The baked version wasn't as good as the pan-fried version, but it's a big satisfying plateful either way, if a little bland.
South Indian food isn't bland, mind - this uttapam was just calling out for some coconut chutney or sambhar (spicy lentil soup) to go on the side and give you something to dunk it in. I've had both before and they're just the perfect foil to the gentle bulk of the uttapam.
As I understand it, uttapams are breakfast food in India. That to me is madness - why restrict something this wonderful to just one meal? There's lunch and dinner that need some uttapam loving too!