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PostPosted: April 15th, 2010, 8:20 pm 
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For those of you not familiar.

Uttapam is a South Indian pancake. It is simply awesome! Normally eaten for breakfast in India, it is suitable for any meal at all.

While the real stuff must be fermented overnight, you can get instant mix at just about any East Indian Grocery.

It is normally made with chopped onions, cilantro and hot green chillies but almost anything could be added. It is eaten with chutney but any non-sweet sauce would work.

Try it. You will love it. And it is a near perfect tripping food - light to pack, hearty, really filling and tasty!


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PostPosted: April 15th, 2010, 8:31 pm 
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PostPosted: April 18th, 2010, 2:41 am 
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So do you prepare a batter from the mix using water then fry it up like a pancake? Is it wheat flour based?
I'll keep my eye open for this.
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PostPosted: April 18th, 2010, 10:20 am 
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It is rice and lentil flour and few other minor ingredients. A 200g package will make four very filling 8 inch pancakes. Likely enough to 2 moderately hungry people.

I made some yesterday in the same way I intend to make in in the field - just poured it into a large zip lock and added some water and then shook it around to mix. The mix has rising agents so DO NOT zip up the bag.

I then chopped up some onion and cilantro.

Put some batter in a frying pan (the first one takes a bit of oil) and sprinkle the onion and cilantro on the uncooked top .

Once the bottom is cooked, flip it over. I have tried frying the onion ahead of time but I find it is better if you leave it raw - it will cook a little bit once you flip the pancake.

So I did not add chutney or green chillies yesterday and it was still great, if a little dry.

For my upcoming trip, I did get some cranberry sauce from Licks Burgers (they have it in packages much like restaurant jams) and will bring a few with me. If I could find some packaged chutney, I would be in heaven.

You will not find it anywhere but in an Indian grocer. It is also dirt cheap - $1.29 a package.

One final point - given how little it weighs and how filling it is, I think I am going to bring some on most of my trips as a bit of emergency food.

Try it. Enjoy.

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PostPosted: May 9th, 2010, 12:37 pm 
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Sounds great, going to give this a try.


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PostPosted: May 10th, 2010, 5:19 am 
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Leightweight and filling! Sounds great for a canoeing trip...(Here is a wikipedia link for uttapam: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uttapam)

Uttapam recipe: http://www.diwalicelebrations.net/diwal ... tapam.html

How would uttupam compare to bannock? [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bannock_(food)]

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