Appams and Peas Masala

Aappam is a common breakfast item in many Kerala homes. They're best served with black chickpea curry, peas masala, spicy vegetable curry or even egg curry. It is also had as lunch or dinner with chicken or mutton curry. Here's how to make this particular combination.


For the Aappams:

1 cup rice soaked for 3-4 hours
1/2 cup cooked rice
1/2 cup coconut milk
1 tbsp yeast mixed with 3-4 tbsps of warm water
1/2 cup coconut water

For the peas masala
500 gms green peas
1 tsp cumin seeds
1/2 tsp mustard seeds
One onion sliced
One tomato chopped
1/2 cup grated coconut
2 pods cardamom
Ginger-garlic paste 1 1/2 tbsp
2 1/2  tbsp coriander seeds
2 dry red chillies
2 green chillies
Handful curry leaves
1 tsp garam masala
Salt to taste

For the aappams, grind all the ingredients to form a slightly watery batter and keep it overnight.

In the morning, you can either cook it like regular dosas or make it in a special utensil to make aappams. It is called the aappa-chatti- simply pour the batter into it, rotate it so that the aappam forms a round shape, and cook it till done on a low flame with the lid covered. You don't have to turn it over like a dosa.

For the peas curry, steam the peas for 10 minutes on low heat. Heat coconut oil in a wok, add the cumin seeds, cardamom, curry leaves, mustard seeds, ginger-garlic paste, half the onions and let it brown.

In the meantime, in another pan, add the remaining onions and cook for five minutes. Add the tomatoes, coconut and coriander seeds and cook for 3-4 minutes more. Now keep this mixture aside and let it cool.

In the first wok, once the onions have browned, add the tomatoes, green chillies, red chillies and cook for 3-4 minutes more. Now, take the mix from the pan, grind it and pour it into the wok. Add garam masala, salt and the cooked peas.

Serve hot with aapams. Now my idea with a fantastic breakfast item like that would be to call over your friends for brunch. Make a pitcher of sangria, put on a few chicken and mutton skewers, toss up a pasta, bring out the ice cream and you have the perfect brunch menu! 


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