Saturday, September 10, 2016

Sweet Appo / Paniyaram.

Sweet Appo (in Konkani) / Paniyarams ...... Traditional Naivedyam prepared and offered to Lord Ganesha during Ganesha Chaturthi Festival ....... Which is considered to be one of Lord's favourite sweet .........

Come Ganesh Chaturthi festival and almost every household is filled with various activities of preparing sweets, savories and obviously cleaning up the house to welcome Lord Ganesha with love and great pomp. This sweet Appo (in Konkani) / Paniyaram is usually prepared during Ganesh Chaturthi time and I always make it a point to do so. There are so many variations in making these appos and I have already posted a few of them. I have prepared these using bansi rava (Mangalore Rava / Coarse Rava / Barik Lapsi). Initially I used to prepare these using whole wheat which I have already posted.

That was the first post through which I entered the world of blogging and with the Blessings of Lord Ganesha it has really been a beautiful Culinary Journey. I have learned and shared a lot, but there is so much more to learn and so much more to post. My mind always keeps adding to do recipes and the list has become quite huge that I am at a loss of time. Well without running into much details let me add the simple recipe here, so that all of you can prepare the same as Naivedyam to Lord Ganesha, who will be very pleased. Stay Blessed.

Ingredients :
Bansi Rava : 2 cups
Jaggery : 1.5 to 2 cups ~ grated.
Thin Poha : 1 cup
Coconut : 1 cup freshly grated (White part only)
Salt : A Pinch
Cooking Soda : A large pinch 
Cardamom Powder : ½ tsp.
Ghee / Oil for deep frying.

Grind to a smooth paste 1 cup freshly grated coconut with 1-1/2 to 2 cups of grated jaggery. You can add in half a cup of water while grinding. Once this is ground add in 2 cups of bansi rava / Mangalore rava / barik lapsi and further grind till grainy texture is obtained. Now add in 1 cup of thin poha / pova and grind all together till well blended. The batter should not be thin. It should be thick like Idly batter of pouring consistency.

Remove the batter in a bowl, add in a pinch of salt, ½ tsp of cardamom powder and a large pinch of cooking soda. Mix all together well and keep this ready. If you find the batter a little bit thinner or if you could not grind it with very little water, as some mixer grinders with lesser Volts do give problem for heavy grinding and trip. Do not be disheartened. Prepare the same with a little bit of more water and check the consistency. Add in a few teaspoons of either fine rava (chiroti rava) or wheat flour and gently mix the batter. See to it that there are no lumps. 

Now heat the appo / paniyaram pan and add in some melted ghee or oil in each of the dents. When hot, lower the heat and pour a large tablespoon of the batter into each mold / dent of the pan. Do not add more. It should remain within the level of the molds. Cover with a dome shaped lid and cook on slow till crispy on the bottom side.

Gently run a blunt knife through the rim edging of each appo and loosen them gently with the help of another spoon turn them over / flip each appo and cook uncovered for a few minutes till done. Remove with the help of a spoon and repeat the process with the remaining batter till all the batter has been used up.

Sweet Appos / Paniyarams are ready to be served to God for Naivedyam after which you can distribute the same with your family and friends. 

This Ganesh Chaturti or during Sankashta Chaturthi do make it a point to prepare the same. It is really very easy once you get the right knowledge of the same. Once again A Very Happy And Prosperous Ganesha Chaturthi Festival to you and Your Family ....... Stay Blessed ..... Always.

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