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February 23, 2018

Onion Uthappam Recipe – How To Make Onion Uttapam

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onion uthappam recipe
Generally South Indians, Tamil people make onion uttapam at least once in a week with leftover Idli, dosa batter. Sendhil likes to eat onion uthappam or rava dosa in hotels and restaurants whereas my choice is always plain uthappam with varieties of side dishes. I love its soft and spongy texture. 

I have already shared few uthappam varieties like tomato onion uthappam , Kadai onion uthappam(my MIL’s style) and Podi uthappam in my space. But this is the basic version of onion uttapam using big onions. We call it as Vengaya dosai in Tamil. Mostly I make it for breakfast during week days as I don’t have to prepare any side dish for this. Sendhil loves to eat it as such if the onions are browned perfectly. 

For variations and to make it more colorful, sometimes I use small onions, finely chopped green chillies, coriander leaves or grated carrot. If you want to make any side dish for onion uthappam, you can try coconut chutney, tomato chutney or idli sambar. 

Uthappam tastes the best and comes out soft, spongy with crispy edges only if you make it with fresh, thick idli batter. Do not add water to the thick If the batter becomes watery, uttapam becomes flat. So to make soft and spongy uthappam, mix the fermented idli batter till half way through on the first day for making idli. 

By doing this way, soft urad dal batter gets mixed with rice batter evenly and helps to prepare soft idli dosa on the first day, soft uthappam on the second, third day too. For making crispy dosa, remove the required batter in another bowl, add very little water to it. Mix well and spread thin dosa. 

Ok, lets see how to make onion uttapam recipe with step by step pictures.
Onion uttapam recipe

Onion uttapam recipe - How to make onion uthappam

Onion uttapam recipe - How to make onion uthappam

Onion uthappam recipe with step by step pictures.

Cuisine: Indian
Category: Dosa Recipes
Prep time: 5 Minutes
Cook time: 5 Minutes
Total time: 10 Minutes


1 cup - 250ml
  • Idli dosa batter - 2 cups
  • Big onion - 3 nos (Finely chopped)
  • Water - If needed
  • Cooking oil - as needed ( to sprinkle over dosa)


  1. Take the idli dosa batter in a bowl. Add little water if the batter is too thick.
  2. Chop the onions finely. I use my electric chopper to do this job easily.
  3. Heat dosa tawa. Pour 2 ladles of batter and spread slightly. Cook in medium flame.
  4. Spread finely chopped onions all over the dosa. 
  5. Drizzle oil around the corner and center of dosa over the onions.
  6. Flip the dosa and keep the flame medium high. Cook till onions turn golden brown.
  7. Remove and serve hot with any side dish like chutney or sambar.


  • Take idli dosa batter in a big bowl. Add little water, say 1/4 cup if batter is too thick. Mix well. Chop onions very finely using a knife or turbo chopper if you have it. Set aside.

  • Heat dosa tawa. Sprinkle few drops of water to check the heat of tawa. Wipe it with a cloth or tissue paper. Keep the flame low.
    Onion uthappam recipe
  • Pour two ladles of batter in the center of dosa tawa. Spread it slightly to make small, round uthappam. Sprinkle onions all over the dosa.
    Onion uthappam recipe
  • Drizzle cooking oil or gingely oil all over the dosa. Drizzle some oil over the onions too. Flip the dosa & cook the other side till onion becomes golden brown in color. Keep the flame medium high.  Wait patiently till onions turn golden brown evenly.

    Onion uthappam recipe
  • Remove the dosa to a plate. Repeat the same and make the remaining dosa. Serve hot with chutney or sambar ! Enjoy!


  • Do not use the last batch of idli batter. It won’t make spongy and soft dosa.
  • For best results, use fresh idli batter.You can also use 2nd day batter but make sure batter is not too thin.
  • Flame should be low while spreading the onions so that the bottom part doesn’t get burnt. After you flip the dosa, you can increase the flame to medium high.
  • For variations, you can add finely chopped green chilli,coriander leaves, grated carrot along with finely chopped onion and sprinkle over the dosa.
  • You can also sprinkle idli podi or some red chilli powder/ tandoori masala for spicy taste.
  • Do not mix the chopped onion in the idli batter. It should be just sprinkled over the dosa.
Try this easy, yummy onion uthappam for your breakfast and enjoy !
how to make onion uthappam

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