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uttapam recipe

plain uttapam recipe made with idli batter.

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uttapam recipe with step by step photos – uttapam is a delicious south indian tiffin breakfast of thick pancakes. these pancakes are made from fermented rice and urad dal batter.

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uttapams can be made both with idli batter as well as dosa batter. in this recipe i have shown the method of making uttapams with idli batter. the recipe shows plain uttapam, but you can make onion or tomato or mix veggie uttapam with the same batter.

other uttapam variations are:

  1. oats uttapam
  2. rava uttapam
  3. onion uttapam
  4. sandwich uttapam
  5. onion tomato uttapam

usually when i prepare idlis with the idli batter, i prepare uttapams on the second day after the batter is fermented. the first day i make idlis or dosas. when i do not prepare idlis on the first day, then i make uttapam or dosa on the first day.

as with any fermented batter or dough, temperature plays a crucial role in the fermentation process. so make sure that the you keep the batter in a warm place or ferment for a longer time, if the temperature is on the cooler side in your city. with this batter recipe, you can also make idlis on the first day after the batter is fermented and uttapams on the second day.

serve uttapam with coconut chutney and sambar by the side and have a delicious south indian breakfast or brunch.

for more south indian recipes then you may like are:

uttapam recipe
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uttapam recipe

plain uttapam recipe made with idli batter.
course breakfasts
cuisine south indian
prep time 9 hours
cook time 30 minutes
total time 9 hours 30 minutes
servings 4 to 5
author dassana amit

ingredients (1 cup = 250 ml)

  • 400 grams parboiled rice or idli rice or 2 cups parboiled or idli rice
  • 2 cups water for soaking rice
  • 120 grams whole husked urad dal or ½ cup whole husked urad dal
  • 1 cup water for soaking urad dal
  • ¼ teaspoon fenugreek seeds (methi seeds)
  • ½ cup water for grinding urad dal or add as required
  • ¾ cup water for grinding rice or add as required
  • 1 teaspoon rock salt or add as required

how to make uttapam recipe

soaking - preparation for uttapam recipe

  1. in a bowl take ½ cup husked whole urad dal and ¼ tsp methi or fenugreek seeds. you can also use split husked urad dal instead of husked whole urad dal.
  2. rinse both the urad dal and methi seeds for a couple of times.
  3. then soak them in 1 cup water for 4 to 5 hours.
  4. in another bowl take 2 cups parboiled rice or idli rice.
  5. rinse the parboiled rice or idli rice for a couple of times and keep aside.
  6. add 2 cups water. mix well and soak everything for 4 to 5 hours.

grinding - making uttapam batter

  1. strain the urad dal and reserve the water. keep this water for grinding the dal.
  2. use the wet grinding blade in the jar for grinding both urad dal and rice. add the strained urad dal in the grinder jar.
  3. first add ¼ cup of the reserved water and grind for some seconds. then add the rest of ¼ cup water and continue to grind till the batter is light, smooth and fluffy. if the mixer becomes too hot while grinding, then stop. let the mixer cool down and grind again. quantity of water depends on the freshness of urad dal. i always add ½ cup water for grinding ½ cup of urad dal.
  4. pour the urad dal batter in a large bowl or pan. the batter should be fluffy, smooth and light.
  5. to the same jar, add the half of the rice.
  6. then add ¼ to ½ cup water and grind till smooth. a fine grainy consistency of rice is also fine in the batter. you can grind the rice in two to three batches. i grind in two batches. for rice i always end up adding overall ¾ cup water and a few tablespoons more of the water at times.
  7. pour the rice batter in the bowl containing the urad dal batter.
  8. add 1 tsp rock salt or as per taste. in very cold temperatures, avoid adding salt. instead add ¼ tsp sugar. sugar aids in the fermentation process.
  9. mix both the batters very well with your hands or a spoon or spatula.
  10. cover and allow the batter to ferment overnight for for 8 to 20 hours. the timing will vary depending on the temperature conditions in your city.
  11. the batter should increase in volume and double or triple.
  12. just lightly stir the batter. check the consistency. if the batter looks too thick, you can add about 1/8 to 1/4 cup water or more if required. mix well.

making uttapam

  1. heat up a tawa or a cast iron pan, brush or spread some oil on the tawa. pour the batter with a ladle or spoon. for non stick pan, you need not grease the pan. the tawa has to be hot. while making uttapams, you can regulate the flame from low to high. before pouring the batter, reduce the flame to low.
  2. gently spread the batter to a thick pancake.
  3. cook the uttapam on a medium flame.
  4. drizzle some oil on the top and sides.
  5. uttapams take a longer time to cook than dosas. cook till the base is golden.
  6. then flip and cook the other side.
  7. both sides should be cooked well. prepare the uttapams this way with rest of the batter. you can also make idlis or paniyarams or pungulu with this batter.
  8. serve these plain uttapams hot or warm with coconut chutney and sambar. you can also pack them in tiffin box as they remain soft even after cooling down.

recipe notes

  • you can make onion or tomato or mix veggie uttapam with the same batter.

