Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Sooji uttapam

Back home in India,this Uttapam was one dish that my mother use to cook when I was throwing tantrums for not eating regular dal subji roti made by her(I miss her and her cooking so much now).

Apart from sweet memories I have attached to this uttapam,this one is easy and fast and good on taste. And ya light enough to be good on health also.So here is my take on sooji Uttapam.My husband nicknamed it "Desi Pizza".

For Base:
2 Cup Sooji/Semolina
1 1/2 Cup Yogurt
1/2 tsp Salt
Oil for cooking

For Toppings:
2 medium Onions , Finely diced
2 medium Tomatoes , Finley diced
1 small Green Chilli, Finely chopped
Salt as per taste
Red Chilli powder as per taste

1. To begin with Mix Sooji and yogurt in smooth paste adding water.Its consistency should be little thick then Dosa batter.Keep it aside for 1 hr.If you are in hurry even 1/2 hr would give good results.

2. Heat heavy griddle/non stick pan/Tava.Keep it on medium heat.

3. Add salt to Sooji batter,if its too thick add little water.

4. Sprinkle little oil on pan/tava.Now take big spoon ful of batter and put it on the greased pan.With the help of flat spoon spread it in about 6" round diameter.This circle should not be very thin.

5. Let it sit for 10 sec.Then sprinkle chopped tomatoes,onions,green chili on it.Then sprinkle salt and red chilli powder.With flat spoon press these toppings so that they settle inside the batter which is still uncooked on top.Now cover this with a lid which has little height.The steam will cook the top part.

6. Let it cook for 2-4 mins or when its brown from below and cooked from top.Remove the lid garnish with fresh coriander.

7. Its ready to be served.Serve it hot with coconut chutney/sambhar/Tomato ketchup/Green coriander mint chutney.

Tips: Chopped green pepper can be also added on top.

Update : Adding grated ginger to the sooji batter gives the uttapam nice taste.

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