Monday, July 27, 2009

Mixed Vegetable Uthappam(Savoury Lentil & Rice Pancake stuffed with Vegetables) & Cilantro(Kothamalli) Chutney

Know what you Eat - Uthappam is Savoury pancake like dish made out of rice and lentil batter stuffed with vegetables. It is a one pot meal with carb, protein and the goodness of vegetables and coconut. The lentil (Urad Dal) is a bean grown in Souther Asia and is black in color. This lentil is a very good source of cholesterol-lowering fiber and are of special benefit in managing blood-sugar disorders since their high fiber content prevents blood sugar levels from rising rapidly after a meal. This lentisl are also a good source of two B-vitamins, protein and iron with with virtually no fat. The dehusked lentil is used in this dish and will be available in any Asian Indian store. Brightly colored vegetables are rich sources of some of the best nutrients available. Vegetables are a powerful source of antioxidants. These antioxidants work together to effectively neutralize free radicals, which can travel through the body causing huge amounts of damage to cells. Free radicals are major players in the build up of cholesterol in the arteries that leads to atherosclerosis and heart disease, the nerve and blood vessel damage seen in diabetes.

Cilantro is a good source of Iron and magnesium and is rich in phytonutrients, flavonoids and active phenolic acid compounds, all of which are good for you. They also contain contain an antibacterial compound that may prove to be a safe, natural means of fighting Salmonella, a frequent and sometimes deadly cause of foodborne illness.

Uthappam is savoury lentil & rice South Indian pancake stuffed with vegetables.

Cooking Time - 20 mins
Preparation Time - 10 mins(Excluding the batter)

Ingredients for Uthappam

White Urad Dal(White Lentil) - 1 cup
Boiled Rice(Idli rice - This is not polished white rice and will be slightly brown in color) - 2 1/2 cups
Salt to taste

Batter - 1 1/2 cups
Finely Chopped vegetables packed - 1 cup(Onion, Red & Green Bell Pepper, Grated Carrot)
Chopped Cilantro - 2 tbsp
Chopped Coconut pieces - 2 tbsp(not grated coconut)
Grated Ginger - 2 tsp
Finely Chopped Green Chilli - 1 tsp(optional)
Oil - 6 tsp


1) Rinse and drain Urad dal till you get a clear water. Now soak in enough water for 2-3 hours.
2) Rinse and drain Idli rice and soak in enough water for 6 hours.
3) Using a stone grinder/blender grind the urad dal adding the soaked water little by little till you get a smooth fluffy batter.
4) Now grind the rice into a fine paste adding water little by little.
5) Mix the Urad dal batter, Rice batter and Salt and mix them thoroughly.
6) Leave it over night for the batter to ferment nicely, on cold winter days switch on the oven light and leave the batter inside the oven overnight. The heat from the light will make the batter to ferment.
7) I use this batter for making Idli as well as Uthappam and this batter can be served for 3-4 people for 3-4 days.
8) Combine the chopped vegetables, cilantro, ginger, coconut and little bit of salt
9) For making Uthappam, heat a iron griddle once hot take a ladle of batter and on the top spread a handful of chopped mixed vegetables and pour a tsp of oil around the batter.
10) Cover it and cook for 2-3 mins in medium heat and once once side is well cooked and the batter on the top has changed color flip and now cook the other side without covering for a minute.
11) Once well cooked remove and serve with chutney of your choice.
12) I make different chutneys and the one in the photo is cilantro chutney and the recipe is as follows.

Cilantro (Kothamalli) Chutney


Cilantro - 1 bunch
Red chilli - 4 to 6 or to taste
Split Urad Dal - 2 tbsp
Asafoetida piece - small one(don't add lot of it, the food will be flavorful but will give a bitter taste)
Tamarind - Gooseberry sized ball
Mustard Seeds - 1/2 tsp
Oil - 1 tsp
Sal to taste


1) Chop the roots of the cilantro, wash, rinse and remove the thick stalks.
2) Now chop the cilantro leaves and thin stalks and keep it aside.
3) Soak the tamarind in little bit of hot water (1 tbsp) and set it aside.
4) Heat oil add mustard seeds, once they stop spluttering add asafoetida piece, red chilli and urad dal and saute till the dal slightly browns.
5) Now in a blender grind the red chilli, asafoetida and tamarind.
6) Now add the chopped cilantro and grind for few minutes(may be around 2 mins).
7) Add the roasted mustard seeds and urad dal to the cilantro and quickly grind once again for few seconds.
8) Serve it with Uthappam and enjoy

Event Participation

1) This goes to Dosa Corner event hosted by Padma.

2) This dish goes to MLLA-13th helping guest hosted by Sunshinemom, event started by Susan.


Kalyani said...

it look very delicious & healthy ... nice click ........

Padma said...

Delicious Uttappam... and also looks so colorful with all those veggies... thanks for sendint it to my "Dosa corner" event :)

Parita said...

Healthy and colorful!

Mangala Bhat said...

Hey Healthy and very colorful ..very invting :)

iRaw said...

Oh! Another delicious looking meal and I love how bright and colorful it is.

Preety said...

rice cakes looks so colorful..what a perfect dish for kids said...

sounds delicious


Thats a colorful dosa!! Really a treat to eyes and bet tastes great too!

aquadaze said...

love the colours there!

Mahimaa's kitchen said...

that looks so colorful and healthy.. yummy

Shri said...

It looks so yummy!Beautiful and colorful:)

Pooja said...

Colourful and healthy uthappam! Guess this is more easier to make kids have veggies!

kittymatti said...

wow! looks so colourful n delicious! great job

Vibaas said...

that looks colourful and tempting :)

Divya Kudua said...

Mixed Veg Uthappam looks pretty and colorful.Have never tried making chutney without coconut..Kothamalli chutney sounds delicious..:)

lata raja said...

Both of you are amazing cooks as well as presenters. Loved the picture too.

Prathibha said...

Thats a colorful oothappam...Feeling like grabbing that plate dear..

sangeeta said...

uttapam with lots of veggies ...long time since i made a proper batter uttapam, have been making the grains n daliya ones....have to make it now....with a fiery chutny..and i like the coconut bits in it..

Kalaivani said...

delicious and colorful uttapam.pic makes me to drool.

Pari said...

With lots of veggies it looks really colourful.

chakhlere said...

wowww! I love uttapams!!
Yours are looking so tempting!!

Anonymous said...

wat a colour!uthappams r a delight anytime.I have never had uthappams having coocnut pieces..must try this out.

Lisa said...

Goodness, I want to try all of your recipes. Thanks for sharing yet another winning creation.

Ann said...

hummm Lovely addition of veggies, looks yumm with cilantro chutney!

Nithya Praveen said...

Delicious one....looks so good.Addition of veggies makes them so appealing:)

Rahin said...

very colorful and looks very tasty

Uma said...

How do you guys come up such heatlhy recipes all the time? Soo amazing! looks so colorful and yummy.

A 2 Z Vegetarian Cuisine said...

Really appreciate your time in visiting and leaving your comments.

Sunshinemom said...

Thanks for sending these colourful and tasty uttappams to MLLA-13:)

Anonymous said...

colorful click!!!
Looks tempting!!!
tnx for posting...

Varunavi said...

Looks delicious and inviting :)

rekhas kitchen said...

mmmmm mouthwatering very colorful looks yum an healthy tooo tempting yaar

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