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Sweet Potato Sabzi

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If you're looking for recipes of healthy breakfast or snacks for kids, try this recipe of protein-rich uttapam sprinkled with veggies.
Author Mukta Tikekar

Ingredients

  • 1 cup assorted dals Tur dal, dhuli (split moong dal, whole mung dal, dhuli (split) masoor dal, whole masoor dal, dhuli (split) urad dal, whole urad dal, chana dal)
  • 1/2 cup sooji
  • 2 tbsp whole wheat flour
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 1 to mato chopped
  • 1 capsicum chopped
  • 1 carrot grated
  • 1-2 tbsp boiled corn kernels
  • 1-2 tsp chopped coriander
  • Appox. 1/2 cup chopped cabbage
  • Oil or ghee as required
  • Salt as required

Instructions

  • Wash dals (lentils) properly and soak them overnight or for 8 to 10 hours in sufficient water. (Tip: I soak my dosa dals with about less than 1/4 tsp of fenugreek seeds. A South Indian friend from whom I learnt to make dosas told me that the methi balances the doshas,and is a principle of ayurveda.)
  • Drain off water and wash the dals. Now grind to a batter with sufficient water. Allow batter to ferment. I avoid adding soda/Eno to my batter as it kills nutrients in food. (Tip: It takes about 6-8 hours in a climate like Mumbai for the batter to ferment. If you want to hasten fermentation, grind batter, cover it and place it in your veranda or terrace, in direct sunlight. Keep a plate below the vessel and add some water in the plate. Remember to do this using steel vessels, since steel is a good conductor of heat.)
  • After your batter ferments, add salt, sooji, and wheat flour in it. You can even soak your sooji in water before you mix.
  • Heat a tawa and spread the batter evenly on your tawa. Remember to keep the flame low.
  • Sprinkle the chopped vegetables on the utthapam. (Tip: When it comes to vegetables, sky is the limit. Any vegetable of your choice would be good enough. Colored bell peppers,boiled broccoli, boiled corn, and just about anything you like. A friend of mine adds palak puree to the batter. I once tried beetroot and it worked. My son, Shantanu really liked it.)
  • Spread a little ghee or oil around your utthapam. Flip over and let the veg side cook well.
  • Serve hot with chutney or any accompaniment of your choice. (Shantanu loves this with a little cheese spread.)