During Ramadan my family demands for more variety of food as compared to normal days. After having consumed a lot of non veg stuff it’s now time to hog on some pure vegetarian food. Me and everyone in the family are a big time South Indian food lover. Didn’t wanted to go with those regular Idli and Dosa, hence opted for Uttapam. Teamed up with some Mango pickle, Tomato pickle, Curd and an aromatic Sambhar to fulfill.
Usually Uttapams are as big as chapatis but i made Mini Uttapams for Iftaar just to please my son. Uttapam or ooththappam or Uthappa is a dosa-like dish made by cooking ingredients in a batter. Unlike a dosa, which is crisp and crepe-like, uttapam is a thick pancake, with toppings cooked right into the batter. Uttapam is sometimes characterized as an Indian pizza. The place of origin is India, particularly Tamil Nadu.
Uttapam batter is made of a 1:3 ratio of urad dal and rice; the rice should be a combination of a boiled variety and a variety such as basmati. The dal and rice are subsequently ground and fermented. The outer surface is crisp and the inner layers are like idli.
Uttapam is traditionally made with toppings such as tomatoes, onion, chillies, capsicum and cabbage mix; other common choices are coconut or mixed vegetables. It is often eaten with sambar or chutney. Though instant mixes are available in the market. A small portion of this is mixed with water to form a fermented batter. This is then spread evenly on a cooking pan. It takes about five minutes to cook.