Friday, February 10, 2012

Sizzling Mini Uttapams with myriad dressings

How about adding flavors and colors to your breakfast platter?

Nothing compares, even comes close to my love of South India food. It is light, nutritious, uncomplicated, diverse, easy to customize & simply Yummm !!!!

As you would have been noting, my cooking boundaries are being pushed these days by the latest chef in the house (as if two were not enuff to start with) my 5 yr old boy. The latest subject of his creativity was Uttappams. These are light savory pan cakes often topped with healthy veggies. These are a quick answer to my husband's & mine South Indian Breakfast needs. But our Son added a spin to the tale when he suggested that I should marry these with his new colorful cereals. Hence the Idea !!!

Ingredients Rice Uttapam:
*Rice: 3 cups (I used white rice but brown can also be used)
*Urad Dal: 1 cup
Fenugreek Seeds: 1 tsp
Rice Flakes: 2 tsp
Salt: 1 tsp or to taste
Cumin seeds: 1 tsp
Dry Coriander flakes: 1/2 tsp

Ingredients for Rava Uttapam:
Semolina: 1 cup
Rice flour: 1 tsp (optional)
Yogurt: 1/2 cup
Water: 1/2 cup approx (add as required)
Salt: 1 tsp or to taste
Mustard seeds: 1 tsp
Dry Curry leaves: 1/2 tsp (gently crushed)

For toppings: 
Onions: 1 (round rings or chopped)
Tomatoes: 1 (round rings)
Sweet Peas : 1/4 cup (if frozen, soaked in warm water)
Sweet Corn : 1/4 cup (if frozen, soaked in warm water)
Potato sev: 2 tsp (spicy snack mix)
Cereals: 2 tsp
Enjoy with Tomato Ketchup/Coconut Chutney

*PS:  To make batter in small quantity take a small measuring cup/ladle and vice-versa.

For Rice Uttapam:
Wash and soak rice, dal, rice flakes and fenugreek seeds overnight.
Drain the excess water and grind to make a smooth but thick paste.
Keep this batter for few hours to ferment. Season the batter with salt to taste. I also like to add little Cumin and dry coriander flakes to the batter.

For Rava Uttapam:
Mix semolina and rice flour in a bowl. Add some yogurt and water and whip the batter to make a smooth paste. The instant uttapam mix is ready to be made into pancakes.
Heat griddle and spray cooking oil. Take a small spoon full of batter and pour it in circular motion to make a mini uttapam.

and Toppings:
Top it up with your favorite dressing -sweet peas, sweet corn, onion, tomato, cereals for kids, potato sev or even nutella, choice is all yours and choices infinite :)
Cover the pancake with a lid for 3-4 minutes and then flip to other side until done.
Sizzling hot and cute mini pancakes are ready to be enjoyed straight from the griddle either with ketchup or traditional coconut chutney and sambhar.

We had a great time feasting on our variety of uttappams (you can see a proud Kindergartener holding his creation).

Hope you'd give this recipe a try & like it. And yess...don't forget to tell me how you did  :)

Hugs... Sonia

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