Friday, 4 December 2009

Acchapam (Rose Cookies)


I don't think I really appriciated when my mom made all the Indian sweets or some special treats.
And also I was never intrested in cooking during that time like most of you .

If I am honest when I was in my early teens I don't think I even thought aobut how much time and efffort she put into make some of the spcial food she made. Every day when we three girls came back home from school,there was something home made which she whipped up for us, which we used to hogg like piggies or on the weekend or special occasions she used to make other things which took a lot of time and work.

I remember she used to make these Achappams and not just for 1 cup of flour, i think when she made them it was mostly for a kilo of flour as I remember , they were made and kept in this huge parle biscut tins.

I am telling about how Ididn't apriciate the work she had put to make things for one reason, I tried for the first time to make Achappam few days back.

Well the first I mixed everything and tried them and whil i dipped the shape into the hot oil I saw them breaking into circles than just giving beautiful flower shape.
So I mixed a new batch tried again , no use it was a disaster again, so i searched the net and found a recipe just using flour and i tried them, well i got beautiful flowers, but then were too soggy with oil and then heavy so I binned my third batch of the day.

So I tried again the below recipe which I got form the net.

It is true they say making Achappam is like winning lottery.
I got 7 beautiful rose shaped achappams and they wee not sticking into the mould , came out perfectly, but from the 8th one it started sticking.
So i gave up .
I just think I am not that lucky in making these beautiful cookies like Mishmash or Aparna.

I am not giving up, I am sure gonna try again, but I think i will wait for a while :-)

Raw rice powder - 1 glass
Sugar - 1/4 glass
Coconut milkthick , I used tinned coconut milk. ( didn't measure just used till i got a batter like for dosa
Eggs - 1
Black seasame seeds ( i didn't have so used white)
Oil for frying

Beat the eggs well.
Mix together egg, sugar, rice powder, seasame seeds and coconut milk well.
The consistency should that of dosa batter.
Heat the oil and dip the achappam mould.
The mould should be very hot so that the achappams will come out from the mould when you dip it in the oil.
Once the mould is hot enough, dip the mould into the batter and fill it till 3/4th of the capacity.
Dip it in oil again and after half a minute, shake the mould lightly so that the achappams will come out easily. (If you shake the mould vigourously, the shape will not be maintained and there are chances of the achappams to break.)
Once slightly golden brown, turn and cook the other side.
Remove from the oil and place them on a tissue paper.
At a time, you can make 3-4 achappams or more depending upon the size of the vessel

As this is a traditional christmas cookies from kerala I am sending this to Susan for her if you want to see what all cookies santa as got till now just go here

45 comments:

Susan from Food Blogga said...

I think acchapam cookies are some of the lovely of all. Thanks for the beautiful submission, and happy holidays!

Angie's Recipes said...

That looks so fun! Must be very crisp too!

Ambika said...

Hey, I used to love acchappam, my mom used to make this very often..I do not have the acchu now, so can't make it, but right now, I'm drooling over your pictures!!!

Cham said...

After seeing ur rose cookie acchu for click ,I got one from my last India trip. I bookmarked a recipe from another keralite blogger! My mom adviced to soak the acchu in kanji (rice water) well to cure! We never realize our mom hard work until it is our turn :) That looks pretty good HC!

Laavanya said...

We always buy this and enjoy but have not tried making this at all.

sayantani said...

it looks so beautiful...I would like to see before i start eating. i need a mould asap. awesome

Meera said...

I have eaten those cookies at my friend's place in India for Christmas. They look too difficult to make at least for me. acchapam maker is on my "to buy" list. thanks for sharing and kudos to your efforts

Seena said...

Happy, that reminded me of my childhood.. :)love achappams!

Shama Nagarajan said...

nice recipe...lovely one

meeso said...

I get so discouraged after something I try doesn't turn out successfully, but they look like they still tasted great, and you have your own cute variation :)

Cilantro said...

I too love them but I do not have the achu to make them.

