(measuring cup used, 1 cup = 250 ml)
½ cup quick cooking oats or rolled oats
¼ cup fine rava/sooji/cream of wheat
¼ cup besan/gram flour
⅔ to ¾ cup water or add as required
1 tablespoon lemon juice
⅛ teaspoon baking soda
salt as required
1 small to medium onion, thinly sliced
1 small to medium tomato, thinly sliced
1 small bell pepper (green or red or yellow color), thinly sliced
1 green chilli, chopped
2 to 3 tablespoon chopped coriander leaves
oil as required
take ½ cup quick cooking oats in a mixer or grinder. you can even take ½ cup of rolled oats.
grind the oats to a fine flour and take flour in a mixing bowl.
now add ¼ cup rava/sooji/cream of wheat and ¼ cup besan/gram flour. also add salt as per taste.
pour ⅔ cup water. mix very well and make a smooth mixture without any lumps.
cover the bowl and let the oats, rava and besan flour soak in water for 20 minutes.
meanwhile rinse and then slice the onion, bell pepper & tomato thinly. also chop 1 green chili and some coriander leaves.
on the same chopping board or tray, mix the veggies and keep aside.
after 20 minutes, the batter will thicken as the oats, besan and sooji will absorb water.
i added some more ¼ cup water as the batter had become slightly thick. before soaking, i added first ⅔ cup water and later added ¼ cup more. addition of water will depend on quality of oats, besan and sooji. you can add more water if the batter becomes thick. do add water as required to make a medium consistency batter. if the batter is of medium consistency even after soaking, then do not add any water.
now add 1 tablespoon lemon juice. mix very well.
then add ⅛ teaspoon baking soda. about 2 to 3 pinches of baking soda. mix again very well.
on a medium flame, heat a cast iron pan or a non stick pan. if using a cast iron pan, then drizzle ½ tsp of oil and spread it with the spoon.
lower the flame. take a ladle full of the batter and pour the batter on the tawa. gently spread the batter to get a round circle.
now spread the mixed veggies all over the batter. with a spatula press the veggies lightly, so that they stick to the batter.
sprinkle a few drops of oil on the center and on the sides of the uttapam.
cook till the base is done. while cooking you can regulate the flame to low or medium.
then flip it and cook the side with the veggies.
cook this side till the veggies are lightly caramelized or golden.
remove and serve veg oats uttapam hot or warm with coconut chutney.