Creating a blog was out of the question for a long time for me, as measuring everything in the kitchen was like biting into an eggshell. I enjoy cooking and don’t want to waste even a slightest bit of enjoyment in that small world of mine. But little did I know that everything will change, when my husband came home with the Oscar nominated film ‘Julie and Julia’( a real life story) where Julie Powell (part played by Amy Adams) challenged herself to make all the 524 recipes from Julia Child's cook book ‘Mastering the Art of French Cooking’ and blogging all her experiences (The Julie/Julia Project). It was an inspiring movie. A few days later when we were discussing this casually with a friend of ours over tea…everything changed dramatically…..” How about you making at least half of it in one year? Not French but your own. 262 recipes that will inspire others and present it as a blog?” For a minute my mind traveled faster than light… With an experience as a helper in my mother in laws kitchen for 6 years followed by a three year everyday struggle to satisfy the palate of my foodie husband, if I cannot do it then why should I cook? But on the other side with an experience in English literature extending no more than expanding outline stories in English grammar class when I was 18 and two small kids that come in handy at times, will a commitment for the next one year work? Anyway my ‘cook's ego’ didn’t allow me to say no...

So my friends …here I am opening my recipe book, trying to perfect and present 262 recipes in the coming 365 days….A Challenge that will of course tastes good. Come.. Have a walk with me along my journey.. Cheering and inspiring….Forgiving and tolerating…Testing and tasting….for ‘A Tasty Challenge’

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Wednesday, September 15, 2010


Recipe No: 75
I am not so sure about the authenticity of this name... whether this is called by any other names in other parts of Kerala. My mother called it this way…and so do I. Made with coconut and roasted rice flour; this is one of my favorite breakfast items. This is the best when eaten with Black Chickpea (Black Channa) Curry.
Ingredients:                                         Makes 10
  • Roasted rice flour……..1 ½ Cups
  • Grated coconut………...1 Cup
  • Salt………………………...1/3 Teaspoon
  • Boiling water................Enough to make soft dough
  • Oil for deep frying
Method of Preparation
  1. Mix Rice flour, Salt and Grated Coconut well.
  2. Add enough boiling water to the flour mixture and mix with a spoon.
  3. When cold enough to knead, knead it to make smooth dough.
  4. Divide this into 10 equal parts and  roll them into balls. Cover it with a moist towel and keep aside till ready to be used.
  5. Heat ½ cup of oil in a deep round bottomed pan with lid, till hot on medium high heat. (A Kadai or a Palappachatti is desired) There should be enough oil in the pan to cover the Orotti.
  6. Working with one rice ball at a time, flatten it between your wet palms and then continue to flatten with your fingers till you get a flat disk of about 3 inches in diameter and uniform thickness.
  7. Slide it into the hot oil and cover the pan with its lid and fry on both sides turning once till golden brown.
  8. Once brown on both sides take it out of the oil and let it drain on a kitchen towel.
  9. Serve hot (while it is still crispy) with Black Channa Curry.
      • If the temperature of the oil is too high, then this may brown fast without cooking the inside. If the temperature is too low then this may absorb a lot of oil. So it is necessary to keep the temperature on  medium high in order to get a good crispy Orotti.
      • If freshly grated coconut is not available for you, it is perfectly okay to use unsweetened dessicated coconut.

      Make it, enjoy the deliciousness and 
      serve it to your family with love…


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