Elai Vadam Recipe (A Traditional South Indian Rice Papad)
Elai Vadam is a delicious papad/ rice cracker that is very traditional to the south Indian homes. It is typically had as an accompaniment with the main course of the south Indian rice, sambar and pickle meal. It can even be had as a snack when topped with chopped onions and tomatoes.
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Traditionally, this is done on plantain leaves, hence the name, elai vadam. You can smell the nice aroma of the plantain leaf in the elai vadam, and it used to taste awesome. I'm reminded of my childhood days when my grandma used to have this ready when we are back from school.
Instead of green chillies, you can use ajwain seeds. Gives a different flavor and taste.
- 1 cup Rice
- 1/2 cup Sabudana (Tapioca Pearls)
- 4 Green Chillies
- Salt , to taste
- 2 teaspoons Sesame (Gingelly) Oil
- 1/4 teaspoon Asafoetida (hing)
How to make Elai Vadam Recipe (A Traditional South Indian Rice Papad)
To prepare Elai Vadam Recipe (A Traditional South Indian Rice Papad), soak the rice and sabudana separately for 3-4 hours. Drain water and grind the rice and the sabudana together along with green chillies and salt into a smooth batter. Add a little water at a time to make a thick batter.
Allow it to ferment for 10-12 hours.
Stir in the oil/ ghee and the asafoetida to the batter. Adjust the batter consistency by adding water to make a thick pouring consistency; similar to the pancake batter. Check the salt levels and adjust to suit your taste.
If you have elai vadam stand (usually comes with 6 plates), you can use that, or you can even make use of the dhokla stand if you have one.
Prepare the steamer with water and grease the plates. Pour a small laddle of the batter in the plate, and spread it evenly.Once the water in the steamer comes to a boil, place the plates in the steamer. Cover and steam for about 2 to 3 minutes. Proceed the same way with the remaining batter.
Remove from the steamer and allow the cooked eilai vadam to cool for 3-4 minutes. Using a sharp spatula, or a knife, slowly start removing the vadam from the corners. If the vadam is not cooled completely, it will tear into pieces.
Either in a clean plastic sheet or a white cloth, place the wet vadam. This can either be sun-dried, which will not take more than 1 full day, else, you can simply dry it under the fan, probably for 2 days, until it is completely dry and crisp.
To consume the vadams, they need to be deepfried. Heat oil in a deep frying pan; fry a vadam at a time, they will fluff up and become bigger than they are. Serve the Elai Vadam as it is or along with your meal.
Store the Elai Vadam Recipe (A Traditional South Indian Rice Papad) in airtight containers and fry them as desired.
Note: The oil needs to be very hot for frying up vadams. Test the oil by dropping a small piece of vadam first. If it quickly fluffs up and begins to expand and rises up to the top, the oil is ready.