Friday, February 10, 2012

Sizzling Mini Uttapams with myriad dressings

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 coloful 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


Sravs said...

Cute mini uttapam’s !! great idea !! loved all the dressings !! The first click ur kiddo holding that mini uttapam is awesome !!

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Alpana said...

I am simply drooling......what an amazing preparation.......Love the clicks.

Sonia said...

Thanks for liking the uttapams....! Love n regards, sonia

notyet100 said...

Mmmmmmmm I guess my son gonna luv these,,:)

Choc Chip Uru said...

These are too cute and delicious - I am a huge uttapam fan! First choice in taking to school ;)
So happy to have found your wonderful blog!

Choc Chip Uru
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Daisy@Nevertoosweet said...

Hello :) First time visiting your blog! congrats for being Top 9! I've never heard of Uttapams before! But they remind me of an indian version of mini pizzas :) but they're definitely healthier ~

Thanks for sharing!

Deeps @ Naughty Curry said...

how colourful! like mini pizza's, make for such cute appetizers :)

refa said...

wow its amazing , i want do it :)

Kitchen Belleicious said...

what a cute and fun idea. I love the pictures, you are so good at photogrpahy!

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