ll of us have had South Indian food once in our life. I remember entering Indian Coffee House when the smell of coconut hit my olfactory senses. It was nothing like I had ever tasted. When my eyes studied the sweet and simple restaurant, I saw so many different types of food. They were of every colour. From brown to white, they had it all. To come to think of it, actual diversity existed there. But there were two things that fascinated me the most. Dosa and Uttapam. They were the same in so many aspects yet different at the same time.
Uttapam is slightly thicker, softer and whiter in colour than Dosa. It has a layer of veggies on it which enhances the taste, but we have the freedom to play with its topping, and that is how generated some lip-smacking recipes of uttapam that everyone on the planet should have.
This one is the most famous type of Uttapam. All one has to do is pour the batter into a preheated non-stick pan. Then sprinkle veggies like chopped onions, carrot, coriander and green chillies on uttapam. Add ghee. Let it cook on one side and then the other for 2-3 minutes each and voila! There you have your Onion Uttapam.
Don’t they just look beautiful? The tomatoes give off a slight juicy and tangy taste which you would definitely enjoy if you like tomatoes. These are prepared as same as the onion uttapams are prepared, but the only difference is of the quantity of tomatoes.
Did you know that Rava is the name for semolina in South India which is nothing but granulated wheat? It is used in both sweet and savoury dishes, people even enjoy rava laddoo. In this case of uttapam, there is a change in the batter rather than the topping.
Paneer has officially taken over because it has ranked a place in types of uttapam as well. Personally, I have never tasted this ever before, but it sure does look tempting. To make this, all you have to do is, sprinkle grated paneer on top and press it with a spoon so that it stays. When it is cooked, you have yourself a delicious Paneer Uttapam.
Wait! What? Carrots in an uttapam? Woah! Now that is something I would have never thought of. This type has a topping of carrots which gives it a very ‘orange-y’ look. So, tell me would you go for it?
This almost looks like a pizza, to be honest. The fusion of Italian and South Indian food is obviously mind-blowing. Imagine you are taking a bite, but there is an aftertaste of cheese mixed with veggies but totally different from a pizza.
South Indian food is already considered to be healthy and I didn’t think it could get anymore healthier but it just did! Have you heard of Oats Uttapam? Yes, there is something like this. Instead of the normal batter, use oats flour in the batter to make it. Make a paste without any lumps, add lemon juice and baking soda in it with veggies. Then on a non-stick pan, pour oil on it and spread the batter on it. Let it cook in ghee for 2-3 minutes for each side and then plate it with nice tangy chutneys.
This type of uttapam is made using ragi flour, semolina and oh-so-tasty yogurt. All you have to do is mix semolina, yogurt, ragi flour, chopped onion, green chillies, cumin seeds and mustard seeds in a bowl. Pour some water and mix it well so that no lumps are formed. Add veggies of your choice. Spread on the pan and let it cook.
This one is my favourite because it is made from so many vegetables like corn, chopped capsicum, cabbage, beans, tomato, onion, salt, pepper powder, chopped green chillies, coriander leaves and butter. Doesn’t this get water in your mouth already? Read Also: 10 Dishes from West Bengal That’ll Make You Say ‘Khub Bhalo’
Bell Pepper Uttapm
If you love bell pepper, then you should surely try this out. It is easy to make because you just have to replace the normal veggies with bell pepper with the same process of making a batter, spreading on the non-stick pan and cooking for 2-3 minutes in oil.