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Instant Uttapam Recipe

4.75 from 8 votes
Total: 25 minutes
Serves 10 UTTAPAMS

Instant Uttapam Recipe

Looking for a quick and easy breakfast recipe; here it is – healthy and yummy uttapams prepared with homemade uttapam mix. Savory Indian pancakes prepared with rice and lentil flour, topped with your favorite toppings is a perfect way to start your day!! No more soaking and grinding, just combine the flours, add spices, add buttermilk and whisk it up. Sprinkle your favorite toppings and enjoy!!  A quick and easy way to put together a healthy breakfast in a jiffy and believe me it tastes D-licious. I always have this homemade mix ready in my pantry.

I have used buttermilk in this recipe but mix equal quantity of curd + water as a substitute for buttermilk. Same way add fresh ginger shreds instead of ginger powder. No curry leaves on hand substitute with chopped cilantro leaves. Once Eno has been added to the batter, start making uttpamas, this way they will puff up slightly. Like thin uttapams – swirl it couple of times until you reach the desired thickness. Likewise, if you like thick uttapams, then just pour the batter and give it a single swirl.

My little one will not eat uttapams with so many toppings. He likes his uttapam in the form of uttapa-MAN (pic below). 😉  Serve uttapams in this way and believe me it will bring a cute smile on your loved one’s face and lighten up their day. 🙂

Also try out other breakfast recipes – Paratha, upma, vermicelli upma, bread poha and more.

Instant Uttapam Recipe

Instant Uttapam Recipe

4.75 from 8 votes
Pancakes prepared with lentil and rice flour,topped with your favorite toppings is an ideal Indian breakfast.
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Total: 25 minutes
Servings: 10 UTTAPAMS



  • 2 cups Homemade Uttapam flour
  • 1/2 - 3/4 teaspoon Crushed red chili flakes
  • 1.5 teaspoon Dry Ginger Powder
  • 1.5 teaspoon Fenugreek seeds powder
  • 6-7 leaves of Chopped curry leaves
  • 1.5 teaspoon Salt (adjust accordingly)
  • 1-1/2 cup Buttermilk (adjust accordingly)
  • 1/4 teaspoon Eno (fruit Salt)
  • 3/4 cup Oil to cook all the uttapams


  • 1 cup Fine chopped Onions
  • 1 cup Thinly shredded cabbage
  • 1 cup Thinly shredded carrots
  • 1 tablespoon Chopped cilantro leaves



  • Chop and shred veggies of your choice.
  • Measure two cups of homemade uttapam flour in a bowl.
  • Add enough buttermilk..
  • To make a not so thick batter.
  • Assemble: all the ingredients.
  • Add all of them to the batter one by one.
  • Add salt.
  • And mix it well.
  • Heat a griddle.. Add Eno...
  • You will see and hear a fizz...
  • Whisk it well.


  • Assemble: all the toppings.
  • Grease the griddle.
  • Pour two scoops of batter on the hot griddle. Just give it one swirl and spread it around. This one is a thin uttapam with couple of swirls.
  • Drizzle few drops of oil.
  • Sprinkle your favorite toppings. Cook on low flame for few seconds.
  • Using a spatula gently press down on the topping so that they stick to the uncooked uttapam and don't fall off while flipping.
  • Gently lift Uttapam.
  • And flip it over.
  • Cook until uttapam is cooked and veggies are crisp and light brown in color.
  • Transfer it to a clean plate.
  • Repeat the process with rest of the batter. This one is a thick uttapam with a single swirl and see how it puffed up slightly.
  • Want to cook smiley uttapa-MAN? Pour some batter on the hot griddle. Spread it around. Using your toppings make eyes, nose and smiley lips.
  • Press the toppings with spatula so that it sticks to the uttapam.
  • Flip and cook the other side.
  • Use ketchup to highlight the eyes and smiley lips.
  • Complete the uttapa - man with cilantro hairs and serve.
  • Uttapams are usually thick but if you like a thin base, swirl and spread it more.
  • Serve hot with your favorite chutneys.
Disclaimer: The nutritional information provided above is approximate. Variations may exist due to the ingredients/brands used. These numbers should be considered estimates, as they are not calculated by a registered dietician.
Author: Ruchi

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  1. niharika says:

    Please send me more vegetarian healthy snacks recipe.

  2. MITA says:

    so nice n helpfull. sp. in winter here in NewJersy. thanks a lot.

  3. Vasudha Vig says:

    Hello Ruchi, I am going to give this recipe a try. I want to know if the buttermilk you used is what we call it Lassi in India or is it a store bought buttermilk?

    • Ruchi says:

      Thanks for stopping by Vasudha. I have used store bought buttermilk, substitute is mentioned in the post – “mix equal quantity of curd + water as a substitute for buttermilk.”

  4. Uma Swamy says:

    very well illustrated and good recipe. Is it necessary to add Eno? With regards – Uma

    • Ruchi says:

      Thanks Uma. Eno is added to make uttapams light and airy but if you don’t like the taste you can leave that out.

  5. Leila says:

    can I add more u.dal flour to make it softer?

  6. Sankalp says:

    This instant Uttapam recipe is a lifesaver for busy morning’s people. With a homemade mix and easy substitutions, it’s a breeze to prepare these healthy and delicious savoury pancakes. A delightful breakfast that brings you smiles.