Thursday, December 27, 2012

pulikoozh - spicey tamarind cake

#Pulikoozh  #TamarindRiceCake : One of the forgotten spicy n tangy evening tiffins.
It is very easy to make. It can be prepared from dry rice flour or ground rice batter.

puli koozh [ tamarind rice cake ]

Ingredients :
Rice batter (rice flour)                         : 1/3 cup
Tamarind                                            : a small marble size 
Red chilly                                           : 2 or 3 
Gram dhal                                          : 3 tsp
Urad dhal                                           : 1 tsp
Ground nut                                         : 1 1/2 tblsp
Mustard seeds                                    : 1/2 tsp
Curry leaves                                       : 10 nos.
Asafoetida                                          : 1/4 tsp
Oil (preferrably gingelly oil )                 : 4 tsp

Method :
Soak tamarind in luke warm water for 15 mins.
Squeeze & strain in a container and keep aside.
Keep a kadai on stove, add oil.
Add mustard seeds when the oil becomes hot.
Once the mustard seeds splutters add broken pieces of red chillies, gram dhal and ground nuts.
When the dhals are turning into slightly golden brown add curry leaves.
Once the dhals turn to golden color add strained tamarind water & salt. Allow to simmer.

If rice is one cup take tamarind water one cup and water one cup.
Now dilute( mix ) rice batter ( rice flour ) with water.
When the tamarind water start boiling slowly add this rice mixture.

Keep on stirring with a ladle while adding the rice mixture.

It has to be stirred continuously for 10 minutes.
First the liquid slightly thickens and then leaves the sides of the kadai.
Now the koozh is ready.

Then transfer into a tray and spread well with a flat spoon by applying a little bit of oil on the surface of the koozh.
Allow it to cool down for sometime.
Then slices can be made with a knife.

puli koozh [ tamarind rice cake ]

It tastes too good when its hot and even better once it cooled down.
If anybody tastes once will definitely ask for one more serving!!
Koozh doesn't require chutny or any dips or sauce!
Very good for winter evenings with a hot coffee/tea.

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