Thursday, September 19, 2013

Uttapam : the Indian Pizza



Rain has always evoked a romantic response from me. Am not restricting romance to just a feeling of love towards a special someone. It's a feeling of being alive, of the lush green, of being comfortable in the moment and enjoying it. Our minds are always running between the past and the future. It's strange that we forget to live in the present. I love to stand by my patio door and watch the rain, nothing on my mind... just enjoying the moment. It probably takes me back to my teen years, coming home from college my mother would make hot adrak chai with some hot savory snack, and both of us would sit and spend some good time, talking about the day. Brings on a sense of comfort,  no matter how many pot-holes life may have, finally in the end, it's worth it. It's 'this' life that has made you who you are and its more than worth it. See, what a pitter-patter does to me. It brings out the sage in me. lol!

Some hot chai is a must on such days... bring on some music, a good book and snuggle in your little corner. Blissful! My reading habits have changed over the years. There was a time when I enjoyed fiction and you would often see me biting my nails while reading a mystery or literally crying with the protagonist in a poignant scene. Now, I love to read about food, history of food, photography and even techie stuff. But the feeling to snuggle with your favorite read, chai, rain and hot uttapam... that has not changed. And last evening I did just that. What did I read ? David Lebovitz's blog. 


Idli batter : click here for recipe 
1 large onion finelly chopped
1 medium tomato finely chopped
bunch of cilantro finely chopped
salt to taste
red chili flakes
chatni powder to sprinkle ( click here for recipe
ghee

with 2 cups of idli batter it makes 3-4 uttapams. 

You can have a lot of variations, you can add paneer to this. Have a spinach paneer combo, add bell peppers, just get creative, this is my favorite, since it is simple and quick and has all the rich flavors I enjoy. 

Heat a tava/ skillet, with a round ladle pour the batter and spread it on the tava, sprinkle the onions and tomatoes and pour ghee and cover for 2-3 min. The dough will rise a bit and edges will begin to look crispy. Turn over if you want the tomatoes and onions to be roasted, if not, sprinkle some salt, red chili flakes, chatni powder and fresh cilantro. Serve hot. 




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