Uttappam – A South Indian Pancake in 3 ways!
Uttappam is a variety of dosa from South India. In Tamil Nadu, known as Uthappam. In Kerala, known as Oothappam. Unlike, dosa which is crisp and plain, uttapam is thicker with toppings. The name is from the Tamil words ‘Appam’, ‘Utthia’ means Poured-Appam. Appam is cooked on a round bottom pan, whereas Utthia-Appam is cooked on a flat skillet. The Tamil ancient literature has a mention of it by its name. The classic breakfast of the Tamil residents consists of idli, dosa, or uttapam, taken by sambar, and chutney.
Uttapam is made with toppings such as tomatoes, onion, chilies, capsicum, and coriander. Consumed together with sambar or chutney. It is one of the popular dishes of South India.
Classic Uttapam Recipe
Classic uttapam is a plain one usually made with idli and dosa batter. You can take the same measure as taken for idli and dosa.
- In a bowl, take ½ cup idli rice or parboiled rice (attop chal) along with ½ cup regular rice.
Note* (Instead of adding regular rice, you can also make the dosa with a total of 1 cup idli rice.)
- Wash them and add water as required, and mix. Cover with a lid and soak everything for 4 to 5 hours.
Grinding into batter
- Drain all the water, and add the soaked ingredients to a mixer grinder or a blender.
- Make sure to grind them according to your grinder’s capacity in part by part Or off the power when it is too hot.
- Add salt to it and mix well.
How to prepare :
- Heat a tawa or a cast iron pan or skillet.
- Brush oil on the skillet. Pour the batter with a ladle or spoon. For a non-stick pan, you need not grease the pan.
- The skillet has to be hot. While making uthappams, you can regulate the flame from low to high. Before pouring the batter, reduce the flame to low.
- Then flip and cook the other side.
- Both sides should be cooked well. Cook them this way with the rest of the batter.
- You can also add onion and tomato as topping or if you can eat as sada uthappam. Add onion & chopped coriander leaves as topping for onion uthappam, or both tomato and onion as uthappam.
Enjoy uthappam with chutney or sambar and some hot kaapi or coffee.