Masala Uttapam Recipe | South Indian Breakfast

Masala Uttapam is a variety of uttapam which is made with cooked spicy potatoes. This is another easy tiffin box recipe for your kid.

I love to make something different in our menu on weekends. So I normally keep this for my Sunday breakfast menu. But this is equally easy to make on weekdays if you have made the batter and the potato masala well in advance and refrigerate. So in morning it takes hardly 15 minutes to make serving of 2 – 3 people.

The batter used in making uttapam is same that we use for idli and dosa. Please read my onion uttapam recipe here.

This is also called as sandwich uttapam. In this recipe, top layer is spiced potato masala. But if you want, you can layer the top with same batter. Soon I will make and share the recipe here.

Masala Uttapam

Masala uttapam is a variety of uttapam made with spicy potatoes.
Course Breakfast
Cuisine Indian, South Indian
Keyword healthy breakfast recipes, Mumbai Streetfood, South Indian Breakfast, streetfood
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Resting time 15 minutes
Servings 4 People
Calories 235kcal
Author daintykitchen


  • 1 kg Idli dosa batter
  • 10 tsp oil
  • 1 onion finely chopped
  • 1 tomato finely chopped
  • 5 tsp garam masala or sambar masala or as required

Potato Stuffing

  • 5 – 6 large potatoes
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 8- 10 curry leaves
  • 1 tsp grated ginger
  • 2 – 3 green chillies finely chopped
  • 2- 4 garlic cloves finely minced
  • 1 onion finely chopped
  • 1/4 tsp asafoetida/ hing
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt


Preparing potato masala

  • Boil potatoes till they are cooked.
  • Remove skin of potatoes and mash it completely.
  • Heat oil in a pan.
  • Add mustard seeds and cumin seeds.
  • Let them splutter.
  • Now add chopped garlic, ginger and green chillies.
  • Add a pinch of hing and curry leaves.
  • Then add chopped or sliced onions and saute till translucent.
  • Now add salt and turmeric powder and mix.
  • Add boiled and mashed potatoes and mix well.
  • If it looks very dry, then add 5- 6 tbsp water to make it little mashy.
  • Remove from heat and add coriander leaves.
  • Stir well.

Preparing Uttapam

  • Heat tawa/ dosa tawa/ flat pan.
  • Grease the pan with onion half or with help of a tissue.
  • Pour a ladleful of batter on tawa. (keep on low flame)
  • Spread lightly with gentle hand keeping the layer thick.
  • Quickly sprinkle garam masala, chopped onion and tomatoes.
  • Next spread batter on top layer.
  • Gently press the potatoes so that it will stick nicely to the batter.
  • Drizzle 1 tsp oil on sides of uttapam.
  • Once base is crisp and cooked, it starts leaving sides.
  • Now flip it gently and cook for 1 minute on low flame.
  • Then remove from heat and serve hot chutney or sambar.


Keep flame on low while spreading batter and layering with cooked masala. 
After that you can cook on low medium flame. 
If required cover with a lid to fasten the cooking.

How to make masala uttapam?

This recipe has 3 steps, i.e. making batter, making potato masala, making uttapam.

Preparing batter for uttapam

As I said the batter is same as other dosa and idli, you may check out my masala dosa recipe for batter. In the same recipe you will get notes on how to make spicy potatoes for dosa and uttapam.

Preparing spicy potato

Prepare batter & potato stuffing well in advance. In stuffing potatoes, mustard seeds, garlic, green chillies, curry leaves, turmeric powder, salt are used as tempering to boiled and mashed potatoes.

Boil and mash potatoes nicely with help of a masher or fork.

Heat oil in a pan. Add mustard seeds, cumin seeds and let it crackle.

Then add chopped garlic, curry leaves, green chillies, chopped onion and saute till translucent.

Add turmeric powder, salt. In 10 seconds add mashed potatoes and mix well. Saute for a minute and then turn off heat.

Add coriander leaves and mix well.

Preparing Masala Uttapam

Heat flat tawa or dosa tawa. Grease it with help of onion half or crown of brinjal or with tissue paper.

Pour ladleful of batter on tawa.

Spread it gently keeping the layer thick like uttapam. Pour 1 tsp oil on sides.

Very quickly sprinkle some finely chopped onion, tomatoes and garam masala.

Next spread potato masala quickly on top of uttapam. Keep flame on low during the process so that masala will stick on top.

Lightly press the masala with help of a spatula.

When base is crisp and cooked it leaves sides. Slowly flip to other side.

Keep for 1 minute on low flame. Then remove from pan and serve hot.

masala uttapam


If you are looking for some healthy breakfast options, please read similar recipes like upma, vegetable upma, pinwheel samosa, aloo pyaz poha, aloo matar poha, gobi paratha, aloo paratha, aloo kachori, bread roll, spinach corn sandwich, cheesy potato sandwich, masala dosa sambar, sattu porridge , tomato omelette, whole wheat dosa, atte ka chila, etc on blog.

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