Sunday, November 1, 2009

Spicy Tangy Amruthpala

Amruthapala is a traditional dish made in the rice growing belt of South India. The month of Sraavana hosts a string of festivals , & the use of rice & coconuts are a part of the puja ceremonies. This dish was innovated to use up the rice & coconut used as offerings for the puja , or so it is said.

This savory dish is also made using Rice flour. A sweet version is also prepared using jaggery. And sometimes this is also known as Halbai, in kannada. I shall share these recipes in my future posts. Now to the Divine preparation,

Ingredients :

Rice - 1 cup, soaked for 3 hrs
Green chillies - 8 nos / as required
Coconut - 1/4 cup
Sour buttermilk - 2 cups

For Tempering

Oil - 3 tbsps
mustard, cumin seeds, urad dhal, chopped curry leaves, Hing

Onion - 1 large , chopped
Coriander - 2 tbsps , chopped

What you can do now
  • Rice can be soaked for 3 hrs or overnight.
  • Grind rice to a smooth paste, with green chillies & coconut, salt.
  • The funda is to use 3 cups of ( water , buttermilk ) for 1 cup of rice.The proportion of water & buttermilk can be adjusted according to availability . Use the measured water for grinding also. Then mix in the balance of the liquid to the batter & keep aside.
  • In a thick bottom pan , heat the oil & temper . Saute the onions till done.
  • Pour in the batter & stir continuously to avoid lump formation, till it all comes together as a mass. At this stage , cover & let cook for brief intervals , stirring between.
  • If the mixture does not stick to the wet hands when touched , it can be considered done.
  • Mix in the coriander & put off the heat.
  • Grease trays & level this mixture with wet / greased palms. Cut into pieces when cool / warm.
  • Tamarind extract / citric acid can used , if the buttermilk is not sour enough.
  • Chopped greens like Methi / dill can be sauteed along with onions , according to preference.
  • Tastes good even at room temperature.
  • Can be used as a snack or breakfast dish.

1 comment:

  1. Similar to moar kali??? I love the combination of rice and sour curds this way though I eat my curd rice with fresh curds only. cannot take a sour curd there, but this dish is something else!