Monday, September 14, 2009

Making Rice Flour at home ~ Indian Basics for Cooking

Unlike years before, these days my Mondays are coloured by satisfaction I get over the quality of work done over the weekends! Its been many weeks since I had a Saturday off, even otherwise nothing much gets done. So naturally I am prone to Monday blues. Well I am no in school or college, to get that kind of trepidation and butterflies running around in the tummy on reach of the date! To be frank I used to get that feeling on Sunday nights during scholar days. Its utterly ridiculous to expect the same to happen now.

I panic when I don't see such feelings expressed by Konda. She is least bothered that today is Monday. Maybe she gets upset that her holiday was over. Talking about holidays, Peddu on getting up on Sunday morning exclaimed and proclaimed that it was a holiday to them and we ought to go to "Ooru". Hubby dear sorely regrets ever taking them out every other weekend. Result was, though he managed an escape for a while, back home he ended up taking us for a tour round the city. In the end, Peddu wasn't happy that he wasn't taken for a tour. Well, we can't have everything to our liking or so we told. Not that a soon to be 3 kid will understand that!

Coming back to my satisfied state, I was happy getting more than couple of dishes ready this weekend. Its far better than what work had progressed during the past months. Naturally it really got me happy. Not only was I able to get to make a dish that I ate as a child, it was liked by Konda. What more can I ask for? Yes that's for the book. So naturally the positive response from her made me extremely happy.

Over the weekend I was reminded again on the fact that I have been lagging in post on Indian Basics. I actually planned on doing one per week. Not sure where all those weeks have gone. Can you believe today gets us to the middle of the month!

And what's more I totally forgot that my Spice your Life completed 1 year this month! Though I haven't been able to spend or write so much as I did in this blog, I really love those quality information that I was able to get from my Dad. The posts may be less, but it packs more value than I can think.

As it seem customary to celebrate an occasion with something worth remembering, I have announced an event. Please do check it out and join in!

Coming back to our post for today, its all making making Rice flour at home. I know getting a ready made flour makes life much simpler, but I am all for making it at home. One thing is you get really fresh flour. Second is you get more and of course third is the satisfaction that you ground it at home. I know all these because I was really thrilled knowing I was making it at home. I always remember Amma making it at home. And I always thought that way wasn't mine. But guess what I simply loved to feel that damp rice flour as it got ground in the mixer!

The rice flour is used in many dishes in Indian Cuisine. We make Biyam Roti (Rice Roti), Murukus, Puttu, Ariselu and many more.

4 cups Raw Rice yields 6 cups of rice flour.


Wash the rice and soak it for 15 - 20 minutes. Drain the rice and spread it on a cloth for shade drying.


After 30 mints, grind to a smooth powder in your mixer. Take 1 cup at a time and run it and stop in intervals. Else your jar can get very hot.

Pass it through a sieve to get the fine powder. And grind again until you get the most of your rice into fine powder.


If you are not going to make a dish out of it right away, store it in an air tight container after its cooled enough.

Another way of making this is by lightly roasting the rice over hot pan for few minutes, grinding it to a fine flour once its cooled. This way you can store for longer days.

Making flour at home is so convenient as it only takes about 15 mins to soak and another 15 mins to dry. And your dish is bound to come out tasty.

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28 comments :

Mythreyi Dilip said...

Only home made rice flour gives great taste to murukku and other snacks!

jeyashrisuresh said...

absolutely useful post. and i know how delicious the outcome ie., when we make muuruku,puttu ,kolakattai from this flour.
Nice post.

A_and_N said...

You know I've never thought about making rice flour, but my granny used to make them and all those pics bring her to my mind :)

Mriganayani said...

My mother in law is here with us - and she made this last week to make murukku, seedai and vella seedai - I agree - the taste really stands out!

Divya Kudua said...

Thank you so much for this post Valli.I have never made rice flour at home and was raking my brain for it*you know why*.Wonderfully explained..thanks again:)

Uma said...

Nice post on homemade rice flour. So useful to many of us :)

Lebouffe said...

Wow.. thats so nice :) Must try.. -Naina

my kitchen said...

Every Time i will Bring Puttu powder from shops,Really useful for me to make it at home.you can visit my blog,view recipes and post ur comments

rekhas kitchen said...

nice post and very use full valli. thanks for posting.

Sanghi said...

Good tips !

Priya said...

Very interesting post Sri..helpful for many of us..

Chitra said...

I too follow the same procedure for making kozhukkatai base, murukku etc.Useful post.

Jhanani said...

Very useful post. Home made is always special.

Shri said...

Cool,Valli!

Sandhya said...

heyy srivalli,
first time here...
Rice flour kindled my memories .. this is exactly how my mum does way back in india...
drying , grinding ,sieving.. wow :)

do sneek - a peek in my blog when time permits.. & do give me ur valuable comments,

Cynthia said...

You mentioned using a grinder, can you suggest any?

Srivalli said...

Thank you everybody for your lovely comments, glad you find this useful.

Cynthia, I use Premium Tilting wet grinder

Check this link for more details.
http://www.bombaylimited.com/Premier-Wet-Grinders-500-1.html

I am happy with the results I get with this.

Rupa said...

This is a timely post for me! I have been thinking of buying a home mill (it's called that I think in India, Rs. 7000 approx) on my next trip to India. It's heavey and wasn't sure how to bring it to US. I am intrigued that you say you use wet grinder for grinding flour! I have one of those table top wet grinders (used for idli/dosa) with heavey stones. Would that work for dry grinding like flour? Hope you can help me save money and hassle, thanks!!!!

Srivalli said...

Rupa, I haven't mentioned wet grinder anywhere, so not sure how this confusion has arisen! I meant the mixie, using the mixie jar. This flour comes pretty well in your regular food processor or like the indian sumeet or preeti brands.

Sashi said...

Very helpful to so many of us Srivalli, well explained. :)

Rupa said...

Srivalli, your response to Cynthia said you used "Premium Tilting wet grinder". That's why I was confused and checked with you...txs.

Srivalli said...

Rupa, sorry for the confusion..:)

Anonymous said...

Hi

In basic essentials when I click on Cooking with onions-different ways Making rice flour at home comes up. Could you please correct this.
Thanks
Neville
Toronto

Srivalli said...

Thank you Neville for alerting me!..sorry I took so long to update!

Nikki said...

im so excited to have found this page! every week i grind my own flour, and its my LEAST favorite part of the week, cause i always scorch it, and my blender is one of those "as seen on tv" ones. but your technique makes much more sense. thanks!! you are helping me more than I can say :)

Anonymous said...

Thanks for this been looking for home made rice flour and you gave us a very easy way to make it. -Riz

alphy said...

Hi thanks for the post. I am new to cooking thats why thought of asking this. Can I use any type of rice for making the flour, parboiled and basmati rice for example.
Thanks in advance

Srivalli said...

Alphy Thanks for dropping by. Rice flour is normally made from regular rice. I am not sure if flour is not made from parboiled or basmati rice.

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