Bong Mom said...

HC
Your daughter will appreciate you for all the wonderful things you make. Looks terrific

Gloria said...

Happy Cook these look so nice and sure delicious!! gloria

Helene said...

They are looking good. What a great cookie.

Priya said...

We used to soak and grind rice to make out this acchapam, never tried out with rice powder...looks prefect HC..

kothiyavunu said...

Wow looks perfect and crunchy.!!Thats my favourite , all time favourite snack. I wish I could also make this but i don't have the acchu.... till then I will drool at these pictures.:)Gr8 job!!

sunita said...

F, those rose cookies look so pretty :-)

Teresa Cordero Cordell said...

HC, these look so yummy and pretty too!

sowmya.s said...

beautiful try and nice recipe..

Mriganayani said...

Looks beautiful - I love these and pick them up at my Indian store every time I visit. I've asked my mom to get me the achhu next time she visit! Looks wonderful!

5 Star Foodie said...

Such unique cookies, they look delicious and I would love to try them!

notyet100 said...

thy look so delish,...

s said...

this is one kerala sweet i can never ever say no to..great results..

Bergamot said...

these are my favourite cookies... just can't stop myself when I get a bag of rose cookies. Never tried to make them since it looks like a lot of effort and of course skill!!

Sharmila said...

These are really tricky to make Happy ... good to see yours perfect. I did follow Aparna's recipe and made some good ones. :-)

Srivalli said...

F, I simply love those...wish I could make it without egg..

Shama Nagarajan said...

please do collect ur gifts from my blog

RAKS KITCHEN said...

I too have tasted these once,love the flavor!

pigpigscorner said...

They look beautiful!

A 2 Z Vegetarian Cuisine said...

They look delicious and interesting. Nice one.

Aruna Manikandan said...

Firt time here....
Acchapam looks perfect.
we say it as achu murukku
My daughter loves it very much.

check my space when u find time

with luv,
ArunaManikandan
http:/ensamayalkuripugal.blogspot.com

Bombay-Bruxelles said...

You finally used your achapam mould! I remember a com you left ob my blog when I'd made them saying you never used your mould!! Your look great - thanks for the reminder for christmas :-)

DEESHA said...

nice cookies .

Mallugirl said...

They look pretty good to me..if this is first time!! some of the traditional cookies takes time to get exactly right. i don't have an achappam mold, else i could try them out.

Ivy said...

That's a lovely gadget for making those cookies. They look beautiful.

Parita said...

This is something very new to me, looks delicious and cute :-)

Nostalgia said...

You did it! I find making achappam quite daunting. You have given me that added impetus to try myself and will brace myself up and do it as soon as I can lay a hand on the achhu

Malar Gandhi said...

We call it rose acchi appam...don't know why 'rose' came in between, tho'. Looks like lot of work...enjoyed them at my home, but never dared to try them on my own. Yours look so perfect an authentic.

Bombay-Bruxelles said...

HC as requested:
http://bombay-bruxelles.blogspot.com/2008/10/achapam-rosettes-kuih-rose.html

Happy cook said...

Bombay brussels; thankyou i am sure checking out the link.

Soma said...

I LOVE these in capitals. My grandma used to make these and I have the mold now. Brings back some pretty heartwarming memories for me.

Rina said...

Oh!!! Happy..u took me back to those good olden days of childhood..In Andhra we sue to call these Rose cakes..a staple at all festive celebrations in my Aunt's house..

n33ma said...

Cookies have tured out perfect!love it!

RV said...

They are my favorites. We had a mallu neighbor who gave us this sweet cookies whenever they made it.. Love the acchappams you have made..

Food,Health and Beauty said...

Ah!! there's ma story behind this amazing mould n the cookies.....I got this mould from someone frm Kerela, then didn't know what n how to make out of this.....so kept lookin for someone frm kerela, then got the name achappam and waited for aother year or so to get the recipe when i got internet back in 1999....i am gonna foloow ur recipe now :)