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.
Appam is a south indian yeasted flatbread, made with rice.
This challenge was fun, and I'd say in equal parts a success and a failure.
My appam were pretty much a failure. If I'm being honest I'm not surprised - the only rice I had to hand was short grain pudding rice, so I just went ahead and used it, but I think it stayed too gritty, even after the soaking and blending and didn't release enough starch. So the first appam were an epic fail. This is what they looked like after I scraped them off the bottom of the pan!
One of my lovely dinner guests then suggested, half in jest, adding some flour, and 1tbsp plain flour beaten in to the batter made a huge difference - phew! Lateral thinking dinner guests always come in handy. Not only that but they even helped with the washing up!
I made a dry spiced potato curry using this recipe. I missed out the dill seed, as I didn't have any, and omitted the coriander, as I'm allergic to it, but other than that followed the recipe pretty much exactly. It was delicious - hot but not too hot, and the dessicated coconut really worked well (mine was unsweetened dessicated coconut - not sure how well it would have gone with sweetened stuff).
The photos are pretty attrocious - this last one in particular! I took them all in rubbish light, with my flash on, which never makes food look appealing - or even in focus sometimes. But fun of the challenge was ultimately in the making and eating, not the photographing, so I'll live with them!