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November 28, 2011

Dinner Tonight

Filed under: food, recipe — Tags: , , — yaadayaada @ 9:25 pm

We had been to Lake Tahoe for the Thanksgiving weekend. Surprisingly, it was sunny and bright there in Lake Tahoe. Had a relaxing and fun time there. Came back home to a gloomy weather yesterday and went to work today in the gloomy weather. What better way to spruce up a gloomy weather than a hearty wonderful dinner. So raided the pantry and finally found a bag of Avees Puncha Idiyappam podi and some cans of light coconut milk. Have never made idiyappam in life. Searched internet for recipes and gave up since all of the recipes were for white rice flour, not the red rice puncha idiyappam. Decided to give it a try on my own. Didn’t have high hopes. But guess how it turned out! Awesome! Look for yourself.

Idiyappam (6-8 servings  of 4-6 idiyappams each)

  1. Avees Puncha Idiyappam podi (Red rice flour) – 2 cups
  2. Boiling water – 2 cups
  3. Oil – 2 tbsp
  4. Salt to taste

Mix the salt, Idiyappam podi, add water little by little. Mix it without any lumps and keep it aside closed for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes, add the oil and knead it well without any lumps. Then using a idiyappam press or thenkuzhal choppu/Nazhi, press them into idly mould and steam them for 10 minutes.  Wonderful idiyappam is ready.

Kadalai curry(4 servings)

  1. Diced Onions 1/2 cup
  2. Boiled garbanzo bean(channa) 1 1/2 cup
  3. Grated garlic/ginger 1 tsp
  4. Red chilli powder 1 tsp
  5. Oil 1 tsp
  6. Salt to taste
  7. Madras curry masala powder/garam masala 1 tsp
  8. Tomato 1, chopped
  9. Light coconut milk 1 cup
  10. Cilantro leaves, 1 tbsp chopped

Heat oil, add ginger/garlic, then add onion, saute for 2 mins, add tomato and salt, saute for 10 mins, then add the curry masala powder, after 5 mins, add the garbanzo bean and 1 cup of water. Let it boil for 15 mins. Add the coconut milk, switch off once it is about to boil. Add  powder, saute for five minutes, add salt and keep it aside. Garnish with cilantro leaves.

Serve it with hot idiyappam.


  1. I have only seen idiyappam not sure abt red rice puncha idiyappam . I like it when it is thick( we used to buy from a specific road side shop the best ever) instead of thin sevai texture so this looks nice.
    And also never had kadalai curry – is it just chole, then?

    Comment by sachita — November 28, 2011 @ 11:38 pm

  2. Looks yummmmm! Prfect food to ward off Monday blues?!

    Comment by SK — November 29, 2011 @ 6:40 am

    • Yes it is!
      I saw a young set of parents with a baby, grandparents getting out of Acura near India cash & carry and thought maybe it is you. So later realized that it might not be you since it was an Acura RDX!
      Interesting thing this brain is. Reads a blog, files it away somewhere and some scene in life triggers it and start imagining things!! 🙂

      Comment by yaadayaada — November 29, 2011 @ 6:49 am

      • Hahah! May be one day we will meet just like this! ;–)

        Comment by SK — November 30, 2011 @ 10:50 am

  3. Ah I am hungry. You live in the Bay Area? Please invite me for dinner 😛

    Comment by Pepper — December 21, 2011 @ 1:41 pm

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