38. papdi no lot (steamed rice flour dough)/khichu
a tribute to Sonal bhabhi
Sonal bhabhi, my late sister in law immediately took me under her wing from the first day I met her. Always smiling, friendly and motherly she taught and advised me whenever I needed her help. Whenever we visited Nairobi, meals were not an elaborate affair at her place. Simple but tasty dishes were prepared in no time to feed us and her family. What I learnt from her was a foolproof recipe to make the perfect papdi no lot(steamed rice flour dough). If you stick to the measurement, then it turns out not too hard and not too soft. I have tried out this recipe with rice flour from India, Kenya , UK and the end result is the same. Of course feel free to vary the amount of green chillis you use. Papdi no lot is a very popular Gujarati snack and is prepared on a regular basis in most Patel homes. Prepare it for brunch, light lunch, for guests at teatime or dinner,most Gujaratis love it.
PAPDI NO LOT(STEAMED RICE FLOUR DOUGH)/KHICHU
Makes 8 pieces
2 cups rice flour
4-5 cups water
2 tsp cumin seeds (jeera)
2 tsp sesame seeds (tal)
1 tsp carom seeds (ajwain,ajmo)
2 tsp salt
1 tsp green chilli paste
½ inch cinnamon stick
6 -8 cloves
4 tsp oil
½ tsp soda bicarbonate
¼ tsp asafoetida (hing)
- Crush the peppercorns lightly. Do not make it into a powder.
- Cut the cloves into 2 with a sharp knife.
- Cut the cinnamon into smaller pieces.
- Sieve the flour. Add to it the peppercorns, cloves, cinnamon and hing.
- Put the water to boil in a saucepan. When it begins to boil, add the cumin, carom and sesame seeds. Let it boil till the water becomes a pale yellowy green colour.
- Add the salt, oil, chilli and the soda bicarbonate and immediately add the flour.
- Stir using a wooden spoon till all the flour and water is mixed. It may appear lumpy but thats fine.
- Take it off the heat and let the dough cool down.
- Take the dough out of the pan into a wide vessel like a large tray or plate. Smear your hands with some oil and knead the dough with the palm of your hand till its quite smooth.
- Divide the dough into 8 pieces. Keep on greasing the palm if the dough sticks. Roll out the dough into a ball and flatten it slightly. Make a hole in the middle with your finger. It should look like a doughnut.
- Put water in a steamer. Boil the water.
- When the water is hot place the dough on the steamer tray. Cover with a cotton cloth. Cover the lid.
- Steam the dough for 30 minutes on medium heat. If your steamer is small, steam the dough in small batches.
- Serve piping hot with oil and garlic chutney or ready pickle masala or red chilli powder.
- Can make ahead and leave it. Just warm it up in the steamer before serving.
- I find covering the dough while steaming with a big hankerchief the most convenient as in other cloths the colour may run.
- Make sure the water in the steamer is not touching the steamer tray or plate. Usually filling it quarter of the way is fine.
- Can try using the chinese steamer. I am sure it will work.
- You can freeze them without steaming. Steam when required.
- Amount of water required will depend on the type of rice flour, some absorb more, some less. I prefer to use initially use only 4 cups and then add more if required once you have added the flour to the water.
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