Elai Vadaam

 Elai vadaam is a speciality of Tamilnadu which in fried form is served with Mixed rice and is eaten as a delicacy just after steaming. Elai vadaam is  nothing but rice appalam. This can be flavoured using tomato to make Thakkali vadaam. The process may look complicated, but once you get the hang of it , it is very easy to prepare.Instead of using the banana leaf, you can use the ready made elai vadam stand too which is very esy to use but using a banana leaf gives a nice flavour to this vadaam

Here is a simple video of the procedure

 Raw Rice
2 cups
Cumin Seeds
2 tbsp
Green chillies
1 tbsp
Banana leaves
Soak the rice in enough water for 4 hrs. Grind it into a smooth paste. Add salt, mix well and let it ferment overnight
Soak the sago in water for 4 hrs
Grind the green chillies  and add this to the batter
Add the soaked sago to the batter too, mix well. Check for consistency. It should be of pouring consistency, add more water if necessary.
Add the oil to the batter and mix well
Now cut the banana leaves into small discs
Keep a kadai with water on high heat.
Place a perforated plate  in it that exactly fits the neck of the kadai
Keep the banana leaf on the plate
Pour a ladle of batter on the leaf , and spread it into a thin disc
Close with a lid and steam it for 1 minute
Take it out and keep another leaf and repeat the process
The steamed one can be immediately rolled and eaten as a delicacy at this stage
Else keep it for drying in the sunlight

Within a day or two it completely dries up.
When there is no more moisture left, it is ready to be fried
Heat enough oil in a pan and when sufficiently hot slip one dried vadaam in it and fry it on both sides
Serve it with a mixed rice of your choice

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