Onion Uttappam – Onion Lentil Pancake | South indian Breakfast

When I was walking down to school, I was thinking what could be my first post after a break… Rackling my  head hard, my lil miss sunshine smiled at me ..And I knew it got to be one of her favourites.. Onion Uthappam. Miss S doesnt like plain dosa’s with sugar…as opposed to her elder brother !! And this is my favourite too .. A teeny bit of heat to this classic southindian dish !
A clear difference between a dosa to an uthappam is that the latter is thicker and the first is prefered thin and crisp .Again its entirely a personal choice.
Uthappams can have toppings of your choice.. Onion Uthappam , Tomato Onion Uthappam , kids friendly can be cheese uthappam , mixed veg uthappam . They are served with Coconut Chutney , Tomato Chutney & Sambar . But I just like it with Ketchup 🙂 and Coconut Chutney.

One can have an uthappam for breakfast, brunch or after an evening tea.. We had it for breakfast today ..


Dosa Batter 2 cups
Red onions1 Nos finely chopped
Green Chilli1 Nos finely chopped
Coriander leaves 2-3 Tbsp finely chopped
Salt optional
Oil/ ghee2 tsp per uttappam


  •   Finely Chop the onions ,green chillies and coriander leaves. Season your chopped onions with salt..This is purely optional. chilli photo IMG_0348.jpg

  • Heat your non stick tava or hot iron griddle. Spoon in a laddleful of dosa batter and spread it lightly. Sprinkle in chopped onions ,green chillies and the cilantro. Add a few drops of oil around the uttappam and cook it in a medium flame. 
  • After a minute or so , flip the uttappam and let it cook for another a 1.5- 2 minutes until the topping gets slightly crisp. 
  • At this stage you can remove the pancake and serve it with tiffin sambar , coconut chutney & tomato chutney. As I enjoy it with tomato ketchup… I dunked my uttappam in ketchup .

uttappam photo IMG_0322.jpg 


  • You can buy dosa batter from an indian grocery store or can make it at home. I do not have the receipe posted , but hoping to post one soon.
  • There are alternative ways of making uttappam.  

           1.Mix in your topping with the batter and then scoop it on to your tava.  Flip on either side cooking for 2 minutes and serve. 
          2. After scooping in the batter on to the tava and sprinkling in your toppings followed by adding oil. .you can cover the uttappam with a plate or a dome shaped lid and allow it to cook. 

  • I believe this pancake as an excellent alternative to plain dosa’s for kids. You can avoid green chillies and use ghee for lubrication .
  • For making this pancake, I do not wait for the last batch of idly/dosa batter or so.. I just make it whenever we like and its still yummy.

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    Comments (11)

    • Glad to see you back, Sandhya.. I'm a big fan of your photography! 🙂
      Uthappam looks absolutely stunning.. Love it! 🙂

    • Amazing clicks……. Uttapam looks tempting!!!

    • drooling !!!

    • All pictures are speaking and your way of taking picture and style didn't change a bit even after two years.It looks very fresh. Happy to see you back….

    • I love to start my day with this aromatic utappams, serve me with some chutney i can have anytime.

    • These lentil pancakes look scrumptious.

    • Quite frankly, I'm stunned by the simplicity and beauty of these photographs! would have never thought Uttappams could look this good 😀

    • Welcome back Sandhya….Its pleasure to see you back…I know how it is when you have two kids to take care with no helping hand…in a country far from home…..Love the new and fresh photographs…love to both the kids and recipe sounds yum to me….

    • Thank you soo much Lubna.. its soo inspiring to hear from you:)

    • thank you Kavitha…

    • Welcome back..simple and lovely clicks. Some coconut chutney and a cup of filter kappi with this and I am sorted..:)


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