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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.

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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.

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