Before making pootarekulu watch
another movie of mine on Pootarekulu-Technicalities. Read the text given below where all minute details of
making fine pootarekulu are discussed.
Unpolished Rice – 250gms
Take rice into a bowl and add water. Wash the rice well to clear off dust and dirt by rubbing between fingers. If required change water and wash two to three times. Then add fresh water to the washed rice and soak it for two hours. Usually in villages they wash rice and grind it in wet grinder for one hour after adding water. But to avoid pressure on my wet grinder and to minimize the grinding time I am soaking the rice for two hours. I have used a table top model wet grinder to grind the rice. Fix stones in the grinder bowl and add soaked rice. Add some water and start grinding. In my case it required 300ml water to grind the rice---but do not add all the water at once. While grinding, observe that the rice grains sticks to the sides of the bowl. Take a flat spatula and push the grains sticking to the sides of the bowl. Cover the grinder bowl as the batter splashes and makes the place around messy. Grind till the batter is soft to touch without any grains. It took 30 minutes to grind the rice in my case. Transfer the batter into a bowl and divide it into two portions. While making pootarekulu we are going to add more water to this batter. in case the batter becomes thin while adding water (as we are still learning and are not experts) we can add some thick batter from the other portion to maintain consistency.
Making Of Pootarekulu:
Take a single burner stove (with big burner).
Place the seasoned pootarekula kunda
(as discussed in my other movie clip) on the gas stove in inverted position and fix it with wires. Switch on the
flame and heat the pot till the temperature on the pot is between 110oC
and 120oC. Take 50ml oil. Dip the cloth in oil and smear the pot
with the oiled cloth. Into a wide mouthed deep plate (See the Movie) add one
portion of the batter. To this batter add 125ml water and mix well. To get the
right consistency, for 300gms of the prepared batter I have added 125ml of
water. Observe this consistency and remember it mentally. While making pootarekulu
the batter thickens — then through adding water in between, maintain the consistency level at which you started.
Take a new double layered cloth to coat batter on the pot for making pootarekulu. Dip the cloth in a bowl of water and rub between fingers to remove starch. Squeeze well the cloth to remove water. Reduce the flame and sprinkle few drops of oil on the pot and smear the pot with oiled cloth. (As the cloth is having lot of oil we are just sprinkling few drops of oil --- if using new cloth it is advisable to dip the cloth in oil and smear the pot with the oiled cloth)
Check the consistency of the batter. if the batter is thin we do not get pootarekulu.
If the batter is thick we get pootarekulu but they
would be difficult to make folds (Chuttalu). Coat
batter on the cloth by dipping it in batter in the manner shown. Holding with
both hands lift the cloth and drain off excess batter dripping from the cloth.
Take the cloth to the back of the pot and start applying coat on the pot. In
one stretch pull the cloth fast on the pot and observe a thin layer of batter
is coated on the hot pot. Now increase the flame and allow the batter to form a
sheet on the pot. When the sheet is formed, with dry fingers gently shake in
the centre and carefully slide the sheet to one side and remove it from the
pot. Place this sheet in a plate or in my case I have used a winnowing basket.
Now make another pootareku. First lower the flame,
sprinkle oil and smear oil on the pot with oiled cloth. Dip and coat batter on
the cloth. Form a thin coat on the hot pot with the batter coated cloth.
Increase the flame and wait for the sheet to form on the pot. Carefully slide
the sheet to one side and place it on the first sheet as shown. Repeat this
process and make pootarekulu.
After some time observe that the batter sticking on the sides of the plate gets dried up. With wet fingers clean the sides of the plate. Add the dried batter into the plate and mix well. When using small quantity of batter (Batter made with 250gms of rice) batter thickens fast. Hence add water to the batter and maintain consistency as mentioned above. Like this make pootarekulu till all the batter is used up. Make a pile of sheets in the winnowing basket. Once mastered the art of making pootarekulu it is wise to make batter with 1/2Kg to one Kg rice and make sheets. Pootarekulu would remain fresh for long period when stored in cardboard boxes away from moisture. However they start smelling oily after 15 to 20 days. Having mastered the art of making pootarekulu, make in reasonable batches and consume within one month. Store the pootarekulu in cardboard boxes to retain the crispness. Cover the box and store in a dry place.
Making Of Pootarekula Chuttalu:
Never try to make chuttalu as soon as you make pootarekulu as they will crumble into pieces. If you make pootarekulu today then make pootarekula chuttalu tomorrow. Then only one can easily make chuttalu with the pootarekulu.
