Saturday, October 7, 2017

Idiyaapam and Tengai Flavoured Paal - String Hoppers with Coconut flavoured Milk

IDIYAAPAM AND TENGAI FLAVOURED PAAL
Deepavali is not only a festival of lights but also a festival of sweets! This is the time when even the dieters set aside their routine and indulge in the numerous sweets loaded with sugar, flour and ghee! Savouring a simple breakfast consisting of steamed dishes before binging on the festive sweets and  savoury snacks helps to keep the digestive system less taxed and in good condition. Idiyaapam is an easily digestible steamed dish and here is an easy method to make the festive breakfast dish for Deepavali. 
INGREDIENTS
Rice flour (store bought rice flour) - 1 tall glass
Salt - 1 pinch
Sesame oil - 1 tbsp
METHOD
1. Boil 1 1/2 tall glasses of water adding salt and sesame oil.
2. When the water starts to boil decrease flame, add the rice flour stirring all the time to avoid lumps. 
3. Keep stirring till the dough comes together in a mass.
4. Switch off flame and cover it with a lid.
5. When it cools down to a comfortable temperature knead the dough thoroughly.
6. Shape a handful of dough into cylindrical roll. Make more rolls using up the entire dough.
7. Press the dough roll using a chakli press on to the greased idly plates making a circular movement of the hand.
8. When the pressed Idiyaapams are ready steam them for 15 minutes in a pressure cooker.
INGREDIENTS TO MAKE THE TENGAI FLAVOURED PAAL
 Milk - 2 tall glasses
 Fresh coconut gratings - 1 cup
 Powdered jaggery - 4 tbsps
 Rice flour - 1 tsp
 Cardamoms (Peeled) - 4
METHOD
1. Grind fresh coconut gratings, jaggery powder, cardamom and rice flour into a smooth paste adding little water if necessary.
2. Boil milk and blend the coconut paste into it.
3. Keep stirring and cook till the jaggery blends well with milk and switch off flame.


Enjoy the Idiyaapam and Tengai Flavoured Paal for breakfast on the festive occasion of Deepavali.

MORE STEAMED BREAKFAST DISHES FOR DEEPAVALI 
 




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WISH YOU A HAPPY AND HEALTHY DEEPAVALI !

Monday, September 25, 2017

Kadale Bele Payasa AKA Yele Kone Payasa - Split Bengal Gram Sweet Porridge

KADALEBELE PAYASA AKA YELE KONE PAYASA
The first dish to be served on auspicious occasions in a Banana Leaf Meal / Bale Yele Oota/ Vazhai Elai Virundhu is Bele Payasa or Paruppu Payasam (Lentil Porridge). Even when the menu comprises of other exotic sweets a Yele Kone Payasa is a must in traditional feasts. Kadale Bele Payasa /Kadalai Paruppu Payasam prepared using split Bengal gram is a flavoursome festive Payasa/Payasam which can also be relished hot or cold as a dessert after a full meal. This delicious lentil pudding is served on the right hand corner of the bottom half of the banana leaf. Hence it is known as Yele Kone Payasa (roughly translates to leaf corner Porridge). At the start of the meal the thick porridgy Payasa/Payasam is swiped off the leaf using four fingers excepting the thumb and then relished by licking it off the fingers, virtually making it a finger licking dish!


INGREDIENTS
Split Bengal gram dal - 1 cup
Powdered jaggery - 1 cup
Fresh coconut gratings - 2 cups
Rice flour - 1 tsp
Cardamom (2 numbers) and edible camphor(the size of a pin head) powdered together
Cashew nuts/almonds and raisins - 2 tbsps
Ghee - 1 tbsp
METHOD


1. Pressure cook Bengal gram dal adding two cups of water until three whistles.
2. Melt jaggery in 1 cup of warm water and filter it.
3. Grind coconut gratings with rice flour into a very smooth paste adding water.
4. Cook the filtered jaggery water and the cooked dal together until it thickens emanating a very pleasant aroma.
5. Add the coconut and rice flour paste and cook till it blends well with the Payasam. The consistency should be thick enough, so that it is not runny when served on the banana leaf.
6. Add the powdered cardamom and edible camphor, and switch off flame.
7. Garnish with ghee fried cashew nuts/almonds
and raisins.

  
Enjoy the Kadalebele Payasa / Kadalai Paruppu Payasam as a dessert or as a mid morning energy booster!