A friend and a new Kuzhi Paniyaram batter recipe

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.

“Kuzhi Paniyaram”

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

 

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A friend and a new Kuzhi Paniyaram batter recipe
Course Breakfast
Cuisine Indian
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Course Breakfast
Cuisine Indian
Servings
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Soak rice and udal dal with enough water for 4-5 hours
  2. Grind the rice and udad dal in a mixie or grinder into a smooth batter
  3. While grinding add a tsp of salt and mix well
  4. Pour the batter in a large vessel and leave it aside closed with a lid for 6-8 hours to ferment.
  5. Once the batter is fermented, check the salt levels and add as required
  6. Wash the paniyaram vessel well with water and dry it with a cloth
  7. Place the vessel on medium flame on the stove and brush oil into each mold.
  8. Once the mold is hot add the batter and cover it with a lid ( one can use the plain batter or could add all the veggies to the batter and use that).
  9. Once one side of the batter is cooked and has a golden colour, turn the white (wet) side facing down and cook without the lid. ( one can use a spoon to turn the paniyaram over to cook on both sides)
  10. Once both sides are cooked and have a golden colour, remove them from the mold and serve them hot with coconut or tomato chutney.
  11. Repeat the process till you run out of batter 🙂
Recipe Notes

In my blog you can find the following chutney recipes to serve as an accompaniment with these Kuzhi Paniyarams -

  1. Spicy and Sour Green Tomatoes Chutney
  2. Spicy Tangy Sweet Cabbage Chutney 

Do try out the recipes and let me know how you liked them...njoy!!!

Traditional Gujarati Dudhi Handvo – A Savoury cake with Bottle Gourd

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.

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Gujarati Doodhi Handvo - A savoury cake with bottle gourd
traditional dudhi handvo
Cuisine Indian
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Cuisine Indian
Servings
Ingredients
traditional dudhi handvo
Instructions
  1. Mix all the ingredients (include 50 gms til and 1 tbsp of oil) and soak for 4 -5 hours.
  2. Grease the handva vessel with oil from the inside and pour the batter into it. Add the remaining til and oil on top of the batter...
  3. Pour dry sand in the smaller/lower part of the vessel and keep aside...
  4. Keep the the vessel with sand on low flame and then put the bigger vessel on top of the smaller vessel and close the lid and let it cook for a couple of hours or till the batter is cooked.
  5. To check whether the handwa is cooked or not, take a clean knife and dip into the handwa...if the batter does not stick to the knife then it means that the handwa is cooked and ready...
  6. To remove the handwa, slowly slice it into big pieces (after it cools a little bit) and lay it on a plate and serve with chutney...
  7. Serve with green chutney or have it as it is...
Recipe Notes

It might sound a bit complicated but the end product is really delicious to eat...

Happy Deepawali to everbody...Hope everybody has a a happy and safe diwali..

Spicy Tangy and Sweet Cabbage Chutney

This Cabbage Chutney can be put together in a jiffy and requires very few ingredients. And, it’s vegan to boot and goes well with a variety of dishes.

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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.

So when Priya Satheesh from Priya’s Menu gave me cabbage and green chillies as secret ingredients to make a chutney as part of  Shhhhh Cooking Secretly Challenge, I was confused.

Spicy Tangy and sweet Cabbage chutney. Not the first thing that comes to one’s mind, when we think of using cabbage isn’t it?

Having never used cabbage for chutney, I decided to go the thokayal way and make a spicy, tangy and sweet cabbage chutney.

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Spicy, tangy and sweet Cabbage Chutney
cabbage chutney
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
cabbage chutney
Instructions
  1. In a kadai heat 1 tbsp of oil.
  2. Add channa dal, udad dal and let them turn golden brown.
  3. Now add the green chillies, garlic, corinander leaves, chopped cabbage, and salt to the kadai and mix well.
  4. Cover and cook the cabbage till it is soft.
  5. Add the tamrind piece and mix well
  6. Once it is mixed well, grind the cabbage mixture in a mixie to smooth paste and remove it in the serving bowl.
  7. In another small kadai, add oil and once the oil heats up, add the mustard seeds.
  8. Once the mustard seeds splutter, add the curry leaves and mix well. Add this to the cabbage ground mixture.
  9. If required one can also add jaggery to the chutney to get a spicy, sweet and tangy taste.
  10. Serve with hot dosas or idlis.
Recipe Notes
  1. Once can substitute cabbage with peerkankai / ridge gourd or green tomatoes.
  2. 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]