If you wander in the streets of India's cities today, you will find preparations on to celebrate the major Hindu festival of Ganesh Chaturthi starting August 29. You will find thousands of idols of Lord Ganesha out on sale. Many devout Hindus will take home the God we believe is the remover of obstacles and the provider of wisdom.
It is customary to offer sweets to the Lord and in my blog, Cooking With Shobana, you will find right at the top a picture of one such offering. Lord Ganesha is seen here in a lamp with 21 wicks. The sweet offered to him is what we Konkanis call, "Godu (which means "sweet" ) Appos.
I have described how we make Godu Appos in my blog. Remember, you will need a special type of griddle to make this dish. Here is my recipe:
- Raw rice, 1 cup
- Grated coconut, 1/2 cup
- Grated Jaggery, 2/3 cup, or as per taste
- Beaten rice (poha), 2 tbsp
- Cardamom powder, 1/2 tsp
- Ghee, as required
- Water, for grinding
- Salt, a pinch
Wash the rice and soak it in water for about 2 hours and drain out the water. Keep aside.
Soak the beaten rice in 1/2 cup of water and do not discard the water.
In a mixer, grind the coconut gratings, jaggery, rice, and beaten rice, with a little water, to form a thick batter but of dropping consistency.
To this add a pinch of salt, and cardamom powder.
To Make The Appos:
Heat the special griddle/appe kayli/paniyarakkal on a medium low flame
When it is hot, pour about 1/2 tsp of ghee in each of the sockets. If you like to have a lot of ghee, you can go up to a little less than 1/4 of each of the sockets.
When the ghee gets heated, pour the prepared batter to fill each of the sockets.
Cover and cook for 2-3 minutes on low flame
Using a skewer, flip the appos carefully and fry the other side
Once the appos are cooked, take them out using a skewer
- Take care not to overfill the sockets with the batter
- If you are not sure whether the appo is cooked, you can poke it with the skewer to check
- Keeping the appo for too long on one side results in it getting burnt. Flip to fry the other side at the right time
- When the appos turn a golden brown, you know they are well cooked.
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