Thursday, January 6, 2011

Onion- Carrot -Cheese Uthappam ( South Indian Pizza)

Uthappam is a South Indian Dish that's made from Idli/Dosa Batter. Unlike dosa which is a crisp and light pancake, uthappam is thick and can be made with a variety of ingredients as toppings.
If you have the batter ready it is a very easy task. The  accompaniments that goes well with uthappam are chutney , sambhar,Gun Powder or even Tomato Sauce 

My daughter's favourite, i juggle with a variety of ingredients for toppings like bell-pepper, olives,cashewnuts and even pineapples to please her. 
She calls it Dosizza - The South Indian Pizza

My recipe for the day is Onion - Cheese Uthappam with grated carrots

Here's how:-

Ingredients (For the Batter)

  • Parboiled Rice (Idli Rice/Puzhungal arisi) - 2 cups
  • Raw Rice - 2 cups
  • Urad Dal -1 cup
  • Fenugreek Seeds - 1 tbsp
  • Salt - to taste
Ingredients (For the Uthhappam)
  • Onion - 2 (finely chopped)
  • Green Chillis - 2 to 3 - to taste (finely chopped)
  • Grated Carrots - 1 cup
  • Coriander Leaves - 1 cup (finely chopped).
  • Curry Leaves - a few (julienned)
  • Grated Cheese - as required


Wash and soak the rice and and urad dal along with the fenugreek seeds seperately overnight. Grind them to a thick batter and allow it to ferment for at least 8- 10 hours. This is the basic batter for making Idlis . You can water down the batter sufficently to make crisp dosas.
Adding fenugreek seeds is not only healthy but also aids the fermentation of the batter.

Now for the Uthappam---

The batter after fermentation can be used immediately for making uthappam, but for the unique taste, sour batter works wonders. I usually make uthappams after the batter is 3-4 days old !!

Heat an iron girdle (Dosai Kal) or a Non Stick Pan . Once it is  hot pour a ladleful of  the  batter and spread it thickly across. 

Quickly add the chopped onions, green chillis, coriander and curry leaves. Sprinkle the grated carrots over the top. Add oil around the pancake and let it cook with a closed lid for 2-3 minutes on a low-medium flame.

Once cooked, gently flip over the other side and allow it to cook. The lightly scorched toppings make for an aromatic and lovely finish. 

Take off flame and add the grated cheese all over. Serve hot with accompaniments of your choice.

Enjoy !!


  1. wow wonderful idea and my family will fall in love to these very easily.thank u for sharing and cute name ...

  2. Very yummy uthappam. Cheese as a topping is a great idea!

  3. Please pass that plate to me! of course with some steaming south indian coffee too :))

  4. Pizza is awesome. Can I get one please?

    Hamaree Rasoi

  5. Dosizza, yeah, ur daughter is rt Priya..Love the idea and am sure it must hv tasted great..

  6. uthappam looks delicious lovely steps

  7. Yummy uthappam..wonderful idea,love it

  8. Looks very appetizing, well explained.

  9. you changed uthappam to pizza. nice idea looks delicious.

  10. Priya,everytime I failed to make a nice round and crisp dosa,I ended up taking the easier road,and made uthappam's with that same batter and mind you it was with the store bought batter,I am so jealous of people who can make dosa's,idli's and uthappams right from scratch. I cannot do that to save my life :( This uthappam looks and sounds so desirable,I loved the pineapple combination too....mmm...mmm *drools*

  11. Love the combination :) innovative :)

  12. Very yummy dosizza..Beautiful presentation!!Nice name of Dosizza..


  13. Love this .Your post reminded me of this yummy easy dish.You are always taking me down my memory lane.:)

  14. good one..lovely combination for the topping

  15. Absolutely yummy and healthy, love the topping and its name....

  16. cute is that..perfect name :)
    I have tried uttappam with cheese and it turns out have done a fab job here !!

    US Masala

  17. looks delicious..innovative recipe and dish too!!

  18. awesome priya and the pics look amazing

  19. hi! very nice to see and mouthwatering too. Keep rocking mom

  20. South Indian Pizza?!! Nice priya!

    uththappam looks yummy! unga ponnu super-a per vaichchirukkaangka! :-)

  21. What a great idea! I love Indian flavored pizzas!

  22. Very flavorful..looks awesome!