I had to research a bit to get the traditional taste of this Kerala- Christian dish. We used to get it from our Christian neighbors during Christmas time. In the conventional way Orappam is prepared in a special made earthen pot (ഒരപ്പ ചട്ടി) and baked with coconut shell charcoal fire. I used preheated oven and oven safe tray instead. The taste, I would say is close to the traditional method even here…
The recipe Mathi pollichathu-more specifically Mathi Vazhayilayil Pollichathu (മത്തി വാഴയിലയിൽ പൊള്ളിച്ചത്) is a traditional healthier way to prepare this fish, using very little oil and the same time benefiting for the fried fish taste. This preparation will taste wonderful on those seasons when you get Sardines having extra fish oil in it.
Ariyunda (meaning “rice ball”), another authentic Kerala delight, prepared typically for festival occasions and family gatherings. These sweet semi-hard balls made of coarse grind roasted rice go well as a tea time snack or snacks. The preparation uses boiled brown rice (well known to be “Kerala –rice”) for its authentic taste and texture.
Ela Ada (valsan), a typical Kerala sweet recipe, traditionally made of rice floor. Grated coconut mixed with jiggery (brown sugar) is filled inside the rise dough, which is layered on a banana leaf. It is then steam cooked in an idly maker or steamer. In this preparation here I used wheat flour instead of rice flour, but the rest of the steps remain same.
Making a healthy recipe without relaxing on the taste is always challenging. Regular cake recipes always use all-purpose- flour as its main ingredient, which is known to be a trouble maker. In this recipe, I used whole-wheat instead, along with one of the best known healthy nut variety, walnut as enrichment, making it a perfect delight for kids and elders.
Here is another custom recipe, this time a sweet and chewy dessert dish “Pumpkin Halwa”. The preparation uses jaggery as a sweetener along with grated coconut milk and ghee. I used minimal quantities of richness ingredients, to make this dish healthier. If you wish consider adding more of milk, ghee and coconut so that the halwa will be still more tastier.
This is a surprise recipe from Pepper2Salt! .An accidental one since my “achappam” preparation gone flop because I didn’t give enough time to prepare the “Achu”. So I end up having the batter which I invested bunch of ingredients and a bit of my time and effort Any way towards the end, I got this wonderful puffy & light-sweet snack recipe which I am sharing right away.