Monday, October 12, 2009


YERE APPA IS A SWEET DISH...which is normally done during  "DEEPAVALI" time. In South Canara ( Dakshina Kannada) we celebrate Deepavali for 4 days. First day we do pray and make pooja for Gangae ... the water God. This dish Yereappa ( a sweet fried dish), is prepared for Naivedya.on the eve of Deepavali. ( offering some thing during pooja).  Then the next day we do get up early and take oil bath and we have Dosa with PanchaKajjaya.( Panchakajjaya is a sweet dish prepared using beaten rice, jaggery, ghee, cardamom and coconut). Pancha means 5 kajjaya means sweet. Then so many customs and traditions will be followed for another 3 to 4 days.
Yereappa or Yere means put and appa means something sweet. Yereappa is prepared using raw rice, jaggery, coconut and cardamom.
You may think it is oily but as the weather starts cooling down and bringing cold breeze on the land, your skin gets effected by the cold wind in the atmosphere. Oil is very much needed for the body during winter. These things are well known by our elders and they practices the food habit according to it. There is no harm in eating just enough and right kind of food for the seasons. These are completely my opinion.
Here is a recipe of " Yereappa", that is what we call for this dish which is very easy to prepare and yummy to have. I am sure all age group will definitely love eating this  traditional dish and enjoy each bit of it 

Things Needed

Rice : 1 cup
Coconut : 1/2 cup
Jaggery : 2 Table spoon
Cardamom : 2 to 3 pods
Beaten Rice : 1 Table spoon
Salt : a pinch
Oil : 1 cup ( To fry )
Salt : a pinch
Methi Seeds " 1/4 Tea spoon
Urid dal : 2 Tea spoons.


1, Soak rice and beaten rice for 1to 2 hours in plain water. Grate Coconut.

2. Wash and drain water from rice and grind with beaten rice and coconut . It should be a fine paste.
3. Now add jaggery and cardamom and grind for two to three minutes. Add a pinch of salt. Remove the paste from grinding jar and put it in a bowl.

 4. Now keep a frying pan on the fire and heat oil.
5.When oil is heated put a spoonful of ground paste and deep fry on both sides on medium flame. Remove once it turns golden red. Place on kitchen tissue so that tissue absorbs extra oil. Repeat the same with remaining dough and prepare Yereappa same way.

 6. Yereyappa is ready to serve.

Note :

The dough should not be watery..You can add little rice powder to thicken the dough if it turns watery. If the dough is watery Yereappa may take (absorb) more oil which is not good. Adding cashew nuts is also an optional. Adding more or less jaggery is according to your wish. Do not soak rice mixture more than 2 hours. Prepare Yereappa just after grinding the dough. Do not allow them to get savoury. ( It absorb more oil if it is left ).
Time : 2 hours to soak.
Preparation time : 30 minutes.
10 to 12 Yereappa can be prepared.. (According to the size of the spoon you use).

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Urid dal Dosa

 Dosa or dose is one of the Udupi dish and Udupi Masla Dosa is world wide famous now a days. Dosa is prepared using rice, urid dal fenugrik/methi seeds and little aval.
Dosa is a breakfast dish and you can have them as snack in the evening also. It is one of the healthy dish that we can eat them in the morning for breakfast.
There are different types of dosa now a days. With this dosa dough you can prepare plain crisp dosa, fluffy set dosa or Masala dosa and guli appa. The rice and urid has to be soaked for 2 to 3 hours and then ground with urid and methi seeds. It has to left to get naturally ferment at least for 6 to 8 hours. Then you can prepare soft dosas.

Lets see the recipe.

Ingredients :

Raw rice : 2 cups
Urood Daal : 1/2 cup
Fenugric Seeds : 1/4 Tea spoon
Beaten Rice : 2 to 3 Tablespoons
Salt : to taste
Oil : or butter to sprinkle on the top .

Method :

1. Soak rice, urid dal and fenugrik seeds together for 3 to 4 hours.
2. Wash and soak Avalakki/Beaten rice separately.
3. Grind it together little by little till paste and remove from the mixi jar.
4. Add salt and mix it well. Leave it for formentation.
5. Keep a dosa tava on the fire. Sprinkle oil and clean it nicely. Keep on medium heat.
6. Add a ladle of ready dough and spread it slowly.

7. Sprinkle oil on the top of dosa, cover and cook for a minute.
8. Remove the cover and turn the dosa slowly to the other side and cook for 10 seconds.
9.Now dosa is ready to serve.
10. Serve with any chutney you prepared.
11. Add little ghee or butter just before serving.
12.Repeat the same with remaining dough.

Note :

You can use grinder or mixit to grind it . Grinding in the grinder adds to the taste. If you are using mixi jar use very less water. You can add a tablespoon of toor dal while soaking. Adding boiled rice is optional. (I have added 1/2 cup of boiled rice). Dosa dough should be little thinner than idli dough. If it turns very thin add some maida and rava .
Time : 
Soaking : 4 hours + grinding : 15 to 20 minutes (grinder) + Fermentation : 6 to8 hours.
Preparation : 15 to 20 minutes.
Serves : 5 to 6 .


My name is Nalini Somayaji. Teaching is my profession. Cooking is my passion. Reading, travelling, visiting new places, having fun with kids are some of the hobbies I can say. My recipes are Healthy, quick, easy and simple. Grown up being a traditional family member I love and respect Indian culture and traditions. Love classical dance and music.
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