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Sunday, 11 August 2013
Idiyappam & Vegetable Istew
Have been fascinated by these string hoppers / idiyappam & stew for
the longest period of time - never got around to plucking up the
courage to try either . Fate had plans in place for me . Friend Roma
Patel was so sweetly insisting on sending me an idiyappam maker while I
dilly dallied . Matters were bought to a head when one fine day Veenu
Chopra also a member friend messaged me to get it collected from her
house ! Now there was no escaping making them - and am glad for that as I
have discovered endless delicious possibilities .
2 Mugs Coconut Milk
2 Potatoes - Boil and cube. 15 Beans - String & cut to desired size. 6 Small Aubergines - Cut lengthwise into four pieces. 2-3 Drumsticks - Peeled and cut to desired size . 10 Sambar Onions - Peeled and left whole 20 Thin Cloves Garlic - Peel and leave whole - thick ones slice into two . 1/2 Raw Mango - Slice / chop in small fingers. Use whatever vegetables you have at hand.
Make Paste : 1/2 Coconut 6-8 Green Chilies. 10 Methi Seeds. 1/2 Teaspoon Jeera. 1 Teaspoon Mustard Seed. Again innovate ! Make a paste of the items listed under paste and set aside.
Boil potatoes , when they are 75 % done , add the beans and drumsticks and 10 seconds later strain the lot - set aside.
Heat oil , splutter mustard seeds , add dried red chilies and curry
putta. Next add whole garlic and sambar onions, fry till they begin to
change color , next add the paste , bhuno 1 minute and add aubergines
.When Aubergines are half done add the boiled vegetables , salt - slowly
cook , keep adding coconut milk , simmering till vegetables are cooked
.Adjust flavors and thickness of gravy to taste . Eat with steaming hot
idiyappams ! Delicious !