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.

Uttapam
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

    • June 9, 2013 at 5:50 am
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      David, it was yummy but was quite hot. South Indian food is usually hotter compared to North Indian food.
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    • June 12, 2013 at 2:23 pm
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      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!

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  • June 6, 2013 at 4:43 am
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    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 :)
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    • June 9, 2013 at 5:51 am
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      Hi Harleena
      that sounds like a good tip. I will try it. Cheese sounds good to me.
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  • June 7, 2013 at 6:40 am
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    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. :)
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    • June 9, 2013 at 5:51 am
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      South Indian foods are great. I can have it any time of the day. Thanks for your comment.
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  • June 8, 2013 at 6:33 am
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    Hi Shalu jee

    Awesome!

    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.

    Sapna

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    • June 9, 2013 at 6:02 am
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      Thanks Sapna. One of my favourites too. Masala dosa is another one I really like.
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    • June 9, 2013 at 6:07 am
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      They are indeed. Tandori chicken might be North India. Thanks for your comment.
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  • June 9, 2013 at 11:24 am
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    This is absolutely delicious and tasty. Had a good taste of this one made for me by an Indian friend.

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  • June 12, 2013 at 3:51 am
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    It’s very popular in North India Shalu. Atleast in my town it is well known. And yes it is one of the most delicious south Indian dishes.

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  • June 12, 2013 at 9:16 am
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    Hey shalu its an awesome dish ill try.. thank you

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  • June 12, 2013 at 11:21 am
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    I love south Indian food and Uttapam is really a good one. My mom makes really tasty ones with onion, tomato and green chilli. Loved this post. :)

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  • June 14, 2013 at 12:43 pm
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    South Indian food is famous is in all over the world. We tried Uttampam once at our Tirupati tour. Really it was awesome that I still cant forget the taste:) :)

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  • June 14, 2013 at 4:25 pm
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    I was fond of eating Uttapam when I was in Pune. This reminded me of the good times.
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  • June 14, 2013 at 8:12 pm
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    Hi Shalu,

    If you are trying for Uttapam, then you eat Udupi Uttapam which is very much famous and delicious .

    Regards
    Siddhartha Sinha

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  • June 21, 2013 at 12:17 pm
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    I am from Haryana, but my mother knows how to make it.
    last time i eaten ​​it on my birthday :), Uttapam looks very beautiful and delicious to eat.
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  • June 21, 2013 at 12:46 pm
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    Great post about the wonderfull dish
    thanks for sharing this
    i would surely go and get one for me.

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  • July 1, 2013 at 9:39 am
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    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.

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  • July 16, 2013 at 7:12 am
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    ohhh…….i love to eat uttapam. South Indian Dishes are so much testy and is very famous.

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  • July 19, 2013 at 5:13 am
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    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

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  • July 19, 2013 at 5:16 am
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    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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  • August 14, 2013 at 11:07 am
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    I loved that Uttapam…. last few days ago i eat that at breakfast time. now i m so tried i want…

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  • September 11, 2013 at 10:02 am
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    wow yume…uttapam m favourite dish for breakfast….i usually do it at home…very nice

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  • December 10, 2015 at 11:46 am
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    Mouth watering uttapam dish for lunch. loved it! Proudly can say, nowhere you can get food taste as like Indian food recipes.
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