Its really amazing how you can stretch your mind to think of interesting, yet healthy dishes for all your meals. When I decided to take up the challenge of cooking up dishes for Diabetics, I knew one has to be very resourceful and imaginative. Afterall you can't use most ingredients that you normally take for granted. I am still in discussion with Dad on the next article on diabetes. Though I have the notes ready, I wanted to discuss it with him again before publishing it. The next article was more on managing diabetes and dietary aspects of the condition.
Coming to the dish, appeys or Kuli Panniyams are most done with Rice batter. Mostly its done with the left over batter, but I have known my Amma making it always with a fresh one. The seasoning adds all the essential kicks you might want for a breakfast. Dipping it in a coconut chutney or groundnut chutney is enough to take you to heights! You can check out my Guntha Ponganalu
if you want to know the regular way.
But having decided Athamma doesn't want a breakfast with rice, Jower flour seem the next best option. And yes making them as either Rotis or Dosas are so routine too. The appey pan was calling us and we couldn't ignore it right!
Since coconut chutney or groundnut chutney was no no for a Diabetic, I made these quick fatafat Tomato Chutney and Mango Relish. Athamma was crowing ahha hhah..after even the first bite!
Makes : 16 appeys.
Jower flour - 1 cup
Salt to taste
Onions - 1 medium
Green chilies - 1 long
Bengal gram - 1 tsp
Curry leaves few
Oil - 2 tsp
Method to prepare:
Heat a pan with little oil, gently sauté the chopped onions, including all the other ingredients expect the jower flour.
Take the flour in a bowl, mix salt and slowly add water and mix well to get a dropping consistency. Add the other ingredients that are sautéed. Mix well. Allow it to rest for 10 -15 minutes. This way it becomes little more soft when its getting cooked.
Heat the appey pan and put it medium flame. Take a spoonful of the batter and drop into each hole, sprinkle little oil over the top. Cover with lid and cook for 2 -3 mints.
Once its done, turn it to the other side and cook till its done. It takes about 5 - 6 minutes for the entire batch to be done.
Serve this with your choice of relish, I did with Tomato Chutney, a quick one at that. Will be posting it shortly!