This video talks about
- Pootarekula Kunda (Pot)
- Seasoning The Pot
- Rice Type
- Cloth Handling
Almost every person in Andhra Pradesh knows about this tasty rice paper sweet which just melts in mouth. Seeing the thin sheet I just felt that it is a very easy job to make pootarekulu. I went to market and bought a big pot. I have seasoned the pot by applying oil while heating it. I also prepared thin batter with rice. Then I tried to make the sheet by applying a thin coat on hot pot with a cloth dipped in batter. To my surprise it was a failure. Then I seasoned the pot further and tried and tried and failed repeatedly. Then I thought, as the size of the pot is big, the flame is not reaching to the top. Then I have bought a small pot and started trying---yet failures continued. During this process, I had to scrape the dried batter from the pot and clean the place. One would not believe, it was a mess and torturous chore — the hope of atleast getting one sheet on this pot, I expected to forget the failures and disappointments which I faced till now. Pootarekulu on the pot remained elusive. Then I came to know that pootarekula kunda is specially made and it has holes on it. I could not believe this and felt like giving it a try by making holes on the pot I was trying---yet I did not get the pootareku. Then I gave it up till I read an article in newspaper about making of pootarekulu in Vizianagaram district. I felt challenged to learn and make pootarekulu. I enquired and could get a help from Sri Satyanarayana Garu of IKP who took me to Merakamudidam village in Vizianagaram district. I took my pot to that village and wanted to know the reason for failure. There Smt. Ramulamma taught and gave reasons as to why I was not getting a pootareku at my place. The villagers were really helpful and taught me in detail. I took the opportunity and learned the art of making rekulu on the hot pot. I can’t express my happiness in words when I took the pootareku in my hand which I have made. This visual experience helped me understand easily why and where it failed. Having learnt the art of making pootarekulu I felt like sharing all the minute details in this process with my viewers. So let us see in detail how to make pootarekulu in one’s home itself.
Pootarekula Kunda (Pot):
The pot used to make pootarekulu is not ordinary pot which we use to store water. A thin coating of fine clay is applied on the pot and then heated to get a smooth surfaced glazed pot. Also this pot has three holes equidistant from each other. Turn the pot and observe the surface---it has glaze and appears smooth when touched with fingers. The thickness of the ordinary water pot is much lesser than the thickness of the pootarekula kunda.
Seasoning The Pot:
To make pootarekulu at home the flame of the ordinary gas stove will not be sufficient. So invest in a single burner stove that is generally used by caterers in parties and functions. This single burner stove has a big burner.
After 30 minutes switch on the flame and smear oil
on the pot. Now start making rekulu and test whether
the pot got seasoned or not. Dip cloth in the batter and coat the batter on the
hot pot. Observe the black coating of the pot sticking to the cloth---do not
worry as we are using this batter only to check the seasoning of the pot.
Observe the sheet formed is broken into pieces—a failure. This indicates that
the pot is not yet seasoned. Remove the broken sheet from the pot and scrape
any batter sticking on the pot with a plate or a blunt knife. Repeat the
process of smearing oil, coating the pot with a thin layer of batter. Observe
that it failed once again. Repeat this process till the pot is seasoned.
process of scraping the broken pieces of sheet, some particles may fall into
the batter as the batter is kept near the pot. In such cases strain the batter,
remove the particles and use that batter once again till the pot is seasoned.
After trying for some time you will get a thin sheet of the rice batter—this
indicates that the pot is seasoned. Here in my case I got the sheet after
seasoning the pot with oil and applying nearly 20 coats of batter on the pot &
scraping the broken sheets.
Be careful as the scraped sheet particles may catch
fire easily when they fall near the gas burner. As soon as you scrape the sheet
off the pot, sweep the broken sheet particles away from the gas stove to avoid
this danger. The area around the pot becomes messy while making pootarekulu. Hence it is advisable to make these pootarekulu in an open area where it is easy to clean
rather than in kitchen. Now the pot is seasoned to make pootarekulu.
Observe that the thick cloth which we have used to smear oil on the pot gets torn to a larger portion due to the heat on the pot. Use the same cloth to make pootarekulu---hence keep this in a plastic cover and store till use away from dust & dirt. Similarly if you are not using the pot immediately cool it and store covered in a plastic bag—as the pot is seasoned and got a coating of oil on it, dust settles easily on it.
Learn About Rice:
making pootarekulu, use unpolished rice or parboiled
rice but not the regular polished rice which we use for cooking in well to do families. The starch in
the unpolished rice helps in getting fine pootarekulu
unlike starch less polished rice. As parboiled rice also has starch in
can be used.Mostly the poor villagers use the usual coarse variety of
new rice which they grow in their fields or which the governments gives
them at subsidised price through fair price shops.
About The Cloth:
a soft cotton cloth for making pootarekulu. Take care
that the cloth has no loose strings while making pootarekulu.
When a thin layer of batter is coated on the pot with a cloth which has loose
strings, observe that a line forms on the sheet due to the string on the cloth.
Once the sheet is ready to be removed from the pot, it breaks along the length
of the line. So remove such strings before applying the coat on the pot. One
option is to do a patch work by applying batter with finger on the cut portions
and it would be difficult as the hot pot burns your fingers!!! So another
option is to remove strings before coating the layer on the pot. One more
option is to use a cloth which has no strings!!! For the third option take a
new blouse piece. Open the blouse piece and observe that two sides of the cloth
are machine pressed. Use this machine pressed side to coat a layer on the pot
so that one will not have the string problem. Take a double layered piece of
12” by 9” measurement. Use the 12” side to coat the layer on the pot. Stitch
the other side of the double layered cloth for convenience. Following
the above mentioned points one can make good quality pootarekulu
at one’s own place itself. Usually in coastal districts of Andhra
rice paper sheets as well as the sweet prepared with these sheets are
available—whereas in other parts it would be difficult to get the
enjoy making this sweet which melts in mouth. Watch my other video to be
uploaded which discusses about the recipe and its preparation. Now this
sweet delicacy can be made at your home itself!!!
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