Imagination in the kitchen

10/29/2013 12:20:53 PM
written By :   Chitralekha Print
Last modified on Thursday, December 05, 20133:09 PM

The appalam is a versatile food item as well as universally liked. It is, of course, an integral part of meals in most Indian homes every day, and a must-have at feasts and festivals too. Statistics show that an amazing 5 lakh appalams are fried every day in Chennai city alone!
Apart from being a sought-after 'side serving', it can also play a stronger role in conventional Indian cuisine when required. Appalams are often added to 'kootus' and 'kuzhumbus', much-loved gravies and side dishes in Tamil Nadu and other parts of south India.
And their presence need not be limited to the traditional rice meal. With some imagination, they can be converted into finger foods and party snacks too. Used like tortillas, they can be served with dips or toppings to give a 'desi' twist to a cosmopolitan meal.
Children love them without reservation. Add them to school snack boxes, and watch your ratings as a parent go up. Pile some on to a plate and serve it to your TV-addicted teenager, and you'll earn brownie points by the dozen. Treat them like spring roll wrappers and deep fry them with a filling, or create mini pizzas with toasted Idhayam Mini Dots, and be voted Top Chef at kitty parties.

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