Vattayapam - Steamed Rice Cake
HAPPY EASTER TO ALL MY BLOGGY FRIENDS :)
Finally Easter!!! yahoooooo... this is my little princesses first easter and I wanted to make it as special as it could be :).... i made 3 special dishes on this day and this is one of them :).. We took pics where she was cutting the appam (of course we were there to help ;) )... Every Easter we do somethign special..but all days this easter was most special to me with my child :).....
This is one special appam where you can make it easily within no time (except for the fermentation part though). Can be a savoury for the children and I bet they will be asking for u more :)
Raw Rice - 1 cup
Coconut - 3/4 cup
Cooked Rice - 2 Tbsp
Yeast - 1 tsp
Sugar - 2 tbsp + 1/2cup
Water - 1/3 cup
Nuts - 6 nos roasted in ghee
Raisins - few nos roasted in ghee
Soak the rice overnight or for 6-8 hours. Grind the rice to paste in a mixie with minimum amount of water just to make the mixie run. Then remove about 2 tbsp of the coarsely grounded rice mix and keep aside.
Keep the yeast soaked with sugar (2 tbsp) in 1/3 cup of warm water for about 10-15 mins till a dome like foam is formed.
Add in the coconut grated and cooked rice to the mixie and grind to a smooth paste. In a pan add in the 2 tbsp coarsely grounded rice mix and 1/3 cup water. Cook till soft and the mix is like a smooth dough (water will be evaporated). Add this to the grounded mix of rice and coconut and grind again. Add in the yeast mix and again vroom vrrom :). The batter will be like sort of idli batter and remove and keep in a big container as the batter will rise. Keep it in a warm place about for 6 hours. Then add in the 1/ cup sugar mix and keep for about 2 hours more aside.
In a pressure cooker add water to steam cook in a round pan (pan that comes with pressure cooker). Rub ghee to the pan and keep aside. Add the nuts and raisins that has been roasted in ghee into the batter, mix and pour the batter into the pan. Cover with a aluminium foil. Make sure the pan is not kept low enough as water might get in. Steam cook for about 20-25min. To check if its done put a knife through and if the knife comes out neatly then its done :).
P.S : in case you want the nuts and raisns over the top decorate after 10 mins of steam cook over the batter and then resume with the steam cook :).