Hanging out by the fire on a cold winter day I got a hankering for Indian food. Of course that is a frequent occurrence regardless the time of year or the weather. My specific craving was for Uttappam, which is a savory pancake often eaten for breakfast in South Indian households. It is a healthy dish (gluten free for those concerned about that) made with rice and legumes and usually topped with chopped vegetables. It is genius, really. It’s like a cross between a pizza and a pancake.
I took a shortcut and used a mix for my uttapam (no shame in that). Typically finely chopped vegetables are lightly sprinkled on top of the pancake immediately after the batter is poured and spread in the pan. I usually choose to mix my veggies right into the batter. That way I can cram in a lot more goodness.
For the veggies in this uttappam I used jalapeño, red onion, carrot, red cabbage, red bell pepper and cilantro (not pictured because I almost forgot it).
Uttappam is often accompanied by sambar, which is a spicy dal soup. This was an opportunity to use some of the frozen drumsticks I acquired some time back. I won’t go into detail about the sambar I put together other than post a few photos and mention that I used a few spices of my own choosing and also a sambar powder mix for seasoning.
This meal temporarily satisfied my constant craving for Indian food.