Egg Korma

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It has been a hectic few weeks and was not able to post anything. We had our annual entertainment and dinner program of the South Asia Muncie Association last weekendSAMA FEST 2013. I was on the Board so had many organizational things to get together as well as headaches to sort out too. The Board learned quickly that you cannot please 100% of the people a 100% of the time. Overall we had a lovely evening and had 360 guests–our largest turnout yet. Our whole decoration theme was birds to play on the fact that we migrated from other places to the US and that we should appreciate the  multicolored array of our feathers  but that we are still all the same. The centerpieces all carried the bird/multicolor peacock theme. It was a very cohesive plan.

I wrote the script for the entertainment program–Called “Yatra (means a journey) A Discovery of Heritage and Homeland” . It was about 2  friends ( one Indian and one American) are traveling to South Asia and they visit different regions and see the cultural items from that state they visit. There were dances from Punjab, Bollywood, Bengal, South India, Bangladesh and skits in between. It turned out beautifully. Isn’t it nice when what you visualize something in your head and it  becomes a reality? It was all about appreciating the regional differences and coming together as one in unity. In previous years this was called Diwali program then became named Diwali/Eid/Christmas, even though none of the evenings’ program included anything about Eid or Xmas. So this year the Board wanted it to be non-denominational and all inclusive. We decided to showcase and embrace regional differences without having religion in the mix. Some didn’t like the change, some absolutely loved it. The Americans( Which was half of the audience) enjoyed it and never realized each state in India is almost like a different country with its own language and culture.  Anyway, the next Board can go back to what was done in previous years and we will support them.

SAMA Fest

Anyway, that week I did not cook much so now back to reality.
Here is a dish I made for breakfast to go with Dosai and Idli but you can make this  for a quick weeknight dinner too. Enjoy!

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Egg Korma

Serves 4

Ingredients:

6 hard boiled eggs

1/4 tsp mustard seed

Pinch of cumin seeds

1/2  medium onion diced

1 tsp ginger and garlic paste

2 sliced green chillies

1 tomato, diced

1 tsp chili powder or to taste

1/4 tsp turmeric

1 tsp coriander powder

1 tsp cumin powder

1/2 tsp black pepper

1 tsp garam masala or egg/chicken masala

few curry leaves

Chopped cilantro leaves for garnish

1 tbs vegetable oil

Salt to taste

To Grind:
3 tbs unsweetened coconut flakes

1 green chili

2 tbs of cashews

1 tsp Khus Khus/poppy seeds

1/2 tsp Fennel seeds

METHOD:\

Take all items to grind and puree to a smooth paste adding little water. Set aside. In a frying pan heat oil. Add mustard seeds and wait until they stop spluttering. Add cumin seeds. Then add chopped onions, slit green chilies curry leaves and ginger-garlic paste. Sauté until light brown. Add the masala powders and salt to taste. Fry until aromatic then add ground coconut mixture. Add some water to make a thick gravy. Allow to cook on simmer for about 8-10 minutes. Keep adding water if it is getting too thick.  Add salt to taste. Add the halved boled eggs gently and coat with gravy. Cook for about  5 mts and then garnish with cilantro leaves.

Serve with rice, biriyani, dosai, appam ,  chapathis

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Kerala Uppumavu

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In Kerala, uppumavu, made from rava,is usually eaten with a banana. There is a balance of sweet and savory. In other parts of South India mixed veggies are added and served with chutney.

My grandmother used to serve this with Kerala beef fry or Pothe erachi fry for breakfast. (Pothe is water buffalo, a very lean meat). This is still my favorite way of eating this dish.

This is the way my mom makes it..very soft with the addition of butter. The rava is not dry or grainy.

Kerala style Uppumavu
Ingredients:

1 cup Rava ( Cream of Wheat)
2 cups water
1/8 tsp mustard seeds
1/2 chopped onion
2 green chilies, diced
1 tsp grated ginger
1-2 tbsp cashews and raisins
Few curry leaves
1-2 tsp salt
2 tbsp butter
2 tbsp oil

Method:
Heat oil in a frying pan and add mustard seeds. When done spluttering add onions, green chilies, curry leaves, grated ginger , cashews and raisins and salt. Sauté for a few minutes then add butter and water. Check salt and add if more is needed. Bring to a boil and add the rava slowly while mixing to avoid lumps. Be careful as the rava can bubble up and splutter.Cover and turn off heat. Let sit for 5-7 minutes. Serve with a banana. Usually it is mashed into the uppumavu and eaten together.

