Stuffed Cheese & Fresh Pea Uttapam

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I adore South Indian food and the very first time I tried it was in a hotel in Marbleshwar, a hill station in India. A fermented rice savoury pancake with tomatoes, onions and coriander. I was 12 at the time. Since then I have had so many uttapams, as I thoroughly enjoy them.

However yesterday upgraded my own version of the dish and know that I will be having them this way from now on. “Stuffed Uttapams” with creamy white cheese and fresh peas that I had just shelled. I make life a little easier by using a ready made uttapam instant flour pack, where you just add water, tomatoes, onion and coriander to the mix. However I must try making the batter from scratch soon!

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The cheese melts into a white delicious sauce and the fresh peas give the dish a hint of crunchiness and sweetness to balance out the tomato and onion.
Give them a go, I know you’ll want to make them more and more! Have a happy day! Much love D x

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INGREDIENTS

Uttapam flour packet
Water upon instruction
2 tomatoes diced
1 white onion diced
Chopped fresh coriander to taste
1 tbsp unsweetened desiccated coconut
Fresh peas
Slices of white cheese
Sunflower oil

METHOD

Make the batter in a large mixing bowl, adding the tomatoes, onion, coriander and coconut

In a non stick frying pan, add 1/2 tsp of oil on a slow heat. Then pour in 2 ladles full of batter, as it starts to set, place a cheese slice in the middle and sprinkle on some fresh peas

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Take enough batter to cover the cheese and peas. Once the top of the uttapam sets, gently turn it over. Cooking it evenly on both sides til golden brown

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Serve on its own, with sambhar or a chutney of your choice

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