Pelakaida Appa of Managalore
Mangalore’s cuisine is an extremely versatile cuisine. It has the influence of both South Indian Dishes and Portuguese delicacies. Vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes are both equally popular in the region. Some dishes are attributed to the Mangalorean Catholics while some are inspired from other communities like the Saraswat Brahmins, Bunts and Billavas. Meat is as popular as fish dishes, although being a coastal area; the latter is a part of the staple diet of Mangaloreans.
Mutton, Beef, Pork and fish are among the most frequently and commonly consumed non-vegetarian items. But there are certain dishes that are typically prepared at every household and have been going on for generations. One of the most popular of these dishes is the Pelakaida Appa. This is a simple and quick ripened jack-fruit dumpling dish that is prepared by every mother, grandmother and other women at home during the monsoons in Mangalore.
Sharing how to prepare this dish is as exciting as enjoying it with a hot cup of tea as it pours outside.
Recipe of Pelakaida Appa
Preparation Time- 10-15 minutes
Cooking Time- 5-10 minutes
Ingredients for Pelakaida Appa
- Rice or Sona Masoori Dal (150 grams)
- Ripe Jackfruit Flesh (3-4 pieces)
- Jaggery or Gur (1/2 cup)
- Powdered Green Cardamom (1 teapoon)
- Salt (1 pinch)
- Oil for Deep Frying
First you need to soak the rice or dal in water for 3-4 hours or overnight. After it has been soaked properly and has puffed up a bit, drain the water completely. De-seed the ripe jack-fruit pieces and cut them into small square-shaped pieces. Try not to make them too small as it might not dissolve properly within the mixture when grinded.
Pour the soaked rice, jaggery and jack-fruit pieces along with a little bit of water in to a mixer and grind them till they turn into a fine and thick mixture. Make sure that the mixture is not too watery as it will not hold the dumplings together otherwise.
Followed by this add powdered green cardamom and a little bit of salt and blend it properly. Once this process is complete, simply heat oil in a wok or deep bottomed pan. Take spoonfuls of the batter and pour them in to the oil one by one. Reduce the heat level to medium so that the appas do not get burnt and the internal part is cooked evenly. Wait till they turn golden in color and then remove them to savor it immediately.
You can have these dumplings with honey, maple syrup, jam or even spicy Indian chutneys along with a hot cup of Green or Black tea or coffee.
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