Eerulli Dose | Onion Utthapam


I was quite worried about what dish I would get for alphabets like E but thankfully not only did I get a dish, I got one of the easiest and tastiest dishes. Eerulli dose is nothing but the popular onion utthapam as it is known in Karnataka. The humble onion utthapam is so simple yet delicious meal as a breakfast or a light dinner. The utthapam can be made with the regular dosa batter or set dosa batter or the benne dose batter. It works out amazing with any one of them, My favorite version is making them when the batter 3 days old and gets a mild tangy taste in it. I usually add a few tomato pieces to my onion utthapam because the daughter loves it but tomatoes can be easily omitted.


Makes 4-5 Utthapams


4 cups Idli batter / Benne Dose batter / Set Dose batter

1 Onion, medium

1 Tomato, small

Coriander leaves

1-2 Green chillies





  • Finely chop the onions, coriander leaves and green chillies
  • Deseed and finely chop the tomato
  • Mix all of them together and add a little salt
  • Heat a tava
  • Once it is hot, pour a ladle full of batter and spread it to a thick circle
  • Sprinkle the onion mixture on the batter
  • Drizzle some oil on the side of the utthapam
  • Once the edges start getting brown, use a steel spatula to disengage the utthapam from the tava and turn it over
  • Let it cook for a minute and then take it off the tava
  • Repeat the process for the remaining batter
  • Serve warm with coconut chutney and vegetable sagu
  • Enjoy!


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  1. Onion uttapam is my favourite among all uttapams , I add loads of onions and green chillies and relish it . Ah ! Since you know all South languages you were lucky , I had a tough time finding my E , but finally got a Tamil name :))
    Btw the uttapam looks fantastic and I don’t mind finishing it as my evening snack .

  2. I remember mom making onion uthappam with that sour left over batter. I haven’t tasted that unique flavour and taste in any other dishes. Adding tomatoes make it so colourful. What a great way to begin the day!

  3. Onion uttapam really came out awesome and perfectly cooked like the restaurant one. How can I forget my bangalore’s dosa idli and uttapam. That is the city I fell in love with forever. Looking very inviting.

  4. Awesome… my hubby loves his onion uttapam. He will not try any other variety. Not only am learning new varieties of batter flatbreads from you but the traditional names of dishes too.

  5. Super like, just love onion uthappams very much with coconut chutney. Omg, my mouth is just watering here. I just love these sort of simple aromatic dosas very much.

  6. This is one of our favorite uthappam varieties! I add onions, coriander leaves and sprinkle idli podi and cook the uthappam. You pic looks really inviting Sowmya!

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