Made of rava and curd, this uttapam is perfect for your kids
Uttapam is a South Indian dish. It is a pancake-like savoury dish that is loaded with vegetables. Thicker than dosa yet crispy in texture, it is a great breakfast option for all age groups. The mini uttapams are quick to make and easy to pack. The paneer adds to the nutritional value and makes it more attractive for the children to pick up and eat. With this recipe, they will return home with an empty tiffin and a full heart.
The word paneer is Persian, as it entered through the Iranians. It is called cottage cheese and is a non-aged variety of cheese. Extremely common in Indian vegetarian households as a protein staple, it is cooked in a huge variety of styles. Here, we add it as a topping.
Uttapam is derived from the Tamil word appam, which means ‘poured appam’. This is made in a flat skillet though. This is also a fermented dish so it improves digestion and is low in fat. This South Indian delicacy is a pizza of sorts as it is flexible in the number and diversity of toppings options but its health benefits outscore the Italian delicacy.
As a lunch option for kids, it works wonders as it is very presentable in the lunchbox and does not look mundane to kids. Because of the toppings and cooking techniques, it is great for gut health.
Here’s the recipe for Mini Paneer Uttapam.