The U tiffin

Welcome to A to Z of tiffin ideas with me. I am trying to give AtoZ suggestions for lunch box woes and today is Day 21 with letter U. So Let’s pack the U Tiffin


Urad dal vada
Urad ki kachori
Urad daal paratha


For upma click here

And sharing below how to make uttapam


Uttapam is a very famous South Indian dish and is made from fermented batter of urad dal and rice. Available in almost all Indian restaurants across India and the world. Just like a pizza, a lot of combinations of vegetables can be added as a topping to make your favorite Uttapam. It is more like a pancake and not as crisp as a dosa. We can have it with coconut or tomato chutney or sambhar. I am sure your kids would love the nice taste of Uttapam and so will the whole family.

Ingredients Needed for Uttapam

  • Dosa batter – 1 cup (these days its readily available in markets) else you can make one with fermentation of 3:1 rice and urad dal. Another option is to make instant rava uttapam using semolina and curd,
  • here i am sharing the batter uttapam which my kids love a lot.
  • Onions – 1/2 cup (chopped)
  • Tomatoes – 1/2 cup (chopped)
  • Capsicum – 1/2 cup finely chopped
  • Green Chili – 1 (chopped) optional
  • Salt to taste
  • Chaat masala – 1/2 tsp
  • You can sprinkle little oregano and chili flakes to give pizza flavours.

How to make Utthapam

  • Heat a non-stick pan.
  • When the pan is hot, pour a ladle full of batter on it and spread to make a small circle.
  • Sprinkle some onions, tomatoes, capsicum on top.
  • Press with the back of a ladle.
  • Pour oil on the sides and on top.
  • Fry till brown and crispy.
  • Flip and cook from another side as well.
  • Sprinkle salt and chaat masala or oregano& chili on top.
  • Once roasted its ready.
  • let it cool and it’s ready to get packed in tiffin.

Unnakkaaya is a traditional dish of Malabar, it’s prepared with plantains which is in a special ripening stage and boiled and mushed up. This is filled with either veg fillings like coconut and nuts or with non veg fillings like scrambled egg.
                        Unnakkaaya is named behind the fruit of cotton tree ie unnam means cotton and kaaya which means fruit. The shape resembles the fruit of cotton tree. And hence it is named

Today is Day 21 with the letter “U” of AtoZ challenge.

My theme for the challenge is ‘Tackling Tiffin tantrums” to help ease lunchbox woes for moms & kids.

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21 Responses

  1. Great dishes and easy and neat recipes, amazing combo.

  2. I have never made it eaten urad daal.paratha. I make urad daal and rava(sooji) ka uthapam

  3. Shalini says:

    I love my Uthappams any day 🙂

  4. abhijit says:

    I love almost all the items listed under U. Utthapam is great, so are urad dal bada and urad dal kachori.

  5. Nice list. Utthapam is a favourite in my house too. Unnakkaaya is totally new, will try it out. Thanks for sharing.

  6. Mom makes a Urad ki dal ka chilla too. Its amazing. Great mouth watering post.
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  7. Never heard of Urad Dal paratha. Uttapam is a regular breakfast item. Thanks for sharing.

  8. U tiffin is interesting too. Uttapams and Upma are my favorites. Urad daal ki Kachori and Parantha ….I love them but dont make them frequently.

  9. Utthappa is easy to make and delicious tiffin. In fact, it can be enjoyed for lunch & dinner as well. Yum isn’t it?

  10. Sooji uttaram is a quick option

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