Steamed Rice Pancakes (yelai Vadaam)
by Kavitha Iyengar
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This recipe is one of the lesser known foods of the iyengars (a caste in south-india). Yelai in tamil means leaf. This dish is usually made on a palaash or banana leaf or a plate. This is a really thin steamed rice pancake. It is similar to the gujrati panki
- Clean, wash and soak the rice in enough water for 2-3 hours.
- Drain and blend in a mixer using little water to a thin and smooth batter.
- Add the salt, mix well and cover and keep aside for fermenting for 2-3 days.
- Add the asafoetida, carom seeds and salt and mix well to make a smooth batter of pouring consistency.
- Take the banana leaf and grease it with little oil.
- Spread a ladle-full of batter onto the banana leaf and spread into a thin layer in a circular motion.
- Carefully place the leaf in the steamer and steam for 2-3 minutes.
- Serve hot.
This recipe was contributed by Kavitha Iyengar on 06 Feb 2012
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