Category Archives: Coconut

Rice Flour Puttu

Rice Flour Puttu

Ingredients:

1 Cup Rice Flour ( Lightly Roasted)

Half Scraped Coconut

½ tsp salt

Water

Puttu Steamer

Bananas, Sugar, Ghee

Method:

Mix the Rice flour and salt in a tray. Sprinkle boiled water over it and then using your fingers mix the flour. Keep adding more water till you get a sandy texture of the flour. It should be moist.

Now pour some water in the bottom portion of the puttu steamer and bring to boil. In the top portion drop in some scraped coconut (half a inch) and then the puttu mixture (about two inches) and then repeat the process. At the top you add the scraped coconut. Close the lid and place on top of the bottom portion of steamer.

After about 4 to 5 minutes you will see the steam coming through the perforations on the lid. After a minute take off the stove. Open and with the handle of a spoon or ladle, push through the puttu from the bottom out through the top onto a plate.

How to eat:

Puttu can be had for breakfast, lunch or dinner. It is a South Indian preparation. I have it for breakfast in the following manner:

Sprinkle a spoon of sugar on top of the puttu. 1 tsp ghee and add a cut up banana. Mix them all together by mash them up. Then eat it.

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Turmeric Leaves Patholi or Steamed Sweet Rice Cakes

Turmeric Leaves Patholi

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Ingredients:

15 Turmeric Leaves

2 cups of boiled rice or ponni rice. Washed and soaked in water overnight.

Scraped Coconut

Scraped Jaggery

½ tsp Cardamom Powder

1 pinch nutmeg powder

Salt

Method:

Grind the rice with little salt in little water to form thick batter. Make a mixture of scraped coconut and jaggery (to taste). Add cardamom powder and nutmeg powder to mixture and keep aside. Apply the paste to a leaf (face of the leaf) very thinly. Leave 1 cm at the sides dry. Place a little of the mixture along the spine of the leaf. Fold the leaf and keep aside. Repeat this to all the leaves

Heat up a steamer or tondoor (with water in the bottom section). Place the rolls in the top section and steam for 30 minutes. Remove and allow to cool. Peel and enjoy the rice cakes.

Kandi (Banana Plant Stem) Chutney

Kandi (Banana Plant Stem) Chutney

 

Ingredients:

2 cups Banana Stem ( layers taken off and core cut into bits)

1 green chilli

½ Mustard seeds

¼ scraped coconut

A small ball tamarind

6 red chillies

A pinch Asafoetida or Hing

1 tsp salt

Seasoning:

½ tsp mustard seeds

½ tsp Fenugreek seeds or methi seeds

½ tsp urid or black gram dhal

3 small red chillies

1 sprig (10) curry leaves

A pinch Asafoetida or Hing

3 tbls oil

Method

Boil the Kandi bits in little water and one tsp salt. When boiled, cool and grind along with green chilli, mustard seeds, tamarind, red chillies, coconut, asafoetida and water.

Heat a pan and add oil. Add mustard seeds, red chillies, fenugreek seeds, urid dhal, asafoetida. When urid dhal turns brown, add curry leaves and cook for 30 seconds. Add the ground mixture. Mix and check for salt (add if required). Cook on slow flame for 2 minutes. Remove from stove.

Kandi (Banana Plant Stem) Fugath

 

Kandi (Banana Plant Stem) Fugath

Ingredients:

2 cups Banana Stem ( layers taken off and core cut into bits)

1 green chilli

1 chopped onion

½ tsp mustard seeds

½ tsp turmeric powder

1 sprig (10) curry leaves

¼ scraped coconut

1 tblsp vegetable powder (optional)

3 tbls oil

Method

Heat vessel and add oil. When oil is hot add mustard seeds, then onion, curry leaves and green chilli. When onion turns slightly brown add the turmeric powder, banana bits, salt and water. Mix and cook on slow fire till Kandi is cooked (15 to 20 minutes). Add vegetable powder and cook for a minute. If you want to skip vegetable powder, then add coconut mix and remove the vessel from stove.

