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Authentic Recipe of Uttapam. Delicious Indian Traditional Rice Flour Pancake from Tamil Nadu.

Uttapam is a flattened pancake made with rice flour. The crisp and crepe-like dish is loaded with flavors and is very popular in South India.

Things to know about Uttapam Recipe

The Indian Traditional Rice Flour Pancake, or Uttapam, is a flat pancake made with rice flour. The dish is especially popular in South India. In Tamil Nadu, the dish is called Uttapam. In Kerala, it is called Oothappam, while in Tulu, it is known as  Ootappo.

The name is derived from the Tamil words “Appam” and “Uthia”, which means Poured Appam. Appam is also a type of pancake originating from Kerala.

There are various mentions of the pancake in ancient Tamil literature. The classic Tamil breakfast includes Uttapam along with Chutney which is a type of sauce. Ready-made mixes of Uttapam are available in the market. A portion is taken, and water is added. A fermented batter is then formed. These are spread on a cooking pan and only take about 5 minutes to cook.

Delicious Indian Traditional Rice Flour Pancake from Tamil Nadu. Authentic Recipe of Uttapam.

Local Recipe Name with Local Characters: उत्तपम
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— General Atributes of This Recipe:

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Main Cooking Method Fried, Fried (Pan)


Servings 4 People
Calories / Serving 512 kcal


  • ½ cup Black Gram
  • 2 tbsp Yellow Gram
  • 2 cups Rice
  • ½ tsp Fenugreek Seeds
  • ¼ cup Poha – Flattened Rice
  • ½ tsp Salt
  • 1 cup Water
  • 3 tbsp Oil
  • 1 unit Onion Large
  • 1 unit Tomato Large
  • ¼ cup Carrot Grated
  • 3 unit Green Chili
  • ¼ cup Fresh Coriander Leaf
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  • In a bowl, add yellow gram, black gram, and fenugreek seeds. Rinse.
  • Take soaked rice into another bowl and rinse it.
  • Add flattened rice to a small bowl and rinse it.
  • Drain the water from the gram bowl and add it to the blender jar, along with the flattened rice.
  • Add water and make a thick batter.
  • Drain water from the soaked rice and add it to the grinder. Pour water and blend it.
  • Transfer it to the previous batter and add salt.
  • Cover and let it rest for some time.
  • Grease a pan with oil and heat it. Pour a ladle of the batter.
  • Lower the heat and add the veggies.
  • Once the base is firm, flip it to the other side and cook as well.
  • Remove and serve the Uttapam.

— Specific Atributes of This Recipe:

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Calories: 512kcalCarbohydrates: 88gProtein: 13gFat: 11gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0.04gSodium: 309mgPotassium: 142mgFiber: 7gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 1408IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 47mgIron: 3mg
Keyword Indian Traditional Rice Flour Pancake, Uttapam Recipe, उत्तपम
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Cooking tip for making Uttapam

  • Before pouring the batter, make sure that the oil is hot.
  • Cook over low or medium heat.
  • Veggies should be finely chopped. The batter spread should be thick, or it will break when flipped.
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What to serve with Uttapam?

Serve Uttapam with dips or sauces called chutneys or curry.

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