Thursday, February 28, 2008

Aappam ( Kerala style pancake)

For Aappam
2 cups raw rice

1 cup cooked rice

3/4 cup grated coconut

1 tsp salt

1 tsp sugar

1/2 tsp active dry yeast


Soak raw rice in water for 4-5 hrs.

Grind washed & soaked rice, grated coconut & cooked rice to form a very fine & smooth thick batter. Add sugar & salt to the batter & mix well.

Dissolve 1/2 tsp yeast in warm water & add to the batter.

Allow the batter to ferment for 7-8 hrs.

To make aappams

Heat griddle to medium heat. Lightly grease the griddle.Pour a ladleful of batter onto griddle.

Lift griddle from fire & twirl in a circular motion.

Cover the aapam with a lid & cook on medium flame till cooked well.

Cook one side only.

Serve hot with vegetable kurma/stew (see below).

For kurma


2 cups of chopped vegetables ( carrots,peas,french beans,potatoes)

1 finely chopped onion

2 pods chopped garlic

3-4 slit green chillies

1 tsp red chilli powder

1 tsp garam masala powder

1 finely chopped tomato

1/2 cup coconut milk

1 tsp fresh cream

2 tsp oil

1 bunch of finely chopped coriander leaves

salt to taste


In a pressure cooker heat 2 tsp oil. Add finely chopped garlic, onions & green chillies & saute them till the onions r golden brown. Add red chilli powder & garam masala powder & saute.

Add the chopped vegetables & saute.

Pour 1/2 cup water,coconut milk, chopped tomatoes, coriander leaves & salt.

Cover with lid & pressure cook till u hear 2 whistles.

When the steam is released, open lid & add 1 tsp cream.

Garnish with finely chopped corinder leaves.

Serve hot.

Potato Stew

3 large potatoes

1 onion ( sliced )

3-4 green chillies (finely chopped)

1 inch piece of ginger ( grated )

1/2 cup coconut milk

a few curry leaves

a pinch of turmeric powder

1 tsp coconut oil

salt to taste


Peel,wash & cut potato into bite size pieces.

In a pressure cooker, add potatoes, sliced onions, green chillies(chopped), ginger(grated), coconut milk,salt, turmeric powder & a little water.

Cook on medium heat for 3-4 whistles.

Turn off heat.

When the steam is released, open the cooker & mash everything together so tht they blend together. (do not mash completely into a paste)

Add coconut oil & curry leaves.

Serve hot with aapam.

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