17 November 2013

Karthigai Special - Appam (Sweet)

Karthigai Deepam is a special Hindu festival celebrated in the Tamil month of Karthigai on the days when Bharani and Karthigai nathchatrams are on the rise.
This festival is one of the greatest attractions in the revered temple town of Thiruvannamalai.

Among other specialties prepared on this day, sweet appam made of jaggery is especially popular. Here's a quick-do recipe of the same........



Wheat flour - 1 cup
Rice flour - 1/2 cup
Jaggery - 1 cup
Ripe banana - 1 (mashed)
Elaichi powder - 1 tsp


1. Sift together wheat and rice flours. 

2. Dissolve jaggery in plain water, approximately 1 cup, no need to heat. Once it is completely dissolved, strain through a semi-fine sieve so as to remove impurities.

3. Add this to the flours along with the mashed banana. Mix well leaving no lumps. Add sufficient water (only if needed) to make a thick batter of dripping consistency. Add cardamom powder and mix again.

4. Heat oil in a appam pan or a small kadhai. Drop small ladle-fuls of the batter into the appam cups or the kadhai. Fry on a medium flame till golden brown on both sides.

5. Serve warm or store for later. 


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