Kalathappam is a gluten free rice cake made in a pressure cooker or dutch oven.
Keyword Gluten Free, Snack, Vegan
Prep Time 1hour15minutes
Cook Time 25minutes
Total Time 2hours
200gGrated Jaggery 1 1/2 C
1/2 CCooked Rice
3 - 4Pearl Onions
Wash and soak the rice in plenty of water for hour. Drain.
Mix grated jaggery with 1/4 C water and stir well to dissolve. If needed warm the mix a little to help dissolve the jaggery. Strain and reserve.Slice the pearl onions and coconut fine.
Make the batter
Add the drained rice, jaggery water, cooked rice, and the cardamom seeds to a blender bowl and process to a smooth batter. The batter should be of pouring consistency. If needed add up to 1/4 c more water.When the mix is ground well add a pinch of salt and baking soda and pulse once to mix well.
Season the pan
Heat the pressure cooker or a thick bottomed pan over medium high heat .
When hot add 4 tsp oil or ghee (or a mix of both) to it. Once the oil gets hot swirl the pan to coat the sides. Return the pan to heat and add the coconut slices. Fry for a minute or so and add the sliced onions. Stir fry the mix till it browns. Reserve half the onions and coconut . Swirl the pan again.
Keep the heat on high and pour the batter into the pan. The coconut and onion pieces rise up. Sprinkle the reserved pieces on top. Cover the pan with the lid . If using pressure cooker do not close the steam vent .
Keep the heat on high for 2 to 3 minutes. Reduce to low and cook covered for 15 minutes.
If possible insert a skewer into the cake to check if the Kalathappam is cooked through the steam vent, other wise open the lid and insert the skewer. When cooked through the skewer will come out clean. If needed cook on low for another 5 minutes.
Turn off the heat and let the cake cool in pan for 20 minutes. Transfer into a serving plate.
Use Good quality raw rice like Basmati, Jeera, Sona Masoori etc. My favorite for this recipe is Jeera Rice.
The sweetness of jaggery varies, 200g used in this recipes yields a lightly sweet Appam. Add more if you have a sweet tooth.
Do not skimp on the oil.
For detailed instructions go to https://oventales.com/sweet-kalathappam/ .