Feeds:
Posts
Comments

Posts Tagged ‘Gram dall’

Crunch..crunnnch.

Hey, stop that, your boy is sleeping.

Crunch.. crunch

Hear  the crunch again, ya, it is me, uncontrollable  in eating the thattai ,that my mom made for me, along with my lunch. ( Sssssh.. I always  have my lunch with a crisp side dish.)

Let us come to the point. We know thattai  is made in many different ways. You might have read  my way of making thattai. Yet, this is always the way my mom makes it and as far as  I remember, even the store brought  ones  never equals this taste. She is patient and I am not , I accept. So, I present here how she did it for me when I was in India for the vacation.  It had been a month now, yet they stay so good & fresh.

Thattai- good old version

Ingredients

Idly rice- 1 kg

Fried gram – 1/4 kg

Garlic- 1 number

Soaked chana dal- 1 cup  or more as you like.

Dried red chilli- 10 numbers

Salt as needed

Oil to deep fry

Wash and soak the idly rice for 3 hours or more.  Grind them in a wet grinder with minimal amount of water. Add chilli, peeled garlic pods and salt while grinding. After grinding finely, take it out, add the fried gram dall powder and the soaked chana dal. If this is as tight as chappathi dough, continue to the next step. If it is a little runny,  put it on a thick cotton towel and wrap it for an hour to absorb the excess moisture. 

thattai-pressing method I

Spread a dry  cotton dhoti (Long live my daddy!) on the floor and make small uniform balls of the dough and press them with your fingers to make little discs. The excess moisture is totally absorbed by now, and when you lift the discs with a flat spatula , it comes out  with so much ease. Else if you have a poori press , line both the surface with a plastic sheet, oil the surfaces and press it to a uniform thickness. This method is faster and easier but, by this way, it consumes more oil as the moisture is not totally taken  out.

Poori press     press method II        Fry in batches             

Either way you press them, deep fry them in groundnut oil  in batches  and store in an air tight container. As this has no peanuts or sesame seeds, it will sure stay good longer.  Enjoy the crispy snack.

Advertisements

Read Full Post »

This is everybody’s favourite  at our home.  It is good enough  with rice  all by itself and you will not even ask for a sambhar or kuzhambhu. The little  coconut chunks in it  makes it more interesting and makes you to expect a sudden surprise when eating.  The nutty taste of gram dall marries so well with cabbage and  the finished dish  does not smell even a bit like  cabbage. Go ahead and give a try!

Ingredients

Cabbage- 1/3 of the head

Well cooked gram dall- 1 cup[cooltext49334985.gif]

Onion- 1 number

Tomato- 1/4

Green chilli- 1 number

Red chilli powder- 1 tsp

Coriander / Dhania powder- 1/2 tsp

Salt  to taste

Kosu kootu ingredients

For Seasoning

Oil, mustard seeds, cumin seeds, broken urad dall, curry leaves

How to make it

Cook the  dall separately. If there is any excess water , do not throw away , we will need this to cook the veggie. Finely chop onion, tomato, cabbage and coconut. You can have bigger chops of coconut if you like to. Split the chilli. In a  skillet, heat oil, sputter mustard seeds, cumin seeds and urad dall , add curry leaves & onion. When the onion turns transparent , add tomato and saute well. Add chilli powder, coriander powder, give a quick stir. Add the cabbage , lentil, salt and good amount of water. Cover the vessel and let it cook on sim heat. Add coconut and asfoetida when turning off the heat. Garnish withe cilantro and serve.

 

This is my entry to Lakshmi K’s Regional Cuisines of India (RCI) event- Tamil cuisine for the month of April.

Kosu kootu /  gram dall cabbage medley

 

 

Read Full Post »

This is  a fried snack my mom prefers to do for festivals, to pack for my brothers and for me when we leave to our hostels (during college days) and when we go on a long journey in holidays. Also great for an evening snacks. This is my modified version of the recipe whereas my mom soaks and  grinds rice freshly in a wet grinder and add dall powder to it.

Ingredients:

Rice flour- 4 cups

Fried gram dall flour/ chutney dall flour – 1 cup

Gram dall- 1 cup

Butter- 2 tbsp (or)  Heated and cooled canola oil-  2 tbsp

Dry chillies- 8 no

Garlic – 10 pods

Asfoetida- 1/4 tsp

Cumin seeds- 1 tsp (optional)

Sesame seeds-  1tsp (optional)

Salt – 2 tsp

Oil – sufficient to deep fry

Thattai

Method:

Soak the gram dall in water for 1/2 hour. 

Grind the dry chillies first in a blender. Add peeled garlic pods next and fried gram dall atlast. Measure this flour and  for 1 cup of this flour add 4 cups of rice flour. Take them in a large bowl, add salt, asfoetida, cumin seeds, sesame seeds and drained chana/gram dall. Mix the dry  ingredients with the butter without any crumbles, and add water slowly . Mix till you can make a ball out of it. The dough will be like chapathi dough except for the elasticity.

Heat the oil in a wide bottom kadai so you get the maximum surface area to do large batches of frying. Also ensure you heat good amount of oil .Whne you take smaller quantity, the oil  gets heated up  easily and regulating the temperature will be  a tedious  job by itself.

Back home, my mom gets help from her house maids when one fries and others do the  pressing. They  spread a  Dhoti (veshti) on the floor and take a small ball of the dough and press it on the dhoti by greased hands to get a  thin round disc. When a batch is ready , it is fried in oil, on the both sides, till it turns golden yellow color. They are then drained and cooled before packing in air tight containers.

