ICT Engineering – Gediminas

Practical placement in Kolkata, India

A survivor’s guide to Indian cuisine: Uttapam

Barcode in Kolkata

The friendliest South Indian restaurant I know (the closest one to my flat also)

This – unlike my breakfast and lunch – I’m still eating almost daily. A South Indian meal, my dinner, the Indian pizza alternative – Uttapam.

A family having Idlies for dinner at Barcode in Kolkata

“We’re gonna have Idlies for dinner, dear.”

Fullness: 7

It doesn’t really matter what toppings you will have on your Uttapam, it will still fill you up more than a Dosa, because this is a much thicker pancake.

The cook leaving the kitchen at Barcode in Kolkata

“Now where did I put that spoon…”

Health: 7

Just a little bit less healthy than a Dosa, because most of the time it has a lot of spices on it, whereas the Dosa has none. You still eat it with Coconut ChutneySambar and the pad itself is made from lentils and rice so, all things considered, this is a pretty healthy meal.

Uttapam with Coconut Chutney and Sambar at Barcode in Kolkata


Taste: 9

This is tastier than Dosa, because of the extra spices used. The pad is very soft, but firm enough to cut pieces of it with a spoon. Even though the quality of the sauces varies from place to place, I have yet to encounter an Uttapam which wasn’t tasty. Also the different toppings will keep you wanting to try it again and again.


Why wouldn’t you want to try an Indian pizza? I mean, really, this is one thing you’ll be able to compare this with a European meal you’ve had before and it will give you something to tell your friends. For me, this is definitely one of the things I will try to make at home when I get back to Europe (if I’ll manage to find the black lentils that they use here).


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