Monday, August 22, 2011

Nai Appam ( Sweet Appam)

On Krishnashtami Day we make nai appam, vella cheedai, murukku, uppu cheedai and vella aval. Even  we make this appams for Karthika Deepam festival.This sweet appam is offered as naivedyam to God most of the temples in Kerala.


Appam/Sweet
Nai Appam

Ingredients
  • Raw Rice.................1 cup
  • Vellam (Jaggery).......1 cup
  • Cardamom Powder..1/2 tsp
  • Ripe Banana.............1/2
  • Coconut Pieces.......2 tbsp

Method

  • Soak the rice for about 2 hours and grind into fine paste adding the jaggery and banana.
  • Heat appakarai with ghee.
  • Add the coconut pieces and cardamom powder to the dough.
  • Drop one spoon dough into the kuzhi and cook one side
  • Cook in low flame.. Then turn the other side and cook.
  • You can dip a tooth pick to see whether they are cooked inside.
  • It tastes so good
  • Can be used oil instead of ghee
  • Instead of rice use wheat flour..

Monday, August 1, 2011

Podi Vakaikal( How to make sambar/Rasam powders)

Sambar Powder
  • Coriander Seeds........................ 100gms
  • Red Chilies.................................100gms
  • Chana Dhal.................................50 gm
  • Curry Leaves..............................Few
  • Fenu greek Seeds........................3 tbsp
  • Asafoetida..................................Small piece

Method

  • Fry all ingredients except asafoetida with out oil.
  • Fry the asafoetida with little oil and remove in paper towel.
  • Grind all together into a fine powder.
  • Store in an airtight container and use it for making sambar.

Rasam Powder
  • Red Chilies.................................200 gm
  • Coriander Seeds........................100 gm
  • Pepper.......................................50 gm
  • Cumin Seeds.............................50 gm
  • Tur Dhal.....................................50 gm
  • Curry Leaves..............................few
  • Asafoetida................................ Small piece

Method.

  • Fry all ingredients except asafoetida and keep.
  • Heat a pan with 1tsp oil, add asafoetida (Solid) and fry it.
  • Remove it to a paper towel..Powder all together into a fine powder.
  • Keep it in air tight container.