Vegetable Uthappam

Vegetable uthappamV1Today I’m going to share a simple recipe for Vegetable Uthappam. I love to call it South Indian version of pizza. Uthappam is one variation of dosa which is thick, soft and spongy and makes an excellent breakfast. Most of us generally prepare onion uthappam, but I would encourage you to try different vegetable toppings and also different shapes of uthappams. This is one tricky way to feed your kids. They will get the goodness of vegetables and at the same time learn different shapes & colours. I am pretty sure they will enjoy!!adore

Many people are blissfully ignorant that Uthappam is made with Idli-Dosa batter and not just dosa batter. So now you must be wondering the difference between the two batters!! Will get back to that in a different post, but for now please refer to my post on Idli-dosa batter to make Vegetable Uthappam. I become so enthusiastic and grind a lot of Idli-dosa batter and store it in the refrigerator. The first 2 days I usually make idli, followed by dosa and finally towards the end when the batter is sour enough, I make uttappanm or Kuzhi paniyaram. But trust me uthappam tastes best when the batter is sour.

Preparing Vegetable Uthappam is instant, quick, simple and utterly delicious provided you have the idli-dosa batter in hand. You always want to have some left over batter, so you end up making more batter. Any topping of your choice accompanied with a spicy chutney makes a perfect breakfast or any meal. It depends on how creative you are and what your family likes smile.

On a healthy note I would suggest Ragi or whole finger millets as a good substitute for rice while making the batter. Ragi gives incredible nutritional values to this vegetable uthappam. The colour of this uthappam will intrigue many.

Today I’m using the regular batter prepared with par-boiled rice to prepare this vegetable uthappam.

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Step-by-Step Process in making Vegetable uthappam:

 

There are 2 methods to prepare uthappam-

  1. By sprinkling all the vegetables on top of the uthappam (or)
  2. By mixing all the vegetable into the batter and making the uthappam

Both methods work fine. I will walk you through both the simple methods.

1. By sprinkling vegetables:
  • Grab all the required ingredients.
  • For either of the methods, chop onions, green chillies, coriander and grate carrot. Scoop out the seeds and finely chop the flesh of  tomato.

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  • Now take the required amount of idly-dosa batter in a small bowl.

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  • Heat a griddle over medium heat, add a drop of oil and rub it with half an onion.
  • Once the griddle is hot enough, pour a ladle of batter and rotate the pan in a circular motion to spread the batter to make a thick dosa as shown in the picture. Do not spread it thin like for dosa. Uthappam should be thick, only then you get a spongy one.

Note: If you use an iron griddle, rubbing with onion this will prevent dosa from sticking to the pan. You don’t need to do this if you are using a non-stick pan.

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  • After a minute, once you see bubbles in the uthappam as shown in the picture below.

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  • Sprinkle all the vegetables one by one and finally sprinkle cumin seeds.
  • Be generous in adding onions for the uthappam to taste great.

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  • Now gently press all the vegetables with a ladle or spatula.

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  • Drizzle a teaspoon of oil around the dosa and a few drops over the vegetables.

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  • Once the base starts turning golden brown, you see lot of holes on the top.
  • Now flip the dosa to the other side.

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  • Drizzle a little oil on the other side also (optional) and let it cook.
  • Once it is cooked, remove the uthappam from the griddle and serve hot with your favourite chutney or sambar.
2. By mixing vegetable to the batter:
  • Take the batter in a bowl and add all the vegetables and mix well along with cumin seeds.

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  • Prepare dosa in the similar way as above method.
  • You can also sprinkle some vegetables on top if you wish to.

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Vegetable Uthappam is a thick and spongy dosa variation prepared with slightly sour Idly Dosa batter and different vegetable toppings, which makes it an excellent breakfast.
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Cuisine: Indian
Serves: 4 to 5 small size uthappams
Ingredients
  • 2 Cups Idli dosa batter
  • 1 Onion, finely chopped
  • ½ Tomato, scoop out the seeds and finely chop
  • 1 Carrot, shredded
  • 2 green chillies, finely chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon frozen or fresh peas
  • 2 Tablespoons coriander, finely chopped
  • 1 Teaspoon cumin seeds
  • Few curry leaves
  • 1 teaspoon oil for each uthappam
Directions
  1. Take the idli-dosa batter in a small bowl.
  2. Heat a griddle over medium heat.
  3. Once the griddle is hot enough, pour a ladle of batter and rotate the pan in a circular motion to spread the batter and form a thick dosa.
  4. After a minute, you see bubbles in the uthappam.
  5. Sprinkle all the vegetables one by one and finally sprinkle cumin seeds.
  6. Now gently press the vegetables with a ladle or spatula.
  7. Drizzle a teaspoon of oil around the dosa and a few drops over the vegetables.
  8. Once the base starts turning golden brown, you see lot of holes on the top.
  9. Now flip the dosa to the other side.
  10. Drizzle a little oil if required on the other side also. Let it cook the other side.
  11. Once it is cooked, remove the vegetable uthappam from the griddle and serve hot with your favourite chutney or sambar.
My Notes
1. Using sour Idly dosa batter gives best results.
2. You can also sprinkle some Idli powder over the vegetables.
3. Using too much tomato makes the uthappam soggy because of the water content in the tomato, so use very little tomato.
4. Idli dosa batter has salt in it. In case there is no salt in your batter, add required amount of salt to the batter and mix well.
5. Feel free to use any vegetable of your choice.
6. Adjust oil to suit your taste.
Nutrition Information
Calories: Under 150 calories per small/palm size uthappam

 

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You might also like other popular breakfast recipes from my blog-

There are so many breakfast recipe…More to come!!….Stay Tuned!!

Happy Cooking 🙂

Padma

 

 

40 Comments:

  1. Yummm yummm!!! The uttappa really looks great 🙂

  2. Yum! Feel like having this upthappam right away.

  3. Wow, colorful uttappams! nice presentation too!

  4. yummy and colorful uthappam!! kids would love it!!

  5. Very colorful and yummy!!!

  6. Looks super yummy! Love the addition of veggies in it…

  7. looks perfect! healthy too

  8. Uthappam is looking gorgeous. Wonderfully prepared 🙂

  9. Well prepared & nice presentation .

  10. Lovely uthappam…yummy…

  11. Uthapam is one of my favorite breakfast of all time! You made it look even more tempting, Padma! drooling!

  12. great looking Uttapam… YUMM!! send me a couple uttapams…Love it!!

  13. I’m a big fan of dosa ….. love to eat it for lunch or dinner…. this is uthappam is fully packed with veggies and make dosa more delicious and healthy…. 🙂

  14. i like uttappam better than dosa as I can control the oil and I love the spongy texture. This is such a colourful breakfast! Enjoy!

  15. Love them with some coconut chutney, yumm..

  16. I love Utthappam.. looks so yummy dear..

  17. My all time favorite and this looks awesome!!

  18. Very beautifully described the difference between idli-dosa batter. Absolutely gorgeous looking uthappam. Great share!

  19. wow uthappam- looks delicious dear…. Love it..

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