Thursday, January 24, 2008

Carrot-Coriander-Onion Uthappam

As you may or may not know, uthappam is basically an Indian savory pancake. It is made from idli batter and can be spiced up in any number of ways. Here, I've used carrot, coriander leaves, and onion as my main ingredients in the spirit of the upcoming republic day of India.

Pooja, of "My Creative Ideas" blog is hosting theme of the week based on republic day. So, I'm sending this recipe to her. Vande Mataram!


Idli batter - 2 cups
Onion - 1 small, chopped
Green chillies - 3, chopped
Carrots - 1, grated
Curry leaves - 1 sprig
Coriander leaves - 2 tbsp, chopped

For seasoning:

Mustard Seeds - 1 tsp
Urad dal - 1 tsp


1. Heat oil in a pan. When hot, add mustard seeds and urad dal.

2. Once it splutters, add chopped onion, green chillies, and curry leaves. Fry until onion softens.

3. Cool this mixture slightly and add to the idli batter.

4. Heat a tava or griddle on medium heat. Make sure it's not too hot or else the uthappams will not cook through before over-browning!

5. Once the tava is warm, pour approximately 1/2 cup of batter and spread it out slightly. Make sure it's still a little thick (not thin like dosa!).

6. While the batter is still wet, sprinkle some grated carrot and chopped coriander on top of the uthappam. (Alternatively, you could just mix the carrot and coriander in with the rest of the batter and pour it directly. I just thought doing it this way makes for a cute presentation.)

7. Wait until small bubbles form on top of the batter. At this point, carefully flip it over and let it cook completely on the other side.

8. Serve hot with chutney and/or sambar. We had this with ridgegourd skin chutney (peerkangai peel chutney). Stay tuned for that recipe!

Uthappam in colors of the Indian flag!


Mansi Desai said...

nice one! it's going to be interesting seeing all the indian colors on Pooja's blog:)

btw, I'm hosting a Game night event on my blog for veggie recipes and you could send this or some other entry:)

details here:



Pooja said...

Nice entry with all 3 colors Kalai .
thanks for being with us in celebration. I really appreciate your efforts in making this .
Stay tuned...

Kalai said...

Pooja: Thanks a lot! I look forward to seeing the roundup! :)

Mansi: Welcome to you, dear. I'll definitely try to contribute to game night. Will drop by your blog soon!

Asha said...

Kalai, what a perfect entry with all colors sweetie. Can't wait for the round up, great to see all these in one place!:))

Kalai said...

Ashakka!!! Sooooo nice to see you at my blog! Thanks so much for your kind words. I'm psyched for the roundup, too! :)