Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Appam





Finally i cracked down a recipe for perfect feathery appam.I tried lots of recipes and this one is good too.The number of ingredients is more,but each one gives the right justice for tasty appam..Go ahead and try this version,and open up ur own appakadai!!..Enjoy!

Ingredients
Raw rice-500gms
Urad dal-100gms
Coconut,grated-2 cups
Cooked rice-1 cup
Sugar-3 tbsps
Salt-3/4 tbsp
Water-2 litres

Method

1.First,soak raw rice ,urad dal and fenugreek seeds for three hours
2.Add the coconut ,cooked rice and a cup of water to grinder/blender and grind to smooth paste
3.Add the soaked raw rice,urad dal ,and fenugreek seeds to grinder along with coconut-cooked rice mixture
4.Once the batter is smooth ,add rest of the ingredients  sugar & salt and store in closed lid
5.Use bigger container to allow the batter to ferment and rise.
6.Keep the container in warm place to ferment,add baking soda to batter just 1/2 an hour before making the appams.

7.To make appam,add generous amount water to the batter that can easily spread over in hot kadai

8.To make flower appam,pour 3/4 cup of batter in center and allow it to run two edges diagonally..Close the lid and set in medium flame (30 seconds) .

Notes
1.Using non stick appam kadai is easy way and never use the kadai for other purpose of cooking.
2.To store the batter for long duration,donot add the sugar and salt.Just store the batter in refrigerator until u need it.
3.Dont store the batter added with baking soda, it will froths and overflow from the container
4.Adding fenugreek seeds gives wonderful brown color to appams
5.For making good batter which is most important for porous and feathery appams cooked in no time.
6.A freshly made coconut milk can accompany well with the appam,
and a veg stew /mutton stew is a must try combo.
7.To make low calorie coconut milk,use (maggi) coconut powder mixed with water milk 



Enjoy!
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Tuesday, October 08, 2013

Kovil Murukku -Deepavali Special 2013




Kovil murukku is one of the popular snack in southern india,it is easy to make and  very lighter version of murukku and can be eaten as much as you can  ;)....The recipe suits best to use mullu murukku achu(star mould) as it gives crunchy texture.

Ingredients
(Raw)Rice flour-800gms
Greengram flour(Pasiparuppu)-100gms
Roasted channadal(Pottukadalai) flour-200 gms
Butter-25 gms
Khuskhus/Poppy seeds(kasakasa)-10gms
Cumin/Sesame seeds-2 tsps
Oil to deep fry
Salt to taste

Method

1.Mix rice flour,greengram flour,channadal flour and salt altogether,sieve it for 2-3 times


2.Sprinkle the seeds & KhusKhus and mix well 


3.Add butter,mix it gently and sprinkle water  and make a firm dough


4.Use the star mould ,and release the dough over the back of laddle or small plate


5.Flip the plate/laddle into the hot oil gently and fry it until the oil stops sizzling



The murukku got over before i finish making it..The proportions are exactly same and try to deep fry in ghee(clarified butter) for the kids...Using butter in dough should be minimal ,otherwise the murukku will tend to break while frying...Wish you a happy and very safe diwali..Enjoy!


Wednesday, October 02, 2013

Kalkandu Sadam - Navarathiri special


Ingredients
Rice-1 cup
Moong dal-1 tbsp
Milk-400 ml
Sugar/kalkandu-200 gms
Cardomon-2-3 
Edible camphor-a pinch
Ghee-50gms
Cashews and Raisins-a few

Method


1.Wash rice and dal,add 200 ml of milk  and one cup of water..
Cook in medium flame until its done


.2Grind the crystallised sugar into powder and set aside



3.Heat a pan with 2 tbsps of ghee,fry cashews to golden brown and raisins to pop up


4.Add the cooked rice and powdered sugar to it..


5.Stir for a while to let the sugar is well blended with rice


6.Add remaining milk and cook until it thicks ,yet it has flowing consistency


7.Add 2 tbsps of ghee and its ready serve..

Here ,i got some information on navarathiri prayer details..Each day is auspicious for specific goddess and the  list is purely derived from a spiritual book...The sundal prasadham can be made according to the grahas on respective days as listed below

Day
Sundal
Sunday(Suriyan)
 Red Karamani sundal
Monday(Chandran)
Navathanya sundal
Tuesday(Durgai)
Red Karamani sundal
Wednesday(Bhudan)
Pasiparuppu sundal
Thursday(Guru)
Kondakalai sundal
Friday(Sukran)
Arisi+vellam puttu
Saturday(Sani)
Black Karamani sundal

The color of sarees/dresses can be worn as goddess's favourites on respective days from day 1 to day 9 as Green,Yellow,Blue,dark blue,Red,Parrot green,Light red,Green with brown border and finally in onion colour sarees..


God
Prasadham
Flower
Fruit
Ragam
Day 1
Maheswari
Mullai
Banana
Thodi
Day 2
Rajarajeshwari
Jathi
Orange 
Kalyani
Day 3
Varahi
Sambangi
Jackfruit
Kambodhi
Day 4
Mahalakshmi
Neela malar
Guava
Bhairavi
Day 5
Mohini
 Manorangetham
Pomegranate
Banthuvarali
Day 6
Shandigadevi
Sembaruthi
Naratham

Neelambari

Day 7
Sambavi durgai
 Thalampoo
Dates
Belahari
Day 8
Narasima tharini
Rose
Black grapes
Punnagavarani
Day 9
Parameswari
White lotus paneer rose
Nagapazham
Vasantha
Vijayathasami 
Ambigai 
 Rose
 All fruits

Happy navarathri 
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