp Brown Sugar
  • 2 Ripe but firm Bartlett Pears sliced
  • 1 tbsp Rum
  • 1 Star Anise
  • 3 Cardamom Pods

Sweet Rava Dosa

  • 1 cup semolina
  • 1 ½ tbsp sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 cups water

Coconut Rum Caramel Sauce

  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 tbsp water
  • ½ cup coconut milk
  • 1 tbsp rum
  • tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp butter or Smart Balance to make if vegan

Cheese Spread

  • ½ cup Mascarpone or Vegan Cream Cheese
  • 3 tbsp powdered sugar


Pear Compote

  • Toss all the ingredients into a saute pan and cook on medium heat for about 10-15 minutes. Stir occasionally. Set aside until the crepes are ready.

Sweet Rava Dosa

  • Mix all the ingredients in a medium bowl. Let sit for about 8 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, preheat a nonstick skillet (it works better than a saute pan making the crepe much easier to flip) with 1 tbsp of oil for about 7 minutes on medium heat. Crank up the heat to high for the last minute. (make sure the pan does not smoke).
  • Shake the pan a little to scatter the oil.
  • Stir the semolina batter really well. Scoop about 3/4 cup of the batter and pour onto the hot skillet. There is a trick to the batter, don’t dump the entire amount onto one spot on the skillet. Quickly pour a little bit of batter in lots of different spots, connecting the different spots with new pours, so that you get a thin layer of batter that fills the entire bottom of the skillet. As the batter lands on the skillet, it will sizzle and create holes as the pancake forms. Fill in the large holes if tiny bits of batter. You will end up with a beautiful lacey pattern.
  • Let cook on high heat for about 3-4 minutes. You will know the crepes are ready to flip when the edges turn brown and lift up slightly. If the crepes are getting too brown, lower heat to medium high.

Coconut Rum Caramel Sauce

  • Mix sugar and water in a sauce pan and heat on medium heat. Stir a couple of times and then stop stirring. Let sugar cook undisturbed. When the sugar turns a deep golden brown (about 7-9 minutes), add coconut milk and stir. The sugar will clump up but that’s not a problem.
    ** Keep an eye on the sugar it can go from brown to burned in no time! And watch out, it’s hot!
  • Stir in the the rest of the ingredients. Stir until the sugar clumps dissolve back into the liquid and you have a nice sauce.

Cheese Spread

  • Stir together cheese and sugar.


  • Spread 2 tbsp of cheese spread on the underside of each crepe and top with a quarter of the pear compote.
    Semolina Crepes with Pear Compote, Mascarpone and Coconut Rum Caramel Sauce (Sweet Rava Dosa)
  • Fold the two sides of the crepe over the filling to create a roll. Turn the seam toward the bottom of the plate.
  • Drizzle with caramel sauce.


Calories: 398kcalCarbohydrates: 58gProtein: 7gFat: 16gSaturated Fat: 11gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.3gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 29mgSodium: 93mgPotassium: 199mgFiber: 3gSugar: 33gVitamin A: 365IUVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 52mgIron: 2mg
Keyword dosa, flatbread, rava dosa
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