Melt ghee in a microwave oven or on gas
stove. Take sugar into a dry mixie jar and grind to a fine powder. Place a
small holed sieve into a bowl and add the powdered sugar. Sift the powdered
sugar to get fine powder without any grains. The powdered sugar should melt in
your mouth so it is necessary to sift the ground sugar to obtain fine powdered
sugar. Dip a soft cloth in water and squeeze out all the water. To make one chutta we need to take two pootarekulu.
Take one pootareku and wet it with the wet cloth to
soften it. Wherever we find the pootareku crisp there
press with wet cloth so that it softens and will be easy to fold. Do not wet
the pootareku for long as it will break easily.
Similarly slightly soften the other pootareku also.
Place the two softened sheets one above the other. Sprinkle and spread
sufficient ghee to coat the surface of the pootareku.
Take some powdered sugar into a tea strainer. Sprinkle powdered suagr with tea strainer on the ghee spread pootareku. Sprinkling with tea strainer ensures that the
entire sheet is evenly coated with powdered sugar. It also requires less
powdered sugar when sprinkled with tea strainer rather than sprinkling with
fingers or using a spoon. Now fold the pootareku as
shown and spread ghee on the folded portion. Now sprinkle powdered sugar evenly
on the fold with tea strainer. Powdered sugar sticks to the ghee and firmly
stays in place. Now start folding from one side---as the sheet is softened it
will fold without breaking or crumbling into pieces. Fold it half way through
and stop. Now start folding from the other side. Place the first fold above the
second fold and make the chutta. This crispy and
tasty pootarekula chutta is
ready to eat now. Place any vessel, plate or a glass (for pressure) above this chutta to flatten it. Pootarekulu
would stay crisp for long period without getting spoiled when stored away from
moisture in cardboard boxes whereas pootarekula chuttalu would not stay for more than 6 days. Make chuttalu as per requirement as and when desired.
Points to Remember:
using the pot specially made—never try on the ordinary water pot
Season the pot before making pootarekulu.
Use only unpolished rice or parboiled rice to
Grind the rice to a fine texture to get good pootarekulu. If using parboiled rice it requires more water. It also requires more water while making pootarekulu unlike the unpolished rice batter. The pootarekulu made with parboiled rice batter would be thinner than the pootarekulu made with unpolished rice.
It is advisable to have some thick batter while making pootarekulu. After adding water to the batter it if becomes thin then we need some thick batter to maintain the consistency. So till one gets practice in making pootarekulu it is better to divide the batter into two portions and start making pootarekulu.
Batter kept aside for long time gets fermented. We do not get pootarekulu when made with fermented batter. So start making pootarekulu as soon as batter is prepared. So while learning to make pootarekulu it is advisable to use small quantity of batter say batter made with 250gms of rice. Once practiced making pootarekulu then it is advisable to make pootarekulu with batter made with 500gms to 1 Kg of rice.
We start making pootarekulu when the pots temperature is around 120oC. As we progress the temperature rises to 140oC to 160oC. Beyond 160oC the rekulu would get burnt and we need to give a small pause for 5 minutes for the pot to cool down. In traditional method of heating it is relatively easy to stop the overheating of the pot. As we are working on a gas stove we need to allow the pot to cool in-between.
Remember to lower the flame of the gas stove
before applying layer of batter on the pot and to increase the flame once
applied. Batter forms lumpy when applied on high flame. Similarly we would not
get crisp pootareku if the flame is too low. So
increase the flame as soon as batter is applied on the pot to make it
crisp. The ideal temperatures are between 140 to 160 where you get the
Remember to choose a place where there would not be breeze while making pootarekulu. Even light breeze shifts the flame on the gas stove to one side and pot gets unevenly heated.
While coating batter on the pot pull the cloth at one stretch to form an even layer. Batter coated slowly forms lumps on the layer.
Keep cleaning the dried batter which sticks to the sides of the wide plate with wet fingers. Always remember to maintain the consistency of the batter. if batter is thin we do not get pootarekulu. If batter is thick we do get pootarekulu but would be difficult to make chuttalu. So reach to the proper consistency by adding water slowly and maintaining that consistency throughout the making of pootarekulu
Its preferable to use heavy oil like groundnut oil to coat the pot instead of light oils like sunflower or saffola etc. You may choose to apply ghee (clarified butter) too after gaining expertise.
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