Spicy Chicken Livers Dry

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500 gms Chicken Livers

Ingredients:

12 Dry Red Chillies

5 Seeds Garlic

1 tsp Cumin seeds

¾ tsp Turmeric Powder

Small Ball Tamarind

12  pepper corns

Two sticks cinnamon

5 cloves

All the above ingredients to be ground fine in water.

1 Onion Chopped

15 Curry Leaves

1/2 scraped Coconut

Vinegar ( 1 to 2 tbls)

Salt (1.5 tsp) to taste

Chopped coriander leaves few stalks.

Method:

Clean and Cut Chicken Livers into 2 to 3 pieces each, wash well and boil the pieces with a little salt, 1 tsp pepper powder, ½ tsp turmeric powder, 2 tblsp vinegar and one cup water.

Grind and remove the masala and reserve the masala water.

Fry 4 tablespoons of the ground masala. Add the scraped coconut and fry till you get the fried coconut aroma. Remove the coconut.

Heat two tablespoons oil and add curry leaves and then fry the chopped onion. When brown add the ground masala and fry till dry. Add the masala water and again fry till nearly dry. Now add boiled chicken liver pieces and fry till they are coated with the masala. Now add the boiled water, vinegar, salt and allow to cook till the meat is nearly dry.

Check for salt and vinegar- add if required. Add the fried scraped coconut and mix well. Add chopped coriander leaves. Mix and remove from flame.

 

Xmas Sweets (Kuswar) – Kokis

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Ingredients:

250 Gms Maida or Standard Flour (do not use self-raising flour)

4 tblsp Rice Flour

2 Eggs

¼ tsp Nutmeg Powder

4 cups Thick Coconut Milk ( Canned Coconut Milk can be used)- as required

Salt to taste (1 Tsp), water & sugar (3 tbsp)

Kokis Mold

Oil for deep frying

Method:

Mix all the ingredients and coconut milk to form a thickish batter ( not as thick as dosa and not as thin as Pancake(panpole)).

Heat the oil and place the head of the mold in the hot oil. When the oil is hot, remove the mold and dip in the batter. Do not cover the top – only upto the sides. Keep for 15 secs and then remove and dip back in hot oil. Do a couple of dip down and up movements so that the kokis seperates from the mold.

Fry on both sides until golden brown and remove onto perforated vessel or paper towels. When cool store in water tight containers.

You get around 50 kokis with this quantity of flour.

Prawns Gassi

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Ingredients

700 gms (40 to 50)Prawns – Shelled, deveined, washed and drained

Marinate with 1 tsp salt, ¾ tsp Turmeric powder, juice of one lime and place in  refrigerator for 30 minutes

Masala:

7 Kashmiri Chillies

½ tsp pepper corns

½ tsp Fenugreek (methi) seeds

3 tsp coriander seeds

1 tsp cumin seeds

All above to be dry roasted

1 roughly chopped Onion

6 cloves garlic

1 cup fresh scraped coconut

1/2 tsp Turmeric powder

Small ball tamarind

 

For Curry

1 finely chopped Onion

1 tsp red chilli powder

2 sliced green chillies

Few curry leaves (10)

Coriander leaves small bunch

Oil 2 tbsp.

 

 

Method:

Fry the roughly chopped onion in 1 tsp oil till slightly brown. Grind the fried onion along with roasted masala, garlic, turmeric, tamarind, coconut. Use water for grinding. Grind into smooth paste.

In a deep pan or vessel, add oil and fry finely chopped onion. Add 1 tsp salt. Fry till slightly brown and then add curry leaves. Fry till rawness goes. Add red chilli powder and fry for a minute. Add the ground masala till oil oozes out. Add masala water and enough water to form a thickish curry. Add sliced green chillies and boil for 2 minutes. Then add the marinated prawns, mix well and cook for 4 to 5 minutes. Check for salt and vinegar. Garnish with coriander leaves.

This can be had with Neer Dosa (Rice Pancakes) or Appams or Sannas or plain cooked rice.