Uttapam recipe from mataji Mondakini

Today’s recipe was shared with us by a disciple of Srila Prabhupada, H.G. Mataji Mondakini, who was sent to Russia by Srila Prabhupada in 1971 on the mission to distribute Krishna Consciousness.

This recipe of very nutritious pancakes made of urad-dal, rice and vegetables comes from South India. This preparation can be served with sambhar or different souses.


Urad-dal –  100 g

Basmati rice – 300 g

Water to soak the rice and dal

Bell pepper (red and yellow) – 100 g each

Half a tomato

Carrots – 100 g

Coriander leaves –  a few

Grinded pepper – 0,5 tsp

Hing – tip of a tsp

Salt – 1,5 tsp

Some ghee for frying


  1. Rinse the urad-dal and rice well and soak them in a bowl together in cold water for at least 5 hours or overnight.
  2. Drain the excess of water, rinse again, add around 200 ml of water and blender everything well. Be careful not to break the blender – make sure there’s enough water with the dal and rice, and don’t let the blender work for too long, so that it doesn’t overheat.

The batter shouldn’t be very thick – its thickness should be like that for the pancakes, so that when you pour some on the frying pen, it makes a nice circle and you don’t have to press it down with a spoon. When you are finished blending, set the batter aside and let it ferment for a couple of days.

  1. Add spices, salt, chopped peppers, grinded carrots and copped coriander leaves to the fermented batter. Mix everything well.
  2. Put a tinge of ghee in the frying pan, heat it well, and place some (a spoon or two) of the batter in the center. Turn the frying pan around so that the batter forms a circle. Regulate the temperature so that the pancake gets golden brown on one side in about 5 minutes. Turn it around and fry the other side the same way. After the uttapam is ready, clean the surface of the frying pan with a moist cloth, so that all the residue is removed and the next uttapam doesn’t stick. You can also sprinkle a little ghee around the edges for the same purpose. Use all the batter in the same way.
  3. Offer these nice uttapams to Krishna and enjoy the prasadam!

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