Posted by Annita on July 13, 2006
This breakfast dish reminds me of my Amma’s house in Erumely,a quiet,small and beautiful agricultural village,otherwise known as gateway to Sabarimala. This place is very famous for ‘Pettathullal’ a kind of mass spritual dance perform by Ayyappa devotees.
A healthy breakfast to start your day with
Unda & Chammanthi was a regular breakfast dish there and i haven’t seen this anywhere else.Unda is a Malayalam slang for small spherical objects.When I was a kid,I couldn’t tolerate the hot spicy Chammanthi accompanied with Unda,and my amma used to feed me with a ghee- sugar mixture which goes very well with it.Even now i love this Unda-Ghee-Sugar combo better than the spicy one,but you know its the dieting world and i’ve put more than 10 kgs of weight after my pregnancy.Anyway just like me,my little one loves to have it with ghee..
Here goes the recipe for Unda…
Finely ground & roasted Rice Flour – 2cups(I’ve used store brought rice flour and just dry roast it in a pan for few minutes)
Grated Coconut – 1 and a 1/2 cup
Water – as needed
Salt – to taste
Take rice flour in a bowl and keep aside.Boil the water by adding salt in it.Now add the boiled water into the rice flour and mix it well with a spatula.When it is half cooled,add grated coconut into it and mix it well with hand to form a very smooth dough.
Rice flour made into a smooth dough
Divide it into small lemon sized balls.Arrange it evenly on an idli mould or any other trays which can be used to steam cook.
Dough made into small lemon sized balls
Steam it for 5- 8 mts or until well cooked.
And now the recipe for hot- spicy Chammanthi..
Shallots – 6
Whole Dried Red Chillies (Unakka mulaku)-10
Curry leaves – a few
Salt – to taste
Oil – as needed
Heat little oil in a pan and saute shallots ,curry leaves and red chillies for a minute.No need to turn it brown,just heat it.Grind it to a smooth paste, adding salt along with it.If you can grind it without water,it is well and good.In my home,grindining part is done using an ‘Arakallu’(Something like stone mortar and pestle but, flat shaped) .But here i’ve used a mixer for it.Add 2 or 3 tsp of oil to the grinded paste and mix it well.It is now ready to be served.
Unda and Chammanthi