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Appam – Jaggery and Rice spheres

Appam has a first name.  Some people prefix ‘unni’, as in unniappam and some ‘nei’ as in ‘neiyappam’.  As you move up West along the Konkan coast, appam become appe.  The basic recipe remains the same but the sweetness is reduced and some lentils get added to the batter.  Appam has many variations.  My sister, read more

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Baked Vella cheedai – Baked rice and jaggery squares

Vella cheedai, payasam and appam form the sweets, while savouries include uppu cheedai, and thattai for Janmashtami. These offerings are made to the Lord Krishna after prayers. All the preparations are gluten-free. Vella cheedai is traditionally deep-fried and I make it every year whether or not I make anything else. The traditional deep-fried version is something read more

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Vella Cheedai – Rice flour and Jaggery Balls

Vella Cheedai is a traditional South Indian sweet – It is rock hard on the outside and surprisingly powdery inside. As kids we used to compete for ‘The strongest teeth’ and the winner was the person who managed to bite into the crust. For the weak minded – better break it with a metal pestle read more

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