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Thursday, April 09, 2015

Indri(Inri) Appam | Kurishu Appam | Pesaha Appam(Unleavened Passover Bread) & Paal (Jaggery Milk) |Step by Step Pics

Maundy Thursday(Pesaha Vyazham) commemorates the institution of Holy Eucharist.Jesus Christ had his last supper with his disciples on this day.Maundy Thursday falls on the thursday before Easter.There were three important things remembered on this day.They are the institution of Eucharist(the bread and wine are consecrated and consumed),the washing of feet of disciples during last supper(to remind us to love and serve one another) and Jesus Christ betrayed by Judas and handed over to the Jews for crucifixion on Good Friday.On Maundy Thursday,all Christians go to church for the mass and in our churches,the mass is generally in the early mornings.This appam is unleavened and is steam cooked.It is served with jaggery coconut milk.Though I made this for Maundy Thursday but I know its late to post this recipe now(as Maundy Thursday and Easter got over last week).However,I would love to share the recipe so that it may be beneficial in future.This taste similar to idlis but with added coconut flavor and the paal(jaggery milk) makes best combo.Enjoy !!

Preparation time :2 hours 30 minutes
Cooking time: 40 minutes
Serves :5-6
Recipe source : maria's menu
for appam
roasted rice flour(idiyappam podi) 1 cup
water 1 1/4 cup + 1/2 cup
salt to taste

urad dal /uzhunnu1/4 cup
water 1/3 cup

grated coconut 1 cup(heaped)
shallots/kunjulli 2 large or 3-5 small
garlic/velluthulli 1 large or 2 small
cumin/jeerakam a pinch
water 1/3 cup

coconut oil /ghee 1tsp

for paal
jaggery 400 gm
thick coconut milk 1 cup
medium thin coconut milk(2nd milk) 3 cups
rice flour 2tbsp

(I was in a hurry to click pics and so the sides haven't come out clean as expected)

  • Wash and soak urad dal in water for 2 hours.After 2 hours,grind the urad dal with minimum(1/4 cup ) water to a smooth paste.Keep aside.
  • In the mean time,boil water in a pan (1 cup).In a wide bowl,take the roasted rice flour,add salt.Mix well.Add the boiling water in the flour and using your hands,make a  smooth dough like for idiyappam(the dough may be very hot,so be careful)

  • Add the ground urad dal in the dough and mix well with hands.Then,grind the coconut,cumin,garlic and shallots to a smooth paste,add this mix to the batter and using your hands combine everything well without lumps(The consistency of the batter should be of that of idli batter).

  • Line a baking tin /plate with coconut oil /ghee.Transfer the batter to the baking tin(place a cross with palm leaves which we receive from church on Palm sunday) and cover the tin with aluminium foil(prevents water vapor from the lid from dribbling in the batter).Pour water in a steamer,let it come to boil.Place the  baking tin/plate  and steam cook for 30-40 minutes(keep the flame same throughout).
  • Cool for few minutes and transfer to a serving dish.Cut and serve with pesaha paal(recipe follows)

  • Melt the jaggery with 1/4 cup water,strain the impurities and return to boil.Add medium thick coconut milk(2nd milk),keep stirring until the mixture thickens or half of it is evaporated.Mix the  rice flour  with water and add to the pan.Add the dry ginger powder and cardamom powder,mix well.Finally add the thick coconut milk(once bubble appears,switch off flame).The mixture thickens on cooling,so switch off flame accordingly.

* If your batter turns lumpy after adding coconut and urad dal then run in  a blender for few mins to get smooth batter.The consistency of the batter should be of that of idli batter.
* The paal shouldn't be boiled over after thick coconut milk is added as it may curdle.


Archana said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow Julie ths looks so delicious. Iespecially loved the last picture must have tasted amazing.

Gloria Fernandes said... Best Blogger Tips

looks really yumm..with the jaggery and coconut milk i bet it tastes great...ill try this someday for sure

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

ividae theernnu poyi..... :( ....Well illustrated and explained..... ithu kandittu veendum kothiyavunnu.... :)

Recipe world said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow, looks yummy! Nice recipe Julie..

Fullscoops said... Best Blogger Tips

This is awesome! SO meaningful too!

Remya said... Best Blogger Tips

next time easter nu njanum try cheyyum...ithuvare kazhichittilla...well explained