Here in USA, I am  a single woman army, so, I go for smaller batches of frying.  I have no enough floor space in the kitchen and moreover my kids have no patience in seeing me work on the floor. So, I cut the edges of a few  ziploc bags and pressed the dough in between the sheets.  Since you do it like a sandwich, the thattais do not dry that fast  and you need no oil for your hands.

Don’t miss my fellow bloggers’  version of thattai:

Food in the main

Vegetarian concoctions

Just for fun

Letz cook

Menu today

Read Full Post »

Steaming idlis and ‘my’ kari kuzhambhu

I was preserving one of my mom’s best dish  for the new year . Oh ,what a pity, my modem went wrong on the new year day , just 10 days after its warranty period.  Can you imagine? I  spent 9 full days without browsing the blogs .  mmm mm ….. That was good in a way. I could look at my daily routines in a different way.

Coming to the treasured recipe , this kurma (but we call it kuzhambhu) is perfect for Idlis. My brothers call it ‘duplicate kari kuzhambhu’, as it  is much spicy and the taste immitates mutton kurma. (They eat meat.)  For a vegetarian  like  me , it is like a feast to have it with steaming idlis.

Idly:

Though, almost every one of  the Indian bloggers has posted this, I feel it is good to share my  mom’s secret for a ‘malli poo idly’. Yes, my daughter used to describe my mom’s idly this way , meaning it is as soft and white as jasmine flower.

Ingredients:

Idly rice- 4 and 1/2 cups

Urad dall- 1 cup

Fenugreek seeds- 1 tsp

Method:

Wash the rice twice and soak it with fenugreek seeds  for 2-3 hours. 

Wash the dall twice and soak it separartely for half an hour to one hour.

Grind the dall first. Add minimum water and sprinkle ice cold water for better frothing. The right consistency of the batterThe grinder should run for atleast 30 min. Take the dall out and grind the rice next. When the rice is little coarse, add enough salt , unload and mix well with your hands. Make sure the batter has the right consistency  before fermenting. If you pour the batter from your hands, it should run down smoothly and slowly. After a thorough mixing, let it stand for 10- 12 hours. The batter would have risen good if it was in right consistency and  had the right amount of salt.

Mix again well and pour in the idly molds and steam cook for 15 minutes. To check the doneness, just touch the idlis and they should not stick to your hands. Take out  the molds from the stand and let it cool a while. Dip a spoon in water and use it to unmold the idlis. Hot and soft idlis are  ready to be served with chutney, sambhar or kurma.

 

Please note :

* The ratio for rice and urad dall varies with the variety we use.

* Also it is true that if it is an aged dall and rice , it yeilds more batter.

* My mom has the conventional idli steamer, in which she covers the mold plates with a wet white cotton cloth instead of greasing with oil. It is my belief that it is the cloth that  gives the ultra softness to the  idlis.

* You can  store this batter even for a week in the refrigerator, but always bring the batter to the room temperature  before steaming for better results.

* The consistency and salt are the key factors for a  perfect idli. If  the batter is watery,  the idli will not rise on steaming, on the other hand, if it is thick, the idli will be hard. 

* You can store  the cooked idlis in the refrigerator. When  needed, steam it again in the cooker for hot and refreshed idlis. To reheat the idlis in the microwave oven,  simply wet the idlis in running water, place them as a layer on a microwavable  plate and cover with a wet paper towel and heat them for a couple of minutes.

* For a different redo of the idlis,  crumble them and do upma . Find here a lemony version of idli upma .

Idli batter - gracefully risen

Peppery potato kurma:

Ingredients:

Potato- 2 number

Oil – 1/2 cup

Fennel seeds- 1 tsp

To grind:

Chana dall /Gram dall- 1/4 cup 

Medium sized onion-1 number

Medium sized tomato – 1 number

Cumin seeds- 1 tsp

 

Pepper corns- ½ tsp

 

Ginger- 2 inch  piece

 

Red chilli powder- 2 tsp

 

Coriander powder – 1/8 tsp

 

Turmeric powder- few pinches

 

Method:

 

Finely chop the potato. Take the ingredients in the ‘to grind’ list and grind with little water and make as a coarse paste. Stop stirring when all the oil oozes outHeat oil in a non stick skillet, sputter fennel seeds, add the ground paste, keep stirring continuously  till the raw smells fades away. Once the masala is sauted well and oil oozes out, add the chopped potato and stir slightly. Add  enough water and salt according to taste. You can test the spice level at this point.

 

Transfer the contents to a pressure cooker and cook  till you hear the first whistle. The curry thickens very well after cooking . If it is too thick , dilute with water and bring it  to another boil.

 

Idly and peppery potato kurma

Note: If you hesitate to use the liberal amount of oil asked for, the chana dal will stick (even)  to the (non stick) pan  and get burnt , spoiling the whole taste. Also stirring continously is  as  important  as the oil.

Go ahead and try this, I am sure this will be in your favourite list soon.

Updated on  Jan 21st :

Illustrating the cloth lining method

As Gini  wanted to know, I am  adding a picture to illustrate how to line the idli mold with damp  cotton cloth.

Read Full Post »

liketheriverthatflows

My thoughts and opinions on what happens around me

Cook Food, Serve Love

The best way to win one's heart ...

A Mad Tea Party

mostly about food and cooking, but also the stories about the Bread and the Butterflies!

My Foodcourt

Simple comfort Food recipes to feed the Soul!

Ruchii

Taste of my Kitchen !

BHAKSHANAM

Dear all, this site is moved to www.bhakshanam.com, thanx, Aparna

Past, Present and Me

Memories...Remembering the old and Creating New, Thats what life's about, isn't it?

My Treasure...My Pleasure

Authentic Kerala Cuisine & much more...