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Monday, June 10, 2013

Kalthappam(unsweetened)/Rice Cake In A Pressure Cooker/White Kalthappam

Kalthappam is a very famous dish of the Malabar specially the North Malabar side.This is prepared in two ways,one is the sweet way using jaggery which is very popular and the other one is the unsweetened one.The sweet one is usually served as a snack item where as this one can be served with your favourite curry as a breakfast or snack.Kids might like it with a little honey or sugar or can be eaten without any side dishes too. This is cooked by adding the batter into the fried onion which gives this rice cake its perfect taste..
Ingredients 
White Rice/Pachari             1 heaped cup(soak for 2-3 hrs)
Cooked (par boiled)  rice    3/4 cup
Coconut grated                 1 cup
Onion                         1 small (finely chopped)
Water                           as needed
Salt                              as needed
Oil                         2 tbsp
 Method
-Wash and drain the soaked rice.
-Add both the rice,grated coconut and salt in a blender with enough water and grind into a thick batter(the consistency should be that of idly batter).Keep this aside.
-Heat oil in a pressure cooker and add the chopped onion.Saute till it turns golden brown.From this, take out 1 spoon of the fried onion** and keep aside.
-Swirl the pressure cooker with the remaining oil and onions so that the sides of the cooker gets coated with oil properly.
-Now pour the  batter,spread the reserved fried onion**on top and close the lid tightly without inserting the weight/whistle of the cooker.
-Keep the pressure cooker on low flame on the small burner for 30-35 minutes.
-Switch off the flame and carefully open the lid to check if it is cooked (insert the flat handle of a spoon or  insert a knife..if it comes out clean or with  little crumbs on it then its cooked or you can see the edges of the cake gets separated from the cooker.
-Keep it closed for another 5 -7 minutes to cool.Cut into pieces and serve.
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