Shevai is nothing but string hoppers or Idiyappam of Kerala and Tamil Nadu . This is one of the post that got buried and I was searching it desperately in the published posts because I believed that I had already drafted it . Finally I found the pictures in one of the folder and I thought of sharing it to the earliest . Shevai is a typical G.S .B dish served often as a breakfast . There are different variations of the recipe . Today I’m sharing one of the common recipe which we prepare which is my Mamama’s (maternal grandma) recipe .
Shevai is served with different types of combinations like coconut oil , Hinga uda , hinga soyi , pickle , sweet coconut milk or narla rosu ,egg curry ,dali thoy etc .The combinations are endless. It also compliments well with Sungta hinga uda , batate hinga uda , kolombo , butter chicken , green peas masala etc . Shevai is also prepared with coconut which tastes simply great .
In earlier days the only entertainment were ‘ guests’ who would stay for a long time and would have a gala time with their near and dear one’s . And Shevai was prepared when the time would come for the guests to bid farewell for the reasons unknown .
As kid pressing ‘shevai ‘ was my favourite job and Amma wouldn’t get tired of singing praises as though full procedure was done by me .. Coming back to the Shevai press one can easily find in any South Indian store .
Recipe courtesy : My late Mamama
Red rice – 3 cups
White rice – 1 cup
Salt – to taste
- Soak both the rice together for 4-5 hours in enough water .
- Once soaked wash it well and grind it to a smooth batter .
- Transfer it in a thick bottomed vessel and add salt to taste .
- Add water and adjust the consistency .
- Keep stirring until it turns into a thick dough and leaves the sides of the pan.
- Once done apply water to your palms and make long shaped balls .
- Make a depression in the centre with your index finger .
- Steam the balls for 25 minutes .
- Take a shevai press and make shevai when it is steaming hot .
- Once the balls cool it becomes difficult to press shevai .
- Take a wide plate and arrange a damp cloth .
- Arrange the shevai over the damp cloth .
- Serve it hot .
- Once cool you may transfer it in a wide box .
My notes :
- For those who find step 4 difficult ignore it and transfer the batter in 2 plates .
- Steam it for 30 minutes approx turning in between or until done .
- Rest follow the same method as above .
- I have ignored posting the picture of the ‘shevai press ‘since I didn’t get a good shot .
Pictorial presentation :