Sunday, September 24, 2006

Aappam with Potato curry

Aappam with potato curry was one of the must have weekend breakfast in my home.My mom usually makes this Potato curry along with Aappam.Another good side dishes for this are chicken curry,thengai pal,mutton stew,potato stew etc.When i came to US, i was so glad to see a restaurant called "spicehut" serving this traditional aappam with thengaai pal.Most of my visits to this restaurant was during my pregnancy , as i had cravings for this special spicehut aappam.My husband used say , the restaurant owner could start next branch from the money we spend there :)))


Ingredients

Rice flour - 3 cups
Coconut- 3/4 to 1 cup grounded
Cumin seeds - 1tsp crushed
Yeast - a pinch
Salt-as required
Sugar - 2tsp

Method

Take 3tbsp of rice flour and mix it with 1 cup of water and heat it to make a thick paste.this is called "kappi".Mix riceflour,yeast,grounded coconut,cumin seeds,salt ,sugar and Kappi.Mix it well and keep it aside for about 10-12 hrs for fermentation.I made the batter yesterday and kept it inside the oven with the oven light on.Batter was well fermented today morning.The batter shoild be little bit thinner than the normal dosa batter.Spray the Appam pan with non stick spray and heat it.Once the pan is hot, pour the batter and lift the pan(with both hands, careful it must be hot) and rotate it to make a full circle.Put it back in the stove and cover it with the lid.The stove must be in medium.The appam will be thin around the sides and thick in the center.Serve it with Potato curry.

Note: Instead of rice flour, you can use raw rice.Soak 3 cups of raw rice for about 5 hrs.Grind it along with coconut.Mix yeast,kappi,cumin,salt and sugar along with the grinded mixture.And keep it aside for fermentation.
In my mom's version, she adds a handful of boiled rice while grinding and never used yeast.In some other places in kerala , they use "kallu" (toddy) in this recipe.

Potato curry

Ingredients

Potato-3 medium sized , peeled and chopped in quaters.
Onion-1 finely sliced
Coconut-3tbsp
cumin seeds-1tsp
Green chillies-3
Chilly powder-1tsp
Turmeric powder-1/2tsp
Oil-as required
For tadka
Mustard seeds,urad dal,curry leaves

Method
Grind Coconut and cumin seeds together.
Heat oil in the pressure cooker and fry mustard seeds,urad dal.Add green chillies,curry leaves and sliced onions.Fry till onions are golden brown.Now add potatoes and add turmeric powder,chilly powder and salt.Pour little water and Pressure cook for about 2 whistles.After 2 whistles, open the cooker and add the grounded coconut-cumin mixture.Mix well and boil for another 5 min.s.Serve hot with appam.This dish tastes good with dosa and idly also.

Note:You can skip the coconut-cumin mixture and use little coconut milk if you want.

13 comments:

Nandita said...

Thanks for sharing your traditional recipe with us! I personally would like to taste the one made with toddy - i wonder if toddy is already a fermented drink, would they still add yeast?? Can't wait to go to Kerala soon, never been there yet, except for a couple of weddings :(

Foodie's Hope said...

Appam with potato curry looks yummy!! Great breakfast item!! Thanks girl!!

Priya said...

Could you tell me where this "Spice Hut" restaurent. I am assuming from your profile that it is somewhere near Naperville, IL. Can you post the address of this restaurent. I would like to go there. Thanks.

Maheswari said...

Priya,
Spice hut is in Sunnyvale,CA where i used to live.I'm sorry i couldn't help...:)
so u also are from IL?

priya said...

thanks Maheshwari. Yes I am from Illinois. Do you have any hotel near Naperville that has aapam? Also I never seem ferment batters. And yoghurt is the worst. I could never make yoghurt at home. It is so cold here.

Maheswari said...

In naperville, i didn't see any nice restuarent till now.still searching...BTW i make both yogurt and other batter at home only.I leave it for fermentation inside the Oven and turn just the oven light on.This works out pretty well.Try it and tell me if it works out..

Seema said...

Aappam looks soft and fulffy. Gottu try this.
Thanx
Seema

Sripriya said...

Can I have your email Id so I can mail you for some recipes and also if possible talk with you I live in naperville and love to cook food.

Maheswari said...

Sripriya..that's great..right now i am in india..just send me a mail on from your personal id..i will reply to that..hoping to talk to you once i am back..

jayashree said...

hi i read all the recipes available in google and i found this real good and easy to make and real traditional. Thank u very much. If u have still any traditional vegetarian south indian dishes please share it with me.

becky said...

let me tell you!i've attempted many recipes from many other sites to make appam!when i was finally about to give up the idea,my girlfriend forewarded me this site!i was ecstatic when i was finally able to make something close to what my mom makes!thank you ever so much for posting this site!i forever grateful for this recipe!

salma said...

When you make kappi, how long do you have to cook the rice flour with water to make it a paste?

viswa said...

Great Recipe,I found this real good and easy to make and real traditional Recipe.