Daring Kitchen August - Appam and Curry

Just picked kaffir lime leaves and green chilli
I was glad to see this month's challenge was Indian food.  I do love it so.  I actually have the cookbook that was used for one of the recipes - Mangoes & Curry Leaves.  What I loved about this challenge is that it introduced me to a few new techniques - like using raw rice as part of a seasoning mixture.  I have not experimented that much with making Indian breads, so I was intrigued. (I substituted kaffir lime leaves in my curry as a I have two plants in my yard).

Kaffir lime leaves

Chilli plant
Blog checking lines:  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.

Note:  Due to time constraints, sadly, I was not able to complete the Appam - but will make them another time.  I had good intentions - honest!  But due to an oversight on my part (misreading the recipe) - there was no way I was going to finish it with the time that was left (it was 6pm when I realized my error). So, apologies to our host for not completing the challenge.  I do hope you at least enjoy the photos.

Spice mixture ready for toasting, then grinding

I love this little frying pan!
Chilli crusted tamarind ball

You can find the recipe and all the instructions to make your Indian feast from Daring Kitchen.

Looking forward to next month's challenge - happy cooking.


  1. Wow - that spice mix looks beautiful. I can't wait to see your appam when you make them!

  2. I'll post when I do - thanks!

  3. Lucky you for having a kaffir lime plant! The curry looks great, and I hope you do get a chance to try the appams. They take some advance planning, but are pretty simple.

  4. Your photos are wonderful! Have fun making the appams when you get to them!

  5. Thanks for the encouraging words - I will make them soon along with another wonderful recipe from Mangoes and Curry Leaves :-)