Rice & toor dal puttu/Neri palakaram
This is an age old traditional delicacy prepared using rice and toor dal. After soaking for 5 to 6 hours, grind them coarsely & shallow fry. While frying crush it so that it became crumbly. In Tamil ‘Neri’ means crushing/mashing & palakaram means snacks, So the name Neri palakaram. It’s considered healthy as it contains rice, dal , jaggery and coconut. Powdered jaggery or syrup can be used. My aunt is an expert in preparing this traditional puttu & she never missed once to prepare this to us. We love the flavor & texture of the dish. Like puttu you can have this by adding one or two tablespoons of clarified butter or Desi ghee. Worth trying …..Though it takes extra effort to prepare. If you’re looking for a healthy traditional dish then go for it. If you like this dish then click like & follow button at the end of this page. Tag me in Instagram @abysenthil. Here’s the slideshow of the preparation.
🔅Idli rice /boiled rice – 1/2 cup
🔅Toor dal/Tuvaram paruppu- 1/2 cup
🔅Powdered jaggery – 1/4 cup or more
🔅 Freshly grated coconut- 1/2cup
🔅 cardamom powder – 1 tablespoon
🔅Salt a pinch
🔅 Any vegetable oil -1/4 cup
🔅Clarified butter/ Ghee – 3 tablespoons (Optional)
– Wash well & soak rice and toor dal for minimum 5 to 6 hours separately.
– Then grind them into a coarse paste with a pinch of salt in a thick consistency.
– Heat a thick bottomed Kadai at medium flame & pour two tablespoons of any vegetable oil.
– When it becomes hot pour a ladle of batter & spread a little and after 2 minutes flip that. At a time pour only one ladle of batter. Then started crushing/mashing it using Mathu , a wooden masher used traditionally. Mash it for few minutes & once it’s cooked then keep it aside. It’s crumbly in texture & little rough. Then do the same for the rest of the batter.
– Once it gets cold, grind or pulse the crumbles in a mixer/ blender to make it even in size.
– To this add powdered jaggery/ jaggery syrup, fresh coconut & cardamom powder. Mix well.
– To make it more softer and flavorful add one or two tablespoons of clarified butter/ghee, which is completely optional.
-This is the traditional wooden masher or mathu used for mashing dal, potato, greens etc.
– This can be served with breakfast or as snacks.