Oats Semolina Uttapam – Savory Pancakes

Uttapam is a south Indian  savory pancake made with  rice and urad dal plus fresh vegetable topping. The process of making uttapam is similar to that of dosa. The batter of uttapam is usually made from grounded, fermented rice and urad dal. The inner layers of uttapam are soft and outer layers are crispy. Uttapam is commonly served for breakfast in South India accompanied with chutneys and pickles. It is  quite time-consuming to prepare traditionally made rice-urad uttapam but semolina uttapam is ready within few minutes. This oats semolina uttapam is a healthy version of semolina uttapam; made with rolled oats, semolina, greek yogurt and fresh vegetables.oats semolina uttapam

Oats improves the nutritional value of uttapam as oats are rich in dietary fiber and minerals ; oats helps in maintaining the healthy heart, stabilizes blood sugar and also lowers the risk of Type 2 diabetes.Uttapam Batter


Uttapam Topping


uttapamSemolina is a coarsely ground grain made from whole wheat. It is a good source of  carbohydrates, proteins, minerals,  and B- complex vitamins. This grain is used for making pasta, couscous, bread and breakfast cereals. Semolina also makes uttapam light and crispy. The third most important ingredient used for this savory oats semolina uttapam is besan ( chickpea flour / garbanzo bean flour). Besan is gluten free and is naturally higher in protein, and a good source of vitamins and minerals. I have used 0% greek yogurt for this recipe but you can use any plain yogurt of your choice. For vegan oats semolina uttapam,  you can use 1 tbsp of lemon juice instead of yogurt.Savory Indian Pancakes

For topping, I have used grated rainbow carrots, onions, fresh mint leaves, baby arugula, cabbage but you can use any vegetable of your choice. Bell peppers, tomatoes, and spring onions really go well with this oats semolina uttapam. For spicy uttapam, you can use green chilies, banana peppers or jalapenos. You can also add your favorite herbs for topping. These oats semolina uttapam are best for breakfast but you can also serve them for brunch or you can make mini uttapam for a quick snack.Oats Sooji Uttapam

Yields 5-6 medium size pancakes

Oats Semolina Uttapam – Savory Pancakes

Healthy whole grain oats semolina uttapam (savory pancakes) made with fresh vegetable topping.

20 minPrep Time

15 minCook Time

35 minTotal Time

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  • 1/2 cup rolled oats.
  • 1/2 cup semolina / sooji.
  • 1/4 cup besan flour/ chickpea flour
  • 1 cup or more water.
  • 1/4 tsp salt (or more according to taste).
  • 1/8 tsp baking soda.
  • 2-3 tsp olive oil.
  • 1/4 cup plain greek yogurt.
  • For Topping: finely sliced/grated/chopped fresh vegetables of your choice.


  1. Add rolled oats along with 2/3 cup of water to the blender or food processor. Blend until smooth.
  2. Pour the contents into a medium mixing bowl, gradually add semolina, salt, and besan flour. Mix well and keep aside for about 15 minutes.
  3. In the mean time prepare vegetable topping, I have used grated rainbow carrots, thinly sliced red onion, chopped mint leaves, chopped arugula and shredded cabbage.
  4. After 15-20 minutes batter will thicken as flours are going to absorb water. Now add yogurt, baking soda and mix well. Add more water (about 1/4 cup) if required. The batter should not be too thick or watery. Almost similar to the consistency of pancake batter.
  5. Heat a nonstick pan or griddle over medium-high heat, lightly grease the pan with 1/2 tsp of oil. Reduce the heat and pour a ladleful of batter into the pan, spread the batter to form a circle. Spread the mixed vegetable topping over the batter and gently press the vegetables with the spatula so that they can stick to the batter.
  6. Cook till the bottom has turned golden brown, flip the pancake and cook the other side until vegetables get caramelized.
  7. Remove from the pan, serve hot with your favorite chutney or pickle.
Cuisine: Indian | Recipe Type: Breakfast

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