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Thursday, January 3, 2013

Onion Uthappam Recipe-How to make Onion Uttappam

I make uttapam often for breakfast but could not post it as my morning hours are usually hectic and I do not have time for taking pictures. Today I prepared it in the evening (dinner for me) just of the purpose of posting it here. The only disadvantage of being a food blogger is every time there is photo session, I have my food cold. That's ok, now back to uthappam. Whenever I grind idli batter, I make idli for the first 2 days with the batter, dosa on the 3rd day and uthappam or kuzhi paniyaram on the fourth day. I do not like having the batter for more than 4-5 days. Today we will learn how to make South Indian style onion uthappam (vengaya uthappam) following this easy recipe.

Onion Uthappam

Onion Uthappam

Onion Uthappam

 Prep Time : 10 mins
 Cook Time : Less than 5 mins per dosa
 Yields: 2 Uttappams
 Recipe CategoryBreakfast-Dinner
 Recipe CuisineSouth Indian

   Ingredients needed

   Onion - 1/2 cup finely chopped
   Idli batter - 1/2 cup and a little more
   Green chilli - 1-2 minced
   Ginger - 1 inch piece minced
   Oil for making uttappams (sesame seed oil preferable)

How to make uthappam


In a bowl combine onion, green chilli and ginger. Sprinkle a little salt and mix it. Remember the dosa batter has salt in it already. Keep this ready before heating the dosa tawa.


Heat a tawa, add a drop of oil and rub it with half an onion. This will help you to take the dosa from the tawa easily.

Once the tawa is heated well, reduce the heat to medium, pour a ladle of batter and spread it in a circular motion to form a thick dosa as shown in the picture. Do not spread it thin. Uthappams should be thick.

After a minute, sprinkle the onion mixture all over the dosa. Be generous in adding onions for the uthappam to taste great. Gently press it with the dosa ladle or spatula.

Drizzle a tsp of oil around the dosa. Once the the base is golden brown and you see lot of holes on the top, flip the dosa to the other side.

Drizzle a little oil on the other side also. Let it cook the other side. Once it is cooked, remove the dosa from the tawa and serve hot with chutney or sambar.

Note - You can sprinkle idli podi after you sprinkle onions for added taste and flavor.

Another variation -You can mix the onions, green chilli and ginger with the batter and make dosa. Both methods work fine.

I have long time back posted onion tomato uthappam and mixed vegetable uthappam. Do enjoy preparing that also.

Vegetable uthappam
Serving ideas for kids 

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  1. So nice.. esp the kids Special.. Seeing blog after a long time and commneting firat on yours.. :)

    1. Wonderful. Thanks for the tips. Excellent uthapam made. Tastes good too.

  2. Nice dosai and the bird is superbbbbb....

  3. Perfect for a delicious & healthy & easy breakfast!!
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

  4. lovely serving suggestion for kids... so delicious utthappam

  5. I make this often with some curry leaves as addition. Love it...

  6. Yummuy uttapam dear...cute birdie:)

  7. Wow !! Looks same as hotel made.... Loved ur decor too... :)

  8. Yummy uttappam n loved the beautiful decoration too!!!

  9. My favorite breakfast.. Yum!
    Nice presentation.

  10. Mmmmmmm ! Oh my God - this looks so deliciiiioooouuuus ! How can get my hands on this super uthappam !

  11. I keep often aside some idly batter just to make onion uthappams,love it that much.

  12. Lovely uthappam. I also make them often. The bird looks cute and delicious.

  13. I second with priyakka...nice uttappams

  14. Your recipes are gt as the measurements are perfect. I try them blindly and they come out fine. This blog is a boon for ppl like me who are pure vegetarians. Thanks a lot. Keep rocking.

  15. Hi Padhuji...Is there any general practice to add 1 tablespoon of salt and 2 tablespoons of sugar in 1kg batter got from shop and keep it in fridge for 3-4 days to remain fresh...?---PRAVEEN PUNE

    1. No, we don't add sugar. Salt is added only if they have not added. The batter is kept in the fridge.


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