February 17, 2009

Uthappam anyone?

And so there was a craving for this pizza-uthappam or rainbow-uthappam as I call it because of the magnitude of colours it offers. And what was stopping me? Absolutely nothing. And no, MindBlogging hasn't turned into a full-fledged food blog (yet). But it's delightful sharing recipes once in a while (especially when there's a dearth of anything else to post... hehe).

What you need
1. Dosai maavu (usually made by grinding well-soaked rice (parboiled puzhangal arusi is preferred) and urad dal in a 3:1 (little less than 1) ratio and then fermenting it overnight - For softer dosais, add a few seeds of methi(fenugreek/vendhiyam) as well). Keep in mind that the batter needs to be kept out of the fridge at least a couple of hours before you want to make the dosais/uthappams.
2. Veggies for toppings - use your imagination! I've used finely chopped onions, green chillies, tomatoes and grated carrots (it is important to squeeze out the juice so as to not have a messy uthappam). I was out of fresh coriander or that would've made it there too. This is in keeping with my yellow(onions), red (tomatoes n carrots) and green (chillies) balance for a good meal. Lol.
3. Oil
How?
1. Pretty simple. Keep the gas on medium-high for 2-3 minutes with the frying pan on it before pouring the batter on it. It needs to be hot enough to cook it well. So, take a large ladle-full of batter and pour it on the center of your pan. It assumes a naturally circular shape and the big advantage of uthappam as opposed to dosai is that you don't need to spread it. You only need to lightly distribute it into a mildly bigger circle than the one it originally formed. Do this in one quick circular motion.
2. Pour a few drops of oil along the edge of the uthappam and while it cooks, you can leisurely decorate it on one side, sprinkling a bit of each of your toppings.
3. Once the sides turn crisp clearly indicating that the bottom has cooked, you are going to have to flip it over. It may seem tricky to do it without spilling your toppings. But with some experience/or two spoons, you should manage it quite easily. Once it's face-down, press on it a bit with your karandi (ladle) so that it cooks faster and better. It is important for it to cook well because you have raw veggies sitting on top of it.
4. It's probably ready in 2-3 minutes. Flip it over once more to make sure. All the veggies must be toasted (as on the pic above) and nothing should be sticking to the pan.
PS: For the health-conscious, the little glistening drops along the periphery aren't of oil, but of precipitation from the heat on the pan. :D
Serve with sambar/chutney/pickle/plain old curd or eat it by itself. It makes for a delectable supper. Bon appetit!

11 comments:

Shiva kumar Shankar said...

thanks, I love uttapams (except without the onions), I will request my better half for the same, and I can give this link for reference :D

Ramya Venkat said...

heyy!!! yummy uthappam...

Jaya said...

Shiva -> I think we south indian women have a natural tact for it an ddon't need to be shown blogs for siple things like uthappam. I bet Poorni agrees. Thanks anyways :)

Ramya -> Thank you! Give it a shot for sure!

Ramya Venkat said...

yeah for sure Jaya.. n about recipes, even with the basic ingredients we can enhance a simple dish to an extravagant delicacy just as this one.. :)

Ramya Venkat said...

sooo no recipe would be required.. but a little of creativity n time..

Jaya said...

Ramya -> Thanks again! Absolutely. Every dish is different depending on the way we personalize it. And that's what "defines" the dish for our household for example. And this dish was inspired from my Chittipatti who has the habit of trying different toppings on her out-of-the-world dosa and uthappams. :)

karmanna said...

wow!!!
ennakku uthappam...

last time pondybazar, saravana-bhava oru uthappathukku 240 rupees eduthanga !!!
yeppo restaurant opening... :P

Archana said...

oh my goddd!! pasikarduuuuuuuuu!!! Yummy in the tummyyyyy!!

Jaya said...

Karmanna -> Hehehe, thank you. Naan restaurantlaam thorandha neenga mattum dhaan varuvengo.. :)

Archu -> Make it, eat it.. burp it :D

Radhika said...

Lovely uthappams Jaya. They look yummy colourful and very very nice! Ummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

Jaya said...

Radhika -> Thank you and do give them a shot :)

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