Monday, December 17, 2012

Kinnathappam ~ Bringing back a childhood snack~A Guest Post from Dhyuthi of Melange





Today I am extremely delighted to have as my guest, my sweet friend and best buddy in blogging world Dhyuthi. She is the author of Melange!. We became friends right from the beginning and Dhyuthi constantly encouraged and supported me in this virtual blogging world. We never met each other in person, but each time she writes to me there is affection and genuine love. I am glad that I, got this wonderful friend through blogging. Her blog is refreshing and a space you must visit if you are a foodie. It features all those wonderful nostalgic taste and flavor of Kerala food along with recipes of modern taste. I adore her passion and love for cooking and efforts to record those traditional recipes,that would otherwise be easily forgotten. Today's recipe itself is an example. Dhyuthi is bringing back memories of a childhood snack- Kinnathappam. It is an authentic recipe and her Dad's specialty. I thank both of them for sharing this wonderful recipe with us.

Thanks so much Dhyuthi, I am so happy and honored to have you here.

Now let's hear from Dhyuthi..

 Suja's Kitchen corner-try it ,was one of those first blogs I stumbled upon while I was new to this blogging world.And you can see at my blog-space that she was one of the first bloggers who came there,appreciating what I have been doing.She constantly encouraged me with her usual friendly feedbacks.It was the beginning towards a unique friendship.I am lucky to get accustomed with some genuine souls like Suja here in this virtual world.

So when Suja offered me to do a guest post here at her space,I was more than ready.She gave me complete freedom to select the dish myself which left me with lots of thinking, head breaking for days.I wanted something very dear to me,to be posted here. Suja is such a valuable friend to me.Finally I have come up with a childhood delicacy, Kinnathappam. Hope I won't disappoint you Suja,for giving me such a precious opportunity.

Kinnathappam was a special childhood snack I remember.It is very clear in my memories since it was my Daddy's speciality. He was an elaborate cook who was not ready to compromise with the original flavor.Applying shortcuts to the real recipe for him was the lack of enthusiasm.Today,I can relate myself to what he was saying.We are humans,bound to get bored with certain things in life.It's for us to maintain the interest in anything if we really want.Isn't it ?

Kinnathappam literally refers to an appam (pancake) made in a kinnam (plate made with bronze that time). With three main ingredients and spices,it's very easy to prepare if you have the patience to soak and grind the rice on your own.So,prepare your 'kinnam' (plate) this week to steam a nostalgic Kerala specialty !


Ingredients

2 cups or 250 gm raw rice
200 gm jaggery or karippetty (palm jaggery which can bring better color)
1/2 cup water
1/4 to 1/2 cup thick coconut milk
3/4 cup chopped coconut
1/4 tsp cumin powder or cumin seeds
1/2 tsp cardamom powder


Method

Wash and soak raw rice in normal water for at least two hours.Drain the same and grind it to coarse powder.It will be almost three and half cups of coarse powder now.Remember not to over grind and convert to fine powder.If it's powdered fine,it will loose the texture.Meanwhile bring half cup water to a boil and drop the jaggery or palm jaggery to this.Boil and melt this stirring with a spoon.Once it's melted allow it to cool.This jaggery syrup will be thick and almost 3/4 cup in volume.Now bring the coarse rice powder to a large bowl and pour the jaggery syrup little by little.Mix well and pour the coconut milk as well.Check the sweetness and adjust according to your taste and requirement.The batter should be medium thick.Add the chopped  coconut,cumin and cardamom powders and mix well.Let it sit for ten minutes so that the flavors may blend well.Prepare a steamer by boiling water first.If you want the real authentic taste,you may drop piece of banana stem along with leaf in this boiling water.This will bring that additional flavor to your kinnathappam.

Meanwhile grease a kinnam/plate with oil.Coconut oil will be the best.Pour the prepared batter into this plate and steam.The first five minutes steam in full flame and then reduce it to medium and steam for 15 to 20 minutes.You may insert a toothpick to check it's cooked well.If it's coming out clean,it's well cooked.Switch off and allow the appam to cool for a while.Cut into desired shapes and serve with steaming black coffee or tea.





31 comments:

  1. wow..I love this a lot,recently had this from a friend too..Delicious n healthy snack..Great guest post,Dhyuthi & Suja:)
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  2. Lovely post..Love both yours and Dhyuthi's space...

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  3. Lovely post...Love both yours and Dhythi's space

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  4. kurenaalayi thirakki nadakkuvarunnu ithinaayi., . .looks perfect. . .

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  5. Wonderful post from Dhyuthi n Suja!!! I heard abt it n thanks for sharing this special authentic recipe!!!
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  6. Thanks a bunch Suja,for being so jovial and supportive.It's something we all miss in today's life..I am honored coming here.Hugs,

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    1. Thanks Dhyuthi,for this wonderful guest post,so happy to have you here:)

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  7. wow this looks like a relish :) virtual world is not to unreal like most people think, great friendships are made :D nice to see the 2 cooking queens together :D
    lovely post and congrats to both of you. I love Dhyuthi's clicks

    Love
    Priya

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  8. Never know abt this. nice pictures.

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  9. delicious dear..Join me in Fast Food Event - Poha in my blog .

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  10. this dish is new to me & looks very nice... what a lovely intro suja :)

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  11. I love learning about new dishes like this one. it looks delicious

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  12. Wat an authentic appam, even my mom prepared this appam in paniyaram pan. Wat an excellent guest post by Dhyuthi, kudos to both of you.

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  13. My Ammamma and amma used to always make this ...my childhood fav too ! Nice guest post.
    Suja..Loved ur cake tooo...beautiful cake and nicely presented .

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  14. Looking at this appam, I know how delicious it is...

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  15. Wow...Sounds very yummy yummy and amazing tempting clicks!!

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  16. Yummy looking kinnathappam...Love it...Great guest post dearies..

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  17. Nice post and appam looks with beautiful pictures

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  18. Nice guest post..Perfect and delicious preparation..

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  19. A very luscious and yummy recipe....

    today's recipe:
    http://sanolisrecipies.blogspot.in/2012/12/poha-chirer-pulao.html

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  20. Looks delicious, thanks for sharing a traditional recipe..

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  21. So love traditional recipes..lovely

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  22. Nice to revive old recipes like these. Also saw your guest post on her blog.. lovely vadas.

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  23. Adipoli Kinnathappam Suja Love it. Dhuythi is good blogger.

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  24. Thanks all for stopping by and for the sweet comments and for the love you all have for our dear friend Dhyuthi..we both thanks you all for the sweet words and encouragement.
    Thanks Dhyuthi once again for this lovely post, Hugs :)

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  25. I am not familiar with Kinnathappam. But my wife says she cant resist it.

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