I'm dreaming of a white Christmas... in Hong Kong. So, instead of just dreaming of one I've decided to cook up one! Enter steamed rice cakes. <3
Our "White Christmas" with Vattayappams
Va-tta-yap-pum. For that "tta" roll your tongue and say the letter "T".
So let's break it down a little. "Vattam" means "round" in Malayalam and "appams" are steamed rice pancakes made with fermented rice batter and coconut milk. Together, they make "Vattayappam"! Round steamed rice pancakes. Fun fact, "vatta" without the "m" means "crazy" so remember to pronounce that "y"!! I may have made that mistake and got chided when telling Acha (father) what I'd planned for our Christmas meal... hehe whoops!
Vattayappams are usually made for tea. It's sweet and light, usually topped with raisins and cashew nuts. Also, a really healthy snack alternative as it's steamed rather than fried or deep fried. It's also really, really easy to make once you've got the ingredients and the proper kitchen essentials (see below). It's the perfect accompaniment to masala chai.
Nevertheless, we don't usually make vattayappam here in HK (none of us are actually home during "tea time" during the week ergo, no tea time snacks) so we weren't kitted out with the suitably shaped moulds. The mould is basically like a cake tin except it can comfortably fit into