Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Akki Undi (Steamed Rice Dumplings) and a Meme





I'd not heard of Akki Pundi until I saw this post of Supriya's. My Father-in-Law is from Mangalore and when I showed him this, he said they made something similar called Akki Undi. One evening, to my surprise, my Mother-in-Law had made the Akki Undi just so that I could taste some authentic Mangalorean fare! The Sambar that goes with this was my teensy and comparitively easy contribution. What a combination that makes! Thank you, dear Supriya, for the inspiration you provided and thanks to my MIL for this wonderful dish!

Ingredients:
4 cups Rice (soaked in water for at least 6 hours)
1 cup Coconut Powder
Salt to taste

Tempering/Tadka:
2 Tbsp Oil
1 Tsp Mustard Seeds
2 Tsp Urad Dal
1 tsp Cumin Seeds
1/2 tsp Asafoetida

Method:
Grind the soaked rice to a coarse paste using very little water. Add coconut powder, salt and the tadka. Mix them well and shape into little rounds or ovals. Steam in pressure cooker for 20 minutes.

Serve with sambar or chutney or just plain ghee.

I've been tagged by Pooja for this (long overdue) meme. She wants me to write about 5 things you don't know about me. So here goes...

I'm still afraid of the dark! Whenever N & I had a fight and he(or I, sometimes) would sleep in another room but in the middle of the night, I'd sneak right back next to him so that I could go to sleep! I'm better now mainly because sleep has become such a precious commodity right now! :)

My grandmother was a writer and has written many novels, some of which have been made into movies too. I'm really ashamed of this and hope to rectify it soon but I've not read a single book of hers! Though I can read Kannada very well, I can't read it fast enough for me to go through a book. I've tried a few times and have always given up after a few pages. Soon...

I used to be prety skinny in High School and was very much into sports- throwball & athletics, mainly. Most people would think that being tall, I'd be good at basket ball but I couldn't aim if my life depended on it! The other thing was that people assumed in athletic meets that I'd be a runner or a high/long jumper but my forte was discus throw and shot put!! You had all these well built people in the competition and then there was the reedy me! I have even won a few medals, believe it or not! :)

I LOVE food but I HATE cooking everyday! After a long day at work, there's no way I can come home and start cooking! It's like having 2 jobs! An ex-colleague of mine cooks rice, dal, rotis and sabji/curry fresh from scratch every single evening (she works long hours at work too)! She even manages to cart her son to his various activities in between. I call her Super Woman! I know many of you do it and really, HATS OFF to you guys!

OK, I can't think about a 5th thing to write about. Will add it as soon as I can think of something! I did not want to hold this up while I try to work my one brain cell figuring what else I haven't talked about! :)

I'd like to tag anybody who wants to take this up. It's been so nice reading about others and will look forward to more revelations from you all! Thanks, Poo, for this tag!

18 comments:

TS said...

Vani...

good one! I liked the first one..made me smile, I, too remember a few days like those...NO MORE! I have recently begun to sleep through the night ever since Baby Siddh turned 13 months,I hope you will soon too! Just left you another comment on another post.

Hugs, Trupti

Asha said...

Hi Vani,we call it Kadubu in the estate and it's round.Add butter,it's called Benne Kadubu and served with Badnekai Ennegai!A classic coffee planter's menu!
Unde looks great and but I want Sambhar recipe too!Please pretty please when you have time!!!

I have BBB out,ajji style!!:D
All you girls are afraid of the dark,scardy cats!I love to read Kannada and Hindi novels!What's your ajji's name,I might get it here.Also a tip,when you make dal or anything on the weekends,make huge amount and then freeze in portions to reheat any day of the week.I do that when we on vacation and desperate to eat Indian when we come back!

Pooja said...

so lucky you are to have your MIL taking care fo half of your responsibilities... I jealous of you :D .
I love this rice dumplings, along wiht supriya once i saw it on the blog of viji too,and i thinks it must be tasting good . will try sometime. thanks for sharing.
Love reading your Meme.
you reminded me of some medals i have :)). Just forgot what i used to be in schools. I was vice captain of girls cricket team under 16. and have medal of NCC too... seems like a long past now...
I have another similarity with you ,that is 4th point. I cant cook ful fledge dishes after coming from work, i have many short cuts for healthy dishes to cook withing minutes by now :D .
hats off to your grand mother, she must be a n intelligent lady , as being a write in that time.
I have my grand father very well known in our native region and all the cities around, as he started the base of education in our Samaj and bring forward the whole society in that time , when people used to spend all the time of life in agriculture , today even there is a huge building there with His name ,in memory of him and a trust is running many schools on his name. I also feel sometime that compared to that we are very normal and little creature .

thanks for sharing your 5 , opps ! 4 points, you cant find 5th one and i had many to share , i shorted it when writing this meme . :))
love to M.

Vcuisine said...

Nice dish Vani and nice Meme. Interesting to read, especially when we reveal some thing from our heart. Have a good day. Viji

Linda said...

