Monday, June 26, 2006

Mutta Kuzhalappam/Love letter!


Love letter....a name for a snack?...Yes indeed....We have love letters which have become history and mythology....This is no 'Meghasandesham' or 'Hamsasandesham' of our mythology....or the sms love liners of the modern age....this is pure love folded in a pancake!!....Loveletters are known for the dollops of sweetness flowing out of the heart of the amorous lovers....... and this Loveletter, also known as Mutta Kuzhalappam are sweet filled pancakes rolled into pipes(Kuzhal),served of course with a lot of love!!...A common snack in Kerala during Christmas and a quick recipe which kids love and all those with sweet tooth love....There are different versions of making it, I have Malabarified it a little bit.

For pancake:
Maida-1 cup

Grated coconut--1/2 cup
Poppy seeds-2tsp
Cardamom powder-1 tsp
Cashew nuts
Cashewnuts-25 g(broken)
Ghee-1 tbsp
Salt-a very small pinch

First prepare the filling.Heat ghee in a wok.Roast cashew,raisins,poppy seeds,coconut shavings,add beaten egg,cardamom powder and sugar.Scramble the egg and mix well.(Same as Unnakkaya).Keep it aside.
Mix maida,egg,and salt with water and make a dosa like batter of thinner consistency. Heat a griddle.Grease it with oil.Pour one ladle of batter and spread it out as thin as possible,like dosa/pancake.Flip the sides and cook it well. Now scoop out 2tsp filling into each dosa, roll it into a pipe and just lay it on the griddle for a couple of minutes, till the sides turns golden.Now serve your love letter with a lot of love!!

Well, Traditional Kuzhalappam is a little different story.....I mean the filling is very simple....('simble!')...It is jaggery(Sharkara/Bellam/Vellam) mixed with cardamom, cumin seeds, and grated coconut....some use sugar instead of it is all'apna' choice!!...If you fold the crepe/dosa with the filling inside and just press down the edges with the spatula,it becomes something we call Madakku Saan/Madakku Dosa


Sherin said...

Back home my Ammachi used to prepare this 'love letter' a lot....

archana said...

Ohhh yes, good old love letter, my mother used to make it with just fresh grated coconut, sugar, and cardamom. Somehow i was begining to forget that this snack was fondly called "love letter". Thank you for blogging about it.

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nshaji said...

Hi can you also please put up the recipe for pepper chicken dry fry? it looks awesome