A little twist to the traditional dosa, and here comes our uttapam. While dosa is crisp, crepe like and with filling between the folds; uttapam is thicker, soft, spongy, and with toppings. Everyone loves uttapam. Generally served with sambar and coconut chutney. As a soft uttapam cooks on a hot tawa(griddle), I literally drool over the tempting aroma. So without wasting anymore time, let’s learn to cook uttapam; the traditional way.


Traditional recipe to prepare soft, spongy and highly nutritious uttapam.
Course Breakfast, dinner, Everyday, lunch, Main Course, Snack
Cuisine Indian
Diet Gluten Free, Hindu, Low Lactose, Low Salt, Vegan, Vegetarian
Keyword authentic uttapam recipe, onion uttapam recipe, udupi recipe, uttapam recipe, uttapam recipe at home, uttapam recipe in hindi, uttapam recipe with dosa batter, uttapam recipe with idli batter, uttapam recipe with rice and dal batter, vegetable uttapam recipe
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Batter Resting time 1 day
Total Time 1 day 25 minutes
Servings 3 people
Author Lokesh


  • Medium size Bowl
  • ladle
  • Tawa(Griddle)


  • 500 grams Dosa Batterpreferably 1 day rested batter upto 3 days
  • 10 unit Curry leaveschopped
  • 2 pieces Medium Sized Onionchopped
  • 1 piece Medium tomatochopped
  • 1 piece Small capsicumchopped
  • 1 piece Small carrotchopped
  • 3 piece Green Chillychopped
  • Salt
  • Oil

Step by step instructions

  • In a medium size bowl, mix the dosa batter properly. Get it into pouring consistency, add some water if needed. Add chopped curry leaves and little salt to the batter. Yep! Here we go, our uttapam batter is ready.
  • Take all the chopped vegetables and mix them for mixed vegetable uttapam.
  • Medium heat the tawa and pour the batter using a ladle. Do not flatten the batter using the ladle or your palms, let it be thick just as it is.
  • Mix all vegetables and top up the uttapam batter resting on the tawa, While topping up, use your fingers to slightly tapping in the vegetables in a way to flatten the batter. Ensure the vegetables spread across the uttapam.
    Alternatively if you love onion uttapam, you can simply top it with chopped onions only instead of mixing in all veggies.
  • Cook on high flame for 1 minute. Drizzle some oil, around the uttapam and some on top of it. Lower the heat and flip to the other side. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes. You can now remove it from the tawa, ensure it's fully cooked.
  • Serve hot uttapam with the sauce of your choice.


You can add some salt, chopped curry leaves and cumin seeds to the vegetable mixture to get some strong flavors.
After topping it with veggies, grate some fresh coconut and top up the uttapam. You will enjoy the flavor, particularly if you love the burnt aroma of coconut.
I generally enjoy making two uttapams at a time , one is onion and the other one is mixed vegetable.
I served it with red chutney, you can serve it with coconut chutney & sambar,tomato ketchup, green chutney etc.
Uttapam will be soft, spongy as we can see in the picture.

Uttapam made with dosa batter is very nutritious, because of the fermented fiber. This process however takes time as the batter needs its due resting time to develop the desired flavor and aroma. So if you are in a hurry and want to treat yourself with uttapam, try this Instant Rawa Uttapam recipe.

Lokesh Sethia

By Lokesh

A seasoned chef, who knows how to cook food as well as PHP, MySql. A hardcore vocal advocate of vegetarian lifestyle and believes in eating before sunset.

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