Sunday, July 26, 2009

Kuthappam


Back in Kozhikode / Calicut, this appam is called kuthappam, since this appam has a lot of holes formed on its upper surface. Most probably this appam must have a different name in other parts of kerala. Appam chatty, a clay pot (manchatty) is used to make this appam. Other alternative is to use a non-stick pan with a tight lid.

Ingredients

1 cup - Maida / All purpose flour
1 cup - Rice flour
1 - Egg
3/4 cup - Thick coconut milk
A pinch of baking powder
Salt to taste

Method

1 ) Shift maida, rice flour and baking powder along with salt. Beat egg very well and make it frothy. Add to the flours and mix well. Pour coconut milk, little at a time and make a batter which has a consistency, which is a bit lighter than idli batter. Not too loose like dosa batter, nor too thick like idli batter. Rather in between dosa and idli batter consistency. Add water if necessary to get the right consistency.Stir the batter well, so that some air bubbles form in the batter. Let the batter rest for ten minutes. Before preparing the appam, stir the batter once again well.

2 ) Heat a manchatty or a non-stick pan on medium high heat. Grease a cloth with oil and wipe the manchatty or the non-stick pan with this cloth. Using a big ladle, take batter in the ladle and pour into the chatty or non-stick pan. Do not stir the pan or chatty. Close with a tight lid and cook on very low heat. Appam will start forming holes on the top surface and get cooked in the steam. Once the appam is fully cooked, take the appam out of the pan and transfer to a serving plate. Continue making more appam in the similar way with rest of the batter. Just keep in mind to heat the manchatty on high before pouring batter and then immediately lower heat to very low simmer, after closing with lid. The high heat will help in forming the holes.

To serve - you can have this appam with sweetened coconut milk, poured on top of the appam. So make fresh coconut milk extract, add sugar and sweeten. Otherwise you can have this appam with any meat curry.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Broken Wheat / Lapsi Upma

Upma !! oh nooo.. that's what i used to say as a kid, whenever upma was served for breakfast. Times have changed and now i have acquired a taste and enjoy having upma with some steamed ripe plantains. But then i like upma made with coarsely ground rawa and not the fine semolina /rawa. I think there lies the difference in taste. I have used lapsi rawa ( that's the name given on the packet for this coarsely ground rawa, i used. )


Ingredients

2 cup - Broken wheat / Dalia
2 cups - Water
2 - Red onion Or 10 - big shallots
5 - Green chilies
1" to 2'' piece - Ginger, grated
2 - Tomato, chopped

Seasoning

2 tsp - Mustard seeds
2 tsp - Urad dal
2 - Dry whole red chili
3 to 4 sprigs- Curry leaves
Ghee or any other cooking oil

Method

1 ) Heat oil in a kadai / wok, add mustard seeds, urad dal and crackle mustard. Then add red chili, curry leaves and fry for a second. Then add onion, green chili, ginger and fry for few seconds. Then add tomato, fry for a few seconds. Then add rawa and fry for one to two minutes on slow flame.

2 ) Add 2 cups water to the kadai, close with tight lid and cook on very slow flame. Cook for 5 minutes. Open lid and stir well. Lastly add a little ghee on top and stir in well.


Serve hot for breakfast with steamed ripe & sweet plantain and if you like pappad.

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Banana Bajji

Rainy days are here and the crave was to have some hot and crispy bajji for evening tea with my family. There was some raw banana's in the fridge and we chose to make bajji with it. It's a easy snack to make, and right for a rainy day tea or coffee.

Ingredients

3 - Unripe raw banana, washed
2 cups - Besan powder, shifted
1 tbsp - Rice flour
1.5 tsp - Red chili powder or to taste
3 to 4 big flakes - Garlic, crushed and finely grated
1/2 tsp - Hing powder
1 tbsp - Ghee
Salt to taste
Peanut oil or sunflower

Method

1 ) Make a thick batter by mixing besan, rice flour, chili powder, garlic, hing, ghee, salt to taste along with enough water.

2 ) Cut banana into thin slices longitudinally. Discard the skin on both edges of the banana, if you do not prefer the skin.

3 ) Heat oil in a kadai or wok. Dip and coat each banana slice well with the batter and deep fry in medium hot oil till golden brown in color. Oil should be hot enough before sliding in the slices. Drain out of the oil and place in a platter to serve.


Serve hot as is or with coconut chutney.

Thursday, July 02, 2009

Ari + Dates Unda

A mixture of ingredients, Ari meaning rice in Malayalam, dates, peanut, coconut, dry ginger, cardamom and sweetened with jaggery makes this unda, meaning a ball or a laddoo. Very filling snack you can make for having with your evening tea.

Ingredients

1/2 kilo - Red boiled rice (matta)
1/2 kilo - Roasted peanuts or roasted cashewnuts
1/2 kilo - Jaggery
1/2 kilo - Dates, chopped to small pieces
50 grams / 2 big pieces - Dry ginger
10 - Green cardamoms
1 whole - Coconut, grated
A pinch of salt

Method

1 ) First wash rice well and drain. Drain water completely till the grains are completely dry. In a heavy bottom kadai / wok, add rice, dry ginger, cardamom and dry roast on a slow flame. Rice grains will start crackling, turn a light brown color and slightly puffed. Take off the stove and cool.

2 ) Take 2 cups water and heat to make jaggery syrup. Add jaggery and melt completely. Strain to take off any impurities. Keep back on stove add dates and boil well till the dates get mashed a bit.Then add grated coconut, a pinch of salt and boil for a few seconds. Switch off the stove.

3 ) Powder the dry roasted rice, dry ginger, cardamom to fine powder. Then powder roasted peanuts to fine powder. Mix both the powders well and blend in.

4 ) Now add the powders to the prepared jaggery syrup little by little and mix well with a big spoon. Let the mixture cool for a while. While it is still slightly warm, start making round balls taking little mixture at a time.




Serve and have as a evening snack. You can also mash a banana and mix with one ari unda and have.
For storing suggestion - Can be kept for a day outside, then refrigerate.

Ari Unda without dates

1 kilo  Or 4 cups - Matta, red boiled rice
1/2 kilo - Groundnut, roasted
1 kilo - Jaggery, make syrup with 2 cup water
10 to 15 - Green cardamom, powdered
50 gm - Dry ginger
1 whole - Coconut, grated
A big pinch - Salt

Method - The process is as given above. Just do not add dates, or do the steps with dates.