Mary, who writes the delicious blog, Mary Mary Culinary was our August Daring Cooks' host. Mary chose to show us how delicious South Indian cuisine is. She challenged us to make appam and another South Indian/Sri Lankan dish to go with the warm flat bread.
Appam is a type of bread similar to a crepe made from a fermented rice batter and usually served with a curry. Now, I didn't master this (because I left trying it to the day the challenge was supposed to be posted) but although my appam didn't look quite right, I really loved the taste of it and felt it was a refreshing accompaniment to a curry. I chose to make Mary's Chemeen Pappas (a prawn and coconut milk curry). The whole family loved this mild but tasty curry and I will certainly make this again. Probably next time I try to make appam. I'm going to get it looking beautiful next time. I do know where I can make improvements. I don't think I blended the rice enough and I also think my batter that I left fermenting was too thick.
Really enjoyed the challenge of making something quite different again.
I did spend a few hours of the weekend doing this, though, and I am finding that with trying to do all the challenges I am spending too long trying to fit them in when we should really be spending the weekends as a family. So, this will probably be my last Daring Cooks Challenge and I will probably bow out of the Daring Bakers too. Might be able to go back to them later when the kids are a bit older and I have a bit more time to myself.
Recipes - here.