Steamed Rice Pancakes (yelai Vadaam)

Steamed Rice Pancakes (yelai Vadaam)

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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

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Steamed Rice Pancakes (yelai Vadaam) recipe - How to make Steamed Rice Pancakes (yelai Vadaam)

Preparation Time: 5 days   Cooking Time:    Total Time:     Makes 10 to 15 pancakes
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200 gms rice (chawal)
2 tsp asafoetida (hing)
1 tbsp carom seeds (ajwain)
salt to taste
banana leaves (kele ka patta) , cut into around 8 inch squares
oil for cooking
  1. Clean, wash and soak the rice in enough water for 2-3 hours.
  2. Drain and blend in a mixer using little water to a thin and smooth batter.
  3. Add the salt, mix well and cover and keep aside for fermenting for 2-3 days.
  4. Add the asafoetida, carom seeds and salt and mix well to make a smooth batter of pouring consistency.
  5. Take the banana leaf and grease it with little oil.
  6. Spread a ladle-full of batter onto the banana leaf and spread into a thin layer in a circular motion.
  7. Carefully place the leaf in the steamer and steam for 2-3 minutes.
  8. Serve hot.

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This recipe was contributed by Kavitha Iyengar on 06 Feb 2012

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Steamed Rice Pancakes (yelai Vadaam)
 on 22 Feb 12 01:32 PM

interesting recipe.