Try South Indian Uttapam for lunch in India


I would like to suggest that you try Uttapam for lunch when in India. Uttapam is a bit like a pancake or an omelette with toppings. It’s definitely not a pizza but it does look like one.

I am really surprised this elegant dish is not as popular in the north as the other South Indian dishes. Although it may not be as popular as the Masala Dosa but you’ll find this in all South Indian restaurants all over India. Good thing about the Uttapam is that it does not require a lot of oil so those travellers to India watching their weight can have this.

I had “uttapam” for lunch

I had this particular preparation as seen in the plate in a restaurant some time back for lunch. It was extremely hot to my surprise but the taste was excellent. The dish came with some coconut and mint chutney and sambar. I must have gulped at least a litre of water afterwards.

Made of urad dal (black lentil) and rice, the uttapam will make the perfect lunch without going too heavy. Here’s a list of other 10 dishes to try when in India.

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35 thoughts on “Try South Indian Uttapam for lunch in India

    • It sure looks great, that Uttapam! I’ve never tasted it before, and so even if I have low tolerance for spicy stuff, I will definitely give this one a try still!

      I am curious as to what’s the dough made of? Is it just like an ordinary pancake’s? I guess I’ll be finding a recipe so I can try to make one myself.

      Thanks for sharing, Shalu!

  1. Hi Shalu,

    Yet another favorite 🙂

    While we do try out Uttapam’s when eating South Indian foods, but I think making ones at home turn out tastier!

    I mostly make Uttapam’s when I have the leftover batter of Idli-Dosa’s that I make over the weekends. I think the leftover batter is a great way to make use and turn out something yummy like the Uttapam’s – try it out next time. And yes, you can add any topping to it, even grated cheese to make it even more tastier. 🙂

    Thanks for sharing. Have a nice day 🙂

  2. Wow Uttapam! Each time you make a remark on our mind. I like south indian food, masala Dosa and Uttapam is one of the favorite dis’s of mine. Thanks for reminding to enjoy south indian food in this weekend. 🙂

  3. Hi Shalu jee


    When I get bored from all these North Indian Dishes this is what I usually resort to, my husband’s favorite dish.

    Never tried making this at home.

    Thanks for this great share and have a great weekend.


  4. It seems a favorite dish. First time when I saw this post,I thought it as pizza but it is Utthapam. Can i get its recipe to prepare it at home.

  5. its my one of the favourite dish ……..
    i love to eat uttapam@@
    yaar i wish i can eat uttapam atleast alternate days in a week its reaaly tasty and light food and can de digetsed by our diegetive system every day

  6. itss my one of the my favourite dish yaar
    i love to eat uttapam atleast on alternate days i hope god will fullfill by this wish becoz its very tasty and light food and easily to digest@@@@@

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