This looks like a pancake with vegetables. Uthappam is usually prepared with the leftover idli batter.

Pointer 1: You may make this in the wok or on a flat skillet. The one that best fits the purpose is what I have recommended on my site called the dosa griddle.^
Pointer 2: The best taste is produced by mixing some diced onions and green chillies into the batter before spreading them on the griddle.
Pointer 3: You may also make the batter just for the purpose of making Uthappam. Refer to the idli recipe page for the batter preparation.


  • Idli batter
  • Some diced onions, add more if needed
  • Salt to taste
  • Oil to spread on the griddle

Place the griddle on top of your stove. Let it warm well. Now add a tsp. of oil and spread it around. Mix the onions and green chillies into the batter. Add salt if needed. You may not need it, since the idli mix already has some salt in it. Now take a flat ladle, pour the mix onto the griddle. Flatten the batter with the ladle and spread it around evenly. Now sprinkle a bit of oil around the batter. You may cover the uthappm with a lid that can be easily lifted, so you don't burn yourself. Covering the uthappam is prefered and tastes better. One side of it is steam cooked and the other side is griddle cooked. But, you may also flip and cook both sides on the griddle. Use the flat dosa flipper^ and gently flip after the bottom has turned to a golden brown color. Sprinkle another tsp. of oil around. This side should not take more than 5 minutes to cook.

Serve with a side of sambaar and chutney of your choice.

^ Please contact me for any of these ingredients or utensils.

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