Wishing all of you a very Happy New 2012 ahead. Hope you have made your resolutions and sticking to them for a few days at least. Hope you all have a healthy and happy year ahead. Make this the year where you do something new or unique for a change. Take up a challenge, accomplish something, try something new. Do that thing that no one would expect you to do. And even if it might not work out, at least you would have tried. Enjoy the year ahead.
This post is bringing you some comfort food along with it. There is comfort food and then there is this particular comfort food. Warm, sweet, ghee-laden comfort food. Now can it get any more comfortable?
Nei-Appam - little sweetened rice balls cooked in ghee. Thank heavens they are small..and perfect to be eaten in bunches. Now who would not want comfort in bunches? This is a traditional south Indian sweet prepared for festivities especially during karthigai. And that's when I prepared it too but of course this post is coming to you late.
There are a couple of different methods to make this delicacy. Some people add banana to this batter and then call them little unniappams - of course a specialty of Kerala. I prefer to do this however without the banana ..just because I'm not a fan of banana as many of you are aware. Let's get to the post.
Soak 2 cups of rice in warm water for about 2-3 hours. Once the rice is soft, grind to a smooth batter and set aside.
Melt about 1 1/4 cups of jaggery in a small pan with a few drops of water.
Add the melted jaggery to the rice batter and mix well.
Add a couple of pinches of cardamom powder to the batter and mix well.
In a little kuzhi paniyaram pan, add a couple of drops of ghee in each cavity and heat up.
Slowly pour spoonfuls of batter into each cavity and let it cook. Make sure the pan is in medium heat so that the appams cook inside and don't overcook on the outside.
Flip over each appam using a skewer and let cook for a few minutes on the other side.
And they are done. Easy as that. Comfortable to make and totally comforting to eat. Now that is what I call good food.
We also made some peanut ladoos for karthigai and here they are.
Say your prayers and dig into wholesome festival goodness.
They just look awfully cute to me. Can you imagine working on wall street in New York and you step out for a snack and there is a little vandi kadai vendor selling these hot off the grill. Poor little hot dogs will need a run for their doggy money.
Go ahead, grab some. And let me know if you liked them.
Enjoy. Peace Out!