Appam and Vegetable Egg Stew

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Appam and stew is a typical Kerala dish served at breakfast time. Not only is it a keralean dish but an authentic Syrian Christian dish. There are many varieties of appam—nool appam (or idiappam–which resembles a nest of fine noodles, Paal appam- a frilly appam made with coconut milk, Vellappam, Indri appam, Kalluappam etc…..,The most recognizable one is the Paal appam with its crunchy edges and soft spongy center. Stew ( or also called Ishtoo, Eshtu) can be made with mutton, chicken, or mixed vegetables as is the usual accompaniment to appam. It is a coconut milk based gravy with white pepper as the predominant spice. Appam can also be eaten with Fish Molee.

For this sunday, I made an Vegetable Egg Stew with Paal Appam

Vegetable Egg Stew

Ingredients:

5 Hard boiled eggs

1 tbsp oil (use coconut oil for an authentc taste)

1/2 tsp mustard seeds

2-3 cloves, 1 cinnamon stick, few whole peppercorn, 4-5 green cardamom, 1 Bay leaf

1 lg onion- sliced

1 tbsp sliced ginger

1 tbsp sliced garlic

4 sliced geen chilies (add more if you like it spicy

6-8 curry leaves

2 tsp white pepper powder

1 tsp black pepper

pinch of turmeric

2 cups Coconut milk

3-4 cups chopped mixed vegetables ( potato, green pepper, carrot, peas, beans, cauliflower)

salt to taste

Method:

Peel the hard boiled eggs and keep aside. In a large pot, add oil and when hot add the mustard seeds. After they have finished spluttering add the whole spices-cinnamon stick, cloves, peppercorn, cardamom, bay leaf)Then add sliced onion, ginger garlic, curry leaves and saute for a few minutes. To this add the salt, white pepper powder, black pepper, and turmeric and saute. Add all the vegetables and little water until cooked. When done add cocnut milk and reduce heat. When almost boiling add the hard bolied eggs and remove from stove. Can be eaten with all appams, or even chapathies.

Alt: This recipe can be followed for chicken or mutton stew in that you would add cubed chicken or precooked mutton instead of the vegetables. Instead of water you would add some of the cooking stock from the mutton. The chicken does not have to be precooked like the mutton does.

Paal Appam ( Vellayappam )

This is my fool proof method to make perfect a appams every time.

Ingredients:

3 cups Rice Flour

1 cup Dessicated coconut flakes (may use unsweetened fresh or frozen coconut flakes)

pinch of cumin powder

1 can Coconut milk (400 ml)

1 tablespoon sugar

1/2 tsp yeast

Sugar and salt to taste

water as needed

Method:

Add yeast to 1/4 cup of warm water and let it dissolve and get frothy. (If it does not get frothy then you may have old yeast and will not make the appam rise) Take the measured rice flour, coconut flakes and cumin powder in a large mixing bowl. Add the coconut milk (it’s better for rising if you use a little warm coconut milk so can microwave it for a 30-40 seconds) Use a whisk and mix together. Add some water to get a pancake batter consistency. May need a few cups. Add gradually. Add the proofed yeast mixture to this and combine well. Should be a pancake batter conistency. Cover and keep on counter for 6-8 hrs. Usually preparing this in the evening will ensure that it is ready in the morning for breakfast. If it ferments too long it will start getting more sour.

The appam should have risen up and be alittle frothy with lots of air bubbles. Before making the appam, mix well and add the sugar and salt to taste.

Put the Paal appam chatti or pan on to the stove and warm at medium heat. The Paal appam chatti is the shape of a narrow khadai with slightly sloping sides.These sides are what makes the lacy, crispy edges of the appam.

Pour a ladlefull of batter into the hot pan and swirl around so that some batter adheres to edges of pan….the rest of the batter will collect at the bottom to create a thick center and thin edges. Cover and cook ffor 1-2 minutes until center is cooked and eddges are slightly brown and crispy. This recipe yields about 15 appams. If you do not have an appam pan, make them on a skillet like pancakes, cover and cook. Do not turn over—this then becomes Vellayappam.

20130125-142504.jpgAddendum: You can use sweetened coconut flakes as well but it will ferment much quicker (yeast will use up the extra sugar). Also Make sure the batter is not too sweet or else your appams will brown too quickly.
Here you can see how much the batter has risen. you can make Vellayappam using the same batter except you make it in a skillet like pancakes but you cover it while its cooking and you don’t flip it over.

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