Monday, February 1, 2010

Welcome-2010, Err in FEB! Dhoddak-(Pan-IdliFry) , Candied Awala

Belated wishes of all that has passed n all that is to come!!!!!

HAPPY 2010 and a HALA FEBRUARY! Already into Feb, yeah..thats common here after a long blogocomma, 10 months to be precise.

Idli is the most common thing on breakfast table, all of us at times have looked for variation with our already bored kids as in making mini idlis, or stuffed ones etc.
Here is one variation which I loved the most as a kid. My children too are fond of it. It has been called DHO-DD-ak, in Konkani, the only difference between idli fry and dhoddak is , batter is directly poured in a small kadhai, no steaming involved and its bigger than an idli, maybe around two and half idlis in one, is quite filling as well!

The process is as follows :

Recipe for IDLI batter is from here.

Dhoddak / PAN-Idli Fry

Ingredients :
Idli batter as needed ( 2 cups will serve 4)
The below is for each Dhoddak:
1 Tbspn Coconut Oil (opt, u may choose vegetable oil)
1/4 tsp mustard seeds
1/4 tsp jeera seeds

Method for Dhoddak :
Heat the kadhi. Add 3/4 Tbspn the oil, splutter rai and crackle jeera, on low flame, pour a ladle (approx 1/4 C to less than 1/2 C) batter, cover with lid and allow to cook. Around two minutes later, check for surface, should be cooked partially, without traces of raw batter. Drizzle the remaining oil, flip and cook uncovered for around 1-2 mins.
Serve HOT with the seasoning facing top. Accompany the dish with normal coconut chutney.

** The above pic is for my kids lunch, they don't like to bite into rai-jeera, so its skipped and served alongside honey. Size approx 3.5" in diameter. I have given those cuts so that it cools and tiny hands can have bite size pieces! :D ENJOY!!

The other good yummy is made from Gooseberries, known as 'Awala' is a sweet after food treat.

Sundried Meetha Awala / Candied Awala

Ingredients :
500 gms gooseberries
250 gms sugar
1/8th tsp pepper powder
1/8th tsp kala namak/black salt (normal wd do)

Method :
Wash the gooseberries, add double water in a vessel and pressure cook them upto only one whistle. Allow to cool, discard water in which it was boiled , they segment easily. De-seed them
and in a 1 kg capacity glass bottle, which has been sterilized and dried, layer them with sugar.
One layer of awala segments, one layer sugar. Once all the awala and sugar is used up close the lid tight and sundry in strong sun for upto 7 days. Pick the pieces from the bottle and lay them on a non-reactive plate, or a plate/tray lined with an aluminum foil. Let it dry on this for few hours on the counter sprinkle the pepper powder, kala namak and store this in an airtight container refrigerated. Eat after meals or simply :) Bet you can't resist!

More posts to come up...hope I get a good kick out of this first post of 2010!! Have a great week!!


Divya Kudua said...

Welcome back:):):)

So good to see your post pop up in my reader:):)

Love the way you've cut up the dhoddak,thats a lovely idea,something I've never tried.

We get good aawlas this time of the year,should try them out.

Once good to see you back:):)

Ramya Vijaykumar said...

Comeback with a blast uhhh??? The Dhoddak looks very nice and I have always used the left overs to make some dish but this is very simple and nice... The awala looks very tempting too!!!

Swapna said...

Nice to see you back blogging Purnima!! don't even think of taking a break now ;)

Lovely post dear...and both the dishes looks very nice! will try Dhoddak...think my lil A will eat this!

Candied Awala sounds interesting!

Juby said...

Yippeeee!!!!! U bak wt a bang!!!m happy to c u...

Purnima said...

Divu --> Tks for pushing me :D

Ramya --> Thankyou!

Swapna --> More nudging from you, my local blogger frnd! :D

Jubs --> My pleasure to c u happy! Thankyou for ur precious one!

Meera said...

Oh, looks like i missed this post. Dhoddak looks great. mom always makes this to use the leftover idli batter. I liked your name "pan idli fry". Very clever!
Avla looks good too. I think, they call this "moravaLa" in Marathi.

Happy to see u are back

Purnima said...

Meera --> :D Old wine in a new bottle case-name part of it. True,this was a typical evening snack item, wt the sour batter, yummy we can bring in great variety(all spice etc..) At times she wd even add crushed ginger-chilli for that extra flavor in batter!
MoravLa! Tks for the input..didn't know of it!