Friday, September 7, 2012

Uthappam / Oothappam /Uthappa

           Oothappam is a south indian dish, made with rice and black gram / urud dal. This pancake like dosa is crispy on the outside with a soft layer in the middle. With preferred vegetable toppings, it's also called indian lentil pizza. Coconut chutney is our favourite side dish for uthappam. There is a link for coconut chutney recipe in the end of this post. We can also use, leftover dosa batter to make uthappam 
Crispy uthappam ready!

To soak and grind:
1 cup              rice (for perfect batter use 1/2 cup iddly rice and 1/2                 
                               cup raw rice
1/2 cup          black gram / ulundu /urud dal 
1  tsp              fenugreek / methi / venthayam
salt to taste
1. Soak the rice in water and soak methi with urud dal separately for 4 hours.
2. Grind the rice and urud dal separetely.
3. Combine both batter with salt and mix it thoroughly with hand.
4. Pour it into any container with lid and let it ferment over night.
onion  uthappam
1              onion 
4              green chillies
1 tsp        cumin seed / jeera
few          curry leaves
1/4 "        ginger
1/2 cup    shredded carrot     (optional)
1/2 cup    shredded cabbage  (optional)   
1. Chop the onion, chilli and ginger finely.
2. Combine all the ingredients except onion with the fermented batter. Check for salt.
3. The consistency of the batter should be somewhere between  dosa batter and iddly batter, add water accordingly.
4. Heat the dosa tawa or any large flat non stick pan on med/ high, apply oil to its surface and sprinkle 1 tbs of onion, decrease the heat. 
5. Pour 1-2 ladles of batter and spread it over the onion carefully with out any gap.
 6. Pour 3 tsp of oil over it, increase the heat and cook. 
7. When the pan side of the appam becomes brown and crispy, reduce the heat and flip it over carefully with a flat spoon.
8. Remove the uthappam from the pan when it's cooked through, continue the process with the remaining batter. 
9. Serve it with coconut chutney and sambar. 
Tips for taste:
     The dosa pan should be hot for the batter to stick to it, but if it becomes too hot it'll be hard to spread the batter around, so reduce the heat before pouring the batter.
   Click here for a creamy coconut chutney recipe. 
onions and green chillies...
Applying oil....



vanitha jain said...

Mouth watering....nice picture!!!!

Neela Rufus said...

Thanks Vanitha for the compliment :)