This is my 50th post and hence I want to commemorate the occasion with a sweet recipe. Since Karthigai Deepam is nearing, I got the opportunity to combine both, presenting you with a sweet that is prepared for the festival. For Karthigai Deepam festival, we usually prepare Karthigai Appam, Karthigai Pori and vada to offer Lord Muruga. In down south areas especially in Tirunelveli, Tuticorin, etc, they prepare varieties of Kolukattais also for Neivedyam.
Today, I tried Appam with Dry Fruits for a change and it came out really well. It doesn’t need elaborate preparation like soaking and it is healthy too for kids since we add all nuts and dried fruits.
Here is the recipe for Dry Fruits Appam!
- Wheat flour – ½ cup
- Rice flour – ½ cup
- Jaggery – ½ cup
- Coconut (grated) – 3 tbsp
- Cardamom powder – 1 tbsp
- Ghee for frying
- Cashew, Almond (badam), Pista, Dates (ground paste) – ½ cup
- Milk – ¼ cup
- Grind cashew, badam , pista and dates to a fine paste adding milk now and then and transfer it to a mixing bowl.
- Melt jaggery in ½ cup water, strain the impurities and keep it aside.
- Add wheat flour, rice flour, coconut and cardamom powder to the ground paste and mix everything well by adding jaggery syrup. Bring the batter to idli batter consistency.
- Heat a non-stick paniyarakkal and pour a tsp of ghee in each hole.
- Take a ladleful of batter and pour into each hole.
- Cook in simmer until the appam gets cooked on both sides by flipping it on to the other side too.
Your soft, healthy appams are ready for Pooja to offer “Lord Muruga” as Neivedyam!
- You can replace rice flour with maida also.
- If you don’t prefer adding ghee, you can go for any cooking oil but the real taste of dry fruits can be enjoyed only when it is combined with ghee.
- You can reduce the jaggery amount if you feel so since we are adding dates also.
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