Verkadalai (peanuts) is called the poor man source of vegetarian protein. It is extensively used in south Indian cuisine in many recipes, like chutneys, salads, sundal, kara khuzhambu, kootu, candies, savouries etc. Including verkadalai in a meal plan is one of the easiest method of making your meal protein rich.
Peanuts contains phytic acid which can interfere in nutrients absorption in the body. So, it is important to soak the peanuts for some time before it is used for cooking.
Few days back, I made this uthappam for breakfast. This is my own recipe and I am very excited to share this with all of you. It is indeed a very simple recipe, requires only the basic ingredients available in most of our kitchens. Its protein rich and can be made as breakfast dish or even as an evening snack for kids. Without much ado, lets look into the making of this super healthy, easy to make and yummy uthappam.
|Raw peanuts||½ cup|
|Salt||1 tsp (or to taste)|
|Chopped onion||½ cup|
|Grated carrot||1/4th cup|
|Chopped coriander leaves||1/4th cup|
|Chopped curry leaves||1 tbsp|
|Sesame oil||As much required to make othappam|
|Preparation time||1 hour|
|Cooking time||15 mins|
1. Wash and soak peanuts for 1/2 hour.
2. Drain the peanuts. Add ginger, green chillies and yogurt and grind to a coarse paste.
3. Transfer this to a mixing bowl. Add 1/2 cup rava and 1/4th cup water, salt and mix it well. Cover and let it rest for 15-20 mins.
4. To this batter add chopped onions, grated carrot, chopped curry leaves and coriander leaves, 1/4th cup water and mix well. Check for seasoning.
5. Make uthappam in an uthappam pan or dosa pan and serve it hot with sambar and chutney of your choice😊
- Mixed vegetables can be added to the batter instead of only onion and carrot.
- To make more protein rich and calorie dense, grated paneer can also be added along with the vegetables.
- The same batter can be used to make paniyaram instead of uthappam.