Appam. Paniyaram. Unniappam. Nei Appam.
During summer vacation, We (myself and cousins) used put our Derra’(camp) at Madras, Periamet…Grandma’s house. All day long is mostly fun filled activities…learning to drive bicycle in the narrow streets, playing cricket using rubber ball, passing comments on all the baldies from 4th floor, persuading Uncle to take us to the beach, light house, circus, what ever…definitely tired by evening!!!Grandma used to make this ‘nei appam’ in the evening and we will devour it, in minutes.
This is one recipe, that I requested my Auntie to bring the original recipe for me to try. She is so kind to photocopy all her recipe collection and brought that as a sweet surprise to me, at the airport(when I headed back here). Although I made them using this fancy griddle, my grandma used to bring the same shape without any special equipment…she directly fries the batter in hot ghee, yep’ still it turns out very uniform in shape, fluffy and so spongy! Hmmm, kind of still working on it!! Here you go, my short cut version till then…
Raw rice 1 cup
Jaggery 1/2 cup
Coconut milk 1/4 cup
Coconut grated few spoons
Cardamom powder 1/4 spoon
Dash of ginger powder
Ghee/clarified butter for deep frying/pan frying.
Soak rice for several hours and wet-grind the same to thick batter.
Add all the other ingredients to it, except oil.
Now heat oil, in a pan…and spoon-in the batter and fry the same, till golden brown to reddish brown.
Serve warm or at room temperature.