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how to make uttapam recipe

soaking

1. in a bowl take ½ cup husked whole urad dal and ¼ tsp methi or fenugreek seeds. you can also use split husked urad dal instead of husked whole urad dal.

dal for uttapam recipe

2. rinse both the urad dal and methi seeds for a couple of times.

making uttapam recipe

3. then soak in 1 cup water for 4 to 5 hours.

making uttapam recipe

4. in another bowl take 2 cups parboiled rice or idli rice.

making plain uttapam recipe

5. rinse the parboiled rice or idli rice for a couple of times. keep aside.

making uttapam recipe

6. add 2 cups water. mix well and soak everything for 4 to 5 hours.

making uttapam recipe

grinding – making uttapam batter

1. strain the urad dal and reserve the water. keep this water for grinding the dal.

making uttapam recipe

2. use the wet grinding blade in the jar for grinding both urad dal and rice. add the strained urad dal in the grinder jar.

making batter for uttapam recipe

3. first add ¼ cup of the reserved water and grind for some seconds. then add the rest of the ¼ cup water and continue to grind till the batter is light, smooth and fluffy. if the mixer becomes too hot while grinding, then stop. let the mixer cool down and grind again. quantity of water depends on the freshness of urad dal. i always add ½ cup water for grinding ½ cup of urad dal.

making batter for uttapam recipe
4. pour the urad dal batter in a large bowl or pan. the batter should be fluffy, smooth and light.

making plain uttapam recipe

5. to the same jar, add the half of the strained rice.

making batter for uttapam recipe

5. add ¼ to ½ cup water and grind till smooth. a fine grainy consistency of rice is also fine in the batter. you can grind the rice in two to three batches. i grind in two batches. for rice i always end up adding overall ¾ cup water and a few tablespoons more of the water at times.

making batter for uttapam recipe

6. pour the rice batter in the bowl containing the urad dal batter.

making batter for uttapam recipe

7. add 1 tsp rock salt or as per taste. in very cold temperatures, avoid adding salt. instead add ¼ tsp sugar. sugar aids in the fermentation process.

batter for plain uttapam recipe

8. mix both the batters very well with your hands or a spoon or spatula.

batter for plain uttapam recipe

9. cover and allow the batter to ferment overnight for for 8 to 20 hours. the timing will vary depending on the temperature conditions in your city.

making plain uttapam recipe

10. the fermented batter the next day.

batter for plain uttapam recipe

11. just lightly stir the batter. check the consistency. if the batter looks too thick, you can add about ⅛ to ¼ cup water or more if required. mix well.

making plain uttapam recipe

making uttapam

12. heat up a tawa or a cast iron pan, brush or spread some oil on the tawa. pour the batter with a ladle or spoon. for a non stick pan, you need not grease the pan. the tawa has to be hot. while making dosas, you can regulate the flame from low to high. before pouring the batter, reduce the flame to low.

making plain uttapam recipe

13. gently spread the batter to a thick pancake.

making plain uttapam recipe

14. cook the uttapam on a medium flame.

making plain uttapam recipe
15. drizzle some oil on the top and sides.

making plain uttapam recipe

16. uttapams take a longer time to cook than dosas. cook till the base is golden.

making plain uttapam recipe
17. then flip and cook the other side.

making plain uttapam recipe

18. both sides should be cooked well. prepare the uttapams this way with rest of the batter. you can also make idlis or paniyarams or punugulu with this batter.

making plain uttapam recipe

19. serve these plain uttapams hot or warm with coconut chutney and sambar. you can also pack them in tiffin box as they remain soft even after cooling down.

plain uttapam recipe

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i started vegrecipesofindia.com in feb 2009. it is a pure vegetarian blog and shares recipes with step by step photos that will help you to make delicious and tasty vegetarian food easily.

i am passionate about cooking from childhood and learnt cooking from my elders. having a home science degree surely enhanced my cooking & baking skills which i now share as fool proof recipes on the blog. i am trained both in mainstream indian as well as international cuisines.


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24 comments/reviews

  1. Hello,
    I had a query about the consistency. Is the consistency of batter used to prepare idli, dosa and uttapam same?

    • nisha, idli has a thick batter. dosa has a medium consistency batter. uttapam can be made both from a thick idli batter or a medium flowing dosa batter.

      • Thank you for your reply.
        Tried onion tomato uttapam first time and was liked by everyone. Thank you once again

        • welcome nisha. glad to know that everyone liked the onion tomato uttapam recipe.

      • Thank you for your reply. I prepared onion tomato uttapam and was liked by everyone at home.
        Thank you once again

        • Welcome Nisha. Nice to know this.

  2. Hi
    i must say that your step by step (with pictures) recipe are easy to understand. Good work

    I make uthpam of suji and curd. but first two uthpam generally stick with the pan. any tip?

    • if you prepare or season the pan a day before, then this won’t happen. also use the pan only for making dosas. avoid dry roasting spices or making chapati in the pan. for seasoning, heat the pan. switch off the flame and spread some oil all over on the pan. about 1/2 to 1 tsp oil. keep it like that for a day or two. the day you are making dosas, wipe this layer of oil. heat the pan. spread a layer of oil again and then make the dosa. this method is only for cast iron pans or iron pans and not non stick pans.

  3. Please post recipe of Veg Pancakes.Looking forward to it! Plzzzzzz

    • have taken your request for veg pancakes on our file would try posting them soon thankyou shalu 🙂

      • Wow…Eagerly waiting for the eggless version!And I trust only your recipe 😀

        • thanks a lot shalu and welcome 🙂

  4. thanku mam….
    wish u a Happy Holi…..

    • welcome and wish you a happy holi too suvidha 🙂

  5. Hello mam, Can I use both the rice in 1:1 ratio?

    • yes suvidha, you can use both the rice in 1:1 ratio. you can also use 1:1 ratio of both idli rice or parboiled rice and regular rice.

  6. I am a big time fan of your blog. Have been trying many of your recipes. They turn out good. Can u please share pancakes recipe

    • thanks ruchita. i do plan to add a few pancake recipes on the website. will definitely add in the coming months.

  7. I am not getting reply of my previous messages… Please reply…

  8. Hi awsme recipes

    • thanks geetika.

  9. Thanks for sharing yummy uttapam recipe.i liked it very much. My daughter is a big fan of your recipes. Shez learning cooking watching your recipes. Thanks.

    • pleased to know this thankyou usha for your kind and positive words. glad your kid learning recipes all the best to her god bless you both.

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