Tuesday, February 21, 2006

South Indian Tiffin - Uthappams (Lentil Pancakes Topped With Vegetables)

Utappams or thick dosas are South Indian vegetarian tiffin variety made from rice and lentil batter, fermented overnight making the batter slightly sour and then used to prepare thick pancakes like dosas which are light and porous.Uthappams are topped with chopped onions,green chillis and vegetables like tomatoes or carrots but can be eaten without the toppings too.Traditionally its served as a breakfast item but can be served for lunch or dinner and is a complete meal in itself.

1 cup par boiled rice
1 cup raw white rice
1/2 cup urad dal (black gram dal,minappa pappu)
1 tsp fenugreek seeds
salt to taste
1/4 tsp cooking soda


Finelty chopped green chillis,chopped onions,grated carrot,finely chopped tomatoes(deseeded),chopped fresh coriander leaves

Soak rice,urad dal and fenugreek seeds in water for about 8 hours and grind into a fine paste.
Leave it in a warm place to ferment about 8-10 hours.You will notice that the batter has risen and bubbles appear on the top.This is an indication that the batter is well fermented and sour.Add salt and mix well.Just before preparing the uthappams add cooking soda and mix well.
Pre-heat a non-stick tawa or griddle and spread a tsp of oil over it.
Pour a laddle full of batter and spread it thicker than a dosa (about 1/2"- 3/4" thickness).
Spread a tsp of oil around the uthappam and top it with finely chopped onions, chopped tomatoes (deseeded),chopped coriander leaves,grated carrot and finely chopped green chillis.
Cook on simmer for 4-5 mts.Then turn over and cook the other side and let it cook for another 2-3 minutes.
Serve hot with coconut chutney,coriander chutney or sambar.
Note:You can use left over idli or dosa batter to make uthappams.

Also check out Priya's Vegetable Pancake (Oothappam) recipe here.

Lentils are a perfect way to add protein, fiber and all the antioxidant benefits to any meal and have the same potent anti-inflammatory antioxidants—flavonoids and flavonals—found in tea, fruits, grapes, red wine and cocoa beans. Fenugreek seeds are immune stimulating, and have antioxidant and anti-tumor properties.The toppping of onions,carrots and tomatoes have all the goodness antioxidants have to offer making uthappam a perfect choice for this week's ARF/5-A-Day Tuesday.



Garam Masala said...

Sailu - Yes, I love uttappams, partly because they are less hassle and quicker than dosas :-) Also, uttappams are much more forgiving in taste even if the batter has not fermented too well.
Question for you - What is par-boiled rice? Is it cooked rice or a different kind of rice variety?

Ashwini said...

I see idli rava, fine rava and coarse rava here. And also idli rice and the regular types of rice - basmati, sona masuri, ponni etc. Can you tell me what I should use in oothappam and in idlis? Do you mean par boiled as in cooked a little?

BDSN said...

Hi Sailu...

Very simple but still packed with all goodness..My childhood favorite dish was Onion Uttapam...I have dosa batter ..well i was thinking about masala dosa but now change of mind to uthapam..

sailu said...

GM and Ashwini,paddy which is boiled/steamed and well dried out in the sun and then husked its called Par Boiled Rice. Paddy which doesnt follow the above process and husked is called raw rice which we regularly eat as steamed rice.So Par boiled rice is also a raw rice and its not undercooked rice like many think it is.
If par boiled rice (which is also called Idli rice)isnt available,you can use ordinary raw rice and also add 1/4 cup of beaten rice (poha) while grinding the paste.Soak the poha in a few tbsps of water for 5 minutes before grinding.
Hope this helps.

Shilpa said...

This is a nice and easy recipe. Will try it. Thanks for the post.

Anonymous said...

Terrific!you are making me more hungrier by looking your uttapams.very yummy looking .After all, we all are belongs to one family from India.don't you agree.

Puspha said...

Sailu your uthamappams look very delicious. Going to try it out soon.

Ashwini said...

Got it. We do get idli rice here. Thanks for clarifying that. I used to think parboiled rice was undercooked rice :-)

sailu said...

So its Uthappam for dinner,bdsn?-:)

Your welcome,Shipa.

Thanks for dropping by Shilpa.

Do let me know how they turn out,Pushpa.

Your welcome,Ashwini.

Krithika said...

Uthappam looks really good. I usually make it with leftover Idli batter adding rice flour to it. Will try it your way.

Anonymous said...

your posts are very tasty sailu garu
can you please post some vegetarian indian food rich in protein(egg is ok)and with less carbs.
i will be very thankful if u post the recipes
thank you

Lera said...

wow, your uthappam looks so appetising .love the fact that your recipe is so simple and easy to make......:)

KrishnaArjuna said...

They look delicious. Our recipe is almost the same, we add another cup of cooked rice too that makes them even fluffier.

a said...

Another unbelievable dish from Sailu...Thanks for sharing!

Take care!


Easily Pleased said...

these uthappams look delicious and i was so surprised to read really how easy it is. i must try this. I have always been a fan of an Ethiopian bread called injira, and the reason i like it so much is because it has a delicious sour flavor. so uthappams are going to be on my menu to try!
thanks for the great post - i like your blog, it is my first visit

Malar Gandhi said...

Hai There,
Your site looks amazing! You have good collection of recipes.

sailu said...

Krithika,thanks for dropping by and do let me know how it turns out.

Anonymous,thanks for your kind words.I will post some low carb vegetarian recipes.

Thanks,Lera,its sure is appetizing..:)

KA,I do add cooked rice at time or attukulu (flattened rice)


Thanks so much for dropping by,EP,and for your kind words.I need to find out more about this Ethopian bread,Injira.

I am so glad you dropped by as I have discovered your wonderful blog.Thanks for dropping by,Malar, and your kind words.

Kay said...

Sailu, Uthappam is one of the south Indian comfort foods! Love them! Like BDSN, Onion uthappams are my favourite too.

Priya said...

i love those oothappams, they look yummy, and like kay i love onion oothappams.Thanx for sharing the recipe and thanks for linking my post :)

stef said...

sailu, i'll have to try your utthapam sometime. question: would the parboiled rice found in american groceries (which i've never used) do? or should i get parboiled rice from the indian markets here?

sailu said...

Uthappams seems to be everybody's all time favorite tiffin,Kay..:)

Your welcome,Priya.

Stef,I suggest you buy the parboiled rice from an Indian store as I am sure you would get the kind of parboiled rice which goes into making uthappam.