Elai vadam / Yelai Vadam/Ilai Vadam

Author: kittymatti / Labels:


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Recipe Courtesy: Kamala (my grandma)
Photo Courtesy: Padmini, Srinivasan (my parents)

Back again after a long break :) :)

This is my Kamala paati's vadam recipe. I love them and prefer eating them when just steamed. It is very hard for me to wait till they dry up and then eat deep fried vadams!

1 cup raw rice
1 tsp khus khus / jeera
3-4 green chillies (optional)
salt to taste
hing 4 dashes (optional)

Soak raw rice for 4-5 hours. Drain and grind to a smooth paste. Add salt and allow to ferment for 2 days. Once it is fermented, mix with a little water and bring to a thin dropping consistency, something like a aapam batter. Pour and spread on the steam plate. Steam it in vadam plates for 2 minutes each. Once steamed, it will separate from the plate. Pull them out. Eat them fresh or just sun dry them for a day. They dry up fast. Dry again on the other side. Store the dried vadams in air tight containers. Deep fry when you want!

Thanks to my paati, she taught me to set up my own vadam steamer! Take a kadai add water for about 3-4 inches in the bottom. Keep a plate with holes ( you can even use the pressure cooker base plate which has tiny holes) on top of the water. This is your vadam plate. Use a cover plate to cover the kadai.

26 comments:

sriharivatsan said...

Ilai vadam ennnoda favo kooda...Supera iruku, nanna iruku, most of my recipies seems to be my favo...Superb..

kittymatti said...

Thank u soo much :)

Anonymous said...

Please tell me how to steam it. I did not fully get the menthod.Should one put vadam over the plate with hole or is it something diferent ?
- Ranjani.

kittymatti said...

If u have a vadam steamer, just use it directly. If you dont have one, take a big kadai. Fill 1/4 of the kadai with water. Place the cooker (base) plate in the kadai, such that it just about fits the kadai dia at some point. This level should be above the water level. If water level is at 1/4, then the plate level may be at 1/2 or 3/4 of the kadai height. So, when the water boils, the steam hits the plate. You are supposed to pour the vadam batter on this plate (which has holes). While steaming each vadam, close with a kadai cover so that the steam does not escape...
If you think that this is a big mess, just buy the vadam steamer set (if in India)

kittymatti said...

First get the water in the kadai steaming.
Next spread the vadam batter on the plate (with holes)
Close with the kadai cover.
Allow it to steam for a minute. It will be done in a few seconds actually..
With the help of a knife, just tear the edges slightly, it will come off.
Then go ahead with the next one.
Remember to have sufficient wwater to provide the steam... Hope this helps

Anonymous said...

Thanks, shall try..

Pavithra said...

Preethi it was nice to see ur comment in my space after looooooooooooooooooooooong time dear. Hope everything is going fine at ur end and wish to see u in blogosphere soon. The illai vadam looks awesome.

kittymatti said...

hi pavithra, been a long time indeed.. was doing a course and kinda busy with that..now that its over back to the blog:) thanks for yr comments!

Preety said...

looks too good..i don't have steamer:(

kittymatti said...

@anonymus: my comments are not clear...
Fill the bottom with water. Keep the holes plate first. On top of that keep the regular plate and make the elai vadam on the plate (without holes)..sorry for the confusion

Priya said...

Preethi glad to see ur comments after a long,hope everything is well at ur end..

Padhu said...

I love vadams .Illai vadam looks great

Chitra said...

Hello dear , welcome back. Nice to c ur post after a long time. Ilai vadam looks authentic and is too good :)Love it !!

kittymatti said...

Thanks :) Im fine..just had a break:)
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rads said...

I don't have a steamer or vadam plates but this sounds yummy...and welcome back :)

Shri said...

The vadam looks great....:)The recipes from grandma's always taste delicious.

Sowmya said...

Elai vadam is my favorite vadam....very nice recipe!

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Swarnavalli Suresh said...

Nice vadam mathaji...One of our family's favourite...

Jay said...

Hy Preeti,
Authentic n delicious recipe...sounds perfect..love d awesome clicks..
first time here..amazing space you have..love your unique lively presentation..
Am your happy follower now..:)
Do stop by mine sometime..
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sangeeta said...

Hi Preethi ...nice to see you after such a long time. How have you been?
This vadam looks easy to make , my mom and grandmother make rice papads a different way .






Dr.Sameena Prathap
said...

Hey,

Love vadams...:)Love your clicks...awesome recipe too...:)

Dr.Sameena@

http://www.myeasytocookrecipes.blogspot.com/

Deepa Praveen said...

First time in your space..we prepare something called kumpilappam the same way..it is a sweet dish preparing with raw rice, jack fruit and jaggery and my amma use Idali steamer or idali vessel for cooking that..Why cant we use and idali vessel for this too just a thought..

Sarah Naveen said...

love this..looks so yumm!!

kittymatti said...

Yes deepa... u r right, u can use the idly steamer:)
Thanks guys

Gulmohar said...

I have never had this. But I like anything steamed like this :-)we make ada,kumbilappam etc like this

Deepa Sarangan said...

Preethi - Did you actually make this? I am very impressed. :)

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