Monday, August 15, 2011

August DC 2011 challenge - Appams & Curries

This month's Daring Cooks' challenge hosted by Mary, from Mary Mary Culinary was to make appams with a curry. Appams are thin crisp pancake made with ground rice and coconut milk that has fermented. Appam come out like a cross between a crêpe and a crumpet, with a thin, lacy, crisp edge and a thicker spongy middle. Appams are part of the culinary traditional of South India.

Blog-checking lines: Mary, who writes the delicious blog, Mary Mary Culinary was our August Daring Cooks’ host. Mary chose to show us how delicious South Indian cuisine is! She challenged us to make Appam and another South Indian/Sri Lankan dish to go with the warm flat bread.

I have to say I was happily surprised that appams are easy to make and are super tasty! I love how in the Daring Cooks' we try so many different types of foods from around the world. I can totally recommend the appam recipe to one and all.

Curried vegetables with appams
This is such a great challenge the appam batter is simple to make and to cook. I tried various cooking methods with the fermented batter and I like my appams crisp, thin and very brown. I made a vegetable coconut curry (made with broccoli, carrots and potatoes and a home made curry paste with sour tamarind pulp and curry leaves) to serve with the appams. Thank you so much for the fabulous challenge the appam really has a nice delicate "sour" rice flavour.

I don't have a powerful blender so the appam batter was a little gritty but it cooked up fabulously, I got about 13 appams from the recipe. They must be served immediately since appams don't store well.

Mary thank you for the marvellous challenge, I will be trying some more curry recipes during the month.

Soaked rice

Yeast mixture

Batter after overnight fermentation

Cooking batter into a appam

I like my appams to be thin crisp and brown

Appam with vegetable curry


Please Do Not Feed The Animals. said...

Looks great, Audax. I especially love your serving of it rolled up - wish mine had looked as well presented.
Your veg curry looks very tasty too.

shelley c. said...

Great job, Audax, and nice to "see" you! :) I will have to try my appam crispy next time! Great looking curry, also.

Andy said...

Your's look great! Mine were not thick enough to roll, but that would be a great way to serve them.

Mary said...

Thanks for the kind words, Audax! Your appam and curry look delicious! Thanks so much for participating at such a busy time for you. Hope the book is coming along nicely!

Wolf said...

Your vegetable curry looks delicious! I think I'll have to try that some time}:P

4pure by Andrea said...

It looks delicious. I'm glad that i joined the kitchen. What à great recipes everyone Jakes.

TaGa_Luto said...

Hi, Audax!!! this look so good! I feel so bad i've been missing out on 2 challenges already. This challenge will be booked marked for sure;)