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July 23, 2015

Andhra Style Spicy & Savory Uttapam (Pan cake Made with Idli Batter )

Preparing Time: 10 Minutes
Cooking Time : 10 Minutes

Cuisine : South Indian (Andhra)

Utappam is a savory  and crispy pancake or crepe made with idli batter, & everyone  craves one . You can add tomatoes or grated coconut or grated beets or corn or cheese or paneer as per taste . The simpleness in the preparation with the  ingredients which are available  in your kitchen all the time makes this dish more easy .This can be served with chutney or sambaar or simply with curd .
The texture of the utappam varies from soggy to crispy , depending upon the batter consistency , I prefer a crispy one with a perfect and even browning . If you like your utappam to have a crispy browned top just add some water to the idli batter to get a little  thin consistency of typical idli batter  . This goes well as a brunch or as  breakfast or  as dinner . Simply spread , toss,  cook  and enjoy :)

Idli Batter as  required
Oil 2 table spoons
Coriander leaves finely chopped
 Onions finely chopped 1/2 cup
Carrot 2  grated
Cumin Seeds 1 table spoon
Green Chilies finely chopped

Step 1: Take a cup of idli batter and add 1/4 cup of water , usually the idli batter is thick in consistency but for uttappam you need a little consistency batter . Now add in cumin seeds and mix well.

Step 2: Heat a pan , sprinkle in some oil , when ready and not smoking , spread batter into a round . Now sprinkle onions, finely chopped green chilies , grated carrot and coriander leaves .

Step 3:Cover it with a lid and cook until the utappam starts to loosen from the pan or until the onions turn translucent . Enjoy it hot with favorite chutney or curd.

Chef's Note:

  • If you want the onions to be more cooked  turn the utppam to the other side and cook for another five minutes or so without a lid
  • Brush your tawa with oil before spreading the batter . Always use a onion or potato to clean any residue oil before using the tawa , this residue oil gives a bitter taste if not  cleaned 
  • The time may vary depending upon how thin you spreaded the batter , be sure to cook in medium or medium low flame , which gives enough time for the veggies added to be done 


  1. This is so lovely and nice description....

  2. This uttapam looks so authentic, delicious and tempting dear

    1. Thank you dear Kushi S , for your appreciation :)

  3. Best Recipe. I loved it. Thanks for sharing the wonderful recipe with us. Buy Spices Online

    1. Thank you dear Anu Priya , very glad your liked the recipe . Your words made my day :)