Saturday, October 20, 2012
Kalikanji / koozh dosa/ Non Fermented Rice Pancake : Gluten and Vegan Free : A guest post from Swathi of Zesty South Indian Kitchen
Today I am extremely delighted, to have as a guest, my precious blogger friend Swathi. She is the author of Zesty South Indian Kitchen,the founder of the Baking partners group and also one of the host of Hearth and Soul,Tuesday Blog Hop. She is extremely talented, a great mom and a wonderful friend.
There are many things in common between us and so lots to share, we both are from Trivandrum,Kerala, studied in the same college (in different departments) and started blogging around the same time. From the beginning of my blogging journey she has shown interest in reading my post and always gave wonderful suggestion and feedback's. Many times we discuss about cooking and recipes through emails and more often now-a days as I am part of her baking partners group .Her blog,Zesty South Indian Kitchen, has an exquisite collection of recipes from simple, traditional Kerala recipes to creative and eye catching baked goods. Check her world cusine page and you will be amazed at her creativity,understanding and passion for cooking.She is a busy mom,with two cute little kids,a daughter and a son. But when I asked her for a guest post,she readily agreed.Thank you so much Swathi for being such a sweet friend :)
Swathi's post today is a traditional ,healthy breakfast recipe, which is her mom's favorite and one that is very close to her heart.Thanks Swathi, I am so happy and honored to have you here.
Now let's hear form Swathi...
Corner Try It
Hello, my name is Swathi, and I write the blog: Zestysouthindiankitchen.com
When my friend Suja of Kitchen Corner Try It asked me to do a guest post for her, I immediately said yes. Blogging has brought me a few, but great friends and she is one of them; she started her blog roughly six month after I started. She never fails to stop by whenever I post and if I need any help I can ask her. She will not say no to me. She has cute little boy who just started pre-school. She is from Kerala, my home state in India, and is an excellent cook, great blogger, great mom and friend.
Since she knows that I am busy and crazy with two kids, she gave me freedom to choose recipe. I choose this recipe as it is close to my heart. My mom used to make it very often. She makes regular dosa (our south Indian crepe), Adai (rice and mixed lentil crepe) and Kalikanji dosa. It is one of the traditional Tamil Brahmin cuisines. She used to makes it once a week, when she ran out of batter for regular dosa. Both I and my sister usually would have it with sugar. My father would choose some spicy chutney /pickle or curry. I was planning to make this for long time; however I had only vague memories about this recipe.
I told my father during a phone conversation that I am missing kalikanji dosa which amma used to make it. I don’t how to make them. Then he gave me the recipe. I never learned any cooking from my mom, and I got interested in cooking only after staying alone. Meaning running out tasty food option? Yes I did that.
This recipe is made only with rice flour and coconut and salt, one step in the cooking process make its really soft crepe. You don’t need any overnight fermentation like dosa, only need is to soak the rice for about 3 hours grind it into smooth batter and set aside a portion of the batter and then cook the batter to form poridge and add it to the batter. Make pancakes as soon you need it.
It’s yummy and you only need a spicy side dish to dig in. Try it and it won’t disappoint you.
Here goes the Recipe
2 cup raw rice
2 cup water + extra water for soaking
½ teaspoon salt
3/4 cup grated coconut (fresh or frozen, don’t use desiccated one)
2- 3 tablespoon of oil
How I made
Soak the rice for about 3 hours and set aside
Wash and grind the rice with1/2 cup water in grinder or blender. After grinding rice set aside ¼ cup of rice batter and add coconut and grind once again to combine everything well.
In a small sauce pan heat ¼ cup rice batter you set aside with ¾ cup water for about 2 minutes with constant whisk to prevent forming clumps. Batter should be cooked and have nice shiny white /transparent in color.
Add this cooked batter to remaining rice –coconut batter, add salt and ½ cup water to form a loose crepe or pancake like consistency.
Heat favorite girdle or skillet and brush with oil and pour ¼ cup of batter and spread it in a circular motion to form a 9 inch circle. Add few drops of oil around the side of circle.
Cook for 30 seconds on one side and flip the other side and cook for another 30 seconds. Once it is done it have small brown spots. Mainly white in color.
Enjoy with any spicy curry. They are soft and delicious.