Thursday, November 17, 2011
Uttapam- the healthy tasty Indian Pizza
Day#2 Blogging Marathon
The Blogging Marathon is getting more enjoyable by the day. From the Chinese chicken fried rice on day one, I have travelled a great distance to present today the Indian pizza - the uttapam. A South Indian delicacy that has now crossed physical boundaries and moved on to be included in the fast food menus across the country. Walk into any of the Sukh Sagar or Shiv Sagar restaurants and you would be amazed at the variations they can come up with for the simple uttapam.
The Uttapam, a south Indian delicacy is essentially a pancake made out of a batter made of rice and lentils. Topped with vegetables of your choice, it is a hearty meal that satiates your hunger and also leaves a linger flavour and taste that would bring you back again to the world of dosas and pancakes. Unlike the regular dosa that is a thin crisp pancake, the uttapam is much thicker and allows you to have toppings of your choice. I love to have a simple mix of vegetables and sometimes a little cheese. Serve it with a chutney of your choice and sambar and you can be sure of receiving a huge number of compliments that make you feel proud of your magic fingers.
I have used my dosa batter(after fermenting) for the pancake.
Ingredients for Uttapam:
Dosa batter - 10 ladle full
Onions - 1 big(finely chopped)
Tomato - 1 big(finely chopped)
Capsicum - 1 big(finely chopped)
Green chillies -2 (finely chopped) (optional especially when you are cooking for kids)
Salt to taste
Oil for making the pancakes
Method for making Uttapams:
1- Take a bowl and mix together the onion,tomato and capsicum (also greenhttp://www.blogger.com/img/blank.gif chilli if using) alongwith 1/4 tsp of salt. Keep aside.
Take a dosa tava(any flat non-stick pan will do) and rub the surface withttp://www.blogger.com/img/blank.gifh a few drops of oil. When the tava is heated, pour the batter to form a thick round pancake. Do not spread the batter too much.
2- Put a tbsp of the mixture on the uttapam and spread evenly. Drizzle 1/2 a tsp of oil on the pancake. Turn it over to let the other side too cook well. Cook for a minute and take out. Serve with chutney and sambar.
Note: You may even use coriander leaves or cheese for the topping alongwith the other vegetables mentioned here.
I am sending in the event to the Kids Delight event of Srivalli which is being hosted by Pavani this month.