Uttapams are soft Indian pancakes made with urad dal and rice and topped with onions, vegetables and spice powders. There are so many different types of Uttapams that can be prepared depending on the ingredients used for the batter and toppings. Uttapams are thicker than dosa and are topped usually with onions. In this recipe of Onion and vegetable uttapam, I have used vegetables like carrots,capsicum and tomatoes. Uttapams can be made in just 10 minutes if you have the batter ready.

A perfect uttapam is one in which the lower part is slightly crisp and the upper part is soft and well cooked.


2 cups idli rice (white khar rice or raw rice)
½ cup urad dal
1 tsp methi seeds
¼ tsp soda
Salt to taste

For the topping

1 large Onion Finely sliced
1/4 cup carrot grated
1/2 capsicum cut into small pieces
1 tomato finely chopped
2 tbsp finely chopped coriander leaves (optional)
Salt and red chilli powder to taste


  • Soak rice,methi seeds and urad dal together in a bowl of water overnight or for 7 to 8 hours.
  • Wash several times and drain away the water.
  • Take the mix in a grinder, add water as required and grind it to a paste. 
  • You should get a thick batter.
  • Transfer this to a large bowl, close a lid and set this aside for 6 to 8 hours. 
  • The batter should have raised in height by now. 
  • You can transfer this to an airtight container and refrigerate.
  • Keep the container outside the refrigerator 1 hour before making the uttapam.
  • Now take the required amount of uttapam batter in a bowl.
  • Dissolve salt and soda in 2 tbsp of water and mix well.
  • Add water if needed. The batter has to be slightly thicker than the dosa batter.
  • Heat a tava/ skillet and grease with oil.
  • Add a ladle of the uttapam batter.
  • Here I have made small uttapams. You can make regular size uttapams as well.
  • Add onions, tomato and grated veggies, salt and red chilli powder on top.
  • Reduce flame to low and close a lid.
  • Cook in medium to low flame for a couple of minutes till the uttapam is cooked on one side.
  • Flip the uttapam and cook on the other side.
  • Transfer to a plate. 
  • In the same way make more Uttapams.
  • Serve hot with Chutney and Sambar.

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