Butternut Squash Crepes/Pumpkin Uttapam is my contribution to Halloween! Pumpkin is available at every store this season here in the US. So I thought, why not make use of it and create my new recipe today. Being a South Indian, Dosa/Uttapam/Idlis are always on my mind. I had heard of Pumpkin curry, chutney but never a Uttapam/Dosa! Hence I decided to make it for my lunch today and I simply loved the taste. Butternut Squash brings in a little sweet yet nutty flavor to these crepes.
Now some facts about Butternut Squash Pumpkin! It composes of many vital poly-phenolic anti-oxidants and vitamins. it too has very low calories; 100 g provides just 45 calories. It contains no saturated fats or cholesterol; however, is rich source of dietary fiber and phyto-nutrients. Squash is one of the common vegetables that often recommended by dietitians in the cholesterol controlling and weight-reduction programs. Also a good source of vitamin A. (Source from Internet)
This squash has also been extensively used in traditional Indian cooking as well. Proving again that our ancestors did know what was good for our health and how it was incorporated in our daily cooking.
1/2 cup roughly chopped carrots
2 cups brown rice
1/4 cup urad dal
4 tbsp oats powder
1 tsp Fenugreek seeds
1 onion, finely chopped
1/2 cup cilantro, chopped
2 green chillies finely chopped
Salt and Oil as required
Grated parmesan cheese as required
Wash and soak the brown rice, urad dal and methi seeds for 5 hours at least. I soaked it overnight.
Drain the water.
Using a mixer grinder, grind them all together into a smooth batter. Add salt while grinding. The consistency should be of a pancake batter.
Cover it and keep it aside while you make the pumpkin puree. Add the butternut squash and carrots into a blender.
Grind them into a smooth pulp with very little water. It should be fairly easy to grind. The color is pleasing to the eye, bright orange!
Pour this pulp into the batter.
Mix it well. Add salt if required.
This batter does not require any fermentation. So it can be made instantly. Good news right!
Sprinkle the onion mixture over it along with some cheese. Pour some oil on all sides and let it cook for 2 minutes.
Flip it and cook the other side as well for 2 minutes.
The crepes are ready. Serve them hot with any chutney like Bell Pepper Chutney or Lettuce Leaves Chutney. These crepes are super soft and filling. They can be enjoyed by themselves as well. Love these flavored Uttapams. It surely is going to become a regular feature in my kitchen! Butternut Squash Crepes/Pumpkin Uttapam can be enjoyed over breakfast,lunch or dinner. Do try this super easy recipe and let me know how it was!Instagram, Facebook and Twitter!