Today i will be writing about a friend and a new Kuzhi paniyaram batter recipe…this recipe is quite different from what i use at home. Every Southindian household in India has their own version of Kuzhi Paniyaram batter. Some might make it sweet and then some would make it savoury…which ever the case might be…each one of them would be tasty and crispy and yummy.
A little story on the side
Some people enter your life and …some people you never get to know them and then there are others who enter your life as a neighbour and then become friends forever. Deepa is one such person….a neighbour, energetic person, talkative and loud friend of mine. We talk to each other across balconies !!! When she first shifted to India from USA, the first thing i came to know about her..apart from all that i have already mentioned is that she doesn’t cook. Her mom on the other hand is an amazing cook and it is from these two amazing ladies that i came to know about a new recipe for making Kuzhi Paniyaram. Pssttt…..This family has its roots in TamilNadu, Mangalore and Goa!!!!
Usually the paniyaram in my moms house was something which would get made when my mom is almost done with the dosai batter. Different things such as rava (sooji / semolina), onions, various vegetables etc would be added to the dosai batter and voila a new snack would be made. But in Deepa’s home..the batter itself was different….so here goes….Kuzhi Paniyaram batter Deepa Style !!! using raw rice instead of par boiled rice..the result is Paniyarams crispy on the outside and uber soft on the inside
For this round of cooking as part of Shhhhh Cooking Secretly Challenge, i was paired with Avin S Kohli. Avin gave me Dudhi / bottle gourd and ginger as my secret ingredients. The only thing that came to my mind was my favourite savoury recipe from the land of Gujarat: Traditional Gujarati Dudhi Handvo – A savoury cake with bottle gourd. The handvo can either be made in a traditional handvo vessel or can be made in a pan…one can also bake it. For this recipe i am using a traditional handvo vessel.
The handvo vessel is made up of two parts, the bigger vessel in which the batter is poured and the smaller portion in which the sand is added. The hole through middle of the vessel lets the heat from the gas to the batter and lets the batter cook and the sand indirectly heats the batter.
Gujarati Doodhi Handvo - A savoury cake with bottle gourd
This spicy tangy and sweet cabbage chutney is something I had never made and once I made it, oh yum! Why make the same boring curry when you can try this delicious chutney?
Every one of us has a quirk that we need to do. Some keep cleaning the house, some others keep rearranging items in their house. There are also people who shop. Me, I make lists. Every single day I make a list.
Making lists generally ensures that I do not forget things to do. So when I decide to go vegetable shopping, what do I do? I make a list of all the vegetables and fruits that I need to buy for the next 3-4 days ( yes I do buy veggies in advance).
But this list of mine generally won’t include cabbage, because according to my husband it tastes like mud. 😉
Why cabbage chutney then?
I buy cabbage because
1) I love to make a very simple coconut based curry
2) I like it but in general I have not made anything other than a curry with it.
Add channa dal, udad dal and let them turn golden brown.
Now add the green chillies, garlic, corinander leaves, chopped cabbage, and salt to the kadai and mix well.
Cover and cook the cabbage till it is soft.
Add the tamrind piece and mix well
Once it is mixed well, grind the cabbage mixture in a mixie to smooth paste and remove it in the serving bowl.
In another small kadai, add oil and once the oil heats up, add the mustard seeds.
Once the mustard seeds splutter, add the curry leaves and mix well. Add this to the cabbage ground mixture.
If required one can also add jaggery to the chutney to get a spicy, sweet and tangy taste.
Serve with hot dosas or idlis.
Once can substitute cabbage with peerkankai / ridge gourd or green tomatoes.
Red chillies can also be used instead of green chillies and one would get a nice deep red colour.[contact-form][contact-field label='Name' type='name' required='1'/][contact-field label='Email' type='email' required='1'/][contact-field label='Website' type='url'/][contact-field label='Comment' type='textarea' required='1'/][/contact-form]