Hi Vani, so nice to learn a little more about you! I can empathise with 'love food dread cooking' on some of those weeknights... and I can fall asleep with the lights on even though my kids are nearly grown ;)

Akki undi is completely new to me. Sounds easy and looks delicious! Now how about that sambhar recipe :):)

Sia's corner said...

lovely akki undi vani. its my fav u know and i do it for lazy weekend brunches as its healthy and very easy:)
hey who is ur grandma? i loooooove novels and have read many kannada novels by karanth, kuvenpu, bendre, triveni, m.k. indira, usha rao etc... this is a long list. i have been reading big big novels when all my friends were still reading comics;) wouls love to know ur grandma's name girl:) so plz tell me her name:) i can understand if u don't want to reveal it:)
he he he... 1st point in meme was funny. i am not scared of dark but K won't let me sleep in another room(disadv of not having locks in room;)
even i love food but don't like to cook everyday. thankfully K takes charge of cooking when i am lazy;)
and yeah.... sambar recipe on demand!!! :)

Jyothsna said...

Nice recipe, we call it kozhakatta. nice to read your meme too. Scared of the dark, huh??:)

Sandeepa said...

Hey Vani

Liked reading your meme. Though don't know Kannada at all, am pretty impressed by your grandma, I respect writers and it must have been so nice to have one right at home

Also the first one was funny. I have been married 7 years now and no longer take the effort to go and sleep in another room after a fight, but did do that a lot in the initial years :)

Seema said...

oh my god vani, Undis look adorable and sambar, hey where is the recipe for sambar?
Loved reading your meme. I am just like you when it comed to kannada novels. Mama used to read them a lot and tell me how good some of them were and I would always make up my mind and start but would hardly reach to the 5th page and then drop it as I was a very slow kannada reader.

Vani said...

TS- ha! there's hope for a good night's sleep then! :) Every now & then, I get a break and get a full night's sleep but it's few and far between. I must let her cry a few nights in a row and then it'll be better but you know how tough that is! :)

Ashamma- I must get my mom's huli pudi recipe before I can post the sambar recipe! Will do so and promise to post soon! We also make something called uddina kadabu and kayi kadabu during Ganesha habba, that's made of rice casing with fillings. Your kadabu with been and yennegai must be yum!
Thanks for the tip. That's exactly what I do. Whenever I cook(usually over the weekends), I cook LOADS and freeze them in daily portions. I take a lot of store bought help too for faster cooking, whenever possible! Love shortcuts! :)

Poo-yeah, my grandmother was an amazing woman. In her days to be writing that too about women issues (that sadly still persist in some communities) was really something! Looks like your grandfather was a pioneer of sorts too. You must be so proud of him!
My problem with 5th point is mainly because I've written so much about myself in my blog that there was not much left to write about! :)It was a nice meme, Poo. Thanks for tagging me! I hope you've held on to your medals and cups. I don't have those but have the certificates.

Viji- thank you for your always positive and encouraging comments!

Vani said...

Linda- Will post the sambar recipe as soon as I get the recipe for the sambar powder that mom makes and sends me! Yeah, weeknights esp are tough cooking-wise!

Supriya- A Kannada novel enthusiast, I see! Naanu ninna blog nalli ajjiya hesaru helutthene.
Thank you for the undi. So different for me and very tasty too!
Oh, honey don't say K takes over when you're lazy! You should get a break after a long day too! You should be saying he cooks when he's not feeling lazy! ;)

Jyotsna- Yeah, still scared of the dark and being alone! There was a time when N used to travel on a project when he'd fly out on Monday morns and return Thursday evenings. I'd hardly sleep those nights and go to sleep at 8pm when he was home! :)

Sandeepa- yeah, it is nice to have a writer at home but nicer if I could ahve read at least some of her books! We've been married 7 years too, S and I'm still so bad with sleep! :)

Seema- I'm so glad I have company with the kannada reading. I always felt bad about that but I'm really too slow a reader. I must start with short stories or something. Sambar recipege ammana hulipudi recipe tilidikolla beku first! Will post it as soon as I get that from her! :)

Vani said...

Linda- Will post the sambar recipe as soon as I get the recipe for the sambar powder that mom makes and sends me! Yeah, weeknights esp are tough cooking-wise!

Supriya- A Kannada novel enthusiast, I see! Naanu ninna blog nalli ajjiya hesaru helutthene.
Thank you for the undi. So different for me and very tasty too!
Oh, honey don't say K takes over when you're lazy! You should get a break after a long day too! You should be saying he cooks when he's not feeling lazy! ;)

Jyotsna- Yeah, still scared of the dark and being alone! There was a time when N used to travel on a project when he'd fly out on Monday morns and return Thursday evenings. I'd hardly sleep those nights and go to sleep at 8pm when he was home! :)

Sandeepa- yeah, it is nice to have a writer at home but nicer if I could ahve read at least some of her books! We've been married 7 years too, S and I'm still so bad with sleep! :)

Seema- I'm so glad I have company with the kannada reading. I always felt bad about that but I'm really too slow a reader. I must start with short stories or something. Sambar recipege ammana hulipudi recipe tilidikolla beku first! Will post it as soon as I get that from her! :)

Scott at Real Epicurean said...

Your blog always makes my mouth water even though I know I can't cook any of it (not enough talent!).

I just love "Indian" food!

Vani said...

Scott- It's not a matter of talent at all! The delicious-looking food you come up with, I cannot make those. I'm sure if you had more experience with this kinda food like I've had, you'd do way better than me right now! :)

Vaibhav said...

Hey vani, i tried making that rice undi, yummiee ..... and very easy
And nice to know more things about u.
Cheers .....

Dr. Soumya Bhat said...

Hey Vani,
Your pundi looks great dear with those coriander leaves.....hmm lovely presentation.

dhanya said...

The dumplings are looking tempting Vani!!...You have got gr888 recipes...will be visiting often!!

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