The price of a dosa varies across India. While a dosa of similar quality and size might cost less than Rs.20 in some parts of southern states, you might have to shell out upwards of Rs.50 in cities of the north.
This is exactly the question that was put to RBI Governor Raguram Rajan at a Federal Bank event in Kochi, and he accused this: (click on it to reveal)
“Because the preparation of the dosa still follows the traditional way,” says Rajan, “There is nothing new in technology.”
In his book ‘Agricultural Growth, Farm Size, and Rural Poverty Alleviation in India’, Economist C.H. Hanumantha Rao wrote how Punjab increased its rice production through introduction of mechanical methods.
Not only did Punjab increase rice production through mechanical methods, it also utilised less labour for the same.
It is the same with a dosa. And no, a dosa maker is not the solution because there are shops where one cook can make six dosas at a time on a huge tawa.