This is a breakfast item that we love and I make it often when I have dosa or idli batter older than 3 days. The addition of the spiced powder makes it an easy to eat item and you don’t have to add any other accompaniment.
Its also a break from the plain idli and dosa that is a staple at our home.
Spicy Savoury Pancakes/ Spicy Mini Uthapam (serves 2), Time taken 15 minutes
2 cups idli batter, if you don’t have home made, its easily available in most kirana stores and supermarkets
¼ cup finely chopped onion
1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
1 teaspoon whole cumin seeds
2-3 pepper corns, roughly crushed
1 green chili, finely chopped
Finely chopped curry leaves and fresh coriander
2 tablespoons of chutney podi/ gun powder/ spice powder
2 tablespoons oil
Heat a griddle on medium heat. Put a few drops of water on it. If it sizzles, it is the right temperature. Mix all of the above ingredients except the oil and spice powder into a bowl. Add a few tablespoons of water to get a really thick pouring consistency. It should not be as runny as dosa batter.
Take a round ladle and spoon a ladleful of this batter onto the griddle. Do not spread, it will spread out a little, but it should remain thick and fluffy. Drizzle a few drops of oil on the corners and cook on medium till the edges are turning golden brown and crisp (about 1 minutes). Sprinkle a little of the spice powder onto the pancake and flip over. Cook the other side for about 30 seconds. Do not press down. Take out onto a plate. Repeat till all the batter is used up. Serve hot.