Saturday, November 15, 2014

Vattayappam - Steamed Rice Cake

Is there anyone out there who don't like Vattayappam??Vattayam also follows the similar process of other Appam that is made by fermenting the rice batter.  It is Keralites favorite breakfast/snack, can be eaten as it is or can be served with spicy Chicken/Egg Curry. So let us go the process of making the simple yet delicious Vattayappam. Try it out at home for sure and see the smiles of your friends and family. Enjoy !!

  1. Long Grain Rice or Raw rice (pachari) - 2 cups 
  2. Grated coconut - ½ cup (or coconut milk - ½ Cup)
  3. Parboiled rice cooked - ½ cup
  4. Salt - a pinch
  5. Sugar - Cup
  6. Yeast - ½ tsp
  7. Cashews and Raisins ghee fried - A handful
Preparation Method:-

  • Wash the rice twice and drain the water.
  • Soak the rice in water for four-six hours. Grind the soaked rice along with cooked rice, grated coconut, salt and sugar by adding water.
  • The batter should of the  consistency of Idli batter. Pour the batter into a wide bowl.
  • Add yeast to the batter and mix well. Check for the sugar and salt and adjust.
  • Let it ferment overnight or for six-eight hours.

  • Grease a round plate or cake pan, pour the fermented batter in the plate. Top it with ghee fried cashews and raisins.
  • Steam it for about seven-ten minutes or a till a sharp knife or tooth pick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  • Slice it and serve warm as it is or with some spicy Egg Masala/Chicken Curry

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Koyikkal Aka Kozhikkal - Tapioca/Yuca Fritters

So are you checking out for some Chicken Legs/Kozhikkal. Do not get fooled by the name. Even though in Malayalam Kozhikkal means Checken Legs, there is no Chicken or any meat in this recipe. This is Malabar’s own snack known as Kozhikkal or Tapioca/Yuca Fritters .

So here is the Recipe for this delicious Malabar Snack, Koyikkal Aka Kozhikkal aka Tapioca/Yuca Fritters, Enjoy!!

  • Tapioca/Yuca – 2 lbs
For Batter:-
  • Gram flour/Besan – ¾ Cup 
  • Rice Flour – ¼ up
  • Garlic crushed – 6 to 8 cloves 
  • Red chili powder - 3 tbsp
  • Turmeric powder – ½  Tsp
  • Green chilly finely chopped - 4
  • Asafoetida - a pinch 
  • Salt - to taste
  • Curry Leaves chopped - 3 Sprigs

Preparation Method:-
  1. Peel the skin of tapioca. Cut into half first. From the first half slit them into thin strips. Repeat for the rest of the tapioca
  2. Pour water in a bowl and add tapioca strips. Wash it once and drain in a colander
  3. Mix all the items under 'For the batter', by adding water to a consistency of dosa batter.
  4. Heat oil for deep frying, keep it in medium flame.
  5. Add a palm full of tapioca strips to the batter. Take less than a handful of the mixture, shape it in the form of chicken legs, and deep-fry it in oil.
  6. Drain the kozhikkal/tapioca fritters to a paper towel to drain any excess oil.
  7. Serve immediately with a Cup of Chai/tea!
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