Thursday, May 2, 2019

Godumai Uthappam - Instant Whear Flour Savoury Pancakes - A Traditional Fast Food

GODUMAI UTHAPPAM
Godumai Uthappam can be termed as traditional Fast Food which can be prepared in a jiffy. There are times when I am immersed in other interesting activities forgetting to plan for the next meal. This 'Dideer' (instant) Uthappam is a real saviour during such emergencies. Nutritious and tasty Wheat Flour Uthappams can be prepared and served straight from the griddle while the family is already seated for a meal.



INGREDIENTS
Wheat flour - 4 cups
Rice flour - 4 tbsps
Salt - 1/2 tsp
Sambar powder - 1/4 tsp
Asafoetida - 1 pinch
Cumin seeds - 1 tsp
Finely chopped onion - 1 cup
Chopped coriander leaves - 2 tbsps
Grated ginger - 1 tbsp
Sesame oil for cooking
METHOD
1. Mix all ingredients excepting Sesame oil in a bowl.
2. Add water little by little and blend into a dosa batter consistency.



3. Beat the batter well and keep aside.
4. Heat a greased griddle and rub it with the cut side of half onion. This will make it non sticky.
5. Pour a ladle of batter on the hot griddle and lightly spread it into a thick Uthappam.



6. Dribble oil all around and cook till small holes appear on top.
7. Wait till the rawness disappears on top and then flip the Uthappam and cook for two more minutes.



8. Remove the hot and flavoursome Godumai Uthappam on to a plate.



Enjoy with Podi and a chutney of your choice.

Friday, April 12, 2019

Parangikkai Poorana Poli/ Kumbalakayi Obbattu - Flatbread with Sweet Pumpkin Stuffing

PARANGIKKAI POORANA POLI/
KUMBALAKAYI OBBATTU
Poli / Holige / Obbattu are the various names for the Flatbread with sweet stuffing and is a mandatory sweet prepared during very important occasions. A Mappilai Azhaippu Virundhu/Varapooje Oota (Reception dinner for a bridegroom during traditional weddings) is not complete without Kayee Obbattu (jaggery and coconut stuffed Flatbread) or Kadalai Paruppu Poli ( jaggery and chana dal stuffed Flatbread). 
Exciting varieties of  Poli / Holigae / Obbattu can be prepared using a variety of other sweet stuffings. 


Here is a Poli / Obbattu / Flatbread stuffed with Parangikkai Pooranam / Kumbalakayi Hoorana/ Pumpkin stuffing to celebrate a very happy Tamizh Putthaandu, Vishu and Nabobarsho.

INGREDIENTS FOR THE POORANAM / HOORANA/ PUMPKIN STUFFING


Pumpkin ( Peeled and cubed) - 2 cups
Gram flour ( Besan) -    1 cup
Powdered jaggery    -     2 cups
Ghee or cooking oil -    3 tbsps
Cardamom powder  -     1 pinch
TO MAKE THE POORANAM / HOORANA / SWEET STUFFING
1. Blend the cubed pumpkin pieces in a mixer without adding water.


2. Add the Gram flour/Besan and blend once again sprinkling little water if necessary. The end product needs to be a thick lump.


3. Heat two tablespoons of ghee/oil in a thick bottomed kadai, add the ground pumpkin mixture and keep stirring till the raw smell disappears.


4. Add powdered jaggery and cook till it melts and blends with the pumpkin mixture.


5. Keep stirring till the Pooranam/ Hoorana / Sweet Stuffing comes together emanating a very pleasant aroma.
6. Stir in the remaining ghee/oil and cardamom powder and switch off flame.


Let the Parangikkai Pooranam / Kumbalakayi Hoorana /Pumpkin Stuffing cool thoroughly. This can be prepared well in advance and stored in the refrigerator.
INGREDIENTS FOR THE DOUGH
1.Plain flour (Maida) or Wheat flour - 2 cups
2.Salt                      -  1 pinch
3.Turmeric powder - 1 pinch
4. Sesame oil          -  4 tbsps
TO MAKE THE DOUGH FOR THE POLI / OBBATTU / FLATBREAD
1. Mix the flour, salt and turmeric powder together in a bowl.
2. Add 2 tbsps of sesame oil and mix well.
3. Knead into a soft and elastic dough adding water little by little.
4. When the dough comes together into a soft and smooth ball smear the remaining oil on top.
5. Cover and leave it aside to soak for at least one hour.
6. The more it soaks the more pliable it becomes.
TO MAKE THE PARANGIKKAI POORANA POLI / KUMBALAKAYI OBBATTU / FLABREAD STUFFED WITH SWEET PUMPKIN
1. Grease a piece of banana leaf or a butter paper with oil.
2. Take a lime size ball of dough, place it on the greased leaf / butter paper and pat it into a small disc.
3. Make a lime size ball of Pooranam/ Hoorana /Sweet Stuffing and place it on the patted disc.


4. Pull the edges of the disc over the stuffing and press the edges together to seal.
5. Invert the stuffed ball on the banana leaf/butter paper, grease your fingers and pat it into a thin Poli / Obbattu /Flatbread so that the stuffing spreads out evenly inside the dough cover.


6. Heat a greased tava, invert the banana leaf / butter paper over it and peel it away gently so that the Poli / Obbattu / Flatbread neatly rests on the tava.


7. Cook on low flame till the rawness on top disappears, flip and cook similarly on the other side.
8. Cook the Poli/ Obbattu /Flatbread till golden brown patches appear on both sides and remove it on to a plate.
Dribbling oil around is only optional as the dough is already soaking in oil.


9. Cook all the Polis/Obbattus/Flatbreads similarly.


Enjoy the Parangikkai Poorana Poli / Kumbalakayi Obbattu / Sweet Pumpkin Flatbread with a dollop of ghee or with plain hot milk. You can also enjoy it with the